For many, it’s an occasion for dressing up. But it’s not always easy to get kids — especially stubborn tweens — out of their jeans and sneakers. To ease parents’ pain, we shopped the market for the spiffiest dress shoes that are guaranteed to win over even the pickiest of kids.
For boys, many footwear brands are updating classic dress styles with pops of bright color, more modern styling details and comfortable sneaker bottoms — there’s nothing stuffy about these shoes.
Cole Haan kicked up its popular ZeroGrand oxford with a bold red outsole, while Elements by Nina updated a timeless wingtip with a white, sneaker-inspired bottom.
Tommy Hilfiger dressed up a simple chukka boot with a linen lining and two-tone bottom.
For girls, there is plenty of sparkle and shine. J.Crew’s Crewcuts kids’ label took the ballet flat to the next level with an all-over glitter effect and multiple straps across the vamp. Giving girls a little height, Jessica Simpson glammed up a wedge with a shimmery champagne color.
Ruby & Bloom offers a more grownup take on the Mary Jane shoe, adding a block heel, stylish straps and a sleek patent leather finish in versatile black.
To see all our Thanksgiving dress-up looks, click through the gallery here.