As summer draws to a close and the annual back-to-school season kicks off, it’s a great time to update your child’s wardrobe. When it comes to shoes, top brands such as Steve Madden, Sam Edelman and Vans are serving up a number of fresh fashion trends for fall. Sneakers and boots continue to dominate the girls’ market, but interesting new details and materials kick these staple styles up a notch — everything from funky faux fur to twinkly star patterns.
To help make your shoe shopping mission easier, we’ve put together a little cheat sheet on the season. Here are the six key girls’ trends to keep on your radar:
1. Velvet sneakers
The luxe fabric adds a glam touch to an old favorite.
Steve Madden Jberch Charm sneaker, $49.95; nordstrom.com
Kenneth Cole New York Kam Strap sneaker, $39; macys.com
2. Faux-fur accents
From pom-poms to vamp accents, the fluffy stuff adds a funky note to the season’s freshest sneaker styles.
Zara Kids glitter plimsolls, $39.90; zara.com
Sam Edelman Cynthia Leya sneaker, $49; bloomingdales.com
3. Tonal sneakers
Go all-in with monochromatic kicks dipped in bold shades such as pink and blue.
Puma Iced Suede sneaker, $60; nordstrom.com
Vans Mono Sk8-Hi Zip sneaker, $45; vans.com
4. Expressive patches
Colorful, kid-friendly icons and emojis do the talking on these shoes.
Tucker + Tate Craze Patches high-top, $44.95; nordstrom.com
Justice Patch high-top sneaker, $39.90; justice.com
5. Star motifs
Whether prints or appliqués, the motif adds a little twinkle to boots, sneakers and more.
Emu Australia Starry Night boot, $89.95; emuaustralia.com
Skechers Twinkle Toes Shuffles Rockin Stars sneaker, $50; skechers.com
6. Chelsea boots
The classic style gets a fresh update with cool fashion details and bold color accents.
Chloé Mini Me leather boots, $286; zappos.com
Billieblush metallic Chelsea boots, $81; childrensalon.com