The Sneaker Boot That's Redefining Kids' Footwear

I was 8 years old and in the second grade when I first discovered the Spork. Simply put, my mind was blown! This revolutionary invention transformed the way I ate that entire school year, and the ones to follow. Never again did I, or do I, have to choose between a fork and a spoon when eating mac ‘n’ cheese, mashed potatoes, spaghetti or even ice cream without the fear of ridicule. The combination of the two not only makes consuming food easy, but pretty darn cool too.

Kiddos today, however, have taken the coolness out of the cafeteria and brought it to the playgrounds thanks to the innovative folks at Stride Rite. If you haven’t seen or heard, the company has reinvented the shoe by blending together elements of a sneaker and a snow boot. Yes, that’s right, the “snoot” is the next big thing for toddlers and little kids alike!





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This hybrid design allows kids to run, jump and play in snow with ease all while keeping their little feet warm and protected from chilly temperatures. The fold-down shaft also makes it convenient for those winter days when snow is not yet a factor. Traditional winter boots can be clunky, uncomfortable and hard to get on, but the grip-and-grab strap of the snoop makes it quick and convenient for parents to get their little ones dressed.

Learn more about the snoot’s many features, as well as hear stories from moms who wanted a better solution to the typical boot, by clicking the short video clip below! 






Prep for Winter with Adidas Outdoor Kids

Growing up in Minnesota, you could say I’m an aficionado when it comes to handling frostbite temperatures and where we measure snow in feet, not inches. And with November having passed its halfway mark, it wouldn’t be the strangest thing to see snowfall pile up on driveways as families gather to carve the turkey on Thanksgiving.

As a child, I always loved playing in the snow. From participating in snowball fights, building makeshift forts and snowmen to sledding down hillsides and ice fishing on Lake Minnetonka, it was a fun, albeit extended, four months of seasonal fun. 

Outerwear in the '90s, however, didn’t come close to the iterations that are prevalent today. Do you remember the scene in A Christmas Story when Ralphie’s little brother Randy falls in the snow, and his clunky snowsuit and rubber boots prevent him from getting up? The same also happened to me more than I’d like to admit. But I digress.



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Nowadays, kids have the modern luxury of innovative jackets, pants, and snow boots that not only look cool, but also perform at a higher level than ever before. Queue adidas Outdoor Kids, also known as the athletic brand in the outdoors.

For over 80 years adidas has been a leader in the world of sports delivering state-of-the-art athletic footwear. In 1978, adidas designed a light trekking shoe for Reinhold Messner’s expedition to Mt. Everest. Since then, the brand has endeavored to provide outdoor enthusiasts with products that enable them to take the next step in adventure.



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Youngens will love the look and style of the Libria Pearl CP! The modern design of these snow boots integrates a breathable CLIMAPROOF® membrane and Primaloft® insulation so feet inside remain all-day dry and cozy. Furthermore, adidas’ patented TRAXION® outsole incorporates superior grip and stability, so slipping and sliding on black ice will be a thing of the past.



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Lace up for adventure even after the first thaw of the season! adidas Outdoor Kids goes beyond snow boots and offers a plethora of sneakers for girls and boys alike. Just look for the integrated 3-Stripes™ design, and they’ll be ready to explore the great outdoors! 



Win Big with adidas Kids Basketball

As a kid growing up in the Midwest, basketball was life. Outdoor courts littered lakeside rec areas and neighborhood cul de sacs transformed into makeshift arenas. The weather never mattered; if it rained, we balled; if it snowed, we hooped. The only thing that ever slowed us down was the clothing on our backs.

Clothing comfort and agility is key for each and every athlete on the court, no matter their size. Whether you’re breaking ankles at the top of the key or posting up the opponent down low, selecting everything from the right shirt to the proper socks can make or break your game.

We all know tees, tanks and shorts are the sport’s predominate attire, but with lowering temperatures swooping in, now’s the time outfit your little ones in full-body adidas apparel.




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Dribble and drive with ease in this adidas ombre brand mark shirt. Its Climalite® fabrication pulls moisture away from the skin and pushes it towards the outer fabric for quick-dry comfort. If his shot goes cold, don’t worry. Warm him up in the Ultimate Branded Pullover. Featuring a cowl neckline and long raglan sleeves with banded cuffs, he’s sure to knock down the winning jumper in cool confidence.




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If short sleeves are too cold and a pullover proves to be too warm for play, outfit him in the Ultimate L/S Tee. Designed with moisture wicking technology, this breathable, long-sleeve trainer will have him feeling in-game comfortable from tipoff to the final buzzer.




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Block shots or run the three-man-weave with ease in the relaxed style of the Tech Fleece Pant. Made of 100% polyester, an elastic waist wears comfortably at the hips and adidas’ three-stripe branding can be seen along the length of the leg. A definite go-to for any budding all-star.




Go Pretty in Pink with Sorel


“Grey days are the bestest,” said my little girl as the car rolled up near the entrance of the movie theater. I nodded my head slightly in agreement as she gazed at me in the rearview mirror. “Why don’t you like the sun, sweetheart?” I asked in a pretend puzzled voice, as a parent often has to do with young children to continue on the conversation. “Because my boots don’t look as bright when it’s light out.”

To preface: my daughter loves the spotlight. Along with her bright personality has always come bright clothing, jackets and footwear. Hence if it’s dark and overcast, she’ll stick out like a sore thumb — and that’s the sort of attention she craves.

For the past several days, Hannah has been obsessed with her new winter boots. She’s a budding fashionista who enjoys browsing and selecting styles online that suits her vibrant personality.



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With winter weather a-brewin’, it was time to fire up the laptop and search for her some new footwear. Upon a few of my suggestions that went wholly ignored, Sorel Kids won Hannah’s heart with its signature polar bear logo and brightly colored designs. The brand won my heart with its outstanding craftsmanship and quality of materials, strong enough to withstand even the toughest of wintry elements.

Upon delivery, one of the first things I noticed was how perfect these are for recess or raucous neighborhood play. These boots won’t slip and slide in rain, sleet or snow with its full traction, multidirectional rubber outsole. Playground scrapes and falls are not fun to deal with, and this lugged design seems to be the answer her and I have long been searching for.



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Additionally, these boots' seam-sealed construction prevents moisture from getting in and dampening socks, as well as her outdoor fun. And not that you expect your child to be out in -25 degree temps, it’s good to know that these boots will keep feet and toes all-day warm and toasty.

With fun colors and stylistic details throughout, for Hannah these boots may be the bright spot of her day. For me, it’s the smile of satisfaction I see spread across her face. 




Falling for Fashion, The Top 5 Trends

With so many brands and styles out there, it’s tough for parents to stay on top of the latest and greatest in back-to-school fashion. Zappos’ team of stylists work year-round, researching apparel and footwear trends to ensure that we have what’s hot for kids of all ages.

From kindergarteners to high schoolers, we’ve got all the must-haves to get your kids stylish.

Here are five fashion trends that will have your kid falling in love with their back-to-school wardrobe, guaranteed to get them an A+ in style:

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1. “Retro” kicks

Everything old is new again. Retro is in and top brands are taking notice, producing new product lines that pay homage to past eras. New Balance Kids and old school adidas are just two examples of footwear brands that are offering popular retro looks refreshed for 2015. Check out some of the Fashion Poet favorite retro looks.

Perhaps the most iconic shoe in the world, the “Chuck Taylor All Star,” remains a popular choice, managing to adapt to the times just enough to stay on the top trends lists year after year. More than one billion pairs of “Chucks” have been sold worldwide, with styles that burst with color or classic solids that can be personalized. Perfect for kids of any age and personality.

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2. “Heritage” Backpacks

Heritage style backpacks are making a big comeback. Many of these are classic backpacks that pair vintage style with a modern twist. The Heritage style from Herschel Supply is a clear example of how the brand is staying on-trend this season. From Dakine to Vans, Jansport also has a wide selection to have your kid carrying their books in style.

3. Boots

There’s no surprise that boots are big for the fall. From the flower motifs that work from summer to fall, the classic Dr. Martens Kid’s Collection boots can add edge to your kids’ wardrobe. 

Your kids can make a big splash with some cool rain boots. Hunter boots are perfect for long rainy and snow days, keeping them stylish and staying warm.

4. Graphic Tees

Kids can make a bold statement with graphic tees. The coolest T-shirts show off their personality, and this year it’s all about positive messaging.

From novelty T-shirts with witty and humorous phrases to athletic fits and vintage styles, we’ll have your kid styling in the classroom.

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5. Denim

Denim is a timeless staple. We are loving denim jackets, jeans, shirts and skirts that are a big trend for the fall. It’s durable, comfortable and cool and will get them through math class to after-school gatherings. 

Ripped or colored are some of the coolest treatments that your kid can rock. 

10 Ways You Can Put the “You” in Uniform

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Just because your kids’ school requires them to wear a uniform, it doesn’t mean their personalities shouldn’t still have a chance to shine.

While many schools dictate the essentials (i.e. polos, khakis, white shoes, etc.), accessories and embellishments allow your kids to put the “you” in “uniform” and bridge the gap between conformity and individuality.

To that end, Zappos works with top brands to sell uniform apparel and footwear that offer quality, durability and the ability to be customized.

So, how can a uniform be customized*? Here are some ideas from Zappos’ team of back-to-school fashion stylists to help get your creative juices flowing:

  1. Get carried away with your backpack! Backpacks are an essential part of any school ensemble, whether your kids wear uniforms or not. Pins, accessories, fabric paint, key chain characters, and other colorful touches can help personalize one of the many backpacks on
  2. Take a big step toward individuality by putting your best foot forward. If your school requires white shoes, take a pair of plain Keds, Vans or Converse and customize to your heart’s desire. Whether it’s through tie-dye, Sharpie art or acrylic paint, DIY-ing is a great way to spend quality time together before the kids head back to class.
  3. Speaking of shoes, if you think there’s only one standard way to tie shoelaces, think again! A quick online search yields dozens of step-by-step tutorials on creative ways to tie shoes. Choose from artful lacing styles like “The Starburst,” “The Basketcase” and “The Double Trouble.” 
  4. Need a simple and cheap way for your kids to stay stylish under their school uniforms? Look no further than funky socks! Instead of opting for a traditional pair of dark gray or black socks, try embracing a little color and a whole lot of pattern for their feet.
  5. As fall approaches, it’s important for your kids to stay warm … and look cool. has a huge selection of jackets and coats in bright colors and cool patterns from top designers. And although they provide the perfect opportunity to show off their personalities, it’s not just about style — our line of outerwear is as durable as it is fashionable to stand up against even the harshest of winters.
  6. When it rains, your kid’s personality can still shine. Umbrellas are a perfect way to show that a few showers don’t dampen your creativity. We have you covered (literally!) in the rain with designs like Batman, Hello Kitty, and popular lines of umbrellas from Hatley Kids and Vera Bradley.
  7. School supplies like pencil cases, lunch bags, and binders are also perfect for customization. Before your kids get back to the books, have them get crafty with fun DIY projects that can make any ordinary school supply seem extraordinary.
  8. For girls, headbands, hair clips, ribbons, bracelets, necklaces and belts are just a few other options to show off their creativity. They may want to stick with a couple favorites, or wear a different combination every day. Just figure out what works within the dress code and then go for it.
  9. For boys, after school activities mean freedom from the classroom and the school uniform. Buy them some bold and bright athletic wear from Under Armour, Nike, or Adidas, and see their inner superstar shine through.
  10. For a final touch, why not add a fun and functional timepiece to the mix? It’s the perfect pop of personality on your kid’s wrist. Whether they prefer a more classic analog look or a bright and colorful digital watch, at least you’ll know they’ll always be fashionably on time for class.

*Be sure to check with your school to be sure what can be altered and what can’t.

Back-to-School Items that Put the Fun in Functional

To say back-to-school is filled with changes is quite the understatement. New grade levels, new friends, new clothes and new accessories. Gone are the days of the humdrum and tame; usher in the modern and fun with all new accessories.

Once upon a time backpacks were boring; solid colors, no frills, no thrills. The utilitarian design of the backpack is unbeatable, nothing collects their books better. Now they can amass their belongings while simultaneously celebrating their fashion sense in color blocked trendy designs. Your elementary attendees may not be interested in chic designs, but they’ll be very absorbed in the wild style of Skip Hop® backpacks. In a variety of animal applique they can be the busy bee, wise owl or the cat’s meow!

What goes in their backpacks? Pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers and all the miscellaneous items they manage to gather. Why let those items roll free? Gather them altogether in a convenient and accessible case. Many cases exist but few are as charming as the Kipling® 100 Pens Cases. Organization has never been so easy with a roomy interior that features elastic loops; individual pencils can be secured and erasers stored. Standout colors and a signature monkey key chain help to complete the overall appeal.

Let’s take a step outside of the pack for a moment. Exterior accessories are just as important. Start them off with the Nike® Insulated Zip Lunchtote. With its instantly recognizable signature swoosh, they’ll love their awesome new lunch bag. When they’re ready for a little more pizazz in the lunch room, get them the MadPax® Nibbler Spike or Nibbler Warp Speed Lunch Bag. In creative 3-D spike and bubble detailing all that’s left is for them to tell you which colors they adore. Each of the Nike and MadPax bags contain a spacious main compartment to store sandwiches, snacks and juice boxes. Each is fully insulated to keep foods nice and fresh for a great lunchtime experience. 

Lunch bags aren’t the only external accessory they’ll love! The rainy season is approaching. Maybe not this month but it will be upon us before we can say, “it’s raining cats and dogs,” and there is a colorful way to shield your babes from the rain. Hatley® offers a variety of prints and patterns to keep the season bright even through the greyest of days!

Drab days and predictable ornamenting are no fun! Colorful prints and fun accessories may not be the only things to make school days lively, but let those adornments help in creating more versatility in the day-to-day routine. 

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  1. Skip Hop Zoo Pack Backpack
  2. Polo Ralph Lauren Kids Camp Small Backpack
  3. MadPax Nibbler Warp Speed Bubble Lunch Bag
  4. Herschel Supply Co. Settlement Mid-Volume
  5. Herschel Supply Co. Survey Kids
  6. MadPax Nibbler Spike Lunch Bag
  7. Nike Kids Insulated Zip Lunchtote
  8. Kipling 100 Pens Case
  9. Hatley Kids Umbrella

7 Must-Have Footwear Brands for Back-to-School

OK, so I gotta be up front: Back-to-school is simultaneously the best and worst time of the year for me. It’s great because I no longer have to entertain my 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, all day, every day like it's a never-ending, three-month weekend. It’s no bueno, however, because I have to go through the excruciating process of going store-to-store to scour half-empty racks and shoeboxes for select out-of-stock sizes, ultimately leaving the mall frazzled and empty handed. 

But no longer! This year I’m wising up and am completing all of Hannah’s shopping needs online. And with Zappos’ free shipping directly to my front door, I’m alleviated from unwanted stress and can search hundreds of fashion-forward styles from great kids’ brands, including Kenneth Cole Reaction and MICHAEL Michael Kors to Stuart Weitzman and Tommy Hilfiger, all at the convenience of my fingertips!  

Fortunately, little Hannah has all the athletic shoes she needs, which is a huge cost savings, so this year we’re expanded her shoe collection with where-anywhere flats, classic sneakers and booties. Her refined tastes come from me, so when we’re browsing together on the couch and an item catches our eyes I’m happy to oblige and splurge — all within reason, of course. Apart from the brands above, among others she was excited to try out were Ivanka Trump, Jessica Simpson and Superga

What I find most impressive about each of these brands is their across-the-board quality, comfort and integrated design details. With those three features combined, these shoes seamlessly transition from home to school and anywhere else in a snap … and that I can get behind.

For any parent still hesitant to shop online for back-to-school clothing or footwear, I highly urge you to give it a try. Take a look below to see some of mine and Hannah’s favorite shoes as she heads back to school in style! 

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  1. Ivanka Trump Kids Jordan Zip (Little Kid/Big Kid)
  2. Jessica Simpson Kids Cleo (Little Kid/Big Kid)
  3. Kenneth Cole Reaction Kids Copy Tap (Little Kid/Big Kid)
  4. Stuart Weitzman Kids Fannie Studded (Little Kid/Big Kid)
  5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Kids Rover Lux (Little Kid/Big Kid)
  6. Tommy Hilfiger Kids Kayleigh H Charm (Little Kid/Big Kid)
  7. Superga Kids 2224 COTDJ (Infant/Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)
  8. Superga Kids 2750 JCOT Classic (Infant/Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)