Skip the penny loafers. These days, kids want a closet of sneakers.

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Long gone is the process of cajoling your kids to try on penny loafers, oxfords and other dressy shoes while back-to-school shopping. Today’s footwear trend is all about the sneaker. In fact, boasting an entire sneaker wardrobe is sure to score them a style A-plus back in the classroom.

Here are five cool styles they will be happy to try on.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sport Zip High Top Sneaker ($40 at The classic Converse high-top gets a kid-friendly twist with this cool style that features two side zippers — which means they’re fast and easy to get on in the morning when you’re making the daily mad dash out the door.

Vans x Marvel Old Skool Avengers Skate Shoes ($70 at Kick the new school year into superhero overdrive with this colorful collaboration that boasts Iron Man’s crest, Captain America’s shield and the signature Vans tread. Really into comics? Locally based Zumiez also offers Marvel socks, T-shirts and backpacks. Avengers assemble!

Unionbay Metallic Star Sneaker (on sale for $19 at Get a head start on collecting gold stars in the classroom with these celestial-themed shoes from Seattle-based Unionbay. The shiny metallic embellishments add a hint of glitz, and the neutral white means they’ll go with everything, from her favorite jeans to her coziest T-shirt dress.

Nike Men’s Air Force 1 ’07 QS ($130 at They say what comes around goes around, and if you loved the Air Force 1 as a kid (they debuted in 1982), it’s time to share the shoe with your kids. The iconic low-cut sneaker now comes in an array of colors for men and women of all ages and sizes. On our short list: This multi-color, limited-edition number in fresh pastel hues.

Keds x Sunnylife Kickstart Andaman ($65 at When your daughter wants a sneaker that’s more chic than athletic, reach for this classic canvas style with a new navy and white print. The shoes even come with a cute Sunnylife cactus pin she can add to her favorite jacket or backpack. Smile and heart emojis all around.

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