For the men, I recommend these interesting oxfords:
Fly London Len Oxford, Endless, $159.47
First of all, these shoes are beautiful. Second, they are on sale- 45% off the full price! Third, they are available in four colors- all of which are fabulous neutrals to have- Olive (pictured above), brown, black and camel. All but the camel have a rough texture to the leather. I'm a fan of the off-set lacing- it adds visual interest and a bit of youth to what can be an otherwise stuffy and dated shoe.
Another great shoe option for men are these great ankle boots:
Rocket Dog Algonquin Wrinkled Leather Boot, Endless, $106.95
I wish these boots were available in a darker brown and a black because they really are great. The pre-wrinkled leather gives them a perfectly worn look, so that even though you're breaking out the new shoes for the first day of school, it doesn't necessarily look that way.
Don't worry, ladies- I haven't forgotten you. I know that you need stylish, comfortable and versatile shoes, too. Teachers tend to be on their feet a lot, so it's important to find shoes that fit properly and offer good support. I'm partial to ballet-style flats, with enough of a heel or wedge to offer good support. Like these:
Hush Puppies Sonnet Slip-on, Endless, $68.95
Availble in black, brown and bright red, these are a great "every day" shoe choice. Another great shoe style for every day is loafers. I like sleek ones with a cute tassel, like these:
Steven by Steve Madden Mistaa Slip-on Loafer, Endless, $80.52-129.95
If you're a fan of the oxford shoe, I think these will be a good choice for you. Available in the black with red tassels pictured above as well as four other color combinations, there is a pair for every day of the week. Just like a lace-up oxford, these shoes are at their best when paired with a feminine silhouette and/or fabric. A pair of tights lets you wear them through winter as well!
Of course there are lots of other things to shop for at the start of the school year- notebooks, pencils, textbooks, graphing calculators- but I like to focus on the fashionable shopping items! Have a great Tuesday, everyone!