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By Sarah Cavill, Contributing Writer

Kids grow by leaps and bounds over the summer, styles change, uniforms need refreshing or new schools have new dress codes. But you’re never fully dressed without a nice pair of shoes – from bucks to sneakers, shoes make the outfit.

Shanlee Johnson from Little Birdies Boutique in Washington, D.C., has seen the rise in classic styles, thanks to two very fashionable little people. “Children’s fashion is being inspired right now by the royal family and showing a presence of traditional styles like lace-up leather booties, saddle shoes and T-strap sneakers. Prince George and Princess Charlotte have been seen all over London wearing their Cienta shoes and looking adorable pairing them with knee high socks. At Little Birdies Boutique we focus on well made shoes with a refined silhouette. A few of our favorite brands are Cienta shoes, Elephantito, Beberlis, Pampili and Pablosky,” says Johnson.

These charming styles are ideal with uniforms, and more sophisticated fashions, but they also work with rompers, casual dresses or leggings and a cute t-shirt. Their versatility, timeless styling and quality make them the perfect choice for kids on the go, who also need to look tidy for school or outings.

John Bacon, of Van Dyke and Bacon shoes in Baltimore, echoes Johnson’s sentiments. “People always come back to the classics, whether it’s the buck or a Sperry boat shoe. We always sell the classics,” says Bacon. He has also seen a resurgence in popularity of the camp shoe, once popularized by Sebago, and now cornered by Eastland.“We put them in the window and sold over 25 in a month.”

Of course, the classic saddle shoe still meets the needs of many of Baltimore’s private school students. Keds even makes a sneaker style for little ones, merging comfort and vintage appeal. And for rainy, cold weather, the waxed-canvas L.L.Bean Boot continues to dominate as the preppy, timeless boot of choice.

Fear not, fashionistas. There is no shortage of flair and fun with this fall’s sneaker situation. Vans high-top line offers sparkles, holograms, dinosaurs, rainbows and flying pegasus motifs, for cool, comfortable everyday looks that offer way more than just a basic running shoe.

Old Navy’s back to school shoe line includes cute camo lace-ups and court shoes ideal for winding out the summer, and stylish booties for chillier days.

“We are very excited about our great mix of shoes for the fall. We love our short bootie with dresses and our amazing sneakers with everything. Some of our favorite sneakers for fall include our elastic lace-up sneaker in camo print as well as menswear textures, our range of slip-ons that come in solids, graphic and glitter, and our new court sneaker is adorable and really on trend,” says Andres Dorronsoro, SVP and GM of Kids, Baby & Licensing for Old Navy. •