Congratulations, graduate. After long hours of study and homework, it’s finally time to take the final steps towards a hard-earned degree. Although you’ve found the perfect outfit, you’ll need the right shoes to put your best foot forward.
For women and girls, avoid the urge to opt for a traditional black shoe and instead aim for styles like the Floraa Chain Block Heel in lavender or the Lil Dahlia shoes in mauve. If guys want to keep it simple, Nike’s Court Legacy shoes and Zara leather loafers are stylish alternatives. Whether you’re looking for heels, sneakers or loafers, we’ve found the perfect graduation shoes.
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Children & Teens
Kindergarten girls ready to strut their first grade will love these adorable Lil Dahlia shoes. Besides the classic Mary Jane style, the two front straps are actually hidden Velcro closures for easy application and a comfortable fit.
The Jelina Jelly Sandal is the perfect shoe for a fifth grade or college graduation. Not only do they match the trendy style of the early 2000s, but customers say they’re both comfortable and practical.
Let’s face it, not all boys want to wear dress shoes, so opt for a simple sneaker. The Court Legacy shoes from Nike are made with leather for durability and plush foam insoles for a comfortable fit.
For little boys who want a shoe to match dad, there’s nothing cuter than Mustache’s faux leather loafers. These slip-on shoes have a glossy patent finish and rubber soles for grip.
Spring graduations mean pastel block heels are in. Call It Spring’s Floraa Chain Sandals aren’t so stiff your feet will hurt. The sandal has a chunky heel for stability, and its lavender hue with an intricate chain will make your dress pop.
High school and college degrees tend to take a long time. If you don’t want to hurt yourself on your big day, Nine West has the apartments for you. The Bop Pointy Toe Flower Ballerinas feature a classic silhouette that wraps around for a slingback look.
Nothing comes between a southern girl and her boots. Beehive’s Arizona Cowboy Boots are the perfect shade of dusty pink with classic embroidery on the sides to round that degree off.
Maison Margiela’s signature Tabi style has been seen all over the fashion scene. If the pumps are popular, they offer a ballerina that is just as elegant and much more pleasant.
H&M’s Derby Shoes are a timeless staple that can be worn for graduation or any other special occasion. Sustainably made with faux suede, these shoes have a design and comfort rating of 4.9.
Sometimes a chic pair of sneakers is all you need. Banana Republic’s Nicklas Leather Shoes are lightweight and made with breathable padding, which is great for standing on your feet all day. Fun fact, these shoes were originally designed for NASA.
Whether you’re shopping for your first pair or replacing an old pair, loafers are a staple in a man’s closet. Although they tend to be expensive, Zara’s simple design comes in an affordable leather variant.
If you’ve always wanted that perfect mix of loafers and sneakers, Reserve Supply Co. has the shoe for you. The Sebago Makwa shoe has a suede exterior with rawhide laces that are both lightweight and flexible. Although the style is made for the outdoors, its intricate design can also suit a special occasion.