Last week my older daughter made an appearance on the blog for a back-to-school fashion post, and today it’s my younger daughter’s turn! We’re teaming up with Payless to talk about sneakers for back to school.
Each of my kids always gets a new pair of sneakers before going back to school in the fall, and this year Rebecca will be going to 5th grade in these bright pink KangaRoos.
If you’re a child of the 80s as I am, you may remember this popular sneaker trend. They had the little pocket on the side where we would stash our ice cream money or a house key.
Well, they’re BACK, and you can find them at Payless. They carry KangaRoos for men, women, girls, and boys, and they sent each of us a pair to try out.
Sneakers with this cool retro vibe have been in fashion for a while, and KangaRoos fit right in. I was impressed that in addition to being cute and trendy, they are super comfortable.
I wore mine walking around the mall, and my feet were so happy. As it turns out, KangaRoos were actually created by a runner who wanted a place to stow his key and some change. They were legit athletic shoes first and then became a fun trend for kids and adults alike.
R’s wearing an outfit that is typical for her back-to-school uniform. Her elementary school doesn’t have air conditioning so she will be wearing shorts and short sleeves for the first few weeks.
She loves her hot pink KangaRoos. She’s wearing the Pocketpass Jogger in Pink/Purple. She showed them to her best friend, and of course she wanted a pair too. They’re planning to get matching pairs so they can be “twinsies” on the first day of school.
And a new generation of KangaRoo kids was born! Ha!
The women’s KangaRoos are designed with more muted, deeper colors, although they do have a hot pink pair in women’s sizes if you’re so inclined. They sent me the Pocketpass Joggers in Maroon/Grey.
I love to pair burgundy with dark denim in the fall, and I just picked up this sleeveless plaid shirt, so I put it all together and I really love the look. We’re calling it, suburban mom goes grunge. Ha! It’s a bit of a departure from my typical style, but I’m trying to step outside of my box and try new things.
I love the frayed edges on the top. It is so super soft and lightweight, making it a great wear now and later piece.
Unfortunately, it sold out after we shot these photos. Womp. Womp. You could totally recreate this look with a more traditional plaid shirt like this or this, and I probably would like that better anyway. I’m still not quite sure I can pull this one off, although I do really like the colors.
I kept my jewelry minimal in keeping with the casual vibe of the look.
Be sure to check out Payless for the return of KangaRoos, and if you shop online today, you get 15% off your purchase of any two pairs of shoes and 20% off when you buy 3+ pairs!
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