Bambini Style – Cool Kicks For Back-To-School

I remember the back-to-school brand spankin’ new shoes conspiracy when I was a kid.  My mom would purchase a pair of shoes that I was incredibly excited about.  I would beg her to wear them prior to school’s official start, yet she would tuck them away insisting that they needed to be saved for the first day of school.  She even had a hideous sneaker-marker!  One day my somewhat dirty (you know, enough dirt to feel cool) awesome 80’s white high-tops would disappear, and my mom would attack them with her weird white sneaker-marker.  My brother and I would break out in a chorus of disappointment.  We still laugh about her insistence of shoe washing and shoe-ruining with the loathed sneaker marker.  Fast forward many years later and I understand a bit of where my mother was coming from.  Just in time for back to school, we were fortunate enough to receive amazing fall shoes, hand picked for Lucia and Adrian.  Their cool kicks were perfectly selected, MICHAEL Michael Kors signature sneaker for girls in fuchsia for Lucia, and Cole Haan Air Paul Chukka boots in brown with orange accent for Adrian.  The kiddos were thrilled (and their mama was too!). Lucia’s favorite part is the shiny patent toe and heel, which gives the sneaker a touch of elegance.  The signature MK logo also adds a fun texture to the surface.  Adrian loves his boots and actually insists on wearing them every day.  I adore the sophisticated little man look of the boots and the stylish traction out-sole that keeps his busy feet grounded.

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The shoes arrived on the day of a big date night – Bob and I had tickets to see Mumford and Sons, and we were lucky enough to have my mother and brother watch the children.  Adrian and Lucia didn’t want to take their shoes off.  I became uneasy. My brother asked what was wrong with me when I said “you absolutely can not take them outside on their scooters in their new shoes!!“.  And just like my own mother used to do, I tucked away the new kicks until the first day of school.  It’s amusing when aspects of motherhood come full circle.  But I’m definitely leaving that awful sneaker-marker in 1985!

The MICHAEL Michael Kors signature sneaker for girls is available at Dillards, sizes 10-5; $39.00The Cole Haan Air Paul Chukka boots for boys are available at, sizes 8-5; $68.00.

The footwear in this post was provided for review purposes, however, all opinions are my own.