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Back to School season is a nervy time by all accounts. But aside from the new faces, unfamiliar places, and the return of the dreaded commute, there are things to get excited for when it comes to returning to classrooms, lecture halls, or your office desk, particularly after an eternity of WFH. Getting off new fits is obviously top of that list for all of us here at Highsnobiety.

With fresh notebooks and backpacks already ticked off the B2S shopping checklist, in today's class, we’re turning our attention to big boy shoes that look smart and let you feel it. With the common laws of school, college, or corporation dress codes in mind, we rounded up some of our favorite Back to School shoes around right now, from Margiela to Marni. Even if they do happen to push the rules a little (or, in some cases, a lot).

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Maison Margiela Transparent Tabi

Tabi Lace-Up Shoes

Tabi Lace-Up Shoes

$1075

Maison Margiela

Buy at Farfetch

Jake Indiana, Senior Features Editor: "Socks or barefoot?"

Louis Almond, Style Editor: "Always socks, I don't want to see toes at the office."

Herbert Hofmann, Creative Director: "At that price, you can't afford a pedicure either."

ADER error x Camper Loafer

Penny Loafers

$465

Camper x ADER Error

15% off sitewide FW2021

15% off sitewide FW2021

Buy at ssense

Louis: "You can buy an accessory for these that's basically a snow tread for your feet. I'm into the upgrades for your school shoes concept."

Herbert: "I think Camper is doing an amazing job with their new creative director and designer. Keeps on hitting the sweet spot."

Jake: "It looks like a Croc from a distance."

Louis Vuitton Harness Derby

Derby Harness

Derby Harness

$1310

Louis Vuitton

Buy at Louis Vuitton

Herbert: "Kinky."

Marni Mary Jane

Ridged-Sole Mary Jane Shoes

Ridged-Sole Mary Jane Shoes

$790

Marni

Buy at Farfetch

Louis: "I actually like this one. It's like, school shoes 2.0."

Yulia Pankova, Market Editor: "I love Marni and Mary Janes, but I'm sorry — I don't like this."

Herbert: "I must say, if I met someone that was wearing those, I would be very respectful."

Jake: "Perfect for Back to School, then!"

Dries Van Noten Padded Loafers

Padded Loafers

Padded Loafers

$675

Dries Van Noten

Buy at VooStore

Jake: "These are definitely more slipper vibes rather than 'I'm going to school.'"

Herbert: "They look good enough to eat."

Louis Vuitton Canyon Boot

Canyon Ankle Boot

Canyon Ankle Boot

$1650

Louis Vuitton

Buy at Louis Vuitton

Louis: "For the classroom cowboy."

Lemaire Slippers

Square-Toe Leather Slippers

Square-Toe Leather Slippers

$790

Lemaire

Buy at Matchesfashion

Yulia: "These are my favorite."

Jake: "So classy."

Herbert: "I think you can even step on the back and wear them as slippers. Also, it's actually quite sexy to show a bit of skin where you usually don't show skin with your shoes, as a man."

Loewe Wedge

Wedge Lace-Up

Wedge Lace-Up

$690

Loewe

Buy at DSM New York

Yulia: "For me, this is a better version of a Clark's Wallabee."

Herbert: "I'm just not sure who would wear these."

Jake: "Someone who wants to be a bit taller."

Our Legacy Oxblood Camion Boot

Camion Boot

Camion Boot

$590

Our Legacy

Buy at tres bien

Herbert: "Very sexy. Wearing a very simple outfit, such as natural-colored pants, with those boots — that's a statement."

Yulia: "Love the name."

Bottega Veneta Puddle Boot

Puddle Boots

Puddle Boots

$650

Bottega Veneta

15% off sitewide FW2021

15% off sitewide FW2021

Buy at ssense

Yulia: "With the right pants I see these working as a formal shoe."

Prada Quilted Mules

Re-Nylon Quilted Mules

Re-Nylon Quilted Mules

$720

Prada

Buy at ln-cc

Yulia: "They look like The North Face mules."

Louis: "Yeah...just ten times the price. I'm over WFH shoes now."

More editor-approved Back to School Shoes.

Converse DRKSHDW

TURBOWPN

TURBOWPN

$230

DRKSHDW x Converse

Buy at Highsnobiety

New Balance x Tokyo Design Studio MS574TDS

MS574TDS

$180

New Balance Tokyo Design Studio

Buy at Highsnobiety

Salomon XT-Wings 2 Advanced

XT-Wings 2 Advanced

XT-Wings 2 Advanced

$160

Salomon

Buy at Highsnobiety

Dr. Martens 1461

1461 Verso

1461 Verso

$160

Dr. Martens

Buy at The Goodhood Store

Balenciaga Faux Fur Sandals

Faux-Fur Track Sandals

Faux-Fur Track Sandals

$895

Balenciaga

15% off sitewide FW2021

15% off sitewide FW2021

Buy at ssense

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