It's easy for boys to mix hip, casual shoes with more conservative clothes. Whereas adults just look like they don't want to grow up, boy's look ultra-cool with these kicks at the bottom of their khakis, jeans or even a suit. These silhouettes are active, comfortable and ready for inside or outdoor play. Look for thick soles, textured uppers, and monocolor shoes where the upper and outsole are the same color. If your holiday get-togethers are casual and fun, your kid can pull these looks off.
The "dress-sneaker" solution is a great way to stretch your shoe dollars. They pass for dress-casual, then he can run around later without ruining his "good" shoes. Plus he'll have more wearing occasions for these rather than traditional dress shoes. The true leather uppers mean they're breathable, and that's a relief for little feet.
Don't let him wear beat up sneakers, or cheap-looking dress shoes to grandma's house for dinner. Instead, put him in these cool and functional kicks.