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Here are four back-to-school trends to try.

Fashion trends are cyclical and those in the know love it! From chunky soles to bold colors and oversized brand logos, this back-to-school season, 90s-inspired sneakers are all the rage.

Here are some tips on how to stay comfortable and on-trend this school year from Laryssa Grant, a young adult buyer for national family footwear retailer, Rack Room Shoes.

Jewel Tones, Pops of Color: Fashion is a form of expression, and right now shoes are doing all the talking. Simple clothing choices paired with bold, jewel-toned shoes make getting dressed easy and fun.

• Shoes to Try: Vans sneakers in red, blue, purple or yellow. Vans’ retro styles come in a variety of vibrant colors and patterns with sizes for school-aged girls and boys—and parents, too.

Big Logos: When it comes to clothing and shoe choices this school year, there’s no need for subtlety. Bigger is better. Bolder is better. Top brands are embracing this concept in their logo designs.

• Shoes to try: A variety of brands such as Nike, Adidas, Fila and Converse offer styles this season that kick it up a notch with brighter and more pronounced logo choices.

Prints and Patterns: In the past, mixing patterns has been taboo, but according to Grant, it’s now encouraged. Patterned shoes are no longer treated as a statement shoe, but rather as a neutral that can be mixed and paired with any item in the closet.

• Shoes to try: Converse has put a fun twist on its classic style with floral and rainbow patterns. Paired with a swing dress or jeans and a t-shirt, these styles make even the most standard outfit unique.

Chunky: Remember when mom jeans became a fashion must-have? A style better known as “chunky dad shoes” are just as hot this year. For men, women and kids of all ages, sneakers with extra thick soles take a casual look to the next level and provide comfort for even the most active little feet.

• Shoes to try: Fila is nailing the chunky sole trend and has sneakers in sizes for the whole family.

“Back-to-school shopping is always an exciting time for families,” says Grant. “And this year parents can revisit the styles they loved while helping their children express their individualities.” n

For one-stop-shopping during the back-to-school season, parents can visit the Kids Club at Rack Room Shoes in stores or online at