School Colors

Cool For School


When it comes to kicks, whether you go old school or new school, class is definitely in session. The freshest updates to the classic court shoes and running styles are the varsity blues (and reds and golds and greens and oranges and …). We’ve rounded up the colorful throwback classics and the trend-right new twists on collegiate colors and preppy patterning for men, women and even kids — because you’re never too young, or too old, to get schooled.


Red and beige suede pops look Grade A on FILA’s throwback $80 Trigate style.


It’s a university go-to in traditional grey, but dressed up in a team royal and varsity orange the New Balance 574 ($60) is practically pep-squad perfect for kids, too.


A sculpted midsole and an elevated platform give the old-school Roma style for women a facelift, but it’s the gym-class-approved terry towel detail on the formstripe that gives the Puma Roma Amor Heritage ($85) top marks.


The clean white sneaker from Gola gets a colorful upgrade with the $65 Coaster rainbow — perfect for fitting in even if you’re campus hopping.


The CVO is a campus classic for a reason. SKECHERS’ playful Roadies True Roots version ($55) adds an on-trend ultra-lugged outsole for maximum fun.


The $70 Orbit Stripe from FILA brings collegiate colors to dramatic new heights with an eye-catching red, white and blue platform.


The Academic Scholars pack was inspired by ’90s prep school looks. The $170 Gel-Kayano 26 takes those uniform colors and gives them a preppy streetwear twist.


Cream-on-white like the Keds Crew Kick 75 ($65) is the perfect preppy footnote to any game-day look.


Putting a feminine spin on the clean white sneaker, the Cougar Bloom ($90), pays homage to the
ivy-covered walls and well-manicured campuses of our dreams.


Go for the gold (on the field, on the court, or just in life) with Saucony’s iconic Shadow Original ($70) style.


A grey jersey upper and primary accents make the Vans Era 59 ($60) a stylish pick to wear to class (or for anything outside it).