The Ultimate Vans Back-to-School Guide

From shoes to backpacks and awesome accessories, we’ve got everything you need to be school ready in classic Vans style.

As the long days of summer draw to an end, the back-to-school season looms. Meaning: it’s time to gear up! In this guide, we’ll dive into all the kit you’ll need to be school ready from day one. From comfy Vans classic sneakers to versatile apparel, backpacks and more, we’ve got you covered with all the back-to-school essentials you need for an awesome year ahead.

Step into style: Get the perfect back-to-school footwear

When picking a pair of shoes for school, comfort should be your number one priority. Most likely, you’ll be doing some serious trekking. A pair of versatile sneakers can be the perfect choice, all year long.

Classic styling: Vans Old Skool, Authentic and Slip-Ons

Kick-start your school year with iconic Vans shoes like the Old Skool, Authentic, and Slip-Ons. Durable canvas uppers, signature waffle outsoles for traction, and distinctive Vans branding make for a distinctive and durable shoe you’ll wear all year long. 

Athletic comfort: Vans UltraRange and ComfyCush

Want active comfort without sacrificing style? Check out the Vans UltraRange and ComfyCush collections. These shoes combine athletic features like enhanced cushioning, lightweight construction, and breathable materials – along with our signature aesthetic.

Whether you're rushing between classes or keeping active during extracurricular activities, these performance-driven sneakers are all about on-trend performance and day-long comfort.

Wardrobe staples: awesome apparel

No back-to-school look would be complete without some awesome new kit. From casual tees and hoodies to trendy outerwear and handy accessories, we’ve got something for everyone in classic Vans style.

Vans logo tees, hoodies and apparel

When it comes to clothing, keep an eye out for pieces that’ll see you through more than one season. Plus, look for comfy fits and versatile styling. Vans logo tees and hoodies are crafted from soft fabrics and featuring eye-catching graphics, for daily comfort that never compromises on style.

Vans jackets and sweatshirts

As the autumn chill sets in, layer up with Vans' stylish jackets and sweatshirts. From lightweight windbreakers to cosy fleeces, keep an eye out for outerwear pieces that combine fashion and functionality.

When it comes to heavier clothing, insulated jackets are great for the winter but can be bulky to carry around school during autumn and spring. Windproof jackets use tight weaving and fabric coatings to create a barrier against wind chill on long walks to school during those in-between seasons.

Water-resistant materials use water-repellent coatings to keep you dry if you get caught in a sudden shower. A lightweight, waterproof outer jacket can be ideal for packing in your bag in case of rain.


No back-to-school kit would be complete without a great backpack to carry books, stationery, clothing and that trusty water bottle. Check out our backpacks for spacious central compartments, padded laptop sleeves and ergonomic designs for all-day comfort.

Whether you prefer something sleek and minimalistic or bold and expressive, we’ve got all the styles and sizes you need.

Choosing your perfect school backpack

If you’re on the lookout for the perfect school backpack, consider capacity, compartments and fit.

Backpacks with a capacity below 30 litres are generally known as daypacks and are ideal for school use. To determine the right size, think about what you'll be carrying, especially books and folders, which can be bulky.

The inside of a daypack may be one single space or separated by dividers or pockets. Separate compartments help keep your gear organised and easily accessible, although the dividers themselves take up some space. If you are carrying a laptop or tablet to school, then a padded sleeve or compartment is essential to protect your electronics. The 22-litre Realm backpack features a padded, internal laptop sleeve along with adjustable shoulder straps and the classic Off the Wall logo patch.

It’s also important to bear in mind size, straps and padding. The longer you have to carry the bag, the greater the need for comfortable straps and a back panel. Heavy loads will also require well-fitted or adjustable straps to avoid strain on the shoulders and back. Finally, consider additional features such as external pockets for water bottles or other quick-access items.

The Vans range of school backpacks combines ergonomic design with our enduring Off The Wall style for a selection of functional, versatile, effortlessly cool bags.

Accessories: hats, bags and more

Complete your back-to-school look with accessories that are big on versatility, functionality and classic Vans style. From trendy caps and beanies to backpacks, pencil packs and crossbody bags, we’ve got all the accessories you’ll need to last the new school year right through.

Start the new school season in style

From iconic Vans classic footwear to trendy apparel, accessories and versatile backpacks, Vans offers everything you need for an awesome back-to-school experience. So grab those books and head to class asap. This year’s going to be great.