The arrival of a new school year is always a flurry of excitement, anticipation, and last-minute preparations. Perhaps the most important is the annual refresh of footwear, accessories, and clothing — whether it’s because of wear and tear, changing fashions, or the inevitable summer growth spurt.
With high school students constantly shifting from classroom to sports field and college athletes taking on greater physical challenges each year, the need for durable, high-quality gear is clear. Before the bell rings and classes resume, let’s get ahead of the curve with our top five back-to-school essentials.
1. Everyday footwear that goes the distance
Every student’s checklist should begin with a sturdy, comfortable pair of shoes. Whether it's rushing between classes, running a few laps around the track, or hanging out with friends after school, the right footwear can make a significant difference in any student's day. Consider footwear with plenty of cushioning, breathability, and durability—and don’t hesitate to replace your kids’ running shoes when they show signs of wearing out.
Brooks Ghost shoes step up to meet the demands of a dynamic student lifestyle. Engineered with innovative BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning, Ghost provides a unique blend of softness and responsiveness that adapts to their stride, offering excellent shock absorption and remarkable underfoot cushioning. With an upper that features breathable mesh, these shoes have superior ventilation to keep your young learner’s feet cool and dry throughout the day. Ghost’s lightweight structure and durability make it an ideal choice for the demands of a busy school day filled with diverse activities.
2. Athletic apparel that combines comfort and style
Athletic wear is an integral part of a student's wardrobe, particularly for those who juggle academics with a sporty lifestyle. Comfort, versatility, and an inspiring design has the potential to not only enhance a student's athletic performance but boost their self-image and allow them to express their unique identity.
Our Distance Short Sleeve 2.0 embraces all these elements. In fact, there’s more to this shirt than meets the eye. It offers a soft, quick-drying fabric that wicks away sweat, a run-ready fit for distraction-free comfort throughout the day, and even UPF 50+ sun protection for extra peace of mind. Available in various colours and with a diverse array of eye-catching graphics, this is an everyday essential that keeps students inspired and stylish in and out of school.
3. Practical headgear that makes a style statement
Scan any school or college hallway and it’s easy to see that hats are more than just a fashion accessory to many students. Beyond serving its primary purpose—protecting wearers from the elements, whether rain or shine—a hat is often the most immediately apparent expression of a personality.
With its distinctive short brim and sweat-wicking lining, the Brooks Chaser Hat serves this dual purpose perfectly. The Chaser’s stretch-woven fabric is soft and breathable for comfortable all-day wear, while its eye-catching designs and patterns allow students to express their own unique style while staying protected from the elements
4. Layered clothing for changing seasons
The changing seasons during the school year can pose a challenge for students. In short, they need versatile clothing that is suitable for varying weather conditions and temperatures. Apparel that is easy to layer, comfortable, and easy to pack can provide an ideal solution.
The Run Visible Thermal Hoodie is versatility in action. Its DriLayer® Threshold fabric provides warm insulation on chilly days, but is also sweat-wicking and breathable to prevent overheating. A handy pocket at the hem keeps valuables safe, while high-contrast colours and 3M™ Scotchlite™ Carbon Black Retroreflective technology ensures that students remain visible to drivers even in low-light conditions.
5. A lightweight backpack that carries it all
A backpack is every student's constant companion during the school year, carrying everything from textbooks and laptops to sports gear and water bottles. The ideal backpack meets this tall order by combining style, space, durability, and comfort. That makes it more than just an accessory—it can be an important part of a successful school year.
From the library to off-campus adventures, the Brooks Stride Pack delivers on all these fronts. Like most backpacks, it offers multiple main compartments—large, small, and laptop-sized—as well as smaller stretch pockets for phone, sanitizers, and other daily essentials. Unlike most backpacks, the Stride Pack also offers a customizable fit to eliminate bounce and weather-protective materials to keep everything safely stowed and protected throughout even the most active schooldays.
Blaze new paths with the Future Run Collection
Inspired by the next generation of young runners, the Brooks Future Run Collection celebrates running’s positive impact and the power of being on a team where everyone can bring their authentic self. Featuring the Revel 6 in classic team colour combos, the collection champions self-expression and team spirit. Shop the Future Run Collection and show your spirit, your way.
Class is back in session
At Brooks Running, we do our homework. That’s why every product is thoughtfully designed with the understanding of a student's demanding and varied routine. Our back-to-school options focus on comfort, durability, and style, to ensure the school year runs smoothly and comfortably for both you and your high school or college student. Shop now and stride into the new academic year with confidence.
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Our writer's advice is intended for informational or general educational purposes only. We always encourage you to speak with your physician or healthcare provider before making any adjustments to your running, nutrition, or fitness routines.