Back to school also means back to sports. For student-athletes — and those who just like a sporty look — here are some styles for kids young and old that won’t strike out. They’re either brand-new or they’re items that fly off the shelves, or both, according to retailers.
ISlide, customizable slide sandals that athletes use, has secured collegiate licensing deals. Throughout August, ISlide is rolling out Syracuse University, North Dakota State, University of Alabama, University of Iowa, Louisiana State University, Michigan State, University of Connecticut and Santa Clara University. $49.99 a pair at islideusa.com
Help prevent stinky gym shoes, stinky sneakers and stinky lockers with Remodeez, gadgets geared to neutralize not mask odor using activated charcoal derived from coconut husks. Different shapes are designed to be added to a backpack, sneakers or lockers. $9.99 at remodeez.com
These coral pink Flexi Lexi dancer leggings are great for dance or yoga. They come in kids size small for age 6 to 9; medium ages 10 to 13, and extra small for kids ages 2 to 5. $65 at flexilexi-fitness.com
Gatorade water bottles
Kids want what the pro athletes use, and thats why Cory Wilder, manager of Woodbury Sports, says he thinks his store has sold more than 1,000 Gatorade water bottles in the past year, with demand still going strong. Its on the field in every sport, college and professional, Wilder says. A 32-ounce bottle sells for $5.99 at Woodbury Sports and other local and national retailers.
Flexi Lexi's Mini Collection
Flexi Lexi's Mini Collection of yoga pants for girls is adding new styles for September: hedgehog, ice cream and bunny. $59 each at flexilexi-fitness.com.
Nike Girls' Gym Vintage Full Zip Hoodie
The Nike logo sells and at Dicks Sporting Goods, the Nike Girls Gym Vintage Full Zip Hoodie is a favorite. Its got soft jersey fabric, raglan sleeves and ribbed cuffs. Why "vintage"? Its got the iconic Nike slogan Just Do It on the chest. $60 at Dicks and dicks.com
Nike neon slides
When the cleats are off, the slides go on. These neon slides from Nike are $25.99 at Modell's Sporting Goods, modells.com.
Aaron Judge T-shirt
Rookie slugger and New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has been inspiring sales among baseball fans, despite his recent slump. No. 99s navy blue name and number T-shirt sells for $22 at Modell's Sporting Goods, modells.com.
Stride Rite Emoji Phibians
Are your kids emoji lovers? Check out Stride Rite’s new Emoji Phibians. They’re a hybrid sneaker-sandal. They’ve got soles like a sneaker and are closed-toed, but they are breathable and made with quick-dry materials. They can be worn without socks and they can get wet, and as it gets colder out they can be worn with socks like a sneaker. Available in little kid sizes 4 to 10 and big kid sizes 11 to 5. $30 at Stride Rite stores and at striderite.com.
Racer-back sports tank
Girl squads are celebrated with this gray, racer-back sports tank top from H&Ms fall sport collection. Available online only for $12.99 at hm.com
Lacrosse Unlimited shorts
Lacrosse players love the crazy pattern shorts sold at Lacrosse Unlimiteds nine Long Island stores, says Paul DeSimone, manager of the Huntington location. The store gets new patterns every few weeks, including pizza slices, astronauts and more. Pictured are the colorful clownfish lacrosse shorts, $37.99 in stores and at lacrosseunlimited.com
NikeCourt AeroBill Roger Federer Adjustable Tennis Hat
Tennis players are reaching for hats honoring Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer, currently ranked No. 3 in the world. This NikeCourt AeroBill Roger Federer adjustable tennis hat is $28 at nike.com.
Its preseason now, and this new shirt from SoccerGrlProbs expresses the sentiment of many soccer players in training: Everything hurts. SoccerGrlProbs was started by three Division I soccer teammates from Long Island who met in college and started their apparel company to empower and encourage female athletes. Available as T-shirt for $24.99 or muscle tank for $29.99 at soccergrlprobs.com