Best Kids Sandals for Summer

by Samantha McIntyre

Best Kids Sandals for Summer
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Clearly, it’s no easy feat trying to find fab, fashionable sandals for the kids. With summer fast approaching, it’s time to turn up the heat and start searching to make smart shopping choices before letting those little toes out in stylish, tootsie-friendly finds that comfortably measure up to your standards.



Best Kids Sandals For The Summer:




With so many super cute sandal styles currently on the market for children, we’ve set out to find quality, wearable selections for boys and girls that not only stay put but provide optimal support and protection with sturdy, waterproof soles. “It’s important to choose sandals that have rubber soles and strong traction since kids are prone to slipping and falling,” advises Dr. Bruce Pinker, DPM, AACFAS, FAPWCA, DABPM a Board Certified Podiatrist at Progressive Foot Care. “Kids feet vary greatly in width to length ratio so choose a sandal with velcro straps that can be adjusted and secured to the foot tightly. Velcro straps are great because they allow you to tighten the sandal to prevent the foot from slipping out of it.”


Since comfort is also critical when selecting a sandal that safely fits the bill and grows with your babe’s developing feet, this roundup of structured sandal styles is made for walking, playing and hanging at the beach. Best part? They’re designed not to break the bank and last all season long!


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Plae Sam 2.0 Fisherman Sandal


What a great way to brighten up fun summer styles than in this super cute Sam 2.0 Fisherman Sandal from Plae. The pretty pink style features a shock absorbing, anatomical footbed formed to fit your child's foot with protective toe guard and a customizable hook-and-loop strap so your kiddo can swap different straps (sold separately) to create a whole new look. These sandals are also waterproof and machine washable! Now, that's a step in the right direction when it comes to kid’s footwear! Available in walker, toddler and little kid sizes.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
First time buying PLAE shoes and they’re great. I bought three pairs for my three toddlers (twin 3-year-olds and an almost 2-year-old). They can all put the shoes on themselves (HUGE WIN FOR ME). And they’re cute and comfortable and durable. I’m very happy with the purchases!

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Nike Kids Sunray Protect 2 Water Sandals


Ready, Set, Go make a splash in these super cool Nike Kids Sunray Protect 2 Water Sandals! This sleek, slip-on style is crafted in a soft synthetic upper with an adjustable hook-and-loop closure making the lightweight, the waterproof sandal all set to withstand considerable wear while making waves throughout the summer season. From the beach to the boardwalk, the park to the playground, these fab, flexible sandals have your kiddo covered.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
These shoes are great for my 2 1/2 year old. She has wide feet and these fit perfectly. They are easy enough to put on that she can do it herself and washable!

Love these! Great water shoes - easy to put on and stay on!!

Exactly what I wanted for my daughter for the best price and arrived QUICKLY!

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Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Sweetheart Sandal


When it comes to the golden rule of fashion, your little lady can't go wrong in this perfectly stylish pair of Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Sweetheart Sandals. These adorable metallic gold sandals feature a cool, laser-cut detail, open toe, sturdy sole, and adjustable buckle closure. A perfect fit for your sweet shining star! Available in toddler and little kid sizes.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
I love these sandals. We have consistently been buying these for our 5 year old daughter since she was 2. We just go up a size each summer. They are so cute and go with all of her summer outfits. She has never complained once about them hurting.

My daughter and I love this sandal! It is perfect for summer and super comfy! Fit is true to size! Highly recommend!

These shoes are amazing!!! My daughter picks these each and every day. She says they are very comfortable.

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Femizee Girls Genuine Leather Soft Closed Toe Princess Summer Sandals


Your little girl will certainly have an extra special spring in her step sporting these adorable Femizee Girls Genuine Leather Soft Closed Toe Princess Summer Sandals. This perfect petal style is available in two styles and seven colors in toddler and little kid sizes.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
These are perfect for my toddlers! I have 4 and 3 year old little girls, and when the older one outgrew her first pair, I bought the same ones in the next size up, then 6 months later bought matching ones for the 3 year old. They’re great! They protect their toes better than most sandals, but still provide airflow and are really cute. The easy-to-use strap means they can even put them on by themselves!

I’m really impressed, these shoes are nicer than I expected! They are well made and supportive, with thick and soft leather. I’m pleasantly surprised!!

These shoes go with just about every outfit my little one has. The inside has a cloth like feel to it so there is no worries for blisters!

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Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Water Friendly Sandal


The first step to building a stylish shoe wardrobe starts with selecting a sweet sandal style like this pair of Salt Water Sandals by Hoy. This classic, leather waterproof sandal features a lightweight sole, buckle closure and comes in several cool colors that your little lady will love. Available in toddler, little kid and big kid sizes.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
These are the sandals that I pretty much always order for my daughter. I recommend getting the sandals wet and walking around in them as they dry. This helps them mold to your feet. The color is pretty and my daughter loves them!

As with any Saltwater sandal, they are SUPER STIFF to begin with. They need to be submerged in water to soften up. A very easy process. Now they fit great and are comfortable to wear.

Perfect summer sandal! We order them every year!

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Crocs Kids Classic Graphic Clog


When it comes to the coolest sandals, you can never go wrong with Crocs. This pretty pair of Crocs Kids Classic Graphic Clogs are perfect for girls and feature a lightweight sole with an adjustable back strap.The durable, waterproof style is designed to keep your kiddo comfy all summer long! Available in toddler and little kid sizes.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
They fit my daughter perfectly!

Our 4 year old loves these shoes! They’re great for a quick slip on, and fantastic for the beach.

Cute and durable!

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Poppin Kicks Boys' Quick Dry Closed-Toe Water Sandals


For the little guy always on the go, these sporty Poppin Kicks Boys' Quick Dry Closed-Toe Water Sandals are sturdy enough to withstand any outdoor activity while providing comfortable support with a thick, flexible sole. The waterproof style features elastic bungee lacing and a hook-and-loop back strap to keep it secure. Available in toddler and little kid sizes

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Great fit and easy to clean.

Super cute, easy on and off and I love that they protect the toes!

Super nice quality for being a brand I am not familiar with, I honestly expected to have to return them. My son really likes them and we have no issue getting him to wear them.

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Saguaro Boys’ Breathable Athletic Sandals


It's easy to see why your kiddo will get a kick out of this sleek pair of Saguaro Boys’ Breathable Athletic Sandals. The rad design of this cool, closed-toe sandal looks great with everything in a comfy design perfect for play. Available in little and big kid sizes.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Love these shoes. My 4 year old wears them every day and I feel that his feet are a lot safer in these when he rides his scooter and bike than any other sandal.

I get these every summer for my son in his current size. He plays hard and these hold up well. Perfect for summer play, camping, Creek exploring, etc.

Ordered these last year for my son and loved them. So ordered again this year. Fits well. Son has wide foot and fits great!

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PAW Patrol Toddler Boys' Sport Strap Sandal


Every little fan of Marshall and Chase will flip for these "pawsome" PAW Patrol Toddler Boys' Sport Strap Sandals. This rugged, lightweight style features adjustable, velcro straps and a soft, shock-resistant sole strong enough to stand up to the toughest activities. Available in toddler sizes 7 to 11.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Very happy with these shoes. Good quality and comfortable for my 4-year-old. He loves them! Love that they adjust on both the front and back of ankle.

My 2 year old son loves these!! He loves the paw patrol design and they seem to be really comfortable

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Toddler Boys' Marvel Spider-Man Light-Up Hiking Sandals


No doubt, your little superhero will swiftly leap into action sporting these awesome Toddler Boys' Marvel Spider-Man Light-Up Hiking Sandals. The classic fisherman-style shoe features a closed-toe, adjustable hook-and-loop closure and cool Spidey image on the side that petite Peter Parker fans will love. Available in toddler sizes 9 to 13.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
These are cute, my son loves them. They do run a bit big though. We ended up swapping for a smaller size.

My grandson loves anything Spider-Man, had to look around for different stores to get them but was worth it.

My son loves these. He loves light up shoes, especially if they're Spider-Man.

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Carter's Toddler & Little Boys Dilan Light-Up Sandal


We doubt you'll be pulling teeth trying to get your little guy to put on this pair of super sharp Carter's Toddler & Little Boys' Dilan Light-Up Sandals. The fierce, shark print sandal features an adjustable strap, faux leather upper and thick rubber sole that lights up with each step. We suspect this toothy style is sure to snag more than a few smiles! Available in toddler and little kid sizes.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Great product! My boys love the lights. I love that they are adjustable and i can get them on my kids super wide but short feet.

Great fit and design. Easy for toddler to put on and take off.

Sturdy and I actually threw them in the washer. This is the third pair I've bought. Just keep sizing up as my grandson gets bigger.

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Keen 'Newport H2' Water Friendly Sandal


Since your little boy is such a good sport, he will surely get a kick out of these cool 'Newport H2' Water Friendly Sandals. This durable, waterproof sandal is made with breathable fabrics, adjustable straps, and a lightweight rubber sole designed to stand up to any outdoor adventure. Available in Baby, Walker, Toddler, Little Kid, and Big Kid sizes.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
This is our 6th year buying keens for our son. They are a summer shoe staple. We love the durability of them (such good quality we pass them on to my nephews) and the protection they give little feet & toes. Our son wears them all summer for play, boating, swimming in the lake, etc.

My 6 year-old grandson loves Keens sandals and I get him a new pair each summer. These are especially great with the glow feature!

We love these shoes! They have a supportive sneaker base but are cool for the summer. Easy to get on and off. Fantastic quality.