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These Water Shoes for Kids Are Perfect for the Pool, Park, Beach and Beyond

by Bethany Braun-Silva


These Water Shoes for Kids Are Perfect for the Pool, Park, Beach and Beyond
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The best water shoes for kids for summer fun!

 

Summertime and water fun go hand-in-hand, especially when it comes to kids. Between days spent at the playground running through sprinklers and nature treks with the family, parents know all too well how gross kids’ shoes can get after a summer full of adventures, though. 

 

Summer shoes need to be up to the task of keeping up with active kids, so water shoes are a great option. They’re lightweight and durable and made with waterproof materials like neoprene and rubber that dry quickly and don’t smell. Water shoes also provide your child’s foot with a safe barrier from the elements and have a grip to prevent slipping or falling when playing in the water.  

 

Many water shoes are also machine-washable, which makes upkeep easy for you as well as ensures they will last through the summer. Based on your needs, water shoes come in a variety of styles, including sneakers, sandals and slip-ons —many of which your child can swim in. 

 

If we’ve learned anything from Peppa Pig, it’s that “if you are jumping up and down in muddy puddles, you must wear your boots!” Or, in this case, water shoes. Below, we’ve rounded up the 18 best water shoes for jumping in muddy puddles and beyond!

Crocs for Kids

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Crocs Kids Fun Lab Disney Mickey Mouse Band Clog

Price:$35.00

The classic Crocs clog conforms to your child’s foot for a comfortable fit and is made with quick-drying Croslite material.

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Crocs Kids Swiftwater Easy On Logo Shoe

Price:$40.00

This mesh sneaker is perfect for a day at running through the sprinklers and fits securely to toddlers’ feet.

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Crocs Kids Crocband II Sandal

Price:$30.00

The open-toe sandal keeps kids cool and comfortable while also providing them with support to play in the water.

Native Kids Shoes

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Native Kids Shoes Jefferson

Price:$35.00

The most popular style by Native is loved by parents and kids alike for being “water-friendly, easy to clean, easy on/off, lightweight, breathable, comfy, stylish,” according to a reviewer.

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Native Kids Shoes Juniper

Price:$40.00

This adorable slip-on gives an elevated look to the waterproof, vegan shoe.

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Native Kids Shoes Charley

Price:$35.00

These sandals have a molded footbed and are made with fast-drying material for the beach, playground and beyond.

Stride Rite

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Stride Rite Nesta

Price:$52.00

These shoes are part of Stride Rite’s Made 2 Play collection and are ready for anything your kid puts them through as they are waterproof, grippy and machine-washable.

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Stride Rite Phibian

Price:$25.00

Half sneaker, half water shoe, the Phiian is perfect for climbing the jungle gym, then running through the sprinklers and back again.

Nike

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Nike Kids Sunray Protect 2

Price:$36.00

The toe-bumpers on this sandal provide extra protection for your toddler’s little toes while also protecting them from sand and water.

Keen Kids

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Keen Kids Seacamp

Price:$55.00

We love the hook-and-loop strap on these sandals that provide a comfortable, custom fit, while the rubber bottom safeguards against slippery surfaces.

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Keen Kids Newport

Price:$50.00

Feel free to tackle hikes and treks in these rugged water shoes that work on any terrain.

Kamik Kids

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Kamik Kids Crab

Price:$40.00

Toddlers can wear these shoes while they splash on the shoreline as they are quick-drying and will protect little feet from rocks and shells.

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Kamik Kids Fundy

Price:$45.00

These shoes are perfect for everyday wear and feature quick-drying interior and water-repellent exterior.

Pediped

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Pediped Canyon

Price:$53.00

Reviewers of this shoe claim they are the “best kids shoes for the summer,” as they provide a supportive footbed and breathable fit.

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Pediped Sahara Flex

Price:$53.00

These machine-washable shoes support your toddler’s growing feet while they play and have interchangeable insoles that can be switched out for a custom fit.

Merrell Kids

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Merrell Kids Hydro

Price:$49.00

These hiking shoes are also made for the water and are odor-resistant. They feature breathable mesh sides to keep feet cool on the trail or in the park.

Plae Shoes

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Plae Mimo

Price:$38.00

These perforated shoes are breathable, comfortable, and are made with vegan materials. Parents love that they are “light and sturdy” and dry extremely fast.

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Plae Sam

Price:$50.00

These covered sandals protect from the elements and are easy for kids to get on and off by themselves.