Summer Series Part 6: Updated May 2019
‘Tis the season… to buy your kids’ summer shoes. But where do you start? How do you even shop for such cute, but oh so dirty tootsies? To save you a little time, we rounded up our favorite pairs of summer shoes for babies, toddlers and even big kids.
Made with 100% leather uppers, these soft crib shoes are perfect for standing, crawling and walking. The padded in-sock brings an extra level of comfort for those delicate baby feet. The leather lining and sole are great added quality along with the adjustable strap that will extend as your baby grows. The cherries on the top are the perfect added touch to this adorable shoe.
Color blocks are all the rage this summer season, and these crib sneakers are right on trend. We love the cute details such as the faux laces and adjustable straps. These baby sneakers, which are so easy to put on baby’s feet, are also made from breathable faux-leather material. Plus, we give them a major bonus point for being super easy to clean.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! These espadrilles with canvas uppers and elastic panels on the side are a score for the summer season. And we love the back tab — it takes the pain out of trying to get them on!
These linen sandals are not only cute but, with their soft footbed and adjustable strap at the ankle, also comfortable. Paired with a cute romper or summer dress, these would be the talk of any summer BBQ party.
Shark Week is coming up! These crib shoes, which are made of leather with a suede sole, are roomy and feature an elasticized ankle that can accommodate both skinny and chubby little footsies. We absolutely adore the playful shark design with the fin and the eyes.
See Kai Run Stevie II ~ $45
The Stevie II by See Kai Run is a first-walker must-have this summer. It doesn’t just have a classic sneaker look, the canvas lining is flexible and lightweight, and the rubber outsole provides flexibility and traction, which is perfect for early steps.
With these TOMS crib shoes, your little one will start summer on the right foot. We love how minimalist they are, and the heather grey just never goes out of style. Plus, the jersey upper makes this shoe fit and feel like a glove. Comfort guaranteed, all summer (and beyond).
Stride Rite Antonio ~ $43
These shoes from Stride Rite are made from sensory response technology: it has sensory pods on the outside to help kids feel the ground and basically mimic barefoot walking. The lightweight outsole has deep flex grooves for maximum flexibility and toe wrap protection.
This roundup wouldn’t be complete without a pair of baby moccasins. We love the T-strap and teardrop cutouts; plus, navy bottoms, paired with the red and white stripes, are a nice patriotic touch that could be great for your Fourth of July celebration.
Jelly shoes are back, and we’re not mad about it! These affordable Cat & Jack shoes can be paired with almost anything, from shorts to summer dresses; and they come in four glitter colors that any little girl would love for the summer months. And you’ll love them too: these closed-toe shoes keep her feet and toes safe and secure while she runs and plays (no booboos allowed), and they’re water proof — perfect for a day at splash pad.
These leather shoes have extra toe protection and won’t scuff easily. The rubber sole adds traction for those new walkers and babies that are already on the go. Yes, we love Pedipeds!
With the Hurricane Drift from Teva, you won’t have to worry about your little one losing sandals at the pool or the lake; they even float on the water! With the EVA-foam footbed and rugged rubber sole cushion, these sandals are comfy and supportive all at once. Perfect for active kiddos going on crazy outdoor adventures.
Crocs Kids Classic Clog ~ $27
Breathability and comfort make Crocs an easy choice for summer. Made from croslite material, these clog-like shoes are extremely lightweight, and the footbed conforms to your child’s foot, basically making them a custom fit.
These toddler water shoes from Target protect kids’ feet during all activities. Shaped like sneakers, they’re easy for kids to slip on and off, and the holes make it easy for water to flow through. Plus, they’re cheap and come in four different colors. *Also available in navy.
Converse were my other go-to shoe when my son was little. The canvas upper made for easy cleaning and the iconic rubber shell not only protects your baby’s toes, but also is very easy to clean. What I loved the most about these shoes is that they offer them in so many colors and details, but white is my absolute for summer.
Keen Newport H2 ~ $44
Ok, these aren’t the most fashionable shoes, but your tot will thank you for getting the Newport H2 by Keen when he’s climbing up the playground structure and going through the splash pad. They dry super quickly and are machine washable — a big, big plus considering they are bound to get dirty!
We’ve worn these Saltwater sandals at the beach, the pool and the playground splash pad, and we never had to worry about getting them wet. We love the classic European look these have, especially with the cognac color and the gold loop. Bonus: if you want to twin with your tot, Hoy makes them for adults, too.
Stride Rite SRT Harper ~ $48
Fisherman-style sandals with a leather upper are perfect for the summer months. Whether for church or for the playground, you can dress this shoe from Stride Rite up or down for any occasion. The padded insole and the cushioned collar are nice touches. These shoes include the Stride Rite ultra-comfortable natural motion system designed to mimic barefoot walking and give little ones the proper stability and traction they need to grow into strong walkers. #worthit
Old Soles Sneaky Rb ~ $69
These quality trainers by Old Soles feature a soft leather outer shoe, a soft leather lining and inner sole, and non-slip rubber outer sole. Like all of Old Soles’ shoes, they are flexible and supportive; and it helps that they’re stylish. Though they come in unisex colors, we fell in love with the rose gold/yellow/white combo.
Red white and blue — the perfect color combo for your 4th of July celebration… or any summer occasion, really! These sandals aren’t just cute, they’re also comfortable and easy to throw on. An easy choice to add to your little girl’s outfit!
Gold caged sandals with floral details… hold onto your hats! These leather sandals in metallic color will go with everything in your child’s closet, making them so easy to finish any summer look. The adjustable closure buckle makes for comfort and room to grow.
Slide into summer with these easy on-and-off shoes. The minty color of these slides caught my eye: they are so fresh and new… and finally not pink. Plus, they are a breeze to care for — just wipe them off and go!
Birkenstock Kids Arizona ~ $59
Many of us have a pair of Birkenstocks in our summer rotation — and your little one can too! We absolutely love the rose gold version, and the tiny kids version is basically the cutest thing I’ve seen. Birkenstocks fit all feet widths, and the cork bottom and suede-lined footbed are extremely comfortable. The flexible and lightweight outsole is durable and shock-resisting. Plus, it goes with everything.
Adidas sneakers, like the Superstars, were always my go-to for my child; it’s a classic that never goes out of style. The leather shoe has breathable sides, and it features a padded tongue for extra comfort. Plus, Adidas sneakers give your little one full toe coverage, day at the park or at summer camp.
Cienta Kids Shoes ~ $34
These cute Mary Janes from the Spanish brand Cienta are all the rage; the price is right and they’re made with breathable canvas and are washable and adjustable, allowing your kiddo to independently slip them on. Plus, they all come with a custom scent… say what??
The Jefferson shoes by Native is like the cooler cousin of the Crocs, which is why we’re recommending it for your big kids! The brand updated a classic sneaker silhouette in ultra-lightweight EVA construction. It’s shock absorbent, odor resistant (no stinky feet allowed!) and hand washable. Plus, they come in infinite colors!
These Chucks are too much of a classic not to mention here, too. The canvas upper makes for easy cleaning, and the iconic rubber shell toe not only protects your kids’ feet but also is very easy to clean. What I loved the most about these shoes is that they offer them in so many colors and details, but white is my absolute for summer.
Sperry Kids Cup II Boat ~ $59
A slip on boat shoe is always a good idea — always! This 100% leather shoe is breathable and is sure to complete any summer look. Pair it with shorts for a casual look or dress it up for a summer wedding or graduation ceremony. My boy had many pairs of these over the last seven years and I must say, they are an all-time favorite.
Speedsmith Forge 1.0 ~ $69
This sock shoe from Speedsmith is super duper light (one shoe weighs only 100 grams), sporty and stretchy. Plus, they have a wide natural fit that lets feet be unrestricted. We also love the stretchy sock angle, allowing kids (big and little) to put them on in a flash.
J.Crew Kids’ Flip-Flops ~ $24
Every big kid needs a flip flop, and we love this playful twist on the camo design by J.Crew. A total summer must.
Happy summer, friends!
~ Your resident fashionista, Heather Kersten
Did you miss?
- Part 1: Best Baby & Kids Sunscreens
- Part 2: Best Swim Diapers
- Part 3: Sun Protective Clothing for Kids
- Part 4: Best Insect Repellents for Kids
- Part 5: Best Life Jackets for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers