The school year was pretty tough on the kids’ shoes (and their indoor shoes are probably still locked inside the school for the next two months). That means it’s time to take stock of footwear requirements and hit the shops. Sandals for cool toes and water play are a must, but some sneaks may also be required for anything from rock climbing to hikes and sprints. We’ve rounded up our favourites here to keep those little toes safely shod for summer.
Merrell Hydro Monarch Sandal
These are super sweet sandals that will let those little toes breathe, and the colour palettes are super cute. The uppers are quick dry and the grippy soles are perfect for slick or uneven surfaces.
$65, available at MEC
The North Face Hedgehog Sandal
Cute name, cute sandal. We love the bungee closure that just needs one pull to fasten – perfect for squirmy toddler toes. And these sandals move in and out of the water with ease, so are tailor made for anything from splash pad fun to dipping toes in the lake.
$70, available at liveoutthere.com
Tommy Hilfiger Kormac Core Sneakers
They still need some sneaks in the summer, and these are cool, cool, cool and comfy. We love the look of laces but retaining the slip-on ease for when they just want to get outside, already. We can see these being great shoes for coolish summer nights spent outside under the stars.
$54, available at the Bay
The only sandal they’ll ever need…until they outgrow them, that is. Birks still reign for universal comfort with an indie hip vibe. Boys and girls love them and they can be worn all summer, then come fall pair them with some camp socks for a three-season look. Even the littles will love this look with a pair of comfy sweats.
$90, available at Soft Moc
Teva Toachi Sandals
Oh Tevas, how we adore you. The quick-dry neoprene linings, the shock-absorbent foot bed and those no-slip soles – these shoes will see the little adventurers through some amazing escapades and still look good at the end of it all.
$60, available at MEC
Keen’s Toddler Seacamp II CNX
Keen has pretty much cornered the market on summer footwear for kids – their sandals are that good and comfortable, and respond well to all of the elements. Plus, they’re closed-toe – which is required by many daycares and schools these days. There are a ton of colours available, and they’re great for both toddlers and big kids as well.
$60, available at keenfootwear.com
Sperry Boat Shoes
They’re back and SO on trend. Just like when we were young, you still leave them tied and just slip them on and off. It’s the casual preppy look but the shoes are actually great and comfy for boats, docks and camp and go well with shorts and tees.
$75, available at Soft Moc
Sanuk Girls Lil Donna Aloha
These are great light summer shoes when closed-toed footwear is required, and in the prettiest of patterns. Another bonus – antimicrobial treatment to prevent stinky toes! Super comfy, super surf style.
$40, available at liveoutthere.com
Oh the quality behind Geox! We’ve never had a faulty Velcro, flapping sole or irritating closure in all the many pairs that have graced the kids’ tootsies. And these beauties come in lots of colours and patterns, so the little ones will be over the moon. They also boast breathable fabrics, so tiny feet will be cool and dry.
$80, available at Soft Moc
Native Juniper Regatta
It’s a new style from the always amazing Native school line, and we’re pretty stoked. Open to the top of the foot, these vegan shoes are perfect for water play and the beach, plus the variety of colours are wonderful for summer splendour.
$49, available at billieandaxel.com
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