12 of the Best Toddler and Little Kid Shoes for Summer

This post was in partnership with Totes, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.

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Summer has arrived, which hopefully means more outside time for summer play! Along with the shorts, tees, and kids swimsuits this season, your little one is probably in the market for some summer shoes. Sure, there will be barefoot time walking on the sand at the beach or running in the grass through the sprinkler, but protective shoes and sandals can help keep little ones’ feet safe on sidewalks, playgrounds, and more all summer long.

For toddlers, look for a firm sole that doesn’t rock them forward onto their toes. Back straps or full-backed shoes also help keep their foot in the right place within the shoe. Additionally, buy toddlers and little kids shoes that fit properly now rather than choosing a shoe they’ll “grow into.” When a shoe is too big, it can lead to troubles like tripping or falling. It also means an excessive use of their little foot muscles trying to find stability and grip in the shoe.

With all that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite summer shoes for toddlers and little kids, including picks from editor-favorite brand Totes. From everyday waterproof shoes to puddle-jumping rainboots and casual sandals to sneakers with a summertime vibe, here are 12 of our favorite summer shoes for toddlers and kids.

 

Toddler Shoes

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Totes

Kid’s Sol Bounce Splash & Play Eyelet Sneaker

Made with Totes' proprietary Everywear™ technology, this full-coverage sneaker provides kids with a comfy and secure fit. Plus, they are designed for easy on-and-off, can be cleaned with a damp paper towel, are anti-microbial, and are perforated for breathability, making them a great summer shoe for little ones.

5 fun colors available!

Use code EVERYMOM20 for 20% off the Sol Bounce Collection through 8/15!

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Totes

Cirrus Toddler’s Charley Tall Rain Boot

Not only are these boots machine washable (yes, you read that right!), but they're also made to be 60% lighter than ordinary boots. In addition, they're super soft and comfortable—and cute to boot!

10 fun colors available!

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Target

Cat & Jack Josephine Rainbow Sandals

Made with a contoured footbed and hook and a loop closure for easy dressing, these colorful sandals are both adorable and comfy for toddlers.

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Zappos

Keen Kids Seacamp II CNX

These shoes offer little feet the right amount of support and will keep your child's foot securely in place during all of their summer activities.

more colors and little kid sizes available

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Zappos

See Kai Run Kids Saylor Shoe

These shoes look like typical sneakers, but their comfy combo of mesh and water-friendly fabrics makes them a great option for summer.

3 colors available

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Target

Cat & Jack Cohen Sandals

Ideal for a more dressed-up summer look, this pair of sandals features an airy design for comfort and breathability in hot weather.

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Little Kid Shoes

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Totes

Kid’s Sol Bounce Splash & Play Clog

These Sol Bounce clogs are made for all-day support and long-lasting comfort—the perfect shoe for busy kids in the summer that will stay on during hours of play. The best part? They can be thrown in the wash for easy cleaning and will last for summers to come.

9 fun colors available!

Use code EVERYMOM20 for 20% off the Sol Bounce Collection through 8/15!

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Totes

Kid's Sol Bounce Ara Slide Sandal

Made with a soft, textured footbed that gently massages little feet and perforated for breathability, these slip-on sandals are made for kids on the go.

6 fun colors available!

Use code EVERYMOM20 for 20% off the Sol Bounce Collection through 8/15!

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Totes

Cirrus Kid’s Chelsea Ankle Rain Boot

A great option for summer puddle-jumping and more, these ankle rain boots are 100% waterproof, anti-microbial, and easy to clean. Plus, they're super lightweight, insanely comfortable, and very soft, thanks to Totes' Everywear™ construction.

5 fun colors available!

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STRIDE RITE

Hadley 2.0 Sneaker Sandal

With cooling cutouts and an easy-on closure, these super cute sneaker sandals—available in regular and wide widths—are both stylish and practical.

more colors and patterns available

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TEVA

Hurricane Drift Sandals

Made from recycled materials, these sandals are meant for all-day wear and water activities.

6 colors available

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Target

Cat & Jack Drew Slip-On Sandals

This casual sandal includes a contoured footbed, open-toe design, and double band with buckles for a comfortable and secure wear.

many colors available

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This post was in partnership with Totes, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.