The Best Toddler and Little Kid Sandals for Summer

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The first thing my boys do when they get home is chuck off their shoes and socks because let’s face it, sneakers and other cold-weather shoes can feel suffocating. So now that the weather is getting warmer and warmer, I have to begin the quest for the perfect kid’s sandal for my (sometimes) fickle children.

I let my kids pick their favorite color, but I insist that their sandals are secure, waterproof, and ready to support them through all our summer adventures. They also have very different feet—my oldest needs wide sizes—so hand-me-downs don’t usually work. Plus, they usually get plenty of wear with all the outdoor play each summer. So I’m also looking for durable options to fit my budget that are also good for their feet.

“When looking for sandals, try to avoid things like flip flops or shoes with little structure,” said pediatric physical therapist, Mary Noreen Cheng. “Instead, look for something that continues to have stability and a secure strap in the back to hold them in place.”

Luckily there are so many different brands out there that give my kids enough options to choose from to meet their preferences—and my must-haves for support, affordability, and protection. Read on for 10 of the best sandals for your kids’ cute little feet this summer.

Amazon

Unisex Hobibear Sandals

#1 in boys and girls sandals on Amazon, this highly rated kids sandal features breathable mesh, with a super lightweight sole with shock absorption that is perfect for the pool, beach, or home.

multiple colors available

size 5 toddler to 13.5 little kid

KEEN

Kids Seacamp II CNX

These sandals are perfect for toddlers or little kids that love playing in the water. They are machine washable and are secure, so kids can enjoy running around without worrying their sandals will fly off.

multiple colors available

size 8 toddler - 13 little kid

Stride Rite

Sneaker Sandal

For little kids who need wide sizes, this sneaker sandal comes in two colors: gray and metallic.

toddler sizes 4 - 10

Plae

Wonder Nation Closed Toe Sandal

Offering toe and sole protection for little feet, these breathable sandals are cute, lightweight, washable, and vegan.

comes in 4 colors

sizes 6 toddler - little kid 4

Nike

Sunray Protect 2

These Nike’s kid's sandals are so durable and comfortable. The closed-toe helps protect children from stubbing a toe.

multiple colors available

sizes toddler 11 to little kid 3

Chaco

Kids ZX/1 Ecotread

Each strap on this sandal is adjustable for a perfect fit.

multiple colors available

sizes 10 toddler to a kid-size 6

Skechers

Foamies: Guzman Steps- Aqua Surge

This is a lightweight closed-toe shoe children can just slip their feet into, plus a flexible fit so they don't slip out. They're also machine washable.

5 color combinations available

toddler sizes 5 - 10

Target

Cat & Jack Toddler Sandals

Breezy fit with an open-toed design and hook-and-loop closure that makes putting on and taking off so easy. Super affordable at less than $10 and super cute.

multiple colors available

toddler sizes 5 - 12

Target

Cat & Jack Sandals

These budget-friendly toddler sandals offer hook and loop closure for an adjustable fit.

toddler sizes 5 - 12

2 color combinations available

Old Navy

Faux Leather Double Buckle Sandal

Cute and a little more formal, these faux leather sandals include an ankle strap to make them easy to get on and off.

toddler sizes 5 to 11

multiple colors available