Summer’s here! It’s time to get your outdoor enthusiast properly geared up for warm-weather adventures with a pair of water-friendly shoes that’ll take them from the pool to the park and back home again in style. Since we know it can be hard to figure out what they want, we searched high and low for tough footwear that isn’t afraid of a little H20, and that we know they’ll love. From Keen to Native Shoes, scroll down to see our favorite water shoes for kids.

Native Shoes Jefferson Bloom

This very popular shoe is not only comfy, but it can go just about everywhere, even in the pool! Offered in a dozen different colors, the Jefferson Bloom is a best bet for just about any kid. Super cool: they are made from repurposed algae! 

Buy them here, $40 & up.

Northside Cedar Rapids

Creek-jumping adventures await with this fun and comfortable shoe from Northside. No socks are needed and your kids can get them on and off with ease. They are super grippy on the sole and perfect for hikes and jumping off rocks. Bonus: they come in adult sizes too!

Buy them here, $40. 

Adidas's Hydroterra Shandal Water Shoe

Ever heard of a shandal? Neither had we, but we think this water shoe from Adidas is pretty cool. It's a lightweight hiking shoe that can withstand wading in creeks or jumping in puddles. They have an easy on-off lace-free closure and a collapsible heel that makes it easy for little ones to manage. 

Buy them here, $60. 

UBFEN Water Socks 

These unique water shoes have rubber soles that are perfect for climbing and running and lightweight and quick drying. Plus, they come in dozens of different colors and prints. 

Buy them here, $19.99 & up.

Teva’s Hurricane Sandal

The original outdoor/water shoe is always a good choice. The velcro fastenings make it easy for kids to take on and off and the foam bed offers comfort all day long. 

Buy them here, $27.97 & up.

plae’s mimo Loafers

Stylish, made with water-friendly and quick-dry lightweight EVA, plae’s mimo loafers can go from the playground to dinner with ease. 

Buy them here, $27.56 & up. 

Northside Burke

This closed-toe option has a velcro back for easy on and off that kids can do themselves. A sturdy sole means they won't be slipping on rocks as you walk. 

Buy yours here, $35. 

KEEN’s Newport H2 Sandal

A classic water shoe that won’t fall apart, KEEN shoes are worth the price. The pull tab fastener holds the shoe tight on the foot and your kiddo can pick from tons of different colors and styles. 

Buy them here, $43.90 & up.

Stride Rite’s Made2Play Phibian

This fun shoe from Stride Rite is a perfect wet/dry shoe for toddlers. They are 100% washable, have a rubber outsole for traction and have Aegis™ and Biome™ lining that helps to reduce odor. 

Buy them here, $19.95.

hiitave Kids Water Shoes

Simple but effective, these non-slip water shoes are perfect for on-the-go or travel, as they easily fold up and the rubber sole means kids can walk on wet surfaces with ease. 

Buy them here, $12.99 & up.

World Wide Sportsman Eagle Peak Water Shoes

We can’t help but love the price of these water shoes! You won't be disappointed with this pick with toe bumpers and rugged outsoles for added protection and traction. 

Buy them here, $19.99.


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They may be less than stylish for adults, but they are super comfortable and come in dozens of styles and character collections, which make them perfect for kids! You can even buy JIBBITZ charms and let the kids decorate in their own style. 

Buy them here, $34.99 & up. 

—Gabby Cullen

All images courtesy of retailers.

Featured image: Torsten Dederichs via Unsplash

At the time of publication, all items were available for purchase.


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