10 of the best summer shoes and sandals for kids, toddlers and babies

From kids’ flip-flops to sandals that dry quickly and have UV protection, we’ve rounded up some of the best summer shoes

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When there are sunny afternoons on the agenda, there’s nothing better than walking along your local beach, lake or setting up your own fun in the garden.

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A pair of summer shoes are the best way to help keep your little ones’ feet comfortable, protected and looking good whether they’re dipping in and out of the paddling pool or generally running amok in the sun.

We’ve picked out the best summer shoes for kids – from flip-flops and jelly shoes to sandals and slip-ons in our list below.

Here’s our pick of the best baby sandals and summer shoes…

1. Subea Baby Aquashoes, £9.95

Sizes available: Children’s 4.5 – 9

Keep your child’s feet protected on rocks and sand with these beach shoes by Subea – perfect for anyone who lives near the coast. The studded sole and closed toe are perfect for walking on rough surfaces, such as rocks at the beach, and they come with an easy-to-use Velcro strap.

They’re also made with a quick-drying material, so they’re also great choice if your little one will be making good use of a garden paddling pool this summer.

MFM tester and mum of 2, Ijeoma tested the shoes with her children. She says: “The weather was hot and I noticed that the shoes dried up quickly within 2 minutes, which was fab. My 3-year-old was able to slip them off and on easily, when had to get the seaweeds out of this shoes after attempting to swim in the lake.”

Available from: Decathlon and eBay

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2. Crocs Kids’ Swiftwater Wave Sandals, from £14.99

Sizes available: Child 7 – Standard 2 

If you’re after a sturdy and long-lasting summer shoe, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Crocs. They’re as at home stomping round the garden as they are soaked in a paddling pool as they have been specially designed for water.

The closed-toe design offers added protection and they don’t come with any tricky fastenings, so your little one can slide them on and off easily. 

Available from: Amazon

3. Splash About Shoes, from £8.99

Sizes available: 12cm – 19cm 

Splash About specialise in baby swimming products from swimwear to wetsuits and shoes.

These shoes are made from a flexible neoprene material with a mesh upper layer and a toggle on the back to tightly secure them. They also come with a UV layer to protect your child’s feet from sunburn on sunny afternoons in the garden.

MFM tester and mum of 4, Adeela says: “They were extremely easy to put on and take off and the fastening at the back was a great addition to help keep the shoes on. My daughter wore them around the home pool and garden and they were great at keeping her feet from getting sore on the floor.”

Available from: Amazon 

Jelly shoes

Jelly Sandals, £8.99

Sizes available: EU 18 to 35

Nothing says summer like a pair jelly shoes and this glittery pair should be enough to get even the fussiest of little ones excited. The rubber won’t absorb any water so they won’t need ringing and drying out like other wetshoes.

According to reviews, previous buyers seemed pleased with the shoes although some did mention they were a little on the small side. It could be worth going for a size up just to be on the safe side.

Available from: Amazon

5. Bobux Tropicana Sandals, £46 (£27.60 in the summer sale)

Sizes available: Children’s 5.5 – Standard 1.5

Podiatrist-endorsed brand Bobux has been making children’s shoes for over 25 years.

Its latest collection includes shoes with quick-dry technology. They’re slightly on the pricier side, but they’re made from a fast-drying leather that Bobux say won’t get ruined by water. 

MFM tester and mum of 2, Nicky says: “The sandals were very easy to take on and off. My daughter (27 months) was able to put them on herself. They dried quickly after being in water – definitely within the stated twenty minute timeframe. Very impressed!”.

Available from: Amazon

6. i play Swim Shoes, £18.15

Sizes available: Children’s 4 – 9 

These water shoes by i play will keep your toddler’s feet secure around slippery surfaces and get them ready to play around water.

The soles are made from a non-slip, quick-drying material. The shoes also come with a pull loop to make them easy to slip on and off your little one’s feet. 

Available from: Schuh

7. Nike Sunray Protect 2 Sandals, from £23.95

Sizes available: Children’s 1.5 – 9.5 

We love the stylish design of these Nike sandals as well as the high-quality design. They come with easy-to-use Velcro straps, water-resistant upper material and soft foam cushioning for extra comfort.

Available from: Amazon, Nike 

8. Havaianas Baby Flip-Flops, from £14

Sizes available: Children’s 1.5 – 9.5 

Havaianas are well known for their flip-flops and they’ve also designed a range especially for babies.

The baby flip-flops come with a handy strap on the back to keep them attached to your baby’s feet and the sole is also made from soft rubber to provide extra comfort.

They come in a range of classic colours and cute themes including Disney and superheroes.

Available from: Havaianas

9. Clarks Surfing Tide Toddler Shoes, from £22

Sizes available: Children’s 4 – 9.5   

These lightweight sandals from Clarks come with a flexible rubber sole and upper material designed from a water-friendly neoprene material.

They also come with adjustable Velcro straps, making them a great option if your little one has slightly wider or narrower feet.

Available from: Clarks

10. Toms Romper Toddler Slip-Ons, £20

Sizes available: Children’s 4 – 10

Toms are popular for their canvas slip-on shoes, but they’ve also got a range specially designed for the water – perfect for afternoons in and out the paddling pool. 

The water-friendly slip-ons are made from a lightweight material and are also designed to be shock-absorbing. 

Available from: Office and Toms

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