Which kids' sandals are best for summer?
Easy-on, water-friendly sandals for kids, so they can stay comfy and connected to nature all day.
We love summer days that start at a park, involve cooling off in a lake, pool, or sprinkler, and end with a BBQ or picnic. Which is why we love kids’ summer sandals that can do it all: hiking, water, play, all while being comfortable, easy to get on & off, quick drying, and machine washable.
Our KEEN Kids hybrid sandals let kids play on a wider range of terrain with higher-traction soles, water-friendly uppers, and great ventilation.
Summer days at the lake? Sprinkler runs? Water balloon games? Great idea. You totally want your kids to have their fun in the trees, dirt, and water. But splinters, stubbed toes, and bruises? No thanks.
So which KEEN Kids’ sandals are the right ones for your kiddo? (Don’t miss the best part of this list—all of them are machine washable.)
Maybe you need water sandals that double as hiking shoes. Or maybe your kid throws a huge fit every time you try to shoe them. No problem. Here’s an overview of our top KEEN Kids’ water kicks.
Closed-Toe Hiking Sandals for Kids
Newport H2: Need a rugged, supportive shoe that can go from summer camp to the backyard pool to the family bike ride? Newport H2 sandals do the trick. Plus, being based on our first-ever shoe ( the Newport sandal) they’ve got history. (For a more contoured, sneaker-y fit, check out the Newport Neo H2 sandal.)
Seacamp II CNX: For an airier, lighter version of the Newport, try Seacamp. It still has grip and a snug fit, but comes with a slimmer look and a more barefoot feel. If wearing shoes is kind of a battle with your kid, Seacamp is a great option to try.
Closed-Toe Water Sandals for Kids
Stingray: Stingray sandals are made for water through and through, from tidal pools to backyard pools. Features a soft, stretchy knit upper that feels closer to being barefoot. The soles are low to the ground and provide better traction on wet surfaces.
Kids' Open-Toe Sandals
Verano: A Monday-to-Sunday sandal kids can dress up or down, it’s made to get dirty and wet and live to tell the tale. Two hook-and-loop straps create a just-right fit for fast-growing feet.
Knotch Creek: The newest member of our closed-toe sandal lineup for kids, Knotch Creek brings a lighter, more flexible outsole and a little more foot coverage to our kid-loved sandal fit.
Knotch River: The open-toe style in our Knotch collection features an extra-wide adjustable strap for a comfy fit. Easy on for toddlers and bigger kids alike, and they’re quick to dry after hours spent running through the sprinkler.
Splash pads? Game on. Water balloon barrage? You bet. A thorough soaking with the hose? Comin’ at you, kids. Summer is all about jumping in feet first.