Last updated on January 19th, 2024 at 04:27 pm
As the weather warms and summer appears on the horizon, it’s time to consider what kids’ shoes your little ones will need for a family holiday. The best summer shoes for kids come in all shapes and sizes.
Whether you’re heading to the seaside or pitching a tent for a weekend of camping capers, family holidays are often filled with plenty of fun-packed activities. You might find your kids need several different shoe styles to support them on all their summer adventures. After all, a pair of sandals might be perfect for the beach, but perhaps aren’t the best choice when it comes to woodland walking.
Below are some of our top recommendations for the best travel shoes for kids.
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What should I look for in kids’ summer shoes?
Family holidays are a time for making memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re coming face-to-face with dinosaurs in an inner-city museum or enjoying ice cream and sandcastles by the pier, family holidays are filled with fun.
Several pairs of shoes are needed for family adventures, but whatever style you choose should include some essential elements:
- Lightweight design
- Breathable material
- Padded or supportive soles
- Flexible uppers or mesh
- Easy fastening or slip-on
Best kids’ shoes for a family holiday
Perfect your packing list ahead of departure day with our list of the best kids’ travel shoes.
Red Fish Boys Blue Sport Sandal
The Red Fish Boys’ Blue Sports Sandals are an all-round choice for an action-packed holiday. The open-toe element allows active feet to breathe, while the flexible grip sole and double-strap fastening provide plenty of sturdiness for playtime.
Top Tip: Touch fastening straps like the ones on these sports sandals are a great way to start your little one off with putting on their own shoes.
Walkright Girls Navy Touch Fasten Canvas
Your little princess will love running around in these floral-patterned canvas shoes. The touch fasten design makes slipping these pumps on and off a breeze. Grip soles offer plenty of wear, whether exploring the beachfront or delving into the past at a local museum.
Top Tip: Canvas shoes offer a good balance of lightweight design and undersole protection, making them the perfect packing choice for around the campsite.
XL Kids Navy Blue and Green Easy Fasten Trainers
Kids will love exploring campsite play areas and parks in a pair of these colourful trainers. The XL Kids’ Navy Blue and Green Easy Fasten Trainers feature a padded collar for additional ankle support on long walks. A thick gripped sole offers protection from stony shorelines and campsite lawns. The breathable design creates a lightweight feel for packing in plenty of family fun.
Top Tip: These stylish trainers are easily wiped down with a little soap and water. Should they get extra muddy over the holidays, just grab a washcloth and a little dish soap.
Buckle My Shoe Girls Rainbow Stripe Sandal
A great choice for little girls with an eye for style. The Buckle My Shoe Girls’ Rainbow Stripe Sandal features a pretty rainbow band and glitter finish for a fabulous summer holiday look. The two-touch fasten design is quick and easy to get off and the lightweight build means they’re easy to slot in the side of a backpack.
Top Tip: The thick gripped sole offers plenty of protection for little undersoles when at the seaside, making these a perfect choice for kids’ holiday shoe.
Levi’s Maui Kids Khaki Speed Lace Canvas
These khaki-coloured Levi’s are ideal for kids who feel confident putting on their own kicks. Speed laces make for a snug fit that won’t slip or rub when your boy is enjoying the sunshine. The additional fine stitch material keeps feet dry in warm weather, as well as offering some protection from the elements.
Top Tip: Khaki goes well with a pair of muted or earthy tone shorts – opt for beige or a tan colour.
XL Girls Metallic Blue and Pink Easy Fasten Trainers
A sporty choice for active girls. The Easy Fasten Trainers are packed with holiday-ready features. The lightweight design and gripped sole are perfect for on-the-go kids, while the easy-fasten design is quick to get on and fits tightly to stop painful blisters and sore heels.
Top Tip: The elastic laces feel very grown-up and have the benefit of ensuring these trainers sit snugly around the heel. A great choice of kids’ summer shoe.
Zone Black Moulded Clog
With their plastic, wipe-off design, these Clogs easily jump from paddling pool to B&B. The holed design is breathable, without losing out on much-needed protection from stones and shells. Planning a trip to the pool? These clogs are water-resistant.
Top Tip: The adjustable strap can be moved to fit all sizes of foot. Plus, your little one can choose to wear the strap behind or in front of the ankle – whichever feels most comfortable.
Buckle My Shoe Girls Unicorn Easy Fasten Shoe
Add a splash of colour to your girls’ summer wardrobe with these Unicorn Easy Fasten Shoes from Buckle My Shoes. The fun character design will make her the star of the show as she makes new friends at the seaside. The padded insole adds extra comfort and support underfoot, while a gripped outer sole ensures there’ll be no slips and trips when their having fun.
Top Tip: The multi-coloured design matches well with a floral dress for a really girly look.
You’ll be all set to have fun in the sun with these recommendations for best kids’ shoes for a family holiday. For more great designs and shoe information, visit our blog.