15 kids’ water shoes from brands like Keen, Crocs, Nike and more

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Summer and living is easy – except when your kids’ shoes are wet or rocky. Summer is all about adventure, and kids need shoes that can keep up. What this means is that they need shoes that stand up to heavy play – from water parks to waterslides to summer waterside camping trips.

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We polled parents and got recommendations for the favorite kids’ water shoes for kids of all ages, ending up with a definitive list of the best summer shoes for kids. Each shoe is as comfortable as it is tough. Read on for the best kids’ water shoes to make this summer a summer of fun.

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1. For Toed Baby: Nike Aqua Sock

The Nike Aqua Sock has a comfortable fit and is easy to slip on.

Available sizes: Infant from 2 to toddler 10

This swim shoe gained a lot of popularity in street style in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Now it comes in toddler and baby sizes and it works as hard as it is cute!

The Nike Aqua Sock is a water shoe that is lightweight and easy to wear, yet doesn’t slip while you play. Made for compact adventures, these sturdy sole kids water shoes truly stand up to whatever exploration your child will undertake.

Sturdy and stylish, the breathable mesh upper and durable outsole will keep your little one’s feet protected all day long.

$45 at Nordstrom

2. For the adventurous: Keen Newport H2 . sandal

You'll pass these super tough shoes through many kids.

Available sizes: Infant from 5 to adult

Scramble on rocks, pond jump, tree climb, and tide pool catch: This durable, closed-toe sandal is made for adventurous kids. The impressive sole makes the Keen Newport H2 a great choice for kids who love to be active in and around the water and on rocky beaches. They also make a breathable hiking sandal that’s perfect for river crossings. If you’re looking for a versatile summer shoe that will last – not just through the season but through its siblings – then this is the shoe for you.

Perfect, one reviewer said, “Climb 50 trees. Tuck each puddle of water. Then give them to your little brother.”

Starting at $33 at Amazon

3. For the kid who loves climbing and splashing: Meryl Bare Steps H2O

These amazing Merrell shoes just might be the best player in kids' water shoes.

These amazing Merrell shoes just might be the best player in kids’ water shoes. Innovative design, superior durability, and traction make this shoe a beast on hiking trails, river paths, and pools alike. The Merrell Bare Steps H20 design features an extra wide toe box for toddlers as well as a flexible, barefoot feel.

$29 at Amazon

4. For children sensitive to gravel: Cior baby water shoes

These shoes will remove gravel and rocks and will dry quickly.

Available sizes: Little kid from 8 to big kid 7

If your child gets irritated by shoes full of rocks and shells (what wouldn’t a child do?), fully enclosed shoes are a smart choice for beach days. Cior children’s water shoes will keep feet protected from hot sand and will prevent small splinters of sea treasures from creeping into them. These shoes are praised for being flexible, breathable and – with a super cool drainage design in the soles, paired with a lightweight, synthetic upper – extremely quick-drying.

$19 at Amazon

5. For the kid who wants to make a style statement: Tevas sandals

There's a reason these spare shoes keep coming back in after their comeback.

Available sizes: Young children from 8 to adults

Teva Kids Sandals look very simple but are comfortable enough for hiking and are an excellent choice for kayaking, boating and any other outdoor water adventure your child wants to take on.

These sandals were meant to be submerged. They are incredibly durable and are structured to provide the necessary support for all types of adventures. Their cushioned rubber soles and quick-drying straps are made from 100% recycled plastic, making them a sustainable option, too.

$40 at Zappos

6. For the urban adventurer: Jefferson Native Kids حذاء

These comfortable shoes repel odors and dirt and look as good as you jog through the mist pad as you do on a walk around town.

Available sizes: Toddler from 4 to adult

For city kids who need to transition from urban splashpad to ice cream stand, these are a versatile family favorite. The sole provides support, and the air vents keep it cool and breathable, and it’s a sweat-free shoe option for the hot summer months. It also cleans easily (because sometimes it will snag), and because it’s so stretchy through and through, kids don’t complain about their wet feet when wearing them.

Smart tip: Measure the size when you buy these. These shoes wear well in a size or an extra-large size: They won’t slip, and since the Native Jeffersons are a slightly pricey summer shoe option, the larger size ensures they will last a full year of use.

Starting at $30 at Amazon

7. To cross the small pond: Jiasuqi Barefoot water socks

These come in smaller sizes.

Available sizes: Infants 0-6 months to 18-24 months

Baby water shoes are hard to come by, but these are the perfect size for birth to even toddlers. These sturdy sole water shoes for infants and toddlers are durable enough to give extra purchase when scrambling through rocks, and closed uppers keep toes well protected from sun and sand.

Reviewers especially love that the Jiasuqi Barefoot Aqua Socks are comfortable enough that kids never sag when sliding on them, and that they protect their little feet from hot surfaces.

Starting at $7 at Amazon

8. For the kid who wants to run in and out of the water: Hobibear water shoes

These shoes are ready to run in the water.

Available sizes: From 4.5 to toddler 13.5

Dubbed the “holy grail of baby sandals” by one reviewer, Hobibear water shoes have been touted for being instantly wearable and not having to go through a break-in period. The supersolid sole and the “anti-collision” toe design make these shoes work as breathable sneakers for summer. The quick-drying fabric of the uppers makes them a great choice when those long, fun runs take them to play in the water.

$22 at Amazon

9. For a kid who wants variety: Skechers Foamies slip-on shoes

These glide on easily and are virtually blister free.

Available sizes: Little kid from 11 to big kid 5

When you’re looking for a great comfortable shoe for land or water, reviewers say Skechers foam is the ultimate solution. The soft back makes it easy for toddlers to put on easily on their own. Reviewers praise this shoe for being a blister-free summer shoe that’s super comfortable and looks just as cute with swim trunks as it does on a family outing.

$30 at Skechers.com

10. For the kid who needs a little arch support: the Equik water shoe

Lightweight with excellent arch support, this shoe truly fits the distance.

Available sizes: Little kid from 9 to big kid 7

For the bigger kid who wants to go all day, torn tendon laces give Equick quick-drying swim shoes a great, customizable fit. Perfect for the kid who really wants to compete, this shoe is great for running along the beach, jumping on a surfboard, or shoving rocks. The sole arch support makes this pair of shoes capable of handling any sporting task your child throws at them. Reviewers also praise these shoes for being odor-free despite their long days of wearing.

$13 at Amazon

11. For speed and style: the Ubfen Barefoot Sport water shoe

These get high marks at lakes and water parks!

Available sizes: Toddler 11.5 to Big Kid 4

Ubfen’s soft, bendable water shoes are extra small for travel. According to reviews, these shoes are the perfect choice for pools and water parks thanks to the adjustable Velcro straps and breathable neoprene uppers. These high-heeled shoes come in great-looking shapes that, according to reviewers, are getting a lot of enthusiastic approval from kids.

$28 at Amazon

12. For the kid who loves to ride in the water: Aladder slip-on shoes

Reviewers say these are the best park shoes.

Available sizes: Toddler from 4 to adult

This high quality shoe is the master of them all! The Aleader Slip-On Water Shoes are highly rated for walkability and breathability, and the interlocking materials make them the best quick-drying, sweat-free summer shoe. This slide provides breathable, breathable support for long days of amusement park walks, but it doesn’t let you down when they hop on the splash rides.

$23 at Amazon

13. For a classic kid: Crocs

This classic sandal features a sturdy back strap to keep it in place for play.

Available sizes: Toddlers 6 to Big 3

Crocs really is the best summer shoe. Lightweight and breathable, they can easily splash in the water while still looking respectable enough to function as a regular shoe.

Crocs have come a long way from the perforated stopper we first came to know over a decade ago. Now these clogs can go all out with cute little charms, or if your kid is more of a sandal type, they also have super comfy water sandals with velcro straps and simple flip-flops.

Starting at $11 at Amazon

14. For the kid who likes to move around in comfort: Northside

These comfortable shoes go from a waterfall to a hiking trail.

Available sizes: From 5 to 12 years old

For kids with sensitive feet, the Northside Brille water shoes are super comfortable and will have your little one stepping with joy. This heavy-duty shoe slips on easily and is easy to adjust, and kids say they stay comfortable even during long walks.

Starting at $10 at Amazon

15. For the kid who loves to scramble: Ken Stingray

The Keen Stingray sandal is comfortable enough to be worn all day.

This genius water shoe offers comfort, support, and ankle stability for the most active kids. Plus, we love the reinforced toe that keeps occasional toes in place. The snug fit with the wide, adjustable straps ensures it’s easy and stay-put, regardless of whether your child has wide or narrow feet.

The Keen Stingray’s waterproof upper is made with a washable polyester strap that features a quick-dry lining for all-day use in and out of the water. We also love the odor-resistant, machine-washable design that ensures these shoes always look clean and looking great no matter where you go.

Starting at $25 at Amazon

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