The 12 Best Water Shoes for Kids Who Like Getting Wet
Send your little one out into the great outdoors, whether that be beach, poolside or park sprinkler, in a pair of kicks that withstand wetness. Water shoes for kids come in a range of styles and prices, and these durable beauties keep your kids steady with sole traction. And we love that they discourage uncomfortable foot dampness because they’re made from fast-dry materials. See our favorite selects…and remember to pack a towel.
1. Ten Little Everyday Sandals
Made of water-resistant, quick-dry materials, these feel surprisingly lightweight for a closed-toe shoe. And the sole traction makes running around on slippery surfaces that much safer.
Available in Sizes 4 to 13
2. Blowfish Malibu Girl's, Rioo Slip-On
This super-lightweight shoe has an EVA upper that stays on (yet slips off easily when you want) thanks to elastic laces. Plus the pastel print looks like something from a Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book.
Available in Sizes 1-5, 13 Big Kid
3. Merrell Kids Hydro Moc
These futuristic shoes are like cutting edge street style crossed with a sieve. Meanwhile, the high front lip protects little ankles from small shells that might bounce up.
Available in Sizes 10 Toddler to 7 Big Kid
4. L. L. Bean Kids' Katahdin Sandals
Molded D-rings and three hook-and-loop polyester webbing straps enable easy on-off and a customized fit, and the rugged design stands up to wear and tear.
Available in Sizes 10 to 6
5. Teva Kids Hurricane Drift (Toddler/Little Kid)
“Mommy, don’t you wish you had a pretty pink pair of shoes like me?”
“Yes, yes I do, Honey. Although if you ever tell anyone Mommy wants a pair of Tevas, no ice cream for a month.”
Available in Sizes 8 Toddler to 3 Little Kid
6. Keen Newport H2 Water Friendly Sandal
The brand’s signature sturdy toe cap is going to keep little piggies from getting squished, and the adjustable hook-and-loop strap keeps these shoes from falling off, but comfortably.
Available in Sizes Baby to Big Kid 7
7. Native Kids Shoes Jefferson Glow
The perforated EVA uppers let kids’ feet breathe, and this particular model even glows in the dark. Plus, this eco-conscious vegan brand has partnered with Zappos to let you send your used shoes in to become recycled into community playground materials.
Available in Sizes 3 to 13 Little Kid
8. CIOR Toddler Kid Water Shoes
Face it—you’re not going to make it out of summer without a trip to a water park. Shod your kids in these lightweight shoes with quick-dry uppers and Velcro wrap closure, and maybe they won’t slip or bring home athlete’s foot.
Available in Sizes 5 Toddler to 5 Big Kid
9. J. Crew Kids' Pool Slides
Water-ready slides with a speckled sole and bright upper prove the perfect alternative to flip-flops—with no risk of between-toe blisters.
Available in Sizes K1 to K13
10. See Kai Run Kids Anker (Toddler/Little Kid)
Want a little more coverage and support than a pair of sandals affords? Here, lightweight open mesh is overlaid with rubber for durability and there’s a molded rubber toe cap for bulldozer-like front-facing protection.
Available in Sizes 4 Toddler to 13 Little Kid
11. STQ Kids Water Shoes Boys & Girls Lightweight Sport Athletic Sneakers for Summer Beach Swim Pool
Breathable mesh and an adjustable elastic band—plus a heel loop for easy on-and-off—mean these are your child’s next-best-thing to beat-up sneakers for amphibious exploration.
Available in Sizes 1 Little Kid to 6 Big Kid
12. Columbia KidsTechsun™ Vent (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)
This design hits the sweet spot between sandals and trail shoes. The trademarked midsole is cushy and has a drainage port to let water out ASAP.
Available in Sizes 8 Toddler to 7 Little Kids