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.
The 12 Best Water Shoes for Kids Who Like Getting Wet
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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.
Buy It ($36)
Available in Sizes 4 to 13
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.
Buy It ($35)
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.
Buy It ($45)
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.”
Buy It ($30)
Available in Sizes 8 Toddler to 3 Little Kid
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.
Buy It ($45)
Available in Sizes 3 to 13 Little 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.
Buy It ($33; $20)
Available in Sizes K1 to K13
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.
Buy It ($35)
Available in Sizes 8 Toddler to 7 Little Kids