The 12 Best Water Shoes for Kids Who Like Getting Wet

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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.

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Ten Little

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

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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

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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

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L.L. Bean

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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J. Crew

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

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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

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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

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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

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Dana Dickey is a PureWow Senior Editor, and during more than a decade in digital media, she has scoped out and tested top products and services across the lifestyle space...