Toddler Shoes

6 Pairs Of Kids’ Shoes

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1. A pair of classic Crocs if you’re like me, and swore you’d never buy a pair until you became a parent. Easy to get on and get off! Cleanup is a breeze! Virtually indestructible!

classic Crocs

Promising review: “Mom of seven here. This is it. This is the shoe. Throw all your kids’ socks and other shoes for the summer away. Pop these bad boys in 4-Lo for beach play, a day at the lake, or firefly chasin. Great for walking. Hiking. Swimming. (They float, hard to lose!) AND THEY’RE DURABLE. I hate the look of these things but I’ve never had any brand of shoe hold up to my kids like these ugly things! 20/5 stars. Would forcibly recommend.” —Chelsea

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2. A pair of waterproof snow boots with a cozy faux fur lining that’ll keep those toesies toasty even after ~hours~ of sledding or building a snowman. What more could you ask for?

A pair of waterproof snow boots

Promising review: “We purchased these snow boots for our boys as they have never really had a need for true snow boots before. I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg knowing they would grow out of them before next year. I was lucky in my timing that we ordered these and they arrived a day before we got 8” of snow! They are faux fur lined which helps tremendously in their softness and warmth. The buckles are functional, but just for show. They do not actually tighten or loosen the boot. The buckles are on a panel of velcro closure for easy on/off. I ordered what I believed to be sizes larger than my boys wear to account for thick socks and to hopefully get an extra year’s use out of them. I ordered 11.5 for my toddler who wears 10/10.5 in sneakers and I ordered 1.5 for my older son who wears a size 13.5 in sneakers. Both of them fit like a glove! We won’t be able to wear these again next year, but they work great for now. I’d say size one full size up for current wear and size up 1.5/2 times for longevity. We love them. Played in 8″ snow for hours and hours. They never once complained of cold feet and they stayed bone dry. Would highly recommend and will be ordering again in the future!” —Rachel Handing

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3.A pair of splurge-worthy Keen Newport sandals that’ll basically pay for themselves (and then some) after a few summers. They boast a closed toe to protect little feet from injury during hikes, trips to the beach, or at summer camp.

A pair of splurge-worthy Keen Newport sandals

Promising review: “This is the perfect shoe for summer. Brand-new out of the box they don’t rub blisters or hurt my son’s feet. He wears them every day. They look great even after wearing for a week on our beach vacation and through summer camp and VBS. His first pair I picked up at a garage sale, and he loved them so much I invested in this new pair this summer. My son’s only complaint is he has to use his finger to slip them around his foot when putting them on. But he’s 8, so take that complaint with a grain of salt. He’s fine. Ha!” —Sunny

Promising review: “Keen sandals are my family’s go-to shoe during the warm weather months. Hiking, the beach, bike rides, my kids wear them on all of their adventures. My kids love them. I buy them two sizes too big because my kids are growing so fast. The extra length doesn’t trip my kids up while their feet grow. While Keens are on the more expensive side for kids’ shoes, they hold up so well, that they get passed down to the next kid in near-new condition. We have a pair that’s lasted through a couple of kids and about four summers of constant use. Honestly, my kids have abused their sandals and they still look new. When they start to smell ripe, or get extra muddy, I just throw them in in the washing machine and let them air dry. Good as new. TL;DR: Totally worth the money and will continue to outfit my entire family in Keen footwear.” —Anthony Harvey

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4.Soft-soled hightop sneakers, a total Converse dupe, so your little one can have infinitely more punk rock swag than you ever will.

Soft-soled hightop sneakers

Promising review: “Sooo cute! They are sized a little big but that’s okay, she can grow into them. I get more compliments on these shoes with the pink dots on the bottom than I do when she wears her real Converse tennies. Also love that they stay on and don’t slip off. I’m going to buy all the different colors!”—Kealin Erin

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 5.A pair of Felix & Flora Mary Janes, practically perfect special occasion shoes that won’t break the bank. Prepare to take approx. a million selfies of your little nugget looking cute on a whole other level, y’all.

A pair of Felix & Flora Mary Janes

Promising review: “I love these shoes! They weren’t too stiff being a dress shoe, and they’re so dang cute! My daughter loves them too! She wore them around for about two hours and no blisters or red marks from the shoe! My daughter wears a size 8 shoe going into a size 9 and they were the perfect shoe for her in between feet! She still had a little bit of space in them.” —brittany schumacher

Promising review: “Favorite shoes for any occasion. We have bought multiple pairs of these in varying colors and sizes now. My girls love them and can wear them all day with no complaints.” —Candace LeMay

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6. Toddler-sized Saucony sneakers boasting superb traction to ensure your little daredevil can run, jump, and perform heart-stopping stunts on the playground without slips and falls.

Toddler-sized Saucony sneakers

Promising review: “These shoes are fantastic! So easy to put on and take off and he can wear them all day with no complaints. He has had a few different brands of shoes and boots in the past and after awhile he has started to whine and point at his feet letting us know they hurt or are uncomfortable. He has never done that with these once. In fact, this pair was a replacement pair we bought for an identical set that was lost at some point on a trip. We even paid to have them expedited because it is worth it. I even bought myself a pair of matching Sauconys and they are my favorite daily shoe as well!” —Adam

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The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

Walking Shoes

The Best Baby & Toddler Shoes

To pull together this infant and baby shoe buying guide, we conducted hands-on reviews of over a dozen baby and toddler shoes, and gathered feedback from new moms and dads.

When picking baby shoes, the primary considerations are closure designs, toe durability, support and stability, comfort

When babies are crawling, look for a tight fit with good toe durability. When your toddler is first learning how to walk, look for shoes with high support and lateral stability. Because these are slightly different goals, we’ve separated this article into two sections: the best baby shoes for crawlers, and then for walkers.

Here are the Best Baby Shoes for Crawlers

Pediped Originals for Boys and Pediped Originals for Girls

1. Pediped Originals for Boys and Pediped Originals for Girls.

The Pediped line of shoes got a lot of votes from our moms because they are very cute and stylish, made from quality materials, comfortable, and many of the options use a velcro strap to keep them on. For those reasons, these are #1 according to the moms in our focus group. Here are some of the most popular Pediped options for girls and boys:

Stride Rite Infant Shoes for Boys and for Girls

2. Stride Rite Infant Shoes for Boys and for Girls.

The Stride Rite line of shoes is very well known for their quality, comfort, and support. They don’t have as big of a variety in terms of style and cuteness, since they tend to focus on shoes for babies who are walking. But here are a couple cute options for crawlers:

Robeez Infant Slip-on Baby Shoes for Boys and for Girls.

3. Robeez Infant Slip-on Baby Shoes for Boys and for Girls.

Sometimes we’re all suckers for style and cuteness. So let’s ignore all the advice about buying a pair of shoes that will actually stay on the feet, and acknowledge the fact that Robeez baby shoes are some of the most popular on the market. Not because they are supportive or won’t fall off, but because they’re cute and comfortable. They are also well made, with high quality materials. They are less expensive than the Stride Rite, but tend to be a few dollars more than the Pediped.

BirdRock Baby Moccasins - Soft Leather Baby Shoes for Boys and Girls

4. BirdRock Baby Moccasins – Soft Leather Baby Shoes for Boys and Girls.

These are very high quality, genuine leather, and truly adorable moccasins that are made by a small business in San Diego, CA. These slip-on shoes come in a ton of cute styles and colors, with the confetti polka dots and Emoji being some of our favorites. We love the soft sole that promotes a nice natural walking feel, the high quality stitching, the moccasin frills, and the adorable canvas reusable gift bag them come in (just in case you’re planning on gifting them). They are about $25 online per pair, and we suggest buying a couple different styles. These are quickly becoming very popular for good reason, and we suspect these will keep climbing our best-of list over the next few years!

Here are the Best Toddler Shoes for New Walkers

Stride Rite First Walker Shoes for Boys and Girls

1. Stride Rite First Walker Shoes for Boys and Girls.

The Stride Rite line of shoes is at the top of our list for good reason. Starting with the first walker shoes and continuing into their toddler lines, these shoes are well made, stylish, comfortable, come in wide and extra wide sizes, and provide excellent support for the growing foot. Though Stride Rite shoes tend to be a bit more expensive than other options, the moms we interviewed thought the shoes were well worth the cost.

Puma new walker Shoes for Boys and for Girls

2. Puma new walker Shoes for Boys and for Girls.

Puma does a nice job making stylish, well constructed, and comfortable shoes for new walkers. They also tend to be a bit less expensive than the Stride Rite options, but they are not quite as well made or have quite as much arch support or lateral stability. They also tend to be a bit narrower and do not come in wide or extra wide sizes like the Stride Rite shoes do.

How to Pick the Perfect Baby Shoes

If your baby isn’t walking yet, most people think the only concern is style, like with most other clothing. However, it’s a bit more complicated than that. Here is a list of considerations to make when shopping for newborn and infant shoes. We also provide a list of popular, stylish, and durable shoe options. Here are some things to consider when shopping for baby shoes:

Slip-on versus Lace-up versus Velcro

Nobody likes trying to shove a chubby baby foot into a shoe, only finding that the shoe falls off 3 minutes later. Once your baby starts crawling, slip-on shoes become more and more likely to fall off. Of course it’s a nuisance to keep putting the shoes back on, and nobody likes getting home and only then realizing the baby has only one shoe on! So this leads to our suggestion to use the lace-up or velcro options, rather than the slip on, at least once the baby begins crawling.

Of course, while the the lace-up shoes can be really cute, they are also time-consuming to put on and take off; at this age, diaper changes require a lot of shoe removal! So the best baby shoes once your little one starts crawling, mostly for convenience sake, are the ones with the fake elastic laces (like these cute Baby Shoes) or a little velcro strap (like these Pediped Infant Shoes) that you can use to quickly take the shoes on and off, and quickly adjust how tight they are to accommodate a growing foot.

Durability of the Toe

This is something that you don’t realize until you’re spending way too much money on shoes: with a crawling baby, the top of the toe is the primary point of contact with the ground. If your baby is anything like mine, he or she will be crawling all over the place, everywhere you go: indoors, outdoors, hard surfaces, soft surfaces, rough surfaces, smooth surfaces, wet and dry surfaces, etc. What happens over a few weeks is that the toe of the shoe becomes dragged across so many surfaces that it gets pretty badly ripped apart.

Support and Stability

Once your baby begins crawling it won’t be long until they’re pulling up on things to stand. At this point, pediatricians suggest purchasing baby shoes with a bit more support. No more thin-bottom Robeez or Momo Baby shoes at this point, you need to be providing a wide firm base with adequate arch support. Stride Rite, Tsukihoshi, Puma, New Balance, and some other brands provide excellent lateral stability and arch support.

The little bones in your baby’s feet are developing very quickly at this age, so give them the support they need to develop a well-formed arch, and the better stance, gait, cadence and stability that go along with it. Seems silly to think about these things at such a young age, but some studies show that babies walk sooner and better with supportive footwear. 


OK this one is difficult to assess when your baby is too little to really tell you how things feel. If they’re screaming while you try to squeeze their fat foot into the shoe, it’s probably too small. If you’re taking more than a minute putting on the shoes, they are probably too small. If you feel the toes hitting the front of the shoe when you feel from the outside, they are probably too small.

If they’re falling off every few minutes, they’re either to big or not well-secured. A baby who is uncomfortable in their shoes will only become more uncomfortable when he or she begins to pull up to stand and even more weight is put on the shoe. So use your best judgment. In our experience, the most comfortable baby shoes are made by RobeezMomo BabyStride Rite, and New Balance. Pumas tend to run narrow and can be too tight for a fat baby foot.

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Baby Walking Shoes for Those First Steps

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The Best Baby Walking Shoes for Those First Steps and Beyond

While the best thing for a baby who is learning to walk is to be barefoot,1 that’s not always the safest option. Because of potential dangers like broken glass, sharp rocks, and unfriendly insects, Miguel Cunha, DPM, Podiatrist and Founder of Gotham Footcare, recommends the use of baby walking shoes when walking outdoors for most, if not all, of the time.

It may be tempting to grab the cutest pair of shoes you can find on the shelves, but not all baby walking shoes are created equal. You want to ensure you’re getting a pair that will fit and protect those tiny toes while still supporting development and flexibility. We looked carefully at age recommendations, material, design, and value when reviewing products.

Here are the best baby walking shoes on the market to help those tiny feet get to moving.

Our Top Picks
Best Splurge:

 Stride Rite Frankie Athletic Sneaker at Amazon

Best With Rubber Sole:

 Converse Chuck Taylor Sneaker at Amazon



  • Extra-wide toe box

  • Arch support

  • Machine washable


  • Soles are white (dirty easily)

  • Sizing is off for some

  • Should not be tumble dried

What do buyers say? 86% of 100+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.

The Tsukihoshi Racers race to the top spot on our list because not only are these shoes adorable, but they support a baby’s foot without inhibiting muscle and balance development.1 The shoes feature a wide toe box that allows for the natural splaying of toes and a rubber outsole that’s lightweight, shock-absorbing, and slip-resistant, ensuring your child’s safety and comfort.

There’s a large hook-and-loop closure and elastic laces, making them easy to take on and off. With removable insoles, the shoes can accommodate customized child orthotics if your tot needs them. 

They’re available in sizes 3 to 7 (generally for kids up to 24 months, though toddlers’ feet vary greatly) and are machine washable, so you don’t have to worry about letting your little one explore the muddy backyard after a downpour. According to the manufacturer, the shoes run a little big, so you may want to go down half a size.


Size Range: 3–7 C | Materials: Synthetic leather and nylon mesh upper; EVA/TPR outsole | Machine washable: Yes

Stride Rite Baby Soft Motion Jamie Sneaker


  • Flexible rubber sole

  • Memory foam insole

  • Hook-and-loop closure


  • Velcro easily undone over time

  • Sizing runs small

  • Run hot for some babies

One of the best things about Stride Rite shoes is that they have many size options, so you’re bound to find something that will fit your baby. These sneakers are available in sizes 3 to 7C, including half sizes, and have three different width options.

Parents also love that the shoes have a rounded sole to help reduce the risk of trips and falls, non-skid rubber soles, and an elastic strap with velcro to keep them put. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)-approved shoes are made with breathable material to promote air circulation and feature memory foam footbeds to enhance your baby’s comfort. What’s more, they come in a variety of adorable colors.


Size Range: 3–6 C | Materials: Leather upper; rubber sole | Machine washable: No

Toddler Frankie Athletic Sneaker


  • Memory foam footbed

  • Flexible/rounded soles

  • Padded collar


  • Not machine washable

  • Hard to keep clean

  • Threading may unravel over time

If you’re willing to splurge for top-of-the-line baby walking shoes, go for the Stride Rite Soft Motion Frankie Sneaker. The shoes have a memory foam footbed, sit higher up on the ankle (which prevents them from falling off), and have the American Podiatric Medical Association seal of approval. They’re made of classic white leather and feature a cushioned collar for added comfort and support.

Basically, these are baby luxury shoes. Like other Stride Rite baby shoes, they’re available in sizes 3 to 6, including half-sizes, and have two different width options.


Size Range: 3–6 C | Materials: Leather upper; rubber sole | Machine washable: No

Toddler Elliot Leather Sneaker


  • Lightweight rubber soles

  • Easy to clean

  • Lace-up closure


  • Costly

  • Sizing runs small

If you love to dress your kiddo up, you’ll be pleased to know you don’t have to sacrifice style for a strong (and safe) pair of baby walking shoes. These boots from Stride Rite will look great with some cute little shorts or a dress, but they still have the necessities—like traction and design—that allow your baby to feel like they’re walking barefoot.

The classic baby shoes are made of 100% leather and feature a rubber sole, plus elastic laces that will keep the shoes in place, even on especially fussy toddlers. You can get these shoes in sizes 3 to 7 (for infants to 4 years olds), including half sizes, and in three different widths.


Size Range: 1–7 C | Materials: Leather upper; rubber sole | Machine washable: No

Converse Unisex-Child Chuck Taylor All Star 2v Low Top Sneaker


  • Two Velcro straps

  • Soft foam cushioning

  • Rubber sole


  • Sizing runs large

  • Some styles dirty easier than others

If you’re going somewhere with gravel or uneven ground, a shoe with a solid rubber sole like the Converse Kids Chuck Taylors is going to help your baby find their balance a little better. The top of the shoe is made from canvas for great air circulation (though the sparkle pink style is thicker than the others), and it has two hook and loop straps to keep the shoes on tight.

They’re available in sizes 2 to 10 (infant to little kid), but like the grown-up Chuck Taylors, they do run large, so you’ll want your kiddo to test them out around the house a little bit before committing.


Size Range: 2–10 C | Materials: Canvas upper; rubber sole | Machine washable: No

How We Selected the Best Baby Walking Shoes

We chose the best baby walking shoes by researching reviews from customers and competitors, as we studied the features of dozens of products on the market. We considered price, design, features, ease of cleaning, age recommendations, and material when deciding our picks. We also consulted with Miguel Cunha, DPM, Podiatrist and Founder of Gotham Footcare for any considerations or product recommendations while reviewing guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics.2

What to Look for in Baby Walking Shoes


In this case, “fit” doesn’t simply mean that you are physically able to get their feet into a pair of shoes (as in “will these leftovers fit into this plastic container?”). When shopping for baby footwear, “fit” takes into account finding the right size and width, making sure there aren’t any gaps that could cause their feet to slide around, and paying attention to areas that might be a bit too snug. 

And sadly, sometimes those exceptionally adorable shoes you had your eye on aren’t going to be a good fit for your baby. “Just like [for adults], function is more important than fashion,” Mona Amin, DO, a board-certified pediatrician in private practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, tells Verywell Family. “And proper fit is important.” 

So how do you make sure the (baby walking) shoe fits? Gina Posner, MD, a pediatrician at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California, recommends leaving it up to the professionals. “I would take them to a shoe store so that they can accurately measure their feet,” she tells Verywell Family. If that’s not an option, Amin suggests printing out one of the free child shoe sizing guides available online—including on certain brands’ websites. “They’re so easy to use and assures proper fit,” she explains.

Once you’ve found a pair that could work, check the fit of a shoe when your baby tries it on. “The heel of the foot should be snug with the back of the shoe, and the toes should have some wiggle room,” Daniel Ganjian, MD, a pediatrician at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California tells Verywell Family.


Though Amin recommends allowing a baby first learning to walk to go barefoot as much as possible, she stresses the importance of buying well-made shoes constructed using high-quality materials. “If outdoors, and you really want them to have shoes, make sure you use a shoe that has breathable material, has a flexible foot plate, wide toe box, and sturdy heel giving them stability to get comfortable with walking,” she explains.

As far as specific materials, it’s best to stay away from anything too rigid on the upper part of the shoe. Instead, opt for something soft and flexible—ideally with a little give or stretch—like soft leather, mesh, or canvas. “Remember, toddler feet can grow quickly,” Amin says. “Measure every two-three months, and/or when you notice signs of poor fit: blisters on feet, repetitive ingrown nails (from the pressure of shoe on nail bed), or they are uncomfortable while walking.”


It’s important to keep in mind that as a newly minted shoe-wearer, your baby is more accustomed to walking around barefoot. So to help ease them into the process, opt for walking shoes with a flexible sole. The key is finding a pair with a sole that’s not only flexible but also provides some grip. “I like supportive walking shoes that have a good, non-slippery sole for both foot health and overall safety,” Posner says.

Similarly, Ganjian recommends baby walking shoes that have non-skid bottoms. “Most kids will need soft soles, but some kids will do better with firm soles,” he explains. “Ask your pediatrician if you are not sure or have questions.”


  • Do babies need shoes to walk?

    All three pediatricians we interviewed confirmed that babies do not, in fact, need shoes to walk. “Babies can learn to walk without shoes, and should learn to walk without shoes,” Ganjian explains. “It will allow them to fine-tune their foot coordination better when their feet are not in shoes.” 

    Along the same lines, Amin advises skipping the shoes whenever it’s practical to do so. “Developmentally, I recommend keeping your toddler who is learning to walk barefoot as much as possible. This truly helps them learn to walk,” she says. “I personally think barefoot in the home is great at any age, from a germ-exposure perspective as well.”

    So what are baby walking shoes for, exactly? “The shoes help the most for preventing them from stepping on things that could hurt their feet,” Posner explains. And if you’re concerned about slippery surfaces in your home, like tiles or marble, and it’s too cold for them to go barefoot, Ganjian suggests using non-skid socks to give them a bit of traction.

  • When should I put walking shoes on my baby?

    Instinctually, we want to keep babies as safe and secure as possible, so your urge to try to protect their little feet with a pair of shoes makes sense. But according to Ganjian, it’s best to avoid shoes until a baby is upright and mobile. “We at the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend not putting on shoes on newborns and only donning shoes when they can walk,” he says.

    Again, Admin advocates only putting shoes on your baby when it’s absolutely necessary. “When indoors, barefoot is best to practice walking, learn balance, and get steady on their own two feet,” she says. “For toddlers learning to walk, I usually recommend going barefoot outdoors in your own backyard or a familiar, clean area.” 

    When that’s not possible, then it’s time to break out the shoes. Posner agrees, noting that baby footwear can come in handy “when they are outside and walking around to prevent them from injuring their feet.” But your baby can’t go barefoot forever. Eventually, Posner says, “you will need to get them acclimated to walking with shoes, but more from a safety standpoint.”

The Best Water Shoes

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If there is one thing little kids love in hot weather, it’s playing in the water, whether that means running through the sprinkler, having a squirt-gun or water-balloon fight, wading in a shallow creek, or splashing in their water table. There are times when you can let them do all that barefoot, but other times when you’ll want a pair of water shoes for your toddler to protect their tender soles.


“Generally, the recommendation is to allow feet to develop and minimize shoes when children are in a protective environment.”  However, with water often comes rough rocks, hot pavement, or sticky mud, so going barefoot while playing in the water isn’t always an option. In this case, Dr. Mendeszoon, a physician spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association, says, “The recommendation is to use water shoes.” 

The best water shoes will be made of quality materials and have a thoughtful design to fit well and stay comfortable through all kinds of wet and dry activities. With Dr. Mendeszoon’s guidance in mind, we looked at the comfort, durability, and functionality of the many sandals, clogs, water socks, and more available for little kids.

Here are the very best water shoes for toddlers right now.

Our Top Picks
Best for Water Parks:

 UBFEN Water Shoes at Amazon

Crocs Kids  Classic Clog


  • Lightweight design

  • Perforated upper for breathability

  • Heel strap helps them stay in place


  • Sizing for kids can be difficult to figure out

Who else recommends it? BestReviews also picked the Crocs Kids Classic Clog.1

What do buyers say? 90% of 105,000+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 5 stars.

Crocs are widely known and loved, partially because of their unique look but mostly because they are such great shoes for any time, and that’s why they’re our top pick for water play. The shoes are made from a soft, durable, and lightweight molded foam that is water-resistant and floats.

The clogs also feature a pivoting heel strap that helps keep them in place during play. Kids will love the numerous color options to choose from, plus the perforated holes along the top of the shoe can be decorated with charms for personalization. We think that these shoes truly are worth the hype. 

Size range: 4T–4Y | Material: Closed-cell resin

UBFEN Water Shoes for Kids

For older toddlers who are ready to venture into water parks, we really like these form-fitting water shoes. The hard soles and a breathable, quick-dry upper ensure that they won’t feel heavy or restrictive when they’re swimming. Thanks to the hook-and-loop strap across the top, they’ll definitely stay put on water slides, in wave pools, and lounging along a lazy river. 

These shoes are also super flexible, so they’re great for running (in a safe place, not by a pool, of course). Kids will enjoy the many fun colors to choose from, while adults will appreciate the pull tab on the heel that makes them a little easier for tots to pull on. 

Size range: 8T–4Y | Material: Rubber sole; synthetic fabric upper

KEEN Unisex Kid Newport H2 Sandal


  • Sandal style

  • Toggle lace for custom fit

  • Hook-and-loop strap


  • They are a bit pricey

  • Too bulky for swimming

If you want a water shoe for your toddler that’s breathable, then you can’t go wrong with this pair from Keen. The sandals also have a stretchy toggle lace that helps give a snug fit, as well as a hook-and-loop strap that makes putting them on and taking them off solo a bit easier for young kids. 

We really like these because they offer the sandal style without sacrificing durability or quality. They feature a hard rubber sole, rounded rubber toe bumpers, and an upper made from polyester webbing. They are slightly heavier than some of the other shoes on this list, so we do not suggest them for anything that will involve swimming.

Bigib Toddler Kids Swim Water Shoes


  • Rubber sole specifically designed for traction

  • Soft upper that isn’t itchy

  • Variety of colors/prints


  • Less breathable than other styles

Technically, all water shoes should be non-slip, but like everything else, not all are created equal. We chose these as our favorite non-slip option because, in addition to being super cute, they have a rubber sole that is specifically designed for traction to reduce the risk of slips and falls. 

The upper part of the shoe is made from a soft fabric that has a snug fit but isn’t itchy, and the heels feature a pull tab. These shoes are available in a variety of adorable colors and prints, plus they’re very reasonably priced—which is always a perk. 

Size range: 3T-13C | Material: Rubber sole; synthetic fabric upper

How We Selected the Best Water Shoes for Toddlers

To create this list, we first consulted with Mark Mendeszoon, DPM, a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon, and a physician spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association, to better understand what toddlers need in a water shoe. With this information, we then researched various brands and styles of kids’ water shoes that met his suggestions. From there, we narrowed it down to the final selections based on construction/durability, style, price, and reviews.

What to Look for in Water Shoes for Toddlers


Not all water shoes dry quickly, so if you’re looking for something your kids can wear for an entire day (or days in a row!), opt for a pair made from a foam-like EVA or mesh material. In fact, Dr. Mendeszoon specifically recommends mesh because it’s breathable to help avoid skin issues caused by feet sitting in damp conditions for too long. Dr. Medeszoon tells Verywell Family that these skin issues can include “maceration, soft skin, and even skin infections such as athlete’s foot, plantar warts, and bacterial infections.” 

If you’re not interested in the mesh options, then there are some great foam-like styles, too. One thing to keep in mind with these water shoes is that kids’ feet can slip around in them, so make sure the insole of the shoe is made from a material with some traction. 


The best design for your child depends a lot on the activities they like to do. For instance, a sneaker is best for kids who are running around on sidewalks, whereas something with a more durable sole is a better choice for kids who play in the woods or by a lake.

You’ll also want to pay attention to the traction on the sole to minimize the risk of your child slipping and falling. Also, check the construction of the shoe’s straps to avoid the shoe slipping off during play. And finally, consider whether you prefer open- or closed-toe styles. If you are stocking up on water shoes for summer camp or child care, keep in mind that many facilities require closed-toe shoes.

Size and Comfort

No matter what, if the shoe doesn’t fit your child well or is not comfortable, then they won’t want to wear it. Be sure to pay attention to online sizing guides for water shoes because they can sometimes differ from standard sizes. Think about how the shoe will fit when it’s wet (will it become tighter, loser, significantly heavier, etc.), and when your child’s feet swell in the heat.


  • Does my kid need water shoes?

    “Generally, toddlers would benefit from not wearing shoes if they are [at a] beach or lake or pool,” says Mark Mendeszoon, DPM. “Unless their feet are very sensitive, I would recommend that children go barefoot when swimming.” However, if kids are playing with water and are walking on surfaces that could cause injury, water shoes are certainly nice to have. Not only are they great for use at splash pads and any kind of water play, but they’re also helpful at the beach and around a pool.

  • Can my kids wear water shoes all day?

    Many types of water shoes can be worn all day, as long as they provide support for kids’ feet and dry quickly. Water socks, on the other hand, aren’t appropriate for all-day wear, as they don’t provide as much protection and support for a child’s foot. 

  • Does my baby need water shoes for the beach?

    If your baby isn’t walking yet, water shoes aren’t necessary. If they’re beginning to toddle, water shoes can help protect their feet from the hot sand or sharp rocks and shells. However, Dr. Mendeszoon notes that if your child “[does] not have hypersensitivity in their feet and if the beach is not extremely rocky, the recommendation is to go barefoot.” 


Walking Shoes

Best Baby Shoes


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Baby’s first pair of shoes is one of the sweetest purchases you’ll make. But more should go into it than just picking out an adorable option (although you’re welcome to grab something based solely on the fact that it’s cute, too). Here’s your guide to finding the right walking shoes for your baby.

When should I get shoes for my baby?

Before she’s walking, you really only need socks or booties to keep your baby’s feet warm. But once she starts to walk outside, she’ll need suitable shoes to prevent injuries to her tiny toes. 

When searching for a pair of baby shoes, Brittany Ferri, Ph.D., licensed occupational therapist, says to choose nonskid or rubber soles that will help with stability as your child begins to walk. 

What are the best first walking shoes for baby?

If your baby is learning to walk, you don’t need shoes indoors, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association, which recommends that pre-walking and walking baby shoes be flexible (you should be able to feel your baby’s toes through them) and that they be made with breathable material (leather, cloth or canvas — not plastic). Dr. Ferri also suggests choosing lightweight shoes, which will be the most comfortable for babies to wear. 

How to choose the best baby walking shoes

When you’re buying baby walking shoes, keep on the lookout for a few more criteria recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):

  • Flexible, nonslip soles. The AAP also recommends that baby’s first shoes should be closed-toe and comfortable for her to wear.

  • Make sure the shoe fits. Baby shoes shouldn’t need to be broken in; they should fit your baby and be comfortable immediately with a bit of wiggle room.

  • No special features needed. The AAP says that sneakers are a great choice and recommends that parents stay away from shoes with wedges, inserts or special arches, as they are not needed and can actually make it harder for baby to walk. 

How do I keep my baby’s shoes on?

Infants are notorious for kicking off their shoes — and older babies may try to take them off on their own. A few tips to keep the shoes on baby’s feet:

  • Be sure it fits. First and foremost, the shoe should be snug without leaving marks when you remove it. “Use your hand to press down at the front of the shoe and feel for the big toe,” says Dr. Ferri. “You will want a couple of inches of wiggle room for the toes but not so much that the shoe is loose.”

  • Buy shoes that adjust to baby’s foot. Shoes with laces, Velcro, elastic ankle bands and snaps can be helpful features if your baby tends to lose shoes often.

  • Try to find a pair baby likes! If your little cutie tries to take her shoes off, test a bunch of different styles. That can help you find one she actually keeps on.

How we chose the best baby shoes

When looking at the best baby shoes, we took into account the above guidelines and made sure that all of our picks were flexible and supportive, while offering plenty of traction. From there, we focused in on the styles that members of the What to Expect community, as well as our editors, have tested and recommend.

Ready to start shopping? Check out our top picks for the best baby walking shoes below.

Best Baby Shoes

Stride Rite Artie First Walker

Stride Rite Artie First Walker
Pros: Hook and loop closure, APMA-approved, flexible, memory foam insoles
Cons: Slightly bulky, run small

Why We Love It

Stride Rite is a go-to baby shoe brand for many moms — and for good reason. Not only have their shoes earned a seal of approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), but they also come in an array of fun patterns and styles. We like the Stride Rite Artie First Walker shoes, which are made of flexible rubber soles and memory foam insoles.

Community Reviews

“Stride Rite [shoes are] a bit pricy but the ONLY shoes that stay on my big guy’s chubby feet. He wears extra wide (!) and loves running (in his walker) around the driveway in them.”

Best Classic Baby Shoes

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Cribster Shoes

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Cribster Shoes

Pros: Stylish, easy to slip on and off
Cons: Run big

Why We Love It

You’re never too old — or young! — for Converse’s classic Chuck Taylor All Stars. Made with a flexible canvas fabric and terry cloth insole, these baby shoes also come with a Velcro front panel — perfect for slipping on and off your baby’s tiny feet.

Community Reviews

“Converse are really good. Obviously a bit pricier but you can always get a size up and she can grow into them. They lace-up. But they’re super cute!!

Best Baby Walking Shoes

See Kai Run Stevie II

See Kai Run Stevie II

Pros: Easy on and off, adjustable strap, flexible
Cons: Run narrow

Why We Love It

See Kai Run is another brand that’s popular with moms and experts alike (it also earned a seal of approval from the APMA), and this style is best for babies learning to walk. The Stevie II shoes are available in this versatile chambray style and even have a set of elastic laces. Some of the many features include flexible canvas lining, rubber outsoles, removable insoles and adjustable straps.

Community Reviews

“See Kai Run is what we use but he also has some sandals that he seems to be okay in.”

– ADA117


“My son loves his See Kai Run sneakers. Will be buying another one when he outgrows his current one.”

– sleeepymama

Best Sporty Baby Shoe

Pediped Dani Originals

Pediped Dani Originals
Pros: APMA-approved, flexible, slip-resistant, stylish
Cons: Run slightly large

Why We Love It

Another brand that’s earned the APMA seal of approval, this Pediped Dani Originals pair has flexible leather soles that feature slip-resistant diamond tread. We’re also fans of the shimmery exterior and adorable, oversized stitching.

Community Reviews

“My little guy wears Pedipeds!! Only shoe he keeps on!! Expensive but worth every dollar he keeps them on all the time they don’t come off and they are the perfect combo of a soft shoe like the Robeez but they have a more firm bottom!! Would highly recommend!!”

– aea0509

Best Waterproof Baby Shoes

Native Kid Shoes Jefferson

Native Kid Shoes Jefferson

Pros: Lightweight, odor-resistant, waterproof, washable, wide range of colors
Cons: Some say they run large

Why We Love It

They may look and feel a lot like sneakers, but these lightweight shoes are made of a special material called EVA that’s waterproof, odor-resistant and tough as nails — exactly what you need when your little one really gets motoring. The shoe also comes in a variety of bright, fun colors.

Community Reviews

“We use Native. We really like them! They’re super light and flexible.”

– BeccaDietrich



Toddler Sandals

The Best Baby Shoes

walking shoes

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quick glance at the best baby shoes

There’s just something so magical about tiny baby shoes! Even if you think they’re not practical, when you see them in a store, they’re pretty hard to resist.

If you’re in the market for a pair of baby shoes, you may be wondering how to choose the perfect pair (besides just their general adorableness). We’ve got you covered with all the information you need to make the right decision, as well as links to some of our favorites.

Should babies wear shoes?

You may be wondering if babies need to wear shoes, and the answer is: not if they aren’t walking yet.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), it’s actually best for babies to go barefoot so their feet have room to move, stretch, and breathe.

Once your baby starts walking (!!!), you’ll want to have a pair of shoes available to protect their feet from getting hurt by the rough ground outside. However, before they’re strolling around, socks and booties may be a better fit.

When can a baby start wearing shoes?

As mentioned, once your baby is walking, they should probably have at least one pair of shoes for exploring the outside world.

Toddlers who love to climb and play outside are definitely suited for shoes — although they’ll grow out of them quickly, so it’s best not to break the bank buying a closet full of toddler kicks.

If your baby is crawling or still in arms, they can certainly wear shoes, but it’s not typically necessary or beneficial.

What type of shoes are best for baby?

When considering whether a pair of shoes will be perfect for your infant’s feet, you should consider:

  • Soles. The best type of baby shoe has flexible nonslip soles. This will allow your baby’s feet to stretch and move more freely, while also keeping them protected from spills if they do start testing out their walking skills.
  • Padding. Padding around the back of the heels and the ankles can help prevent rubbing or blisters. While it’s important to have a flexible sole (see above for why), a little extra padding can help make shoes more comfortable.
  • Closures. You’ll want a pair that’s easy to get on and off and secure. We totally get it, laces look amazing — but Velcro and zippers are typically a lot faster to close quickly with a wiggly baby on your lap.
  • Size. Always be sure to consult the manufacturer’s size guide before buying as they’re not always the same. Your child’s feet will likely be growing a lot during their first year of life, so check to make sure your baby hasn’t outgrown their first pair.
  • Fully covered. Shoes that fully cover feet offer a greater degree of protection from splinters, stubbed toes, and other injuries. While there’s certainly a time and place for sandals, you might not want to always have your little one in them.
How we chose the best baby shoes

When picking the best baby shoes, we gave a lot of thought to the things that matter most:

  • comfort
  • warmth
  • traction
  • ease of getting on and off
  • sizing option
  • price point

We also took into account what other parents had to say about the shoes.

Healthline Parenthood’s picks of the best baby shoes

Best infant shoes

Hudson Baby Fleece Bootie

Hudson Baby Fleece Bootie

  • Price: $
  • Pros: include grips on the bottom for stability, machine washable, fleece keeps feet warm
  • Cons: not waterproof, won’t protect feet on tougher surfaces

Our favorite infant shoe is actually a bootie! Not only do these snap on easily (and stay put), but they have grips on the bottom to ensure that your little one has sufficient traction for scooting around. They’re made of fuzzy fleece that will help keep their feet warm, and they come in a handful of colors to match any outfit.

Because Hudson Baby booties are machine-washable, no matter what baby manages to stick their foot in, the clean-up should be easy. And while these aren’t waterproof and won’t protect your baby’s feet from rougher ground, their feet will likely be bigger and ready for a more substantial pair of shoes by the time they need protection.


Best baby shoes for crawlers

Freshly Picked City Mocc

Freshly Picked City Mocc

  • Price: $$$$
  • Pros: rough sole offers traction, elastic opening helps keep them on baby’s feet, lots of color/pattern options available
  • Cons: not the most budget-friendly option; some parents say they struggled to get little feet in them

While definitely a splurge, these moccasins from Freshly Picked are a fan favorite. Designed with a barefoot feel in mind, they’re made of soft leather and suede with a rough sole for traction.

Parents say these are a great fit for babes just starting to crawl as they’re extremely durable. However, some parents note that while these shoes stay on well, they can be a struggle to get on baby’s foot.

Best baby shoes for winter

Ugg Bixbee

Ugg Bixbee

  • Price: $$$
  • Pros: machine-washable, textured bottom for traction, fabric keeps feet warm
  • Cons: not waterproof, won’t protect feet on rough ground

Chances are your baby just needs something to keep their feet warm during the winter months. These Ugg booties will take care of that with their furry, machine-washable fabric.

The fabric soles are great for foot flexibility, and they’re designed with texture on the bottom for traction should your little one want to pull up or test out walking. Note, however, that these booties definitely aren’t waterproof — any attempted standing or walking should probably be done indoors.

Best budget-friendly baby shoes

Meckior Infant Shoe

Meckior Infant Shoe

  • Price: $
  • Pros: budget-friendly price, available in a variety of colors/patterns, stay on feet well
  • Cons: don’t last as long as some other shoes, best for special occasions instead of walking

Fans of Vans slide-on sneakers will love Meckior’s slip-on infant shoes. Not only are they a steal at their low price point, but they come in a bunch of adorable colors and patterns to match any outfit.

Parents say these are great for dressing up and that they stay on babies’ feet well — however, a few folks mention that they don’t last all that long, so they’re better for the occasional event as opposed to crawling or walking.


Best baby shoes for wide feet

See Kai Run Stevie First Walker Sneakers

First Walker Sneakers

  • Price: $$$
  • Pros: roomy toe box for wide feet, seal of acceptance from the APMA, tough enough sole to protect feet during outside play
  • Cons: not the most budget-friendly option, don’t offer a barefoot feeling

These shoes work well for walkers as they offer a great amount of protection and padding. Plus, like Stride Rite’s shoes, you can feel confident that these have a seal of acceptance from the APMA.

See Kai Run Stevie sneakers stand out from the pack for babies with wide feet because of their roomy toe box. They also offer the ability to remove and add inserts, which can make a big difference for comfortably fitting a wider foot inside a shoe.


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The Best Toddler Shoes

We love the lightweight, classic design of the Adidas Toddler Grand Court Shoe

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Parents already know that there is a lot of growth and development happening during the toddler years, and that includes their little feet. When tots first start walking, they will need to strengthen their feet to improve mobility and balance, but you’ll also want to get your toddler shoes to protect them for that walking practice outside.

“I believe that [toddlers] should try to go barefoot as much as possible until they’re 2 years old,” says Mark Mendeszoon, DPM, podiatrist, foot and ankle surgeon, and Physician Spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association. For that very reason, it’s important that when small children are wearing shoes, they fit well and encourage healthy foot development.

Whether you need something for the summer weather, close-toed sneakers for the park, or just want to add something fun to their wardrobe, there is a shoe for your tot. We looked at the many options available to find a range that suits all those toddling needs.

Based on our research, here are the best toddler shoes to choose from.

Our Top Picks
Best Water Shoes:

 Crocs Kids Classic Clog at Amazon

Grand Court Shoes


  • Hook and loop straps

  • Versatile style works for a variety of occasions

  • Stable design


  • No pull tab on the heel

Stylish, well-constructed, and versatile—what’s not to love about these adorable little shoes? The Adidas Toddler Grand Court Shoes feature two hook and loop straps, which is great for kiddos who love to do everything themselves. They’re also lightweight, which is ideal for stability (and running super fast), and they have a cozy liner on the inside for extra comfort.


  • Available in a wide range of colors and sizes

  • Adjustable buckle to create a more custom fit


  • Buckle closure means kids may need help getting them on and off

If you’re looking for a timeless, well-made sandal, then let us introduce you to the Original Sandal from Salt Water Sandals by Hoy. They’re made with a leather upper and a rubber sole, both of which are durable and can withstand a toddler beating. We love that these shoes are lightweight, flexible, and comfortable and that they’re available in a rainbow of colors and plenty of sizes.

Size Range: 3T–10C

Salt Water Sandals


  • Skid-resistant

  • Bacteria and odor resistant

  • Light enough to float


  • Sizing online can be confusing

Crocs may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a water shoe, but they’re actually quite perfect for this purpose. The entire shoe is made from a durable synthetic material that is water-resistant without being slippery. The upper parts of the shoes are bacteria and odor resistant and feature little holes for breathability (and for cute little Croc charms).

These shoes are available in a huge assortment of colors and patterns, and are designed to conform to kids’ feet for comfort and support. We particularly love that the soles are skid-resistant, so you don’t have to worry as much about slips and falls.

Size Range: 2-3T–6Y

Baby Mary Jane Moccasins


  • Soft sole

  • Elastic around the ankle

  • Available in different styles and colors


  • Sizing can be a bit tricky compared to other toddler shoe brands

Dr. Mendeszoon says toddlers should be barefoot as much as possible until they’re 2 years old, so these baby moccasins are a great choice. They provide a layer of protection from rocks, heat, and sharp objects, but they have a soft sole and don’t provide much structure, which allows the feet more opportunity to develop and strengthen.

The moccasins are available in multiple styles and a variety of colors, and they all feature a loose elastic band around the ankle to keep the shoe in place, making it easy to get on and take off. These shoes are made from a leathery material that provides traction, is durable, and won’t warp if it gets wet.

Size Range: 2–8 Infant (not standard sizing)

Toddler Slippers


  • Hard, non-slip soles

  • Fully covered heel

  • Several fun colors/animals to choose from


  • The covered heel design can make the slippers hard to put on

Toddlers need slippers, too, and we can’t get over this cute pair. These slippers feature thick, non-slip soles that little ones can safely run around on, a soft and comfortable lining and footbed, and a fully covered heel so that the slipper stays in place and doesn’t come flying off during play. The slippers come in a variety of different colors/animals—all of which are adorable—and they can be worn inside or outside thanks to the hard sole (but they won’t protect the feet from moisture).

Size Range: 4/5T–12/13C

How We Selected the Best Toddler Shoes

First, we consulted with Mark Mendeszoon, DPM, a podiatrist, foot and ankle surgeon, and Physician Spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association, to learn what toddlers need in terms of foot health and development. Then we took his advice and researched dozens of shoes across a variety of retailers and selected based on construction, durability, price, style, and general reviews.

What to Look for When Buying Toddler Shoes


Just like adult shoe brands, toddler shoe brands can vary in width and size, so it’s important to pay attention to sizing charts and ensure you’re getting your toddler the correct size shoe. You should avoid buying shoes that are too small for your toddler. “Buying shoes the next size up can be beneficial, as kids grow so quickly and so do their feet,” Dr. Mendeszoon tells us. If you’re not interested in purchasing a full size larger for longevity, but your toddler’s feet are a little longer or on the wider size, try a half size up or down to find the right fit.


Even though toddlers outgrow their shoes quickly, they’re hard on them in the meantime, so finding shoes that are durable is essential. Additionally, Dr. Mendeszoon suggests looking for shoes that offer both breathability and comfort, such as a mesh material. Also, remember that your toddler is learning how to be self-sufficient, so you’ll want to look for shoes that are easy for them to operate. “Unless a child knows how to lace their shoes, it is recommended that Velcro is the most convenient and most comfortable type of shoe for them,” says Dr. Mendeszooon.

He also suggests parents avoid putting their toddlers in shoes with leather or rigid soles (unless it’s for a custom orthopedic shoe recommended by their pediatrician).

Purpose and Season

Is your toddler going to be rocking these shoes on the playground or on a hike? Shoes that they are going to be using as their everyday pair will likely be different than the pair they use for dressing up.

Also, depending on where you live, your toddler will likely need a different pair of shoes for different seasons. Whether it is a pair of breathable summer shoes or protective winter boots, keep the seasons in mind when shopping for toddler shoes.

Natural Fit

It is important to choose a shoe for your little one that allows their foot to move and develop naturally. Shoes that aren’t overly rigid and hard will help your toddler develop strong, healthy feet and posture.


  • How do you measure a toddler’s shoe size?

    Using a regular household ruler, measure your child’s foot from heel to toe in centimeters. It’s recommended that you add up to a half-inch to the measurement to provide a more realistic shoe size. For a more accurate measurement, Dr. Mendeszoon suggests visiting a children’s shoe store and having their staff measure your child’s foot for you. Additionally, he says feet should be re-measured every six months to ensure accuracy.

  • Are toddler and infant shoe sizes the same?

    Shoe sizes for children are broken down into infant and toddler/little kid sizes and then big kid sizes. The infant/toddler/little kid sizes range from 0 to 13, while big kid shoes start over at 1 to 7 (the equivalent of a men’s 7). Toddler shoes will usually include a “T” or “C” next to the number to indicate that it is a toddler/little kid shoe. Keep in mind that not all brands adhere to the same language, and you should always check the size chart before purchasing.



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Best Kids’ Slippers

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When it gets chilly outside, little toes need to keep warm. While socks are an obvious solution to cold feet, they’re also slippery and can lead to falls, especially for little kids who like to run around in rooms without carpet. Instead of risking a broken arm, equip your little one with a pair of slippers that grip to the floor, and keep their feet toasty while they’re doing it.

Determine where you think your child will be wearing their slippers and then figure out if a hard- or soft-bottomed slipper would work best. Also, sizing with slippers is sometimes not the same as regular shoes, so check the manufacturer’s sizing chart to ensure you don’t need to size up or down. We carefully considered sizing, value, design, material, and ease of cleaning when reviewing products.

Here are the best kids’ slippers in a variety of styles and price points.

Our Top Picks
Best Hard Bottom:

 Kamik Kids’ CozyCabin2 Slipper at Amazon

Baby Boots

The Best Snow Boots

Durable and comfy, the Kamik Kids Rockets will last through any snow day fun

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Once the flurries start falling, it’s near impossible to keep kids from wanting to go outside and play in the snow. When those snowflakes start to accumulate, your little one will need to bundle up to stay warm and dry, and that includes their feet. Winter snow boots are essential if you live somewhere that sees a lot of snow because they keep your kid’s feet cozy and comfortable all day long as they play outside and walk to and from school (or even just to and from the car!).

Reviewed & Approved

The Kamik Kids Rocket Cold Weather Boots feature a waterproof rubber shell to keep feet dry and reflective patches for safety. For fleece-lined boots, we recommend the Kamik Kids Snowgypsy 3 Insulated Snow Boots.

Beyond the size and fit, You’ll want to consider the different types of lining commonly found in snow boots, like faux fur, fleece, and felt. You should also check to ensure the boot is waterproof to keep feet not only dry, but warm, too. We carefully considered sizing, insulation, material, value, and design when reviewing products.

Here are the best snow boots for kids.

Our Top Picks

Best for Toddlers:

 Kamik Kids Rocket Cold Weather Boot at Amazon


Best for New Walkers:

 BMCiTYBM Toddler Winter Snow Boots at Amazon


Best Warm:

 Kamik Kids Insulated Snow Boots at Amazon


Best Waterproof:

 Sorel Youth Flurry Boot at Amazon


Best Budget:

DREAM PAIRS Ducko Ankle Winter Snow Boots at Amazon

Best for Toddlers: Kamik Kids Rocket Cold Weather Boot


  • Waterproof rubber shell

  • Temperature rated to -40 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Reflective patches for safety


  • Limited flexibility in sole

  • Sizing may be confusing

The Kamik Kids Rocket Cold Weather Boots earned a top spot on our list because of the reinforced ankle strap for stability, which comes in handy regardless of weather conditions. The boots also have a bungee cord at the top to prevent snow from sneaking in, a rubber foot and sole, a thermal insole for warmth, and a moisture-wicking liner that can be removed if needed. The soles are made to improve traction and the boots’ overall design focuses on keeping little toes dry and warm.

Lining Type: Zylex | Sole Type: Rubber | Closure Type: Velcro and bungee cord | Size Range: 8 to 10 (toddler), 1 to 13 (little kids), and 4 to 12 (big kids)

Winter Snow Boots


  • Rubber soles

  • Flexible cushions and padding


  • Some colors are not waterproof

New walkers will have a little extra support and traction with these winter boots. They have rubber soles to help prevent slips and keep the toes dry as well as a fluffy faux-fur lining to ensure their feet stay warm in the coldest months. The boots have soft flexible cushions and padding around the ankle and tongue to provide extra comfort as well as support so little ones don’t lose their balance.

Lining Type: Faux fur | Sole Type: Rubber | Closure Type: Bungee cord | Size Range: 6 to 12 months (infant), 12 to 24 months (toddlers), and 11 to 12 (little kids)

Insulated Snow Boots


  • Waterproof sole

  • Cozy fleece lining


  • Sizing may be confusing

The last thing you want is for your kid to be too cold outside, and these faux-fur boots will give you the assurance their feet will stay toasty. In addition to the fur collar along the top of the boot, the rest of the inside is lined with cozy fleece and a soft foam cushion. On the outside, the boot has a lightweight rubber sole and nylon upper to keep the feet dry. These boots also have bungee lacing to ensure they’re snug and tight to keep snow out and ankles supported.

Lining Type: Fleece | Sole Type: Rubber | Closure Type: Bungee cord | Size Range: 8 to 10 (toddler), 1 to 13 (little kids), 4 to 7 (big kids)

Sorel Youth Flurry Boot


  • Waterproof fabric

  • Removable and washable felt inner liner


  • Costly (depending on size)

  • Lower temperature rating (only -25 degrees Fahrenheit)

If you live somewhere that gets more slush than snow, these are the boots for your kiddo. The upper is made from a waterproof fabric with a bungee closure that blocks water, snow, and wind from sneaking in. They also have a rubber lower that works as a barrier to water and provides extra traction for slippery conditions. Plus, they come in all kinds of great colors.

Lining Type: Felt | Sole Type: Rubber | Closure Type: Velcro and bungee cord | Size Range: 8 to 13 (little kids) and 1 to 7 (big kids)


Ankle Winter Snow Boots


  • Budget-friendly

  • Side zipper


  • Only one big kid size

These boots are budget-friendly and still get the job done. They have a waterproof shell and synthetic sole which is made to increase traction, insulated lining, and double straps to ensure a snug fit and keep snow out. In addition to the two straps, the boots also have a side zipper to make it easier for kids to get them on and off.

Lining Type: Thermal | Sole Type: Rubber | Closure Type: Velcro | Size Range: 9 to 10 (toddler), 1 to 13 (little kids), and 4 (big kids)

What to Look for in Snow Boots for Kids 


Picking the correct size when it comes to snow boots can be tricky. You want your kiddo to have a snug fit but not so tight they’re uncomfortable while out in the cold weather. Before picking out a size, measure your child’s foot from heel to toe to get an exact measurement of their foot. This will help you when it comes to looking at the boot manufacturer’s size chart. 

Your best bet for sizing is for your child to try on the boots themselves. This will ensure they have a proper fit and feel comfortable. If trying them on is not an option, view the manufacturer’s size chart to get started. Many size charts will show sizes in inches that you can then compare to your child’s foot measurement. 

Some parents and caregivers believe going up one size from their child’s regular shoe size is a good rule to follow. Because snow boots are heavily insulated, their feet will more than likely need a little bit of room. Always follow the manufacturer’s size chart first before purchasing, though. Also, note that sizing among brands will vary, so it’s ideal to try on the boots before deciding on the right pair.


One of the most important features to look for when buying snow boots is insulation. Snow boots are much more insulated than rain boots and often feature special ties, like Velcro or bungee cord, to keep the boots on better and keep out snow. You’ll want to consider the different types of lining commonly found in snow boots, like faux fur, fleece, and felt. 

Faux fur is extremely soft and will keep feet very warm while out in the snow, but some kids may complain that their feet are too hot. Fleece, a woven fabric, comes in different weights, like lightweight, medium, or heavy, and is affordable. Felt is also an affordable and heavy material, so it’s great for really cold weather, but may make feet overheat like faux fur.


Snow boots need to be insulated to keep kids’ feet warm, but they also need to be waterproof to keep kids’ feet dry. Most snow boots use a synthetic material as their upper fabric, which is usually waterproof, but not always. Some have synthetic nubuck, like Kamik Kids Rocket Cold Weather Boot (view at Amazon), which is also known as microsuede. An upper type like this is very durable, soft to the touch, and water-resistant, making it the perfect choice for snow boots.

Having a bungee or other cinch closure at the top of the boot is also important to keep snow from falling down into the boot as kids play.



Toddler Sandals

The Best Toddler Sandals

The Skechers Kids Foamies Guzman Steps are comfy, stylish, and provide support

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Toddlers need supportive shoes that are comfortable, easy to put on, and sized right (since those little feet grow so quickly). There are so many styles to choose from so you can pick a sandal that fits your lifestyle, budget, and needs.

Since toddlers are walking, it’s important for their shoes to fit well, support the foot correctly, and be used in the proper way. Invest in a well-made everyday shoe and your kiddo’s feet will thank you. We carefully considered material, design, sizing, fit, use, and value when reviewing products.

Here are the best sandals for your toddler.

Our Top Picks

Best Closed Toe:

KEEN Kids Seacamp

Keen Footwear

Closed-toe sandals are safer for active kids and oftentimes a requirement for outdoor summer camps or preschools. If your toddler will be spending lots of time outdoors, these rugged shoes are perfect. The non-marking rubber sole is sturdy and supportive while the polyester upper is comfortable and easy to clean.

For a perfect fit, there’s a secure fit system to tighten or loosen the strap and a Velcro strap over the instep. Parent reviewers praise how indestructible these shoes are and love how well they hold up all summer long.

Shoe Salt Water Sandals

A fan-favorite shoe, these classic unisex sandals feature breathable leather straps and a rubber sole. The rust-proof metal buckle is adjustable to ensure a good fit. Parent reviewers recommend that once the sandals get wet, leave them on your kid’s feet. As the leather dries, the sandals mold to your child’s foot shape. If family matching is on your radar, there are Salt Water sandals in adult sizes too!

Waterproof Sandal

Run, jump, and splash in these 100% synthetic shoes that are fully waterproof. Perfect for any water activity, these can also be worn at the beach or pool. Since they aren’t enclosed, it’s easy for any little shells or sand to flow right out of the shoe.

The sandal has two Velcro straps, so kids can adjust the straps to get the perfect fit and dexterous toddlers will have no trouble putting them on or off themselves.

Designed to keep up with your busy toddler, these sandals are incredibly lightweight, super flexible, and have a textured insole to keep slippery feet from sliding around. Made of material that is naturally water-resistant, non-toxic material, these sandals will hold up all season long and more.

Final Verdict

If your child will be outside a lot, choose a closed-toe, supportive sandal that they can wear every day like  the Keen Kids Seacamp II Sandal (view at Amazon). These options will keep your toddler’s feet protected and comfortable. For quick trips to the pool, park, or beach, the Old Navy Ankle Strap Pool Slides are easy to wear and toddlers can take them on and off independently.

What to Look for in Toddler Sandals


Shoe brands can vary their sizing. Some use U.S., European, or custom sizes. If getting measured in person is not an option, measure your toddler’s foot with a ruler or downloadable tool. Consult the brand’s size chart and read reviews to see if the shoes fit true to size, bigger, or smaller. 

Making sure your child’s shoes fit properly helps to set them up for proper foot health as they grow. When they squeeze their foot into a shoe that is too small, toddlers run the risk of general discomfort, issues with gait, and distorted bone growth.


For extended or everyday wear, choose a sandal that is made out of good quality, breathable material like mesh or leather. Well-fitting shoes will support your child’s foot and high-quality material will hold up to the wear and tear the shoe will see. 

Since sandals are likely to frequently come into contact with water, it is important that you choose a shoe that can hold up to consistent moisture without falling apart.


Most importantly, toddler shoes should be comfortable. There should be adequate room in the front so the toes aren’t squished, and the shoe should flex at the ball of the foot. A Velcro or adjustable strap will ensure a comfy fit across the top of the foot.


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