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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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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