From a trip to the water park to a day at the beach, summer is all about playing by the water whenever possible. To keep kids safe, your first thought is probably a life jacket. But hot sand, sharp rocks and slippery surfaces mean a pair of kids’ water shoes are a good idea as well.
What are water shoes?
Simply put, water shoes are a type of footwear designed for use in and around water. They’re generally made with materials that are quick-drying, breathable, and water-resistant with a slip-resistant sole to prevent slipping on wet surfaces and provide traction in the water.
Why are water shoes important for kids?
Nothing spoils the fun faster than getting hurt. And let’s be honest–kids aren’t the most cautious people on the planet. The right pair of water shoes will help protect their feet from cuts, scrapes, and other injuries that can occur when walking on rocky or uneven surfaces in and around the water. They also provide protection from sharp objects like shells and rocks that can be hidden beneath the water and from the heat of sand that’s about as hot as the surface of the sun.
In addition to protection, water shoes can also help kids stay comfortable during water activities. They’re designed to be lightweight and breathable, which can help prevent their feet from getting too hot and sweaty. The more rugged styles can be worn all day long and make a great summer camp shoe. (Because an extra pair of shoes just means one more thing to lose, amiright?)
What to look for when shopping for water shoes for kids
When shopping for water shoes for kids, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Scenario: Consider your child’s use case. Are you looking for an all day shoe they can wear for various activities both in water and out? Look for something with a more support and a rugged sole. If you’re planning to wear them only at the beach, something more like a neoprene aqua sock will do the trick.
- Size: Make sure to measure your child’s foot and consult each brand’s size chart before purchasing to ensure a proper fit. Some styles fit differently than their typical sneakers. You’ll want to look for shoes that fit snugly but are not too tight.
- Material: Look for water shoes made with materials that are quick-drying and breathable, such as mesh, neoprene or foam.
- Sole: Make sure the water shoes have a slip-resistant sole to prevent slipping on wet surfaces. A good sole should also provide traction in the water.
We’ve rounded up some of our personal favorite water shoes for kids along with styles that get high marks for their quality and performance. Happy splashing, stomping, and adventure-seeking!