Children's Footwear

Our Top 10 Picks For Kids’ Summer Shoes

Running, jumping, playing in the garden, your kid’s summer shoes go through a lot, carrying your little one through some of the best summer memories and days out. Whether you’re looking for functional fits for days out, or something more stylish to suit your mini-me, our range of kids’ shoes has it all, including trainers, sandals and smart shoesFrom the top brands with little sizes of their top styles, here are our top picks for kids’ summer shoes.  

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  1. Veja Kid's Esplar Velcro Leather Trainers - Extra White/Absynthe/California
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    Veja Kid's Esplar Velcro Leather Trainers - Extra White/Absynthe/California

    While white trainers and clumsy kids might not seem like a good match, these leather staples from VEJA are easily wiped clean. They also have a solid sole and protective rubber lip over the toe of the shoe to protect against scuffs. In all white with little pops of colours, VEJA are nice and bright, looking just as good in winter as they will in summer as the perfect kids smart trainers.  

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  2. Vans Kids' Old Skool Trainers - Black/True White
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    Vans Kids' Old Skool Trainers - Black/True White

    The ultimate mini-me option, match with your little one in classic Vans Old Skools to add some cool, retro styling to their collection. With the signature Vans waffle sole and padded ankle, you really can’t find a comfier pair of kids’ summer shoes or even toddler trainers, making Vans a perfect choice for day to day wear and sunny adventures for kids of all ages.

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  3. Converse Kids' Chuck Taylor All Star Floral Hi-Top Trainers - White/Topaz Gold/Peony Pink
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    Converse Kids' Chuck Taylor All Star Floral Hi-Top Trainers - White/Topaz Gold/Peony Pink

    A perfect pair to start getting the hang of tying laces, Converse hi-tops are a fan favourite of all ages. With so many colours and patterns, your little one can pick a pair to suit their personality giving them a bit more control over their style.  Being one of the top names in the footwear game, you know Converse are going to make some of the best kids’ shoes around that are ideal for summer with their breezy canvas exterior

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  4. Teva Kids' Hurricane Xlt2 Sandals - Delmar Blue
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    Teva Kids' Hurricane Xlt2 Sandals - Delmar Blue

    The must-have sandals. These Teva boys’ summer sandals have the perfect mix of durability and style as the chunky rubber sole is sure to last through all the summertime tests of long walks and park trips. The webbing straps also provide extra comfort as there’s no harsh leather to rub, so no chance of moaning about blisters with these summer sandals.  

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  5. Birkenstock Kids' New York Sandals - Black
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    Birkenstock Kids' New York Sandals - Black

    A favourite for all ages, we all need a trusty pair of Birkenstocks to take us from the garden to city days out. With the same signature cork sole, these kids’ sandals will last just as well and be just as comfortable as their grownup counterpart. Coming in a huge range of colours, Birkenstocks are a no-brainer kids’ summer shoe. 

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  6. Timberland Kids' Newport Bay Boat Shoes - Black Iris
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    Timberland Kids' Newport Bay Boat Shoes - Black Iris

    Maybe the cutest kids shoes around, we love these Timberland boat shoes. Looking just as sweet in the garden as they will dressed up for any summer occasions or weddings, the traditional design of these Timberland boys summer shoes will never go out of style. With a protective rubber sole climbing up to the toe cap to keep the canvas shoes safe from scuffs, these will definitely last beyond summer.  

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  7. Dr. Martens Kids' Romi J Crinkle Metallic Sandals - Silver
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    Dr. Martens Kids' Romi J Crinkle Metallic Sandals - Silver

    Can we get these in an adult size?! With all the signature features of classic Dr Martens, from the yellow stitching to the chunky sole, these kids’ Dr Marten sandals are set to be the envy of the playground. In a unique metallic silver colour and easy fastening with Velcro straps, you’ll have no arguments getting these sandals on their feet. 

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  8. Mini Melissa Toddlers' Beach Slide Bear Sandals - Pink Contrast
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    Mini Melissa Toddlers' Beach Slide Bear Sandals - Pink Contrast

    Look at these and tell me they aren’t the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen. Totally scuff-proof and fully cleanable, being made of Melflex Plastic means these Mini Melissa sandals are super low maintenance as you can wipe away any marks. Complete with a nice cushioned sole and easy Velcro fastening, these sandals with their bear detailing have stolen our hearts.  

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  9. UGG Toddlers' Kolding Fisherman Sandals - Stout
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    UGG Toddlers' Kolding Fisherman Sandals - Stout

    If your little one is more of a minimalist than a maximalist, or you’re looking for a more toned-down pair of kids’ summer shoes for an occasion, these UGG fisherman sandals are a great shout. Their faux leather exterior is also a bonus as they’re machine washable and have an anti-microbial lining to keep little feet fresh. In a timeless style and neutral colour palette, these unisex sandals will be good to go for all occasions and outings.  

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  10. Lacoste Kids' L.30 Strap 120 Slide Sandals - Dark Pink/White
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    Lacoste Kids' L.30 Strap 120 Slide Sandals - Dark Pink/White

    You know how much you find yourself slipping into your pair of classic slides, so getting a pair for your little one is an easy lifesaver. Perfect for slipping on in a rush or easy to carry around as a spare pair on hot days, Lacoste slide sandals are a great addition to the shoe rack ready for summer days.  

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Written by Lucy Harbron



Lucy Harbron

Lucy Harbron

Writer and expert

Inspired by the most iconic women in history, my style is informed by the Monroes, Sedgwicks and Birkins. Forever torn between maximalism and minimalism, you'll find me stomping around in heeled boots and trying to refrain from buying another pair of earrings.


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