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The Best Kids’ Water Shoes for Swimming and Hiking

Keep those kiddie feet dry(ish) and blister-free.

Water tables exist for a reason: Kids love getting filthy and wet when the weather warms up and backyards, pools, and beaches beckon. To really maximize everything that summer has to offer, you need proper toddler and kids’ water shoes. Why? Because wet, muddy surfaces are slippery, and proper footwear helps with traction and support.

When picking kids’ water shoes, opt for ones that have thicker soles and adjustable closures, or get ready for nonstop complaints about shoes that just too loose. You want to protect kids’ feet from the hot ground, and from sharp objects like pebbles and rocks. Toe shields help prevent stubbed toes, and the whining that accompanies foot pain. Slip-on shoe styles are an easy option, because of their ease of use, but because they don’t have enough support, they’re better choices for casual outings to the beach and pool. If you plan on boating, or hiking, get shoes that work on slippery surfaces, but transition well to other hardier outdoor activities. Make sure your water shoes dry quickly, and are breathable. Because stinky feet are gross.

These water shoes check all the boxes. They have a rubber sole, adjustable hook-and-loop straps, an EVA footbed with proper arch support, and stellar traction. They're machine-washable, too, so kids can wear them to the pool, the beach, or during a muddy hike.

A tough yet cute water shoe for active all-day play. This closed-toe sandal has a hook-and-loop closure system for a snug fit, a non-marking rubber sole for traction, and an open-heel design for breathability.

The mesh upper ensures that your kids' feet are always properly ventilated. Plus, these water shoes have a hook-and-loop closure so they're adjustable, and have a snug fit. There's a molded footbed, as well as rubber toe protection and traction.

These water shoes are ultra-flexible, yet also durable. They have a covered toe bed, along with a breathable jersey lining. The outsole is rubber, and the shoes have hook-and-loop closures for perfect fit and adjustability.

If you want perfect slip-on water shoes, get the Natives. There are no closures to bother with; these have a rubber sole for stability and are ultra quick-drying. They're perfect for the splash pad or the playground in the summer.

These water shoes, which have an adjustable closure for a comfortable, secure fit, are slip-ons meant for casual water play.

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