Summer Adventure Essentials 2021 - Online Shopping Guide For Kids' Shoes

You’ve got your sunscreen, bug spray, tent, portable stove. Extra shirts, shorts, hoodies for cold nights, raincoats and umbrellas (but hopefully you won’t have to use them!).  Check, check, check! The car is loaded and you’re ready for summer adventure! 

But wait - those sneakers the kiddies wore all the school year are looking a little worn out, but last year’s sandals might not be supportive enough for hiking or rocky beaches. If you’ve been here before, worry not - we’ve got you covered. 

From the beach to the hiking trail to the campfire, these shoes will keep little feet comfy and supported for any grand adventure. Go off the beaten path with your little explorer this summer!  

Best for Hiking

Set them up for all of their outdoor adventures with Merrell’s Moab FST Low A/C waterproof hiking shoe. Low profile but high-performance, a mesh upper and GRIP on the outsole makes it lightweight, durable and ready for the trails. The Moab’s amazing traction and grip will have your kiddo ready to take on any terrain. Available in high and low top. 

Featuring removable EVA footbed, the Keen Hikeport is specially designed to keep growing feet at ease. The non-marking rubber outsole leaves no trace and offers traction, and the KonnectFit heel-capture system offers a locked-in heel. These are another great option for the trails this summer with superior ankle support, traction, and water-resistance. Tend to fit narrow. 

A customer favourite! The Salomon Speedcross and Alphacross are built with extra grip for young feet that are ready to move fast and follow you on any terrain. The molded and injected EVA midsole provides comfort and cushioning for young feet. These are a well-loved model and another great option for summer adventure.

The super comfy Columbia Trailstorm is ready for action on and off the trail. These boast super lightweight cushioning for ultimate comfort and non-marking rubber outsole for fantastic grip on all terrain. This shoe is very versatile and will follow your little one from the mountains to the playground. 

Best for the Campsite

The super durable Keen Newport H2 is my personal favourite (I own two pairs!). This supportive sandal can take anything a kid can dish out. An adjustable hook-and-loop strap lets kids put them on themselves, and quick-drying webbing is perfect in and out of the water. Machine-washable and made for playing hard and passing down. An overall fantastic camp sandal. 

The Merrell Hydro Hiker is the ultimate summer camp shoe! Merrell’s closed-toe Hydro sandal can navigate any adventure, wet or dry, thanks to a durable construction for quick-dry and a flexible outsole with M Select® GRIP for traction. It’s a must for your little camper! This is a great option for wide feet.

Out comes the sun, and so do these awesome action-packed, water-proof, sandals. Stride Rite’s SRtech Wade Sandals were made for fun times al fresco, with their lightweight breathable upper and protective outsole. These are machine-washable and oh so practical. The extra rubber at the heel provides a bit of extra ankle support for new walkers. Available in medium and wide for the perfect fit for your tot. 

Best for the Beach

Slipstop is a great pool and beach shoe that will decrease the risk of slipping on wet grounds and protect little feet from hot sand and pavement. These fit long, so stick with measurement size.

The Joybees Active Clogs and Adventure Sandals are built for independent kids who go everywhere and get into everything. They’re durable enough to run, jump, climb, and play, and easily clean up to look good as new. No sweat! 

Fun to wear style and sunny-day comfort combine in the Foamies®: Skechers Swifters shoe. This convertible slip-on clog features a casual breathable lightweight design and cushioned footbed. Another great, lightweight choice for beach days. 

Most Versatile

The Asics Venture will follow your kiddo anywhere they go this summer. The moulded rubber outsole provides high-density shock-absorption for ultimate comfort and stability, meaning less risk of injury. The EVA midsole further boosts the comfort factor. These shoes are great on and off the trail. 

The Merrell Trail Glove is a mini-me take on an adult trainer, following the natural movement of the foot when it needs it the most. An alternative closure gets it on with ease, and a non-marking outsole featuring M Select® GRIP boosts traction without risking skids. This shoe is super versatile and its breathability makes it a great choice for summer fun.

Streamlined, flexible and light, the Keen Chandler holds its ground with a non-marking rubber outsole and multi-directional traction. Quick-dry mesh makes it breathable, and the lacing system keeps it secure. The protective toe makes it great for climbing and trail running. This model's super lightweight and flexible design wins it a spot on our most versatile list!

The Saucony Peregrine is great on and off the trail! It is a tough, all day trainer with grippy soles for use on muddy terrain. This shoe boasts fantastic traction, a protective toe guard, and a DWR-treated upper to repel water and keep feet dry and comfy.


As always, our fitting experts are always available to give you personalized sizing advice. If you would like help choosing shoes for your child with a wide foot send us an email with their sizing information and we are happy to point you in the right direction.

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