From running around in the backyard to walking all day at an amusement park, summer requires comfortable footwear. After collecting countless flip flop blisters over the years, I finally get how important practical (but cute) shoes are. Here’s a round up of sandals and shoes that will keep your family stepping in style all summer long.
Yes, they’re a little pricier than most sandals, but I promise you, Birks are worth the splurge. I bought my first pair last spring and have enjoyed every second of supportive comfort. Cork soles are a total game changer, but the brand also offers a less expensive rubber version that’s just as cute and comfortable. Birkenstock has both kid and adult sizes, so there’s something for every member of the family.
Crocs Swiftwater Wave Sandal
Listen, I know Crocs get a bad reputation for being less than fashionable, but I’ve heard nothing but good things from everyone I know that has worn them. The Swiftwater Wave sandal is a combo sandal/water shoe and can go from the splash pad to the playground with ease. Seems like the perfect kid’s footwear to me.
Old Navy Women’s Sueded Cross-Strap Slides
I bought these slides back in April and have worn them almost every (weather permitting) day since. They’re easy to throw on with a pair of shorts or jeans but still have a bit more sophistication than the average sandal. Plus, the slides boast faux-leather insoles made from memory foam, making them surprisingly comfortable.
Teva Men’s Mush II Canvas Flip Flop
I’m not a huge fan of flip flops on men, but they are practical for going to the beach or the pool. The price of these Tevas is super reasonable and the reviews are stellar. Grab the man in your life a pair for Father’s Day. His feet will thank you.
See Kai Run Girls’ Kya Sneaker
Summer is made for sandals, but occasionally you need something more protective. These colorful sneaks feature a fun print and are available in both toddler and little kid sizes. Considering the shoes were awarded the Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association, they’re ideal for days that require a lot of walking.
See Kai Run Boys’ Russell Sneaker
I’m currently wishing I had a little boy so he could wear these sneakers. They’re that adorable. Not only do I love the hip style and design, but the fact that these are non light-up, non-character shoes makes my heart sing with glee.
Hongteya Hard Bottomed Baby Moccasins
Babies spend a lot of time barefoot (or constantly losing one sock) during the summer months, but these moccs are great for new walkers who need a little support. My daughter lived in moccasins the first couple of years of her life because they are so easy to throw on and take off. Besides being convenient, the cuteness factor is particularly high with this unisex pair.