14 Kids' Shoe Trends for Summer

by Lindsey Hunter Lopez
Jul 15, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET
These kids summer shoe trends are here to stay.
Image: Nike, Birkenstock, Vans, Toms, Saltwater Sandals/Design: Ashley Britton/SheKnows

Your kids need new kicks for summer, but what to choose? Whether you need a pair for summer camp, birthday parties or beachside, we have all the fun options for you and your littles. Playful, comfortable and cool are the qualities we look for in a summer shoe, and we've found options at every price point. 

1 /14: Igor Maui slide

1/14 :Igor Maui slide

These trendy plastic slides come in super-fun colors for summer. Poolside perfection. (Nordstrom, $27.95)

2 /14: Jefferson marbled Natives

2/14 :Jefferson marbled Natives

Natives are lightweight, waterproof and washable. These versatile shoes are great for summer activities or just hanging out in the yard. The cool marbled print is one fun option. (Amazon, $27.75 – $40)

3 /14: Shimmer mermaid Vans

3/14 :Shimmer mermaid Vans

One of the season's cool new prints (others include ice cream and pastels) from Vans, these shimmery mermaid sneaks are perfect for summer feet. (Vans, $37)

4 /14: Rose-gold Saltwater sandals

4/14 :Rose-gold Saltwater sandals

Classic leather Saltwaters in rose gold? Beyond cute. Plus, they come in a rainbow of other colors, like the ever-popular tan. (Zappos, $36.95)

5 /14: Birkenstock Arizona

5/14 :Birkenstock Arizona

The classic comfy footbed sandals come in cool color combos for kids: from navy and lime to galaxy pink sparkles. Birks will last and last. (Birkenstock, $64.95)

6 /14: Old Navy lace-up

6/14 :Old Navy lace-up

A more palatable version of the gladiator sandal trend (and much easier to put on), Old Navy's lace-ups are super-fashionable — and super-affordable. A great dress-up option to pair with summer sundresses.  (Old Navy, $10 – $19.94)

7 /14: Skechers Twinkle Toes

7/14 :Skechers Twinkle Toes

Sketchers Twinkle Toes are the LA Gears of the 20-teens! Little ones love these wildly embellished, light-up wonders that twinkle with every step.  (Amazon, $23.74 – $43)

8 /14: Sk8-Mid Vans

8/14 :Sk8-Mid Vans

Camo isn't the only hip print on the new SK8-Mid. Your little skater can also choose chambray, gray, shark or comet designs. (Vans, $40)

9 /14: Mini Melissa Aranha X

9/14 :Mini Melissa Aranha X

What could be more summer than ice cream-embellished jellies? Mini Melissas are a splurge, but this trendy sandal has serious playground cachet. (Zappos, $60)

10 /14: Old Navy jellies

10/14 :Old Navy jellies

These popular plastic Mary Janes are still going strong! The low price and sweet strawberry scent (yes, they smell good) make these jellies a summer favorite. Plus, the velcro closures make them easy for little hands. Available in multiple colors, from gold glitter to green.  (Old Navy, $12 – $14.95)

11 /14: Ice cream Toms

11/14 :Ice cream Toms

A summery treat is featured on these fresh new sneakers from Toms. Get them as small as baby size 2 for baby shoe perfection for early walkers. Plus, the lining fights bacteria and as always, Toms will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need with every pair you purchase. (Toms, $34)

12 /14: Adidas slides

12/14 :Adidas slides

Classic Adidas sandals with a contoured footbed, these Adilette slides are hot right now, and what could be easier for little feet? Just slide on and go. (Adidas, $28)

13 /14: Baby Flintstones Havaianas

13/14 :Baby Flintstones Havaianas

How cute are these Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm flip-flops from Havaianas? "Too cute," is the only acceptable answer. Dino is also available. Pack these in your beach bag. (Havaianas, $19)

14 /14: Nike Roche One

14/14 :Nike Roche One

A trendy lightweight sneaker that's great for summer, the new Roche One is a popular athletic-inspired option. These will take your little one well into the school year. (Nike, $65)