Summer conjures up many images in my mind, but among them are sundresses, swimsuits and sandals. While many moms are comfortable to let their child run barefoot all summer, that’s just not me. I cannot stand filthy feet and we live in an area that doesn’t have tons of grass. Besides, I’m a shoe lover and I’ve inadvertently raised one in my daughter who will not go outside without something on her feet. Since the weather is so warm, we spend 95% of our time in sandals (thank you Southern California!) and I’ve rounded up a great collection of summer sandals that are perfect for your little girls. They are quality (no cheapy versions here!), stylish and extremely comfortable.
1. Saltwater Sandals
If you were to google “best summer sandals for kids” the Saltwater Sandal would show up first. It’s no doubt one of the most traditional, yet sturdy sandals out there. It’s perfect to pair with dresses, shorts and pants and is a great “church sandal.” It comes in tons of colors and is gender neutral. The Hoy Shoe company has been making these sandals for decades and that’s probably why you’re having flashbacks and remembering you owned a pair yourself as a child. They can be purchased at limited retailers throughout the US, on Amazon, Zappos and Nordstrom. They are available in infant sizes, all the way up through women’s! Mommy and me outfits, anyone?
If you’ve got a beach baby then Rainbow Sandals are a must for your summer sandal. I’m personally blessed to live within 15 minutes of the Rainbow outlet where we pick up new sandals every summer. However you can find them on Amazon, Zappos, Nordstrom and many surf shops. While the leather Rainbow Sandal is notorious for breaking in (even toddlers can’t escape the trademark blister), after 2-3 wears they will mold to your feet, providing you with the best beach sandal that will ever grace your feet. Rainbows come in leather and rubber, and small sizes are made with a back strap so little feet can run til their heart’s content.
3. Keen Seacamp
If you’ve got a trail blazer on your hands, the Keen Seacamp will help them pave the way. This rugged “sandal” will keep all little toes protected, while still allowing ample airflow for that traditional sandal feel. It comes in tons of colors and is easy to clean. This is the perfect sandal for new walkers and seasoned climbers.
4. Teva Hurricanes
Yes, Teva’s are still alive and well and perfect for your boho daughter. The rubber soles won’t keep her from enjoying the summer elements, and do a phenomenal job of protecting the bottoms of their little feet. They dry fast and are great for beach or city wear.
5. Birkenstock Gizeh
Gone are the days of frumpy Birks, especially with this metallic version! In traditional Birkenstock fashion, the cork footbed gives great support for your kids with high arches and plenty of room for toes to wiggle. These are lightweight and made in Germany. To that we say, Danke!
6. Reef Little Rover
Good luck getting your mini fashionista to take these sandals off because they are to die for! The soft straps means they won’t have to sacrifice function for fashion, while the rubber soles keep traction, yet dry out quickly. These also come in yellow and are perfect for summer sundresses!