5 Tips to Choosing Summer Shoes for Kids

5 Tips to Choosing Summer Shoes for Kids

With summer just around the corner you may be worrying about what shoes to buy for your kids.

Don’t worry, at Lelli Kelly Shop, we’ve created this handy guide to help you know exactly what to look for when shopping for summer footwear.

What types of footwear are best for kids in summer?

During the summer, there are a few things you should look out for when footwear shopping for your kids.

Comfort and safety should always be at the forefront of your mind, which is why popular summer footwear choices for kids include:

What shoes should you pack for kids on a summer holiday?

When you’re going on holiday, it’s a good idea to have a range of footwear that your kids can choose from. Depending on the activities you do on holiday, not every style of shoe will be suitable.

For example, if you plan on spending a lot of time at the beach, you should probably look for some easy to remove sandals for your kids. Our Celeste Multi Isabella Adjustable Strap Slider Sandals are a great choice for beach days, thanks to the easy on/off slide design and contoured footbed for comfort.


If you plan on exploring while on holiday, you should look for a pair of comfortable shoes like canvas pumps or trainers. The Allegra White Fantasy Multi Rainbow Canvas Shoes are a great holiday shoe thanks to the moisture wicking insoles to keep feet dry and comfortable all day.


5 tips to choosing summer shoes for kids

When you’re looking at what kind of shoes to buy your kids this summer, there are a few tips you should follow to ensure you buy the most appropriate pair.

Non-slip soles

Summer is the time for swimming, being by a pool and visiting the beach, so your kids are likely to constantly step on wet ground. To avoid slips and falls, it’s best to look for shoes with a good grip on the ground. If a sole is thick, it guarantees extra cushioning and greater comfort.


Our Brite White Rainbow Diamante Adjustable Strap Sandals have a thicker sole and ankle support to help prevent any slips or trips.

Durability and washability

Styles that have some give to them and can be thrown in the washing machine are great for summer.

If your kids like playing on the beach or grassy areas, being able to throw their shoes in the wash is a massive benefit.

Get the right size

When your kids are out and about all day in the summer, their feet can get warm and sweaty which is why it is vital to get the right size shoes. When our feet are warm, the wrong size shoe can cause blisters and sores across our heels and toes, which can be extremely painful for small children.

To find the perfect fit for your kids, we have a handy sizing guide and a dedicated guide on how to measure your kids feet.


Footwear that is flexible ensures that your kids are walking normally, which can prevent any foot related issues like blisters.

Having footwear that provides flexibility ensures your kids develop movements naturally, without forcing any structure of their feet.


In the summer, your kids are more likely to take their shoes off and go barefoot, especially around pools and at the beach.

You should therefore look for shoes which are easy to take off and put back on again, so that your little ones can manage freely.

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