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9 Best Kids Beach Shoes Perfect For Sand And Sea!

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You've got your kids' sun cream, hats, and swimsuits ready for your beach trip - but what about the perfect pair of beach shoes?

Perhaps you've never considered the need for kids to have shoes specifically designed for the beach, but there are many reasons why it would benefit your children to have a pair of water shoes.

Many of the UK's most glorious beaches are stony rather than sandy, so having a pair of reliable beach shoes that can withstand even the most stubborn of stones and the grittiest sand is an ideal way of avoiding any potentially irritating situations, or any injuries that may occur from standing on some litter or a wandering crab. A lot of kids' aqua shoes are specifically designed to dry quickly and be as sturdy as possible so that your little ones can frolic in the sun, sea, and sand with no stress.

Stay beach-ready with our list of top 9 beach shoes for kids, and make the most of your beach trip.

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Our Top Choice

KIDADL TOP PICK

Seacamp II Sandals By Keen Footwear‍

Seacamp II Sandals.

These are the ultimate high-quality water shoes to withstand sea, sand, and sun. Plus, they're designed as a hybrid shoe, so that they can also be used on land and on non-aquatic terrain. Durable, dependable: a perfect water shoe for all of your active, adventurous kids.

The rubber sole provides great grip without marking the floor, and a 'metatomical' footbed design ensures anatomical support for the arches of your child’s feet. They're also consciously created, having been made water-resistant without the slow-degrading chemicals commonly used in this process, and have insoles infused with probiotic technology that naturally breaks down any odours. Flexible and secure, they're also machine washable and will air dry.

  • Price: from £17.99
  • Ages: 2 - 6
  • Consciously created, PFC-free materials
  • Eco anti-odour
  • Machine washable
  • Made for all terrains
  • Comes in three styles: toddlers, younger kids, older kids
  • Multiple colourways
  • Arch support
  • Unisex water shoes

Best For Families On A Budget

Bermuda Junior Aqua Shoe By Mountain Warehouse‍

Black and blue Bermuda Junior Aqua Shoe.

Available in a rainbow choice of colours, Mountain Warehouse's Bermuda Junior Aqua Shoe are ideal for protecting  your child’s feet from the elements, at a price that won't break the bank. They're lightweight but durable neoprene shoes with a mesh top, making ideal budget kids' swim shoes.

  • Price: from £3.99
  • Ages: 2+
  • Neoprene base
  • Mesh top panel, for ventilation
  • Easy slip on and off
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Unisex water shoes

Best For Early Years

Barefoot Aqua Socks By Yorgou‍

Brightly coloured and patterned Barefoot Aqua Socks.

Ultra-lightweight and flexible, these water socks have an EVA non-slip sole and a sock-like fit that makes them easy to put on your child’s feet. These quick-drying water shoes also have a thickened toe so as to cushion any potential collisions. Their ergonomic design means that they reduce walking pressure for any tots who can totter around, and they come in a kaleidoscope of colour options and patterns. What's not to love?

  • Price: from £9.99
  • Ages: 1-3
  • Sock-like, flexible fit and ergonomic design
  • Non-slip sole
  • Soft and comfortable material
  • Slip-on, with a smooth neck to prevent chafing
  • Thickened toes for extra protection
  • Unisex water socks

Best For Under 5s

Romper Toddler Slip Ons By Toms Shoes‍

Navy blue Romper Toddler Slip Ons.

Available in three colours, these slip-on water sandals are designed for kids ages 1-4, and are made of a shock-absorbent, lightweight, perforated EVA. They're also super stylish and ethical. Toms is a certified B-corp that invests significantly in sustainable practice and corporate responsibility: they've given 86 million pairs of shoes to children in need since their inception.

  • Price: £20
  • Ages: 1-4
  • Lightweight and soft
  • Perforated, so that dirt and debris sift out
  • Shock absorbent
  • Sustainably sourced and supplied
  • Unisex water shoes

Best For Under 10s

1. Kids' Swiftwater River Sandal By Crocs‍

Blue and red/orange Kids' Swiftwater River Sandal.

These kids' water shoes come specifically from Crocs' most water-friendly collection. They have footbeds that drain away any water or debris that may enter the sandal (meaning no accidental standing on stones), have two adjustable straps, foam cushioning for all-day comfort and support, are lightweight, and have grooved soles for extra grip - making them perfect for kids that enjoy scrabbling over rock pools or other slippery surfaces.

Kidadl Top Tip: Order these shoes in a size up for your kids, as the reviews tend to suggest they may come up too small otherwise.

  • Price: from £13.99
  • Ages: 1-7
  • Lightweight, flexible, and comfortable
  • Super soft foam construction - so no absorption of water
  • Two adjustable straps
  • Grooved soles for extra grip
  • Unisex water shoes

2. Kids Quick Dry Aqua Socks By HKR‍

Pink and black Kids Quick Dry Aqua Socks.

For kids that love windsurfing, waterskiing, stand up paddle-boarding, or any other slightly more hardcore water-based activity, you need a pair of shoes that will be durable, quick-drying, and stand the test of time. These kids' water shoes from HKR tick those buttons, with a soft but strong no-slip rubber sole, breathable mesh upper layer, foam midsole to add a cushioning effect, and strengthened toe (just in case your child kicks something hidden in the water).

  • Price: £12.99
  • Ages: 2+
  • Lace at heel for an adjustable fit
  • Quick-dry fabric
  • Rubber sole with grip
  • Breathable mesh
  • Strengthened toe
  • Unisex water socks

3. Adventure Seeker Sandal By Timberland‍

Red and blue Adventure Seeker Sandal.

These are designed with all-action kids in mind, and are perfect for moving between land and sea. Water-friendly synthetic leather, an anti-microbial EVA footbed for anti-odour shock absorption and support, and a durable rubber sole that won't mark floors. These water shoes tick all the boxes and will last for years.

  • Price: £30
  • Ages: 6-10
  • Lightweight, waterproof synthetic leather upper
  • Velcro closures
  • Anti-microbial footbed for odour prevention
  • EVA footbed for support
  • Unisex water shoes

4. Igor Star Sandals By Schuh‍

Blue Igor Star Sandals.

The jelly shoe is a kids' water shoe that brings up all sorts of nostalgia, and these shoes from the brand Igor are no different. Coming in three colours, these water shoes are unisex, easy to clean, and can be dressed up or down. They have a thick and durable sole and an adjustable buckle, plus they have removable foam insoles depending on the contours and fit of your kids' feet. They make ideal beach and swimming shoes with a bit of '80s pizazz.

  • Price: £22
  • Ages: 8+
  • Thick and hard-wearing sole
  • Adjustable buckle
  • Good grip
  • Removable foam insole
  • Easy to clean
  • Unisex water shoes

5. The Original By Salt-Water Sandals

Yellow The Original pair of sandals.

A design dating from the '40s, when Salt-Water Sandals were made from scrap leather as a way of managing wartime leather shortages, these classic sandals are 100% waterproof leather with a tough stitched rubber sole and rust-proof metal buckles. They have style, heritage, and substance, are specifically made for robust wear, great for running in and out of the sea, and can be washed by hand. They come in a variety of colours and designs - including water-focussed styles like Surfer, Swimmer, Shark, and Sailor - but we went for The Original, which are the classic Salt-Water Sandal and the perfect sandals for kids who love being in and out of the water.

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  • Price: £49.95
  • Ages: 2+
  • Waterproof leather
  • Rust-proof buckles
  • Durable, hard-wearing soles
  • Multiple designs and colour options
  • Unisex water shoes
  • Hand-washable
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Alice Carlill

Alice grew up in London where she's now based, but she's happiest by the sea, or reading somewhere snuggled up with her 5 dogs. She has two younger sisters who keep her on her toes, and is passionate about all things art, literature, and culture - she's written a short collection of poems and continues to edit scripts for theatre, tv, and film on a freelance basis.

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