Ultimate Kids Sandals Guide
What you need to look for and know when buying kids’ sandals
As we come into the warmer months of the year, it’s time to refresh your child’s summer wardrobe. But with so many sandals on the market, how do you choose the best ones for your child? This comprehensive guide to our sandal range gives you all the information you need when choosing your next pair of children’s sandals.
Ciao are designed and developed by Shoes & Sox, generally run true to size and come in a range of styles to suit all lengths, widths and depths. Most Ciao styles feature self-fastening straps, which can be more accessible for little ones who struggle with buckles and provide significant adjustability to suit all widths and depths from narrow to wide, shallow to high.
You’ll see a few different sole units across the Ciao range. One option is the toddler sole unit found on the style Breeze, which is broad fitting and segmented rubber, making the sole flexible and an excellent option for children gaining confidence with their walking. The junior sole on styles like the Hudson and Glitz can vary in fit, but features a moulded innersole and structured rubber outsole to provided added support for all day wear. Finally, the senior sole found on the Gina and Getal is lighter and flatter for more occasional use. This sole unit tends to suit narrow feet quite well.
Key to the Ciao Summer range is our Ciao Beach range! A much loved style, you can read more about the Ciao Beach range here.
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Originating in the UK, Clarks are part of the Brand Collective family and identity their styles by their first initial, including the M, S, P and H series for sandals.
The M Series (Marigold, Mateo) features a flexible sole with matte leather uppers. We generally find the M Series sole to fit longer than average, so we recommend choosing your measured size. The S Series (Shelly, Sarshi, Sterling, Sebastian and more) is more true to size, and comes in multiple widths so we recommend choosing half to a full size up from your measured size. The P Series is a junior/youth and features a moulded insole for added support, and grippy rubber soles. This series also comes in multiple widths, and we recommend sizing up by half to a full size in this range, as they are true to size. The H Series is a senior range that features a soft innersole and is less adjustable than younger self-fastening styles. This range also fits longer than average and as such we recommend choosing your measured size.
To view our Clarks sandals range, click here.
New Zealand’s Bobux comes in three different size ranges which determine how Bobux manufactures the sole of the shoe based on research into a child’s walking development and age group. The Step Up sole ranges from size 19 to 22EU (European sizing). Bobux Step Ups are flexible and soft for growing feet but feature harder wearing rounded soles for outdoor adventures, and generally have a wide toe box to suit toddler feet. Next comes iWalk – this sole is firmer for our more advanced walkers, ranging from 22-26EU. Bear in mind that while both Step Up and iWalk include a size 22EU, we find iWalk to be a larger make. Finally, there’s Kid+, starting in size 27EU and up to a size 33EU in some styles.
Bobux sandals typically fit longer than other brands such as Clarks and Ciao, so we usually recommend sticking to your child’s measured size. Bobux are usually made of soft genuine leather – a soft, breathable material that makes for a more comfortable fit straight away rather than wearing the shoes in to soften them over time (this is sometimes required for particular styles). The Bobux Quick Dry styles (Tropicana and Tidal) are very popular each Summer season and come in an array of different colours (this season this range comes in seven different colours) and allows worry-free play with its splash-resistant leather uppers.
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When it comes to iconic footwear known for its comfort and quality, Birkenstock sandals are a top choice for kids. Birkenstock is a brand synonymous with unparalleled comfort. The contoured cork footbed, designed to support the natural arches of the feet, ensures your child can walk, run, and play without discomfort. Plus, the timeless design of Birkenstock sandals means your child can stay stylish while enjoying maximum comfort.
Our Birkenstock collection boasts a wide range of styles and sizes to cater to different preferences. From the classic Arizona two-strap sandals to the kid-friendly Rio sandals, you'll find the perfect pair for your little one. The built-in arch support in Birkenstock sandals is a game-changer for growing feet. However, it's important not to size up too much, as the arch can become uncomfortable if there's too much room. A snug fit ensures that your child's arches are properly supported for all-day comfort.
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Old Soles is an Australian brand that caters mostly to infants and toddlers for their Summer range. Old Soles is a great value brand that uses high quality soft leathers for a stylish and comfortable sandal for your child.
The Old Soles pre-walker Sandy Sandal comes in six colours this season and is the perfect first sandal if your child is learning to walk through the warmer months. This shoe has a flexible rubber sole and is soft and deep to suit a toddler foot. This style fits longer than average, so we recommend choosing your child’s measured size. A step up from the Sandy, the toddler sandal Free Ground is more enclosed than some other sandals and can easily be worn with socks. This shoe is slightly wider than average and offers great added protection while still being breathable. Other sandal options from Old Soles this season offer padded, comfortable innersoles and gorgeous metallic uppers.
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Saltwater Sandals have been a favourite choice for families for generations. Known for their durability and timeless design, these sandals are perfect for beach trips and everyday wear. Whether your child prefers the classic Original style or the trendy Sun-San range, you'll find a variety of colours and sizes to suit their taste.
The Original SS sandal is a shallow fitting style making it perfect for narrower feet. Available in eight colours, this style is made with a durable leather upper and comfortable rubber sole. This style also features a buckle closure for a classy finish. The Sun-San sandal is a more adjustable option for younger children with a chunky sole, a super cute option for summer outfits.
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When it comes to combining comfort, durability, and adventure-ready style, Teva sandals are the go-to choice for active kids. Teva is renowned for its innovative designs that prioritize both form and function. Crafted with precision and attention to detail, these sandals are built to withstand the rigors of playtime while providing a comfortable fit. From rugged outdoor trails to beachside strolls, Teva sandals are up for any adventure.
Our Teva range includes the iconic Universal sandal which is a versatile style great for beach wear or trips to the park. A super adjustable style, this shoe features two self-fastening straps ensuring maximum comfort, and the range of colours means that this shoe can be matched with any child’s style.
To view our Teva sandals range, click here.