Girl poses lay side-on in pink egg chair wearing pink polka ruffle trim top, matching trousers and white sandals.

The Best Summer Shoes For Kids

Get little ones ready for fun in the sun with our rundown of the best summer shoes for kids. From kids’ trainers and jelly shoes to sandals and sliders, our new season picks for boys and girls will keep them comfy, supported and (most importantly!) smiling all day long.

Kids’ Summer Shoe Style Tips

We know that picking the perfect summer shoes for kids can seem a challenge. Do you choose sturdy styles or the latest fashion trends? One-strap or two-strap designs? What about shoes for toddlers? Thankfully, our kids’ summer shoe style tips will help you find footwear that ticks all the right boxes, whatever their age.


Searching for footwear to take them on an adventure? Supportive shoes are a must for mini explorers. From canvas shoes and lightweight trainers to sturdy strap sandals, choose durable designs that will keep them comfy on the go.

Top tip: young kids and toddlers will need shoes with extra support. Keep an eye out for padded insoles, gripped soles and family-favourite First Walker shoes to keep little feet protected.

Blue denim rainbow trim trainers.
Blue tie dye one strap bow canvas shoes.

Fuss-Free Fastenings

Whether they’re running, playing or causing mischief, little ones don’t stand still for long – especially in the sunshine! For footwear that can keep up with their energetic routine, pick fuss-free styles that are quick to put on and take off.

Think strap sandals, hook and loop fastenings and one-buckle designs that can be secured with even the littlest hands. Nothing should stand between them and their playtime!

Fresh Trends For Summer

There’s no need to choose between comfort and style. Get the best of both worlds with our girls’ sandals and boys’ sandals. Let their personality shine with the latest kids’ summer shoe trends, including glittery jelly shoes, character shoes and diamanté details. Impressing your little trendsetter just got easier!

First walkers Peppa Pig George blue jelly sandals.

The Best Summer Shoes For Kids

Whether they’re playing in the park, exploring in the garden or travelling to and from school, scroll to discover the best summer shoes for kids.

First walkers Peppa Pig white floral deail sandals.

1. Choose Classic Kids’ Sandals

Classic kids’ sandals deserve a spot in every child’s summer wardrobe. Keeping their feet cool while the weather heats up, sandals pair perfectly with the rest of their new season staples, from dresses and shorts to jumpsuits.

Let their personality shine through with character sandals or sparkle all summer long with metallic styles to make their toes twinkle! When choosing, look to padded insoles and lightly gripped sandals to keep them supported through all their fun and games.

2. Pick Play-Proof Kids’ Trainers

From football and rounders to garden games, kids love getting active in the sunshine. No matter their favourite summer sport, boys’ trainers and girls’ trainers will have them good-to-go.

For play-proof designs they’ll be wearing on repeat, go lightweight with mesh detail trainers. They can also stay stylish for games in the park with woven strap trainers and canvas shoes. Ready or not, here they come!

Grey mesh knitted cage trainers.
First walkers Peppa Pig clear jelly shoes.

3. Style Up With Jelly Sandals

Nothing says summer quite like jelly sandals. Lightweight and easy to wear, this seasonal shoe will see them through picnics, beach days (when they arrive!) and countless summer adventures.

Whether they go glam with glittery designs or pick sandals inspired by beloved characters, there’s plenty of styles to put their best foot forward. Fashionable and fun, jelly sandals are also a total 90s throwback – what’s not to love!

4. Go Super-Cool With Sliders

Looking for an easy-breezy kids’ summer shoe? Sliders are the way to go. Simple to slip on and off, sliders are ideal for picnics in the park and trips to the ice cream van.

Let them paint the rainbow in multi-coloured styles or pick prints with super-cool camo designs. Team them with everything from leggings and joggers to shorts and playsuits. Thanks to their padded insoles and a streamlined shape, sliders are the ultimate summer shoe.

Disney Princess rainbow sliders.
Black non-marking sole plimsoll school pumps.

5. Hit Refresh On School Shoes

Kit them out for the summer school term with seasonal school shoes made for the classroom and beyond. From black school pumps and strap designs to school trainers, for maximum comfort pick breathable and lightweight girls’ school shoes and boys’ school shoes.

Don’t forget to pair their shoes with short-sleeve school shirts, polo shirts and school dresses for school uniform that’ll score top marks in warmer weather.

For more new season footwear for kids, check out our ballet shoes, girls’ character shoes and boys’ character shoes.