Which Toddler Hiking Shoes?
Which Toddler Hiking Shoes?

Which Toddler Hiking Shoes?

Open trails open up a whole new world for little explorers. Toddlers love the vantage point from backpack carriers, but as they get more mobile (and you get more patient!), they’ll be eager to do some trail blazing of their own.

If you are planning to take your toddler on his or her first hike this year, keep these tips in mind when it comes to gearing up your littlest hiker for the adventure and shopping for toddler hiking shoes.

 

Flexible, Low-Profile Outsole

New walkers need lots of ground feel as they gain confidence in their newfound mobility. Flexible construction supports natural movement to help develop strong, healthy feet and fine-tune their balance.

Toe Protection

Protect those cute toes from all the stumbles that come with navigating new terrain. (Hooray for the iconic KEEN toe bumper!)

Lightweight Design

Those little feet don’t need extra bulk right now. Protect them without weighing them down by opting for lightweight sandals and shoes. 

Roomy and Breathable Fit

Their toes may be adorably teeny, but they need some wiggle room as they grow. Shoes with a wide fit give toddler feet the space they need to move freely and stay comfortable.

All-Terrain Versatility

Outside adventures involve everything from sand to sidewalks. Supportive, grippy sandals and shoes that can go anywhere will become their go-to for everywhere.

Parent-Approved Features

Practical details go a long way toward making every adventure easier for active families. An easy-on design, machine washability, pesticide-free odor control, and PFAS-free water repellency create peace of mind. 

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Our Picks

The KEEN Kids team’s top toddler hiking shoes are: 
Toddlers’ Chandler 2 CNX sneakers
Toddlers' Knotch Peak sneakers
• Toddlers’ Seacamp II CNX sandals

All three offer lots of ground feel and plenty of wiggle room for toes.

Once toddlers move into preschool territory, more rugged hikers come into play. Our Little Kids’ Targhee hiking boots and Wanduro hiking shoes are great all-around options.

Not sure what size your kiddo needs?
Download our printable, easy-peasy Kids' Sizing Chart (pdf).

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