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Why Buy KEEN for Younger Kids’ Boots, Shoes & Sandals
With younger kids, the name of the game is finding shoes that they love to wear, so you can get them out and exploring. And with so much to see out there, they’re going to need shoes that can stand up to the task. We design our younger kids’ shoes with the same care and quality we put into our adult shoes, so when you choose KEEN Kids for your little one, you know they’re getting shoes that play as hard as they do.
Younger Kids’ Sandals
Our most popular sandal for younger kids is the Seacamp CNX. With a design based on our popular Newport hiking sandals, the Seacamp will keep their feet cool and comfortable in a closed-toe design. The uppers dry quickly, and they’re machine washable to keep them looking fresh no matter what your little kid gets into.
The Seacamp CNX also comes with our lightest and most flexible sole. Some children’s shoes get clunky in the smaller sizes—but the Seacamp gives them plenty of freedom to develop the balance and skills they’ll need for a lifetime of exploring.
A simple bungee closure (just like mum and dad’s!) makes for easy on and off, and the extra hook-and-loop strap adds security. The non-marking rubber sole is nice and grippy to help avoid unexpected spills, and a wide variety of colours, including glow in the dark, keeps things fun—because that’s what it’s all about when it comes to younger kids!
Strap-Closure Shoes for Younger Kids
For younger kids who like to do everything themselves (or parents who just appreciate simplicity wherever they can find it) strap-closure shoes are a great option. With no laces to fiddle with, they’re quick, simple, and easy enough for your little one to put on all by themselves.
Our pick for waterproof strap-closure shoes is the Hikeport. With a grippy, non-marking sole, two hook-and-loop straps, and a padded ankle, the Hikeport is a versatile shoe for younger kids on the go. It also comes with our waterproof breathable membrane, to help keep their toes dry when puddles beckon.
Bungee Closure Shoes for Younger Kids
The KEEN signature bungee-closure shoes are great for younger kids for the same reason they’re great for adults. Not only are they easy to put on and take off, but they give your little kid a flexible, custom fit for all-day comfort. Plus, they also can work like slip-ons when you’re in a rush.
Our top-rated bungee-closure shoe for younger kids is the Chandler CNX, which features the same lightweight and flexible sole material to give maximum freedom and dexterity. With a variety of fun colours (and both waterproof and non-waterproof options) the Chandler CNX is a great everyday adventure trainer.
For the same lightweight performance and traction with an added flair for style, the Terradora is another great option. Designed after our popular women’s shoe, and for a girl’s growing feet, the younger Kids’ Terradora is as comfortable as it is adorable.
Most of our bungee-closure shoes for younger kids also feature a hook-and-loop strap across the instep for a little added security—because there’s nothing worse than losing a shoe halfway across the playground.
Slip-On Shoes for Younger Kids
Of course, nothing is easier to get on their feet and get out the door than a slip-on shoe. Here at KEEN we designed a handful of slip-ons specifically for little kids to make life a little easier (and cuter).
The Sprout Mary Jane Ballerina Flats is the shoe we wish we could supersize for our own feet. With bright colours, a convenient wide opening, and a comfy strap for security, it’s breathable and sturdy enough for running, skipping and jumping through the day.
The Moxie Mary Jane Ballet Flats offers the same convenience with a slightly sportier mesh style, perfect for days near water when you’ll want a quick-drying shoe. With KEEN’s signature protective toe bumper and a grippy sole, this is a subtly technical option that your younger kid will love to wear.
Finally, the Sprout Fisherman offers two handy pull tabs at the ankle and heel for your easiest morning ever. A generously vented upper works with bare feet or socks, and colours ranging from bling-y to muted will suit little kids with a wide variety of styles.