With little 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, boys and girls need shoes that can stand up to the task. We design our little kids’ shoes with the same care and quality we put into our adult shoes, so when you choose KEEN Kids for your children, you know they’re getting shoes that play as hard as they do.
Little Kids’ Sandals
Our most popular sandal for little 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 mom 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 colors, including glow in the dark, keeps things fun—because that’s what it’s all about when it comes to little kids!
Strap-Closure Shoes for Little Kids
For little 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 for little kids. With no laces to fiddle with, they’re quick, simple, and easy enough for your little kid 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 little kids on the go. It also comes with our waterproof breathable membrane, to help keep their toes dry when puddles beckon.
For colder temps, we like the Kootenay boot, which just has one large strap across the instep. Extended ankle coverage gives them a little extra protection from the elements, without forcing you to wrestle unruly little feet into a full boot. Available in both sporty waterproof and cozy faux-shearling styles, the Kootenay boot is a great choice to keep them warm, mobile, and tear-free when the temps drop.
Bungee Closure Shoes for Little Kids
The KEEN signature bungee-closure shoes are great for little 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 little kids is the Chandler CNX, which features the same lightweight and flexible sole material to give your kiddo maximum freedom and dexterity. With a variety of fun colors (and both waterproof and non-waterproof options) the Chandler CNX is a great everyday adventure sneaker for little kids.
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 little Kids’ Terradora is as comfortable as it is adorable.
Most of our bungee-closure shoes for little 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 Little 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 is the shoe we wish we could supersize for our own feet. With bright colors, 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 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 little 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 colors ranging from bling-y to muted will suit little kids with a wide variety of styles.
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