Parents know that kids' shoes need to be durable. Between rowdy recesses, PE, and family adventures on the weekends, little feet put plenty of stress on shoes. That’s why KEEN uses the same materials and construction techniques you’ll find in our grown-up models, to keep your kiddos comfortable and focused on the outdoors—not their feet.
Whether they’re a puddle-jumper, a tree-climber, or a hiker, KEEN has a shoe that will keep up with your young explorer—and hold up long enough to achieve hand-me-down status. Plus, with styles and colors designed to look just like mom and dad’s, their KEEN shoes will become the shoe they want to wear (and can put on all by themselves), getting the whole family out the door a little easier.
Introduce Them to a Classic Kids’ Waterproof Sandal
The Kids’ Newport H2 is our #1 kids’ shoe for the same reasons adults love it—it works and it lasts. With easy-draining uppers, toe protection, and hiking-boot level traction, it’s a true all-terrain sandal. They’ll want to wear it everywhere, from gym class to the trail, and we don’t blame them!
The lightweight materials and bungee closure are especially convenient for little hands and feet, giving them a shoe that’s easy to put on and won’t weigh them down. And for the world’s many irresistible water features (you know: gutters, puddles, creeks—basically anything wet) the Newport dries quickly and is machine washable.
Shoes for the Kid Who’s Always on the Go
We all know that kid who never sits still—and if you’re lucky enough to be the parent of one you know they need a shoe that can keep up. The Chandler CNX is designed to be as lightweight as it is durable, with our most flexible, non-marking sole and legendary KEEN construction, for agile performance that won’t fall apart.
And despite what they may believe, not even the fastest kiddos are impervious to water, which is why the Chandler CNX has them covered with a waterproof membrane to keep toes dry. Paired with an easy-on bungee closure, it’s a shoe they’ll reach for every day before heading off on their next adventure.
Give Them Added Waterproof Protection
For bad weather days, kids need a shoe with a little more waterproofing and protection. Our choice for the job is the Hikeport Mid Strap, which gives them a chukka-style coverage without forcing anyone to struggle with laces.
Constructed with our waterproof, breathable membrane and a sturdy sole, the Hikeport will be your go-to for shoulder-season adventures and wet walks to school. It’s protective enough to keep them dry, but far superior to a clunky winter boot when it comes to playing tag. Whether you’re hoping to simplify your weekend packing list or just keep them comfortable through a day’s worth of activities, the Hikeport is an easy choice.
Shoes For Your Mini-Me
The KEEN Targhee is a premium hiking boot for all conditions and trails—and the kids’ version looks and performs just like yours—the only difference is our easy-on bungee closure. The TPU heel-capture system helps increase stability on varied surfaces, and the lugged sole gives them better traction than a standard sneaker.
Of course, the kids’ Targhee offers the same waterproof membrane and partial-leather uppers as the adult model, for protection from the elements and lasting durability. For family backpacking trips, day hikes and everyday adventures, the Targhee is a kids’ shoe that will make them feel like one of the grown-ups.
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