Jun 16, 2015

Summer Shoe Guide

Hooray for Summer!

If you are like us you are excited for summer, not just because summer shoes are so cute and comfy, but because you're tired of sorting and searching for matching socks! Am I right? Summer is a great time to feel the earth under your bare feet, but what do you look for in an ideal summer shoe when you need something more? Let us help guide you toward summer shoe bliss!

When considering summer shoes for your little one keep age, development, and activity in mind. Younger babies and developing walkers will have differing shoe choices and needs than more active bigger kids.

Livie & Luca Merry Bell

KEEN Newport H2
1. Toe Protection: Little toes can be pretty tender. When looking for toddler sandals, you'll want to protect their toes with a closed-toe or peep-toe shoe. A closed-toe shoe will prevent stubs, scrapes, and debris from entering the shoe and hurting little feet. Save the open-toes shoes for big kids and grown-ups!

2. Back Buffer: Look for a sandal with a closed back, this will protect the heel and ankle. Plus it will help the shoe to remain securely on squirmy, active little feet!

3. Materials: Opt for natural, breathable materials when selecting any shoes for your child. Leather makes a beautiful choice for a durable shoe. Canvas is a great choice for infants and developing walkers. Nylon is great when water is involved, as these will dry the quickest. Steer away from non-breathable plastics, especially for younger children.

4. Traction: The biggest thing you'll want to avoid is slips and falls, especially on the pool deck! Look for a rubber sole with lots of channels for water wicking. Suede is a great option for younger babies to gain traction indoors.

5. Comfort: Whether at the beach, the pool, or your own backyard, your child will be most comfortable in shoes or sandals that allow a little air to get their toes. Be sure to choose shoes that won't constrict their natural movements and allow their toes to wiggle freely.

Whatever you choose, be sure to stay hydrated, wear your sunblock and and have fun!

From all of us at TinySoles, we wish you a happy and safe summer! Stay cool!! 

Styles shown in top image, from left: KEEN Seacamp Lilac, pediped Flex Sahara Turquoise Lime, Merrell Spinster Splash Kids Bungee Cord/Orange, KEEN Rio Purple Heart/Honeysuckle, See Kai Run Jude Brown, Stride Rite Nandini Rainbow

All of these and more are available on our website. Shop all sandals here, or shop sandals by age: Baby (0-12 mos), Infant (12-24 mos), Toddler (sz 6-9), Kids (sz 10-13), Youth (sz 1-6Y).

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