Best kids' sandals 2023 - including flip flops, leather styles and jelly shoes

Summer's coming — dive into the best kids' sandals for little feet

Best kids' sandals
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Summer's just around the corner, which means now is the perfect time to say 'goodbye' to their winter footwear and 'hello' to the best kids' sandals. 

The best trainers for kids are ideal to have in their wardrobe all year round, but a pair of summer sandals are a style staple during the warmer months. The best kids' sandals keep children's feet comfortable and protected, no matter whether they are building sandcastles on the beach or playing with the best outdoor toys for kids.

So, now that the sun has decided to shine and even hotter temperatures are on the horizon, we’ve rifled through the cyber shelves to find the best kids' sandals to shop right now with a range of sizes available. 

If your child has just taken their first few steps, make sure you know how to choose shoes for toddlers before you start shopping. From the cutest designs to the sturdiest soles that keep their feet protected too, we’ve taken all the important details into consideration. So keep scrolling to find their perfect match! 

The best kids' sandals 2023 to shop now

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Boden Leather Buckle Sandals

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1. Boden Leather Buckle Sandals

Sizes: 24-36 

We just can’t resist these oh-so-adorable tan-coloured sandals which are practical and pleasing to the eye. They have padding at the heel for comfort and a colourful floral lining which is a welcomed touch. The upper fabric is 100% leather and the neutral colour combo makes them perfect for the sunshine. We wouldn’t mind a pair in our size!

VIEW AT BODEN | £34-£39

The Surfing Tide Toddler Green Combi from Clarks - one of this year's best kids' sandals

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2. Clarks Surfing Tide Kid Green Combi

Sizes: 4-12.5

Perfect for days on the beach, these cool sandals are water-friendly, flexible, and super lightweight, so they're easy to throw in your suitcase for a trek down to the beach. Clarks offer whole and half sizes so you can get the perfect fit and there are two adjustable rip tape fastenings. Available in navy, pink or this dino-inspired green print, we love that you can pop them in the washing machine too for added ease.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £24-£28

Children's Trekker Sandals from John Lewis - some of this year's best kids' sandals for summer

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3. John Lewis Children's Trekker Sandals

Sizes: 4-13 jnr

Sweaty feet will be a thing of the past with these sturdy trekkers. A sturdy, light, and elastic TPR sole for agility and rip tape fastenings for easy on and off mean they're the perfect solution for long, summer walks. The smooth suede is breathable and comfortable and they're available in four eye-catching colours to help kids stand out in the great outdoors.


Boden jelly sandals

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4. Boden Jelly Shoes

Sizes: 24-36

A kid's summer wardrobe isn't complete without a pair of jelly shoes. Pretty and practical, these floral summer staples allow little feet to breathe during trips to the beach or sandpit. They come complete with a touch-and-close side buckle fastening and a floral lining. We're sold! 


Swimbubs kids water shoes

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5. Swimbubs Kids Water Shoes

Sizes: 12 months to 3 years

Got a beachy holiday planned? These protective, slip-resistant swim shoes from Swimbubs will look after little feet when they're playing by the pool, at the beach, or splashing in the paddling pool in the garden. 

Made from stretchable spandex and polyester with a rubber gum sole, these whale-printed slip-ons are perfect for protecting your baby’s feet from hot rocks and sand! They also come in a pretty-in-pink colour. So say goodbye to sore feet and hello happy toes!


kids crab clogs from Marks and Spencers

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6. M&S Kids' Crab Clogs

Sizes: 4-13jnr 

These super-fun, seaside-inspired slip-ons feature a fun crab design in a comfy, standard fit that's perfect for fun in the sun. We think they're easily some of the best kids' sandals on sale this year - not least because they are washable at 50°C and hardy enough to toss in the tumble dryer - sand and sun cream are no match for these hard-wearing clogs. They are also available in a cute rainbow style, a floral option or clogs that are printed with ice creams. Yum! 

VIEW AT M&S | £10

Fun leather Pegasus sandals

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7. Boden Fun Pegasus Leather Sandals

Sizes: 24-36

Know an animal lover? These fun 100% leather silver sandals, which are embellished with a flying pegasus motif, have an adjustable touch and close fastening and if you ask us, they're a pretty warm-weather option. Help them pop these on for parties, days out or just dressing up. 

VIEW AT BODEN| £39-£44

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8. The Original Salt Water Sandal

Sizes: 5-12jnr

The first design to ever be created by the company, these sandals have a stitched rubber sole for comfort and a plaited, waterproof leather upper and rust-proof buckle - making them perfect for walks on the beach. They fit comfortably wide and the brand's top tip is that toes should rest behind the stitch line. Our pick of some of the best kids' sandals you can find, mainly because matching adult sizes are available if you fancy twinning with your mini-me!


Trotters Kids' Hamptons sandals

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9. Hampton Canvas Champ Shoes

Sizes: 4-13jnr

Combining a best-selling T-bar style with a handy rip-tape fastening, this classic style is perfect for young children learning to put their shoes on by themselves. They're fully machine washable and suitable for those with a higher instep and perfect for mini adventures. But what makes them worthy of a place on our list of the best kids' sandals is the fact that they're strawberry-scented for freshness. Yes, really!


flip flips from Joules

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10. Joules Flip Flops

Sizes: 8jnr-3 

While they don't offer enough support to be worn daily, children will love these Gruffalo-print flip flops that can be slipped on and off poolside, at the beach or in the garden. Best suited to older children and confident walkers, they have a durable tread and are available in shark, insect, and wild-animal print also.


Rainbow riptape sandals

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11. M&S Kids' Riptape Rainbow Light-Up Trekkers

Sizes: 4-13jnr

Colourful enough to add sunshine to any walk. With a light-up side strap to add even more pep to each step, these trekkers are the most fun you can wear on your feet. The rip-tape fastening across the top of the foot and over the toes and a cushioned sole means they're the perfect, comfy shoe for summer adventures.

VIEW AT M&S| £20

Blue and grey kids sandals

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12. Clarks Toddler Blue Combi sandals

Sizes: 4-6.5jnr

There's a lot to love about these water-resistant blue and grey sandals. These practical options come with a quick-drying upper (which makes them ideal for splashing about in) and the handy riptape straps mean that your little one can adjust their new kicks all by themselves. They also come with razor-tooth outsoles so no terrain is too challenging for these shoes. Oh, and did we mention they also come in a technicoloured colour way?


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