The 11 Best Toddler Shoes to Buy in 2018

Comfortable fits for your active child

Until your child learns to walk, any shoes you buy for her are probably more about the aesthetic (how cute are those bunny ears?) than actual functionality. Once those sweet feet starting pounding the pavement, though, keeping your kid in shoes that help her foster her walking skills becomes your main objective—although if they’re adorable at the same time, that certainly doesn't hurt.

Depending on the season and the types of activities your kid likes, you’ll likely need a ride range of shoes. Here are a few of the best options, for whatever your kid might get into from day to day.

Best Overall: Saucony Jazz Hook & Loop Sneaker

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Sneakers are a must in any toddlers wardrobe because they do a lot of walking, running, and zipping around. This pair from Saucony not only looks good in its various different color combinations—it is super comfortable for your child with its cushioned arch support that will keep them stable throughout the day.

Reviewers give high praise to these shoes for their affordability and ease for both children and parents to get them (a major selling point). They close with Velcro which many parents can attest has held up to the test of prying little fingers.

Best for Summer (Boys): Zicoope Leather Outdoor Sport Sandals

With these sporty sandals in tow, there’s nothing your active toddler can’t do. The Zicoope Leather Outdoor Sports Sandal comes with an adjustable hook-and-loop design and is easy for little hands to pull on and off with the Velcro-strap enclosure. Plus, the closed-toe feature offers the best protection for sensitive feet. Anti-slip materials keep kids from falling, and the mercerized lining and pigskin material on the surface of the footbed provide cushioning and shock absorption. The shoe comes in four different colors including brown, black, white, and yellow.

Best for Summer (Girls): Femizee Girls Genuine Leather Closed Toe Princess Shoes

Don’t let the cute look of these toddler shoes fool you—have your kid put these on and she’ll be ready for any activity you throw her way. The Femizee Girls Genuine Leather Soft Closed Toe Princess Flat Shoes are made of leather with a rubber sole, and the cushioned footbed provides a comfortable and soft feel for your toddler’s sensitive feet.

The closed-toe design protects little toes from getting hurt and keeps most dirt out, while the flexible and slip resistant notched rubber outsole makes it comfortable while kids walk. These cute and durable shoes come in seven different color options, including white, red, deep blue, pink, pink with small flowers, red with small flowers, and white with small flowers.

Best Active Outdoors: KEEN Newport H2 Sandal

If you’re brave enough to take on the great outdoors with your toddler, you’ll need the right pair of shoes to get you through it. Enter the KEEN Newport H2 Sandal, available in 50+ styles perfect for any toddler boy or girl. This supportive sandal comes with an elastic cord lace and adjustable hook-and-loop strap that lets kids easily put them on and take them off themselves, and the quick-drying webbing is exactly what parents need for all those water activities that kids love. With more than 4,000 reviews, this shoe is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Best Toddler Shoes for Wide Feet (Girls): Stride Rite SRTech Tulip Sandal

Stride Rite is a trusted name in the toddler shoe business, and with the Stride Rite SRTech Tulip Sandal, you can rest assured that your wide-footed toddler is comfortable and ready for summer. The SRTech technology provides a sturdier structure and sensory sole for toddler walkers, while rounded edges help decrease stumbles and falls.

The leather lining comes with an odor-reducing, anti-microbial treatment, and the memory foam insole makes for comfortable wear. The adjustable hook-and-loop strap means kids can easily pull them on and off, as well. This shoe comes in gold, silver, and white style options.

Best Toddler Shoes for Wide Feet (Boys): Sperry Halyard Hook & Loop Boat Shoe

Hook your active toddler up with the Sperry Halyard Hook & Loop Boat shoe to ensure his wide feet stay comfortable and padded throughout the summer season, no matter where his adventures may take him. The canvas shoe has an adjustable hook-and-loop strap for easy on/off wear, and the rubber outsole provides for added traction and durability. The shoe comes available in medium and wide widths, as well as in five colors including navy, khaki, grey, olive, and brown/orange.

Best Toddler Shoes for Narrow Feet: ASICS Noosa Tri 10 TS Running Shoes

While they’re not specifically labeled as for narrow feet, parents whose kids have narrow feet often end up ASICS, and the ASICS Noosa Tri 10 TS Running Shoe is perfect for active toddlers running around in the summer. With breathable mesh, no-sew overlays, and fixed elastic lacing with hook-and-loop closure, these sneakers are both comfortable and easy for kids to use. The removable cushioned insole is a nice added bonus, as is the fact that they come in five vibrant and fun color varieties.

Best Toddler Shoes for Arch Support (Girls): pediped Grip-N-Go Betty Mary Jane

Approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development, the pediped Grip-N-Go Betty Mary Janes are the perfect shoe for any toddler food impediments, including arch issues. The cute shoes come in four colors—white, black, silver, and champagne—and they’re made with all natural rubber soles, genuine leather uppers, and a breathable leather lining.

Best Toddler Shoes for Arch Support (Boy or Girl): Crocs Kids’ Slip-On

A light and comfortable toddler shoe option that also provides maximum support, the Crocs Kids’ Citilane Roka Slip-Ons are a win-win. This shoe comes in eight different color options, and the best part is the foam footbed layered over the Corslite foam outsole, which provides optimal arch support for tiny feet. Ventilated tops also allow for breathability, while sturdy rubber bottoms keep your kid’s feet supported throughout any adventure.

Best Aqua Socks: JIASUQI Baby Boys and Girls Barefoot Swim Water Skin Shoes

Kids who are just learning to walk might be sensitive to different textures on the bottoms of their feet, and something like hard concrete from the pool area or gravely rocks and grainy sand from the beach could be unpleasant. Aqua socks/skin shoes make the perfect solution to this problem, and the JIASUQI line of both girl and boy swim water skin shoes/aqua socks are just perfect for little tootsies.

The rubber sole means your child won’t easily slip and slide on watery surfaces and sensitive feet won’t be harmed by sharp, foreign objects, while the strong wicking performance of the stretchy, ultra-thin, breathable material gives the shoes a comfortable, sock-like fit. The smooth neck design prevents scratching, and they’re easy to take on and off, a major plus with anxious toddlers ready to get on with their day. The unisex shoes also come in 40+ styles, so there’s something for every kid to love.

Best Winter Boot: Northside Frosty Winter Snow Boot

When the cold winter weather arrives, make sure your little one's toes stay nice and warm with Northside's Frost Winter Snow Boot. These boots come in 40+ styles for boys and girls, and they are insulated with waterproof uppers that feature an easy to use hook-and-loop strap and bungee-cord closure. An easy-pull elastic cinch at the top of the cuff also helps keep snow out, while the 200grams of high quality insulation will keep kids' toes toasty down to -25 degrees Fahrenheit.

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