Kid’s Summer Footwear GuideMake sure your child is summer-ready with a pair of designer trainers, sandals or sliders.

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Kid’s Summer Footwear Guide

As temperatures begin to soar once again, it’s time for you to say goodbye to your child’s chunky boots and muddy wellies for another year and embrace something more summery like a pair of designer sneakers, sandals, or slip-on sliders. From budding toddlers to early teens, we’ve got you covered with a range of warm-weather shoe styles for you to try.

How do I choose the right shoes for kids?

But before you rush off and buy your little one the very latest designer pair, it’s worth noting that unlike buying shoes for yourself, there are quite a few things to consider. To help, here is our guide to the most important things to think about when buying your child’s next pair of summer shoes.

1. Size and Fit

It’s imperative that your child’s shoes provide comfort and adequate sole support from the very moment they try them on. A well fitted shoe can keep them happy playing all day so it’s important to make sure that the shoe offers enough width and is big enough to fit your child’s foot size. This is particularly important in the heat as their feet will expand.

2. Age

For those just starting to find their feet, it’s crucial you opt for a shoe that focuses on comfort. For younger toddlers, avoid an open-toe sandal and instead go for something that offers a bit more protection like a designer sneaker, and for those who are older, a slider or designer sandal is always a good option to slip on and off at the beach in the heat.

3. Material

Keep them cool this summer and go for a designer shoe that is made from more lightweight and breathable materials. If you have younger children, then it’s best that you avoid a chunkier style trainer or sandal as this might be a bit too much for them in the heat.

What should toddlers wear on their feet?

Whether they’re natural explorers or already showing signs of being a fashion icon, at this age, a designer sneaker is the ideal choice for a toddler. Offering enough comfort, ankle support and certainly lightweight enough, a low-top designer sneaker is one of the easiest ways to show off your child’s unique personality.

Toddler Styles For Him

Perfect for holiday strolls and walks out and about, a velcro pair of Veja low tops will certainly make life in the sun more fun. With their distinctive designer-stamped tongue, clean lines and lightweight leather design, a pair of white Veja’s are an ideal choice for more formal holiday looks, like finishing off a designer polo and tailored shorts combo.

Looking for something more playful? Perhaps a more youthful design and informal style from Golden Goose is the one for him. Known for their more distressed finish and distinctive doodles, then they’ll certainly leave a lasting impression on your child. In terms of styling, keep things simple and elevate their laidback designer tee and shorts style with a pair of silver Golden Goose sneakers.

If your toddler is just that little bit older, then a pair of Birkenstock sandals are also a good option. Their slip-on style, open-toe design and adjustable buck-fastening straps make them the ideal beach day or poolside choice.

Toddler Styles For Her

Add some summer sparkle to her daytime look with a glittered designer pair of leather sneakers. Perfect for play dates and outdoor adventures, showcase your little one’s creative side with a gold or silver style. In terms of styling, let her feet do all the talking and keep the rest of their playtime look quite understated with a logo tee and trackpants.

However, if vibrant prints and patterns already make up the majority of your girl’s summer wardrobe, then perhaps a box-fresh pair of Axel Arigato’s is the right choice? Paired with striking floral-patterned dresses and tops, a white leather pair can help add a layer of sophistication to your girl’s daytime or evening looks.

If matchy-matchy is you and your girl’s thing then why not show off your mother and daughter relationship in style with a pair of matching trainers.

Style tip - keep things simple and go for a cleaner, more subtle design from the likes of Alexander McQueen.

What Shoes Should My 5-10-Year-Old Wear?

Moving from day to night, we’ve got three holiday-ready styles for him and for her to try this summer.

Boy’s Canvas Sneakers

Breathable, stylish, and lightweight, for more laidback everyday styles, a designer canvas trainer is always a worthy alternative compared to its leather counterpart. Paired with a designer pair of shorts and a graphic tee and he’s ready to hit the streets.

When considering what brand to go for, we’d say look no further than Gucci Kid’s Ecru style canvas sneakers. With its multicoloured GG monogram design and signature striped webbing, they’ll certainly add a pop of colour to the most basic of looks.

Girl’s Canvas Sneakers

A pair of Gucci canvas sneakers can also work for her too, especially when they’re moving from day to night. Featuring embroidered trims and distinctive green and red striped panels, a pair of designer canvas sneakers can add more of a laidback feel to any free-flowing dress ensemble without ruining the overall elegance of the look.

Smarter Finish For Him

It can be difficult to know what your son should wear for summer parties and weddings. They’ll always look cute in a suit, if the dress code is simply a designer shirt or polo and tailored shorts, then finish off the look with a slick suede sneaker.

The key to styling this look, make sure you keep the formality of their look is maintained by going for a suede sneaker from the likes of Alexander McQueen in a neutral shade.

Smarter Finish For Her

Wearing a pair of designer flats or heels may look good on you, but for her, the fun might not last, especially if a summer party or family celebration lasts the whole day. Instead, an easy, but equally stylish alternative would be a pair of leather sneakers.

Style tip – opt for something like Dolce & Gabbana’s white Portofino-styled sneakers for a touch of elegance.

Designer Sliders For Him

If he’s all about the summer lounging poolside, then pair of slip-on designer sliders are the ones for him. Ideal for more laidback mooches around town, an open-toe logo-embossed rubber slider with a gripped sole for extra stability from the likes of Moncler or Gucci is always a solid option. And, if you’re worried about his toes getting burnt in the sun, then try avoiding an open-toed slider and instead opt for a round-toe finish from the likes of Fear Of God.

Designer Sliders For Her

Team up their designer swimsuit or stylish two-piece with a pair of sleek sliders from the likes of Versace or Balmain.

Style tip – if she’s gone for a feminine floral swimsuit or bright gingham print, then avoid a colour clash and opt for a neutrally toned slider.

For Those A Little Bit Older

For those in their teenage years trying to establish their own distinctive style, help him or her elevate their street style with a chunkier style mesh or panelled trainer.

Teenage Street Styles

Street Style For Boys

Breathable but with enough streetwear credentials to transform the most basic of summer outfits, complete your white logo tee and denim shorts or jeans ensemble with a vibrant pair of Versace’s chain reaction mesh style trainer.

Style tip – why not go one step further and compliment their trainers with a matching Versace logo cap.

Street Style For Girls

> Perfect for off-duty looks and more relaxed finishes, help her define her street style with a sportier pair of leather panelled trainers. And in terms of knowing what style for her, we’d recommend opting for something like Dolce & Gabbana’s Runway panelled Nylon Sneakers. With slick black leather panels and clean white piped trims, these sneakers work best when paired with more sophisticated street styles.

Going Somewhere?

Boy's Holiday Styles

Perfect for lunches by the beach or morning strolls around the hotel, help him switch off this summer in style with a pair of designer sliders.

Style tip – why not match up their sliders with the same brand of swim shorts and a pair of designer sunnies.

Girl's Holiday Styles

While sliders are also a good option for her too, if you’re looking for something a bit more sophisticated to reflect their age then perhaps a designer sandal is the better option to go for. In terms of styling, make sure you opt for a pair from the likes of Ancient Greek Sandals that can complement both casual daytime looks and more elegant night-time dress codes.

If their wardrobe is still in much need of a holiday refresh, then why not get ready for your travels in style by checking out our exclusive New In kidswear page.