Kids like adventure and when it comes to water, well...the wetter the better. Kids can find a pool, stream or puddle a mile away using some strange kid-like radar. But with the right pair of water shoes, it's okay. Water shoes are designed to drain and dry quickly, fit snugly over your feet to stay on better and give you grip on wet and slippery surfaces. Unlike sneakers or flip flops, you can run in them wet or dry and your feet will stay dry and blister free all day without socks. The best pairs will mold to your kid's foot and feel like she has almost nothing on like, Ryka water shoes, Avia water shoes and a wide range of water socks.
Some kids water shoes are styled more like sneakers or sandals, with bungee cords or straps that hold them on. They may have a thicker sole and can handle heavier terrain, which make them perfect for hiking or day trips. Others are styled more like slip on ankle socks, so they wrap around and cover the entire foot. They are perfect for a day at the beach, lake or water park, because they will protect your kid's feet from scrapes and will stay on no matter how rough the water is.
No matter which style you choose, water shoes let your kid play how he wants without having to wear swishy shoes all day and still protecting their feet. The best styles have a handful of common features that should be on every pair of kids water shoes. Choose a quality pair that is best suited for the types of activities your kid is typically involved in.
Look for water shoes that feature a toe guard that wraps over and around the toe box to protect against toe stubbing. A thicker sole is a must, whether on water socks or on water shoes. There has to be enough thickness for there to be good tread for traction on wet slippery surfaces, as well as enough to protect the bottom of your kid's feet in case he steps on anything like rocks or broken shells. The soles should still be flexible, so that your kid can grip, climb and flex her foot while running.
Avoid water shoes made of leather. Leather deteriorates under repeated wet conditions, does not dry quickly, and dries stiff. Wet, stiff leather on bare feet is a perfect prescription for blisters and encourages odors. Removable insoles can make it easier to adjust the shoes to your kid's feet and you can take them out for washing. Look for anti-microbial treatments to help eliminate bacteria and odors.