We’ve spent the summer hitting every park, playground, sandbox and splash pad we could find (in part) for a noble cause: to find the comfiest, sturdiest, most stylish shoes for busy feet. We swiped left for the shoes that lived up to their promise: quick-drying, supportive, washable, and durable. Here are our picks:
PLAE Sam 2.0, $49.95
More substantial than a water shoe and more breathable than a typical sneaker, the Sam 2.0 combines the best of both worlds.
See Kai Run Saylor, $28+
These look AND smell great without socks. SKR’s herringbone lug structure provides excellent traction for playground play, and the strap lives up to its secure fit promise.
Native Shoes Jefferson 2.0 Liteknit, $50
Native took the shape that made the Jefferson so popular and swapped the rubber-like material for soft, breathable, elasticized liteknit. Flyknit fans are gonna want these in their size.
KEEN Kids Moxie Mary Jane, $39.99
The Moxie line is specifically designed for girls’ feet, has held up exceptionally well to daily wear, and the style is perfect to dress up or down, with or without socks or tights.