5 of the Best Beach Shoes
The heatwave we’ve been promised is actually coming plus everyone not tied to school holidays is getting set for adventure. So I thought I’d share some of our favourite beach shoes for kids + big kids.
When I’m looking for a great beach shoe I’m looking for three things 1) Can you get them on + off easily 2) Is the sole thick enough to provide protection + slim enough so it doesn’t weigh little legs down 3) Do they look stylish AF.
What is it with Crocs, these ugly/practical shoes have moved into not just a place of fashion but also warm the cockles a little too thinking back to fond memories. We love them for camping as they are easy to slip on and off getting in and out of the tent for midnight wees + for very rocky beaches in places like Croatia.
Christopher Kane has done some amazing versions this season with large rock crystals at a large price ;) If you want to create your own head over to Pinterest there are plenty of fun ways to create this and other cool looks such as punk with studs, flowers + you can even draw directly onto them.
I really like the idea of creating something fun with your little one and getting creative whether it's gems, flowers or the jibbitz charms.
Sliders continue to hang around, I have to admit they are one of my absolute favourites for ease on holiday although they can be more tricky for little kids. But don’t worry I have trick to help.
Erna from Mercer 7 styling her Isabel Marant sliders to perfection
For big kids with a bigger budget these Isabel Marant sliders are fabulous + also available in hot pink. Equally, as stylish and in more colours is the classic Adidas Adilette sliders. They also fit from teenies to adults so you can twin if you like. You can even spice it up with the animal print version.
Madewell jumpsuit + adilette sliders
For the kids you can mini size too in all the versions. If they struggle with them slipping off you can add a back strap with minimum sewing knowledge. Here’s a tutorial for adding to ‘haviana style’ sandals. To add to slider simply punch a pole in the side of the slider of stitch on to the inside. And for teeny babies don't forget the Adilette play.
This is our own unique take on our holiday needs. A shoe that is light enough to be worn in the river, sea (if smaller stones) a bit of grip and easy on / off. This is our 3rd pair (we just replace as we grow out of them). One of the best purchases we make each summer. I wish M&S did more colour/pattern options but a winner in our house. Their aqua shoe is currently sold out but I spotted a few on Ebay.
Nike have a version of this called Sunray which is pretty similar but for the money and if you can get them M&S is my fave. The Sunray does however come in lots more colour options and has a water resistant lining.
Yep, sometimes they get a bit stuck on hot feet but you can’t beat a classic jelly shoe and Mini-Melissa are our faves. Great quality, lots of choice of fun design and velcro fastenings. All the styles we’ve had have lasted well and can be handed down. I love these lolly pop versions but also their new Toy Story version is very stylishly executed.
Adult options available too. They still have the classic Vivienne Westwood collab that I love but this collection with Opening Ceremony is just beaut - especially if you like a little heel with your jelly. Also, check out Opening Ceremony one of my fave brands if you like a little quirkiness with your design and now shipping to the UK
What I’ve missed?
You’ll might notice I’ve missed off everyone’s faves Saltwater sandals. I’m sorry but they just don’t fit me nor do I find them very comfortable so they haven’t made the cut but I know there are some die-hard fans and for good reason. They can be worn in the water, have rust proof buckles + generally last forever. I wish they fitted :( So here’s a couple of styles you might like and the great thing is you can twin too :)
Monty and Co know how to rock a salt water
Yep socks - cool to rock with them, comfy to wear. Long or short, plain or patterned. Grab a pair and totally earn yourself some 80s dad points.
If their toes are looking stylish don’t forget their heads. Our sun hats + sunglasses are the best if you like style + UV protection we got you covered. Shop them here.
Let me know if you try any of the DIY options and which are your fave.
Fresh Air Stories: Kat Brown in Kent. The first in a series of interviews talking openly about how we can get our kids outside more.