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What kind of warm weather shoes would you get for an 18 month old?

Hi Ladies! I need some advice on what kinds of play shoes work well for a toddler in hot weather. Last year he went barefoot where possible, and I got these soft sneakers with socks for outside or at the park (when he'd be playing in gravel, sand or other uncomfortable stuff.) This year, he's a lot better at walking and running, but he's still pretty clumsy and still shuffles a lot so he needs good foot protection. But it really does get very hot here... I'd hate to force him to wear socks and sneakers again. I was thinking about some closed toe sandals, but I'm not sure if he'll get blisters or if he'd still have to deal with sand and mulch getting under foot all the time. Ditto with crocs... and I heard that crocs get slippery when your feet sweat. I'm thinking of just taking him to a specialty kids shoe store where they can fit him with a crazy expensive but comfortable option... but I just hate spending tons of money on shoes.

What kind of shoes do you think would be good for hot, clumsy feet?


Asked by Sebbiemama at 4:56 PM on Feb. 19, 2011 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I always get my kids some of the closed toes sandals. Tennis shoes and socks are just too hot! For my 1st I always bought them from stride rite, but now with my 5th I buy them from Kohl's and there doesn't really seem to be a whole lot of difference in them!

    Answer by missanc at 7:54 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

  • try gettin him some closed toe sandals from stride rite they are good for babies feet

    Answer by mrzshanteb23 at 5:05 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

  • Jelly sandals!

    Answer by khf22 at 4:58 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

  • I would say sandals or even crocks. I heard stride rite has some great shoes for babies.

    Answer by acruz86 at 7:49 PM on Feb. 19, 2011

  • Missanc - thanks for the tip! Do the kids think that sandals get uncomfortable easily (with sand getting in or chafing) or am I worrying about nothing?

    Comment by Sebbiemama (original poster) at 9:40 PM on Feb. 19, 2011