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Five Best Toddler Shoes for Summer

Baby fat. That’s the problem.

That is what the salesperson said when we went shopping for new shoes for Juliet. Now, anyone that has seen Juliet can tell that she has decided to hold on to some of her baby fat a little longer than most, but who knew that was a problem when buying shoes? Well, it is. That chub on the top of her foot and around her ankles eliminates about half of the available selection in her size. Oh yeah, and I should probably mention her size. Despite the fact that she is 16 months old, Jules is still rocking a size 3, equivalent to about a 9-12 month old’s shoe size. So, with our list of issues, we set out to find the best shoes to take us through the summer. FullSizeRender copy 3

Baby Jacks

Why didn’t I find these sooner?! These are the absolute best sandal for summer. They are clearly her most fashionable option, and as a Jack Rogers fan myself, it’s hard to resist a little mommy/mini matching, but there are so many other reasons why we love these shoes. They take approximately thirty seconds to get on my toddler’s foot, and once they’re on, they stay on! That strap in the back has thwarted all attempts Juliet has made at removing her shoes, which has become her new carseat activity of choice, and they are the easiest pair we own to keep clean. We painted in these shoes, basically turning them blue and red in a matter of seconds, and with just a quick rinse in the sink they looked brand new again. They are perfect for the beach and will be our most used sandal this summer.


As you are aware, Jules loves a good splash pad, and we tend to spend a lot of time finding every splash pad we can in South Florida. I wasn’t totally convinced that the Croc was Juliet’s style, but if it stays on her foot, serves it’s purpose as a water shoe, and keeps her little toes from getting stepped on (because her foot has actually been smashed by an adult at a splash pad) then I didn’t need any more convincing. It’s all about that water safety, people.

See Kai Run Gladiator Sandal

By far the best shoe made for play and every day use. This shoe is the perfect walker and manages to close around those chubby baby feet. Juliet rocks these on every play date. We had this pair fitted at Nordstrom and she walked out of the store wearing them. They are the easiest shoe to slide on and velcro shut, and although she plays with the velcro on every drive we take, they never come off her feet. I can tell by how she walks that she is the most comfortable in them and I am loving the new pink leather option for summer.

Salt Water Sandals

 Okay, so I must confess, this shoe does not actually fit well if your baby has any of those “baby fat problems” as the salesperson so lovingly described. I bought these for Juliet and absolutely love them for every day use. They go with every outfit, are great for our Florida weather, and definitely stay on your toddler’s feet with all of those buckles. I even had Jules wearing them for a few weeks until my mom made me stop. I still stand behind these as one of the top five shoes for toddlers, just not Juliet. They have, however, been packed up and saved for Anniston in hopes that she doesn’t suffer the same baby fat problems as Juliet.

Elephantito Mary Janes

For the extremely rare occasion that a sandal just won’t cut it, these Mary Janes are our go-to dress up shoe. This brand is made for a wider foot and how can you possibly resist a pink and white Mary Jane? Another sturdy shoe that Juliet feels comfortable walking in and the perfect compliment to all of her bubbles and dresses.

There it is. Our top five shoes that will get us through the summer, and I know this because Juliet’s feet seem to have no intention of growing, so they should last us awhile.


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