The 10 Best Toddler Shoes for Any Occasion

By Kara Reynolds | Dec 1, 2021

It’s that time of the year again! When your toddler’s feet magically grow overnight, you need to rush out to the store and stuff shoes on their feet until you find the pair that fits. Maybe you and your toddler love shoe shopping. Maybe you hate it.

Either way, consider this option first. We’ve done some research and compiled a list – the 10 best toddler shoes for almost any situation or occasion. After you’ve read it through, you can run to the store and figure out what size is best for your little one.

1. Crocs Classic Clog

Best for everyday wear inside the house.

In terms of ease of use, it’s hard to argue with Crocs. They slide on and off, simple as that. If your toddler plans on walking for a longer time, lower the back heel flap for a more secure fit. If they step in something nasty, spray the Crocs off with your garden hose.

2. Ikki Squeaky Shoes

Best for encouraging heel-to-toe walking.

Never head of squeaky shoes before? When your toddler walks heel to toe, these adorably designed shoes emit a squeaking noise, encouraging your child to continue the practice. The sound is also a helpful way to keep track of your toddler. Don’t think you can handle all of the squeaking? Switch off the button at the bottom of the shoe to turn it off.

3. See Kai Run Kids Ryder Knit FlexiRun

Best shoe to promote healthy foot development.

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has granted all shoes from the See Kai Run line its seal of acceptance, so you really can’t go wrong with any pick from this incredible company. The Ryder Knit FlexiRun is slip-on, making it easy for toddlers to put on and remove by themselves. It’s also a breathable shoe that has a removable insole for extra foot space.

4. New Balance Kids’ 888 V2

Best shoe for wide feet.

Does your toddler have wide feet and difficulty fitting into other shoes? New Balance offers a wide and extra-wide option for toddler feet in its 888 sneakers, essentially eliminating all concerns of finding other shoes that fit. The top strap secures with velcro, allowing for as tight or loose a fit as desirable. To provide breathability, New Balance manufactures the shoes from a combination of mesh and suede.

5. Converse Chuck Taylor Double Strap Sneaker

Best shoe to make a statement.

Converse will always be cool. These classic sneakers come in toddler sizes with loop straps and velcro to ease the entire process of putting them on and taking them off. Just like other Chucks, you can find these in a variety of colors.

6. Sperry Authentic Original Boat Shoes

Best shoe for special occasions.

These shoes are a comfortable and cute pick to dress up a special outfit for any occasion. Boat shoes also present a gender-neutral option for any families who wish to pursue that option. Buy them in the classic tan soft leather, or let your toddler’s personality soar by purchasing a unique color like rose gold, silver, or purple.

7. Stride Rite Made2Play Indy Athletic Sneaker

Best shoe for playground fun.

Is your toddler running yet? If they haven’t reached that exciting milestone, it won’t be long! Be prepared with these sneakers that feature lightweight, machine-washable material and non-skid soles to give added traction to young feet. Another plus? The American Podiatric Medical Association backs all Stride Rite shoes, so you know these sneakers are an excellent choice to support your toddler’s foot development.

8. Merrel Kids Trail Quest Jr.

Best boots for hiking or exploring.

Made from a combination of genuine leather and mesh, these boots are breathable yet sturdy to protect little feet while on hikes or exploring the backyard. A hook and loop ankle strap and elastic laces will keep these boots secure on your toddler’s feet. The APMA has granted their seal of approval to these boots, making them another wise choice for healthy foot development.

9. Bogs Waterproof Insulated Boots

Best boots to keep feet warm and dry in the winter.

Designed to keep little feet warm in temperatures as cold as 14°F, these boots are also completely waterproof and machine-washable. Toddlers will also find them easy to pull on and off on their own – quite a feat for winter boots.

10. Nike Sunray Protect

Best sandals for toddlers on the go.

These sandals balance stylish and practical, delivering coverage and traction perfect for active toddlers – what child isn’t busy at this age? Straps on top of the sandal make it simple for little feet to get in and out in a hurry and adjust to make the sandal feel extra comfortable.

The Best Shoes for Your Toddler

Do you think you’ll opt for the Classic Croc for your toddler? Or are you looking for something a bit more classy, like the Chucks? You can’t go wrong with any of the picks on this list!

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