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When your kids are unstoppable you need to keep their feet safe—no matter where they run. Swim shoes provide just that—a way to protect the feet from rocks, shells, and rough pool bottoms. Non-slip soles help prevent slip and falls while wet. Some water shoes even have shock absorption built-in allowing for even more fast play.

We’ve found the best options for keeping your kid’s feet safe, dry, and comfortable no matter what their water play requires.

Best for protecting toes: Nautica Kids Kettle Gulf Protective Water Shoe

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Velcro closures make this a great choice for toddlers and little kids. The sole is flexible yet sturdy rubber texturized to prevent slips while wet—but the best feature is the toe guard to help keep toes safe. The upper layer of the shoe is a mesh fabric with open side panels to help release water and dry faster. Offered in over a dozen gender colors, this gender-neutral shoe is a great option to keep kids’ feet safe at pools and beaches.

For lightweight wear: VIFUUR Kids Water Shoes

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These water shoes pull on and have a wide velcro strap to adjust the tightness. They are made from a breathable high stretch fabric and have a rubber sole with a light latex pad to help absorb the pressure of walking. A loop in the back of the shoe makes it easy to take off a wet foot. Available in sizes ranging from toddler to big kid, the VIFUUR is a great option if you are looking for a very lightweight, no-fuss shoe.

Best for funky prints: hiitave Kids Water Shoes

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These are stretchy lightweight water shoes that pull on like socks. The shoes are made from diving material and offer breathability and quick-drying, while the rubber sole is texturized to prevent slipping while on wet surfaces and protection for the sole of feet. Similar to socks, these shoes can be rolled up when dry for easy carrying in small bags. Shoes come in a variety of unique, funky graphic prints.

Most versatile: EQUICK Kids Water Shoes

Cushioned Insoles

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The EQUICK shoes are made of a flexible mesh fabric with larger drain holes to promote water drainage and drying. The ventilated mesh fabric also allows for feet to stay cool in the heat. The shoe looks a lot like a sneaker and the styles offered have either a toggle or velcro closure. The soles are thicker than some water shoes, made of rubber with breathable insoles with holes for water drainage. A great option for active kids and fitness in and out of water.

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