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7 best kids beach shoes & water shoes: From Crocs to M&S & baby Birkenstocks

Having the right kids shoes for the beach and pool makes all the difference

The summer holidays are just around the corner, and if the recent heatwave has got you thinking about holiday shopping, you've come to the right place.

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Whether your holiday plans centre around paddling in the pool, swimming in the sea or frolicking in streams and lakes, a good pair of water shoes for children makes all the difference.

Scroll on for our edit of the best beach and water shoes for kids and prepare for your best summer ever.

Best kids beach shoes for summer 2022

Kids' Green Monster Clogs, £9, M&S

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Available sizes: Children's size 5 to children’s size 12

Perfect for little monsters, these clogs are a favourite with M&S shoppers, who often buy multiple pairs. They’re waterproof, grip proof and easy to clean. You can shop the full range of Marks & Spencer beach clogs here.

Top review: "Love these, purchased again after last year as so happy with them. They are comfortable, practical, durable and easy to wash. Thanks M&S for a great product with a great price."

100 kids aquashoes (available in coral and turquoise), £7.99, Decathlon

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Available sizes: Children’s size 9.5 to adults size 2.5

These are designed to be worn while swimming in the sea and exploring rocks on the shore – they remove the danger of little ones cutting their feet on sharp stones. The reviews do say they are quite narrow, and several parents ordered a size up for a more comfortable fit, so bear that in mind.

Top review: "Kids used these for scout camp, and they were fabulous when we went walking in the river in the Cotswold, kept their feet from getting cut on the stones."

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Crocs unisex classic clog, from £14 (depending on colour), Amazon

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Available sizes: Children’s size 4 to adult size 6

Crocs are the original beach shoe that spawned all the copies. The advantage of shelling out for the real deal is they tend to last longer and wear much better than other models. They’re a bit more pricey, but you can find bargains on Amazon, like the ones above. They’re available in a rainbow of colours, but some colours are more expensive than others, so check before you add to basket!

Top review: “Perfect summer kids shoes! So much so that I’ve bought another pair when my son outgrew the first one. Easy for younger kids to get on and off themselves, really comfortable and airy for when it’s warm outside or just easy shoes for them to put on themselves to go into the garden. Seem to be really durable as well. Easy to wash.”

There's also currently a sale on at the Crocs online store, so you can snap up some bargains at up to 50% off. The kids baya crocs are 20% off and available in blue, navy or pink.

Kids baya clogs, were £29.99 now £20.99, Crocs

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Summer Garden & Swim shoes (available in pink and blue), £11, Jojo Maman Bebe

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Available sizes: Children's size 3 to Children’s size 11

If you’re heading to beach with a toddler (and bigger kids too to be fair) , these are perfect. They are made from quick drying neoprane, have a special flexible grippy sole and protect little feel from sharp stones and sand and can be worn while swimming too.

Top review: "The fitting is very wide, which suits my child’s foot. I particularly love the wide velcro opening, which allowed my six-year-old to get them on and off easily by herself and she was comfy and safe while swimming and climbing on the rocks. Very pleased with these having spent some time looking for some that would both fit snugly and be easy for her to get on herself.”

HAVAIANAS Girls Brazil Logo II Flip Flops in Green £16, Childsplay Clothing

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These Havaianas are a mini-me version of the iconic adult flip-flops that we all know and love. Keep their little toes cool and comfy - and super stylish - in these summer classics.

Birkenstock peach Arizona Eva sandals, £30, Schuch

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Available sizes: Children’s size 6 to adult size 3

Birkenstock are famous for their super comfy sandals and they’ve released some amazing waterproof kids sandals that are perfect for the beach or pool. Modelled on the cork original, it’s made from ultra-lightweight and highly flexible EVA – a high-quality, odor-neutral synthetic material which has been tested for harmful substances and is shock-absorbent, waterproof, and skin-friendly. Shop the full range of kids' Birkenstock here

Top review: "Light and comfortable for my five-year-old. She loves them and also finds the buckles easy to do herself."

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