Tips For Choosing The Best Kids' Summer Camp Shoes From KEEN Kids

Summer is for sunshine, being outside all day, and, if you’re a kid, going to camp!

If you’re a parent, that means you’re probably busy finding activities to help grow your kid’s world, crafting a schedule into a puzzle-like calendar, and getting them geared up for a summer of new discoveries and adventures. And, while we might be a bit biased, we think what’s on their feet plays a big part in making it the “best summer ever!”

Whether checking a packing list for overnight camp or a day camp, here are some tips to make it easier to find shoes that they love with all the protection, support, and functionality that give you peace of mind, too. (Plus, see our picks for KEEN Kids sandals that check off all the boxes.)

Summer weather dictates an open-air design, and little feet that are running around all day definitely benefit from a little extra breeziness. Look for shoes with vents or go the sandal route. All KEEN Kids’ sandals are water-ready with quick-drying webbing and a durable rubber outsole for traction as kids tackle many activities during camp.

Bungee and hook-and-loop closures make it super easy for kids to quickly get in and out of their shoes, while also giving them a secure fit. Plus, there are no laces to tie or trip on either.

From river to treehouse to tire swing, kids cover a lot of terrain during their 100-ish days of summer. Being able to throw their shoes or sandals into the washing machine keeps them looking fresh and ready for all summer camp activities and beyond.

Kids have two speeds: fast and faster. And whether they are out exploring in the wilderness or in the wilds of the city, keeping their toes covered can help prevent a common summer boo-boo. The iconic KEEN toe bumper has been keeping big and little feet happy for years.

As kids are out there trying new things and stepping out of their comfort zone at camp, it helps if they feel as confident and comfortable as possible while

they do it. Gear that doesn’t feel good (especially on the feet) is the quickest way to cutting any activity short. Look for cushioning and arch support that will feel comfy all day, every day.

A few of the KEEN Kids team’s top summer camp sandal picks are Newport H2, the all-new Newport Neo, and Moxie sandals.

Go to and receive 15 percent off of your order when you buy a pair of kids’ sandals with the code: PDXPARENTS.

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