Top 7 best Saltwater sandals for a toddler [April, 2021]

Introduction

Saltwater sandals are a timeless classic, they were originally made by Walter Hoy in the height of World War II amidst the leather shortages, which led the man to create a pair of the iconic footwear for his daughter using scrap material from military boots. Walter was soon getting request from parents all across St. Louis, which led to his success in his brand, as well as the longevity of the style. The Saltwater sandals toddler version were the first of their kind.

The popularity comes from the fact that these sandals are just so versatile. As a child you can wear pretty much anything you want, ever, because who’s gonna judge a kid? And Saltwater sandals are no exception. These sandals even mould to your feet over time, providing maximum comfort – tip: soak them in water for 30 minutes, this will loosen up the leather. Now get your child to put them on and wear them until dry, this should speed up the moulding process.

Sizing

You may need to go down half a size, as these should fit close to the heel which also happens to be the most fixed, least mouldable area. However, sizing is far less important with the rest of the shoe, for reasons which have already been explained above.

Now let’s get into the top 7 Saltwater Sandals Toddler designs.

My 5 top picks

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Salt Water Sandals Kids Girls Sun-san Surfer, Rose Gold, Size Toddler 5.0 US/US
Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Original Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid/Women's), Gold, 4 M US Toddler
Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Shark 2 Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid/Women's) brown Size: 8 Infant
Salt Water Sandals Girls' Sea Wees Hoy Shoes
Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoes Unisex Sun-San - Sailors (Infant/Toddler) black Size: 3 Little Kid
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Salt Water Sandals Kids Girls Sun-san Surfer, Rose Gold, Size Toddler 5.0 US/US
Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Original Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid/Women's), Gold, 4 M US Toddler
Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Shark 2 Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid/Women's) brown Size: 8 Infant
Salt Water Sandals Girls' Sea Wees Hoy Shoes
Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoes Unisex Sun-San - Sailors (Infant/Toddler) black Size: 3 Little Kid
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Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Shark 2 Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid/Women's) brown Size: 8 Infant
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Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoes Unisex Sun-San - Sailors (Infant/Toddler) black Size: 3 Little Kid
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Top 7 saltwater sandals toddler

#1 WINNER – Salt Water Sandals Kids Girls Surfer UK Child Rose Gold

Salt Water Sandals Kids Girls Sun-san Surfer, Rose Gold, Size Toddler 5.0 US/US

A genuine heelless leather sandal, stitched into a solid rubber sole, nothing screams comfort more than the authentic Saltwater sandal from the brand itself. The Salt Water Sandals Kids Girls Sun-san Surfer, Rose Gold, Size Toddler 5.0 US/US delivers simplicity and comfort at the same time, made possible with the shrinking and expanding, supportive leather. The sole delivers a firm but snug feel which provides the best of both worlds on those long days out.

The rust-proof buckles close on the vamp and ankle, providing minimising slippage. And the waterproof design means that they can be worn and enjoyed both in water and on land.

One parent on Amazon said they were on their fourth pair! They also mentioned the benefits of wearing them at the beach, in the paddling pool and even on rainy days. The the saltwater sandals toddler version were said to be secure and undoable by their child – meaning the mischievous ones behaviour is going to be kept at bay. Another plus by other reviewers was the grippy sole which allowed the kids to walk UP slides without slipping, which is something we all remember trying to do! They’re even said to be machine washable, however we’d recommend at least putting them in a mesh bag to prevent the buckles from scratching.

Salt Water Sandals Kids Girls Sun-san Surfer, Rose Gold, Size Toddler 5.0 US/US
  • Scuff-resistant, water friendly genuine leather upper and insole allows feet to breathe
  • Lightweight, cushioned urethane sole

#2 – Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Original Gold Sandal

Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Original Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid/Women's), Gold, 4 M US Toddler

These sandals are made with a synthetic sole and will come with a narrower fit than the usual Salt Water sandal – however remember that this will adapt based on your feet shape and size. The great thing about this particular design is that there’s a heel strap, which means that if your feet fit the strapless part just fine, then the ankle-heel area is the only issue, which can then be fixed by adjusting the strap accordingly. The heel strap also means greater range of motion for your feet and less chance of slippage, your child will be able to heel strike more powerfully when navigating shingle areas at the beach and they’ll have less chance of accidents if they decide to run around.

The great thing about this saltwater sandal toddler is the sheer array of designs it comes in. There are a range of different floral prints, as well as bright colours in the original leather and even a few colours on the shinier synthetic material which is also waterproof. Users reported no soreness, even after the very first day of use, as well as stating that the Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Original Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid/Women's), Gold, 4 M US Toddler was excellent value for money.

Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Original Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid/Women's), Gold, 4 M US Toddler
  • Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Original Sandal
  • In this style Big Kid sizes are two sizes smaller than the women's size. The strap of the sandal will have both the Big Kid and Women's size. Example : 7W9 refers to Big Kid 7 and Women's 9

#3 – Saltwater Sandals Toddler Shark Sandal by Hoy Shoe 

Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Shark 2 Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid/Women's) brown Size: 8 Infant

These salties offer firmness and breathability at the same time. The brown leather caging wraps around the shoe, leaving small-medium sized gaps either side of the toe box, two gaps along the sides and a large gap at the base of the heel, but still leaving support for the achilles.

This saltwater sandal toddler features a smaller buckle, with a velcro strap in place to secure it, and the manufacturer says it’s made to be worn in and outside of water.

My take on this is that these sandals are less flashy, more functional. The designers have clearly given up some creativity and flair to provide a more solid, stable, purposed sandal which for me personally, is perfect. However, don’t get me wrong, these sandals will still be head turners amongst parents and parents-to-be.

The Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Shark 2 Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid/Women's) brown Size: 8 Infant also feature a lightweight, flexible outsole, which makes them perfect for wrapping around slippy surfaces such as slides, swimming pool edges, mossy beach rocks, shingle and pebbles. Not to mention, the grip on these looks phenomenal for a sandal – these scream adventure.

Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Shark 2 Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid/Women's) brown Size: 8 Infant

They’re also adapted for a warmer climate, the leather lining and footbed are made with breathability in mind, which should make them a lot more comfortable to keep on for long days out.

Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Shark 2 Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid/Women's) brown Size: 8 Infant
  • Specifically designed to be worn in and out of the water.
  • Water-friendly premium leather upper

#4 – SaltWater Sandals Toddler Sun-san Sea Wee Flat Sandal in Silver

Salt Water Sandals Girls' Sea Wees Hoy Shoes

Made just for the kids, these saltwater sandal toddler are one of the cutest pairs on the market. The silver leather wrapping was added at a bar minimum, allowing even more breathability for your little ones feet. The toe box, mid-foot section and heel have been removed.

This pair features two rust-proof buckles, which are a must for these in-sea, out-sea sandals. The seals are held closed by a classic metal buckle, similar to that of a belt.

This pair is more about style and less about functionality, however Salt Water Sandals Girls' Sea Wees Hoy Shoes is only marketed use is going into pools and the sea. You won’t want to be scratching up this lovely silver leather by going too off course in your adventures – but don’t be too worried, because these are scuff resistant!

The lightweight, cushioned urethane sole makes a world of difference, this is going to extend your days out and delay the inevitable “my feet hurt!” That you get with most children shoes.

Salt Water Sandals Girls' Sea Wees Hoy Shoes
  • Sandal featuring two adjustable straps with buckle closures and textured outsole for traction
  • style: Sun-san - Sea Wees

#5 – Saltwater Sandals Toddler Sun-san Sailor Flat Sandal

Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoes Unisex Sun-San - Sailors (Infant/Toddler) black Size: 3 Little Kid

These scuff friendly, once again water-resistant sandals follow the trend to take the number five spot on the list. The saltwater sandal toddler flat sandal comes in a range of different colours, from black to multi-coloured and everything in between.

The pair of Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoes Unisex Sun-San - Sailors (Infant/Toddler) black Size: 3 Little Kidfeatures a cross-hatch-like design around the toe box, providing a solid non-slip, secure place for the front of your feet. The cross-hatching then provides breathability for the front and sides of the toe-box, meaning you get two benefits in one.

The sole is once again, lightweight and flexible and above, the outer material is secured together by a metal rust-proof buckle.

Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoes Unisex Sun-San - Sailors (Infant/Toddler) black Size: 3 Little Kid
  • Scuff-resistant, water friendly genuine leather upper and insole allows feet to breathe
  • Lightweight, cushioned urethane sole

#6 – Saltwater Sandals Toddler Sun-san Swimmer by Hoy Shoe

Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Sun-San Swimmer red Size: 5 Little Kid

Now these ones may scream Dorothy but they’re so much more, they’re the original Salt Water design, coming back with the modern improvements. The red colouring used for these sandals makes them so versatile, they’re great for all genders and all situations and they’re a must have for any child’s wardrobe.

The Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Sun-San Swimmer red Size: 5 Little Kid is another waterproof sandal, great for , you guessed it, sun, sand and swimming. Something we’ve not mentioned so far, which is a massive benefit of all these sandals, is that long gone are the days of the repetitive process we all face at the beach. I’m talking about walking back to the sea to wash the sand off, to only then have to walk back to the car and pick up the whole beach on your way back – these, yes these, AVOID that whole process.

Again, these are genuine leather and closed by a buckle fastening system, finished with a synthetic sole which promises comfort and support.

Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Sun-San Swimmer red Size: 5 Little Kid
  • Specifically designed to be worn in and out of the water.
  • Water-friendly premium leather upper

#7 – Saltwater Sandals Toddler Original Flat Rose Gold

Saltwater by Hoy Unisex-Child The Original Salt Water Sandal Flat multi Size: 5 Toddler

And we’re onto our final sandal in the top 7, with the Original Flat by Salt Water Sandals. This rose gold design is perfect for little girls and the lead colour contrasts so nicely with the light pink. These timeless originals feature a one buckle design, which can be found fastening around the ankle.

These sandals are complete with the classic interwoven design over the vamp of the foot.

As ever, the Saltwater by Hoy Unisex-Child The Original Salt Water Sandal Flat multi Size: 5 Toddler feature all the original SW Sandal features such as rust proof buckles, an anti-scuff finish, as well as a waterproof promise.

Saltwater by Hoy Unisex-Child The Original Salt Water Sandal Flat multi Size: 5 Toddler
  • Iconic interwoven strap design
  • Scuff-resistant, water-friendly genuine leather upper

Conclusion

So there we have it, seven of the best waterproof sandals on the market all made by this pioneer of a brand. While you’re at it, pick up a pair for yourself.