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Keen Sandals For Children-The Best Summer Sandal

Keen Sandals For Kids

Keen sandals are the #1 choice for parents who want to provide their kids with a pair of supportive and durable sandals.

Keen sandals are the most versatile types of sandals, since it will allow your children to wear them for longer periods of time and for different types of activities such as going to the beach, wearing them to summer camp, or going hiking.

Summer time is approaching and children are ready to head out and play. It is important to provide your children with supportive sandals that they can safely and comfortably play and run around with.

 Parents love that the sandals are practically indestructible, provide great support (specially for those children that have foot problems), and have great traction, which means children can wear them for different activities.

Among Keen sandals, there are certain styles that will provide more support and will fit better than others depending on whether your child has narrow, medium, or wide feet. The good news is that I know exactly which styles are better than others since I have fitted hem all before.

I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in children with foot and leg problems, and also providing regular shoe fittings.

We carry some of the most supportive children’s shoes and orthotics, and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles among those brands are better than others.

Keen shoes have been the subject of much fashion debate. They may not be the prettiest shoes you will provide for your child, but they are unquestionably the perfect summer shoe for outdoor activities such as boating, hiking, going to the beach, or riding a bicycle.

Before I provide you with a selection of the best keen sandals for children, let me first show you what features these sandals will provide and how you can make sure that you provide your children with the correct sandal size.

Keen Sandals for Kids – Beloved by Men, Women, and Children ☀️✅

There are certain parts of the world where people experience 7 or 8 months of summer. In the US, summer in Texas is really long and the sandal season is literally 7 to 8 months.

Wouldn’t it be great if children could wear a sandal that provides them with support and stability to run around for most of the day?

I always explain to parents how children should still alternate and wear their sneakers, since the only thing that Keen sandals do not provide is ankle support. There are actually no sandals that come with a firm heel counter (back part of the shoe). The picture below shows you where the heel counter of the sandal is located:

Keen Sandals For Girls

You can also notice in the picture below how the sandal provides good support since it comes with a very thick and substantial sole. This sole will provide shock absorption and minimize the impact that your kids’ feet and legs take every time they come in contact with the ground.

Keen Sandals Girls

The sandal also has a rubber toe-box which makes it practically indestructible. It doesn’t matter if your child likes to drag his/her feet when walking, the rubber toe-box is practically indestructible.Keen Sandals Girls

Why are Keen Sandals so Popular? – Unbeatable Versatility!

There are 3 main reasons for their popularity:

✅ Fit: Keen sandals are extremely comfortable and will fit a child with narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet (depending on the style that you choose).

✅ Support: Keen sandals provide shock absorption, which will keep your kids’ feet and legs healthy by minimizing the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.

✅ Durability: Keen sandals are practically indestructible since they come with a durable sole and a reinforced rubber toe-box in the front.

Keen sandals are the most well-made functional and all terrain sandal that I have ever fitted. The footbed on Keen sandals is wonderfully molded and cushioned; they fit the foot with ease.

These sandals are a must when it comes to every day summer wear. There is no sandal out there that can replace them in terms of versatility, support, and sturdiness.

Keen prices range from US$ 45.00 to US$ 53.00. You might find them cheaper if you purchase an older style. I believe this is a great price, considering that if fitted properly, your child will wear them for the whole season and more, if you live in a place with predominant summer weather.

I always recommend parents to take their kids to be properly fitted for shoes at their local children’s shoe store. If you don’t have a children’s shoe store in your area, you should consider traveling to your closest one! Seriously, parents travel 30 -45 minutes to come to our store. It is true that we are one of the best children’s shoe stores in the country and we do specialize with children that have foot problems.

How Do Keen Sandals Fit? – Let’s Find Out!

Keen sandals are available in whole sizes only. This means that if your children measure a foot size 10 1/2, then you will have to provide them with a shoe size 11 in order to allow for growing room. If your child measures a foot size 10, then you will need to get the shoe size 11 (since the sandals are not available in half sizes). You can always round up.

✅ If your children have narrow feet, you will need to provide them with the Moxie style.

If your children have wide or extra wide feet, you will need to provide them with the Newport style.

I will show you exactly which style to get based on your child’s foot shape below as well.

All Keen sandals come with a Velcro strap so your children can control how tight or loose they want them.

Keen sandals also come with a particular type of closure called lock laces, which means that your child only needs to push a button to make the sandals tighter, and push on it again to make the sandals looser.

Below, you can see a picture of how a lock lace looks like:

Keen Sandals For Boys

Have you ever heard of lock laces before? They are a toggle lace that is great for children who don’t know how to tie their shoelaces. I actually wrote a post where I describe the best lock laces for children. You can find it in the link below:

Toggle Shoe Laces – Never Tie Your Shoes Again.

Now that you know what features Keen sandals provide, let me show you a selection fo the best Keen sandals for children that I have fitted before:

The Best Keen Sandals for Children – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.

This first selection of Keen sandals will fit a child with medium, wide or extra wide feet. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.

All of these sandal styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to get a half a size longer of the size that your child measured at the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room. Keep in mind that these sandals don’t come in half sizes, so if your child is in between sizes always sized them up so they can wear them for the whole summer.

This second selection of Keen sandals will fit a child with narrow or medium feet. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.

Lastly, I have heard from several parents that these sandals are the only shoes that their children outgrow before they wear them down.

There you have it, the perfect all-around kid’s summer sandal.

Some parents have told me that they are not happy with how Keen sandals look, but they got them anyways since their pure function is perfect for children or adults who live active lifestyles.

Are Your Kids’ Keen Sandals Starting to Smell? – Proven Solution

I have heard several parents comment about how bad Keen sandals start to smell after their children wore them for a couple of months. Imagine your child wearing them most of the day throughout the summer, there is a high chance that the sandal will start smelling.

Some parents raised a concern that it is really hard to get rid of the smell. Unfortunately, there are no products in the market right now that can help get rid of the smell, so don’t waste any money in products thinking that they will help.Smelly Keen Sandals

I will tell you the proven method to remove the smell from these sandals.  It’s a home based product secret: Use baking soda and vinegar and the smell will be gone! Please make sure you rub it throughout the sandal, especially in the neoprene part.

This is the most effective solution in order to get rid of the smell. I have spoken with several parents who have tried my home-based secret, and they said it worked perfectly. Try it and let me know how it worked out for you in the comments section below.

Is Your Child Flat Footed and Overpronating? –  Sandals with Arch Support!

If your child has feet issues such as overpronation, flat feet, or low muscle tone, then this is the type of sandal that will provide them with the most support.

Several parents that have children who wear orthotics always ask me what type of shoes they can wear over the summer. They have invested time and money in orthotics and they want to make sure that during the summer, their children can run and play in a sandal that will keep their feet and legs healthy.

If you look closely at how Keen sandals are made, you will realize that they have the structure of a sneaker. They are the most supportive sandals in the market right now. This does not mean that children can wear them all day during the summer; since they still must alternate with their sneakers.

Keen Shoes for Women –  Get Them for Half of the Price!

Did you know that Keen sandals come in men’s and women’s sizes as well? They are perfect for adults who need a great supportive sandal and love hiking, camping, zip lining, city touring, running around, etc. If you are on your feet all day, this is the sandal for you. It will provide you with excellent support, comfort, and stability.

I have fitted several moms that bring their kids to the shoe store in Keen sandals, and they love them.

Did you know that if you wear a women’s shoe size 8 (or below) you can get the kid’s version of the Keen sandals in a size 6 and you will pay half of the price? I am talking about the same quality, structure and support, but for half of the price.

Pretty awesome, right? I wrote a post where I explain how this shoe size conversion between women and kids works in more detail in another article. Please go to the link below:

Women And Kids Shoe Size Conversion Chart – Save Big Buying Kids Shoes!

Do you happen to need a pair of Keen sandals for yourself? I actually wrote an article where I describe the best summer sandals for women. Please go to the link below:

The Best Summer Sandals for Women – Comfortable, Supportive, and Affordable!

Does your child already owns a pair of Keen sandals? What is your favorite style? Please share your thoughts below so other parents can benefit from them.


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19 Comments on Keen Sandals For Children-The Best Summer Sandal

  1. Hello Juan,

    I had never heard of Keen sandals before reading this article. They sound perfect. My son (age 11) lives in sandals and Crocs. If he had his way he wouldn’t wear anything but Crocs and sandals. I have caught him outside with friends playing catch with the football in the snow wearing Crocs and wearing sandals when it is 30 degrees outside. Anyway, you get the point.

    His foot is a little wide but not overly wide, so do you think Keen’s will be okay?

    I wear a woman’s size 6, I could get a pair of the girl’s for myself. What size would that translate to?

    Thanks in advance for your help.



    • Xin,

      Children love to wear Crocs and I understand 100% why your child loves them so much. They like the roomy feeling they provide and how easy they can slide them on and off. I wrote a post about Crocs you can probably benefit from: Crocs For Children.

      I would probably recommend the Newport style made by Keens for him since it has a wider toe-box compared to the other styles. He will feel much more secure running around with his friends in Keens rather than in Crocs.

      If you wear a woman size 6 you probably need to get the children’s size 4 and you should be good to go 🙂

  2. I’ve seen a lot of kids wearing flimsy sandals and flip flops while playing in the park and playground, and you can see that they aren’t on solid footing when it comes to active play. Kids need to be able to run and jump and balance on play equipment in the summer, so proper footwear is essential. Running shoes are too hot for warm weather play, and not practical around water, so these Keen sandals look just perfect for busy kids running around in the sun.

    • Laurie,

      I agree 100% with you! We all know how children are always running around. It doesn’t matter if they are in the park, school, supermarket… they are always running! Providing them with footwear that delivers maximum stability and support is a must.

  3. Hi Juan!

    I have been looking for supportive sandals like these for a while since my child wears orthotics. I couldn’t find anything close to these in terms of support and thanks god I was able to find your website. Can you please tell me what is the price for each pair and what colors these shoes come in.

    Thank you,


    • Alham,

      Keen sandals offer maximum support and is a must have for children who wears orthotics. The structure of the sandal is very similar to the one of a good supportive sneakers. It even comes with a built in arch which will help children who are flat footed to walk straighter. If you click on this link: Keen Sandals Review you can see the prices of the sandals and the available colors they come in. Good luck and let me know if you have any further questions.

  4. I’ve looked up Keen sandals before for adults, but was taken back by the price. But you know what, you make a good point. You do have to pay a premium for good, quality shoes. And kids need shoes that are very comfortable because they are so active. I’m sure that this will help them enjoy playtime more since their shoes will be the last thing they need to be worried about, Thanks!

    • Raquel,

      What woman shoe size do you wear? The reason why I am asking this is because if you wear a woman size 8 or below, you can get the children’s version of the Keen sandals and end up saving a lot of money! Keen sandals offer maximum support and stability, they are high quality sandals and that is the main reason why the price is higher. Your feet won’t be disappointed, trust me!

      • Cool! Thank you for letting me know. I’m a size 7, so looks like I can definitely get the kids version and save a few bucks. 🙂

  5. Hi Juan! You offer some great information on your website. I work for a very large online retailer, and we sell tons of shoes! I’m pretty good at assisting women with their fit ….. but not so much for children. The information that you provide will be very helpful to me in my job. By the way …. we do sell the Keen brand and they are quite popular during the warm weather months.

    • That’s awesome! I would love to do something like that but I will probably miss the face to face interaction, specially with the children! I am sure you sell tons of Keens during the Summer season. Anytime you have a question that you might not know the answer. let me know!

  6. It’s cool to know we can save money by buying kid sandals for half price but still fit an adult. When we buy kids sandals for adults does the fit feel just as good? I really like the idea of just using baking soda and vinegar to clean and remove the smell. I have some runners that fit really well and tried to get the smell out. Do you think using the same homemade formula would work on my runners?
    Great site, makes me look forward to summer!!!
    Bit chilly up in Canada right now;)

    • Paul,

      I have fitted a lot of mother’s who come in the store and they love the children’s shoes, whether it is a running sneaker, a sandal, or a dress shoe. The quality and support is the same as the adult’s shoes. However, the sizing translation only works with women. If you are a size 7 1/2 men’s or above, then there is no translation to children shoes.

      I wouldn’t use baking soda and vinegar for running shoes. There are products out there that will help taking the smell away, but start with wearing breathable socks if your feet tend to sweat. Here is a link: Adult Socks and I will get back at you with some products that will help remove or reduce the smell of your shoes.

  7. A lot of other brands, like Pediped and Stride Rite, make sandals in this style or similar styles. (The Pediped Canyon and Sahara and the Stride Rite Jayden, for example.) Any thoughts on these? How might one asses these? Or would any similar style be fine, so long as it fit well? (My mind tends to overflow with questions like this.)

    Additionally, what are your opinions on the Stride Rite Phibian?

    • Hello Brynn,

      The Pediped Canyon or the Sahara are great sandals in terms of support but they don’t provide the same stability as Keen sandals do. Notice how thet don’t come with a toggle lace to hug your kids’feet. The same applies to the shoe style that you mentioned made by Stride Rite. To answer your questions they are great sandal styles but Keen sandals are more versatile in the sense that they provide the same support but more stability for when your kids’are running and playing around.

      The Stride Rite Phibian doesn’t provide good support, it is pretty similiar to wearing a pair of Crocs.

      I hope this helps!

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