Fitting Children's Shoes

I have been helping parents find the correct pair of shoes for their children for the last 10 years, working at a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses in helping children with “complex” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.

These are the better-made, most supportive, and most durable sandals made by Keen. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

Style: KEEN Newport H2 Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon
Fit: As expected (85%)
Fits the Following Foot Shapes: Medium – Wide
What Shoe Size to Order? Order half a size larger (3/16 of an inch or 0.4 centimeters)

The Newport style by Keen is supportive and practically indestructible. This is the type of sandal your children can wear for water play and also for their daily activities such as hiking, playgrounds, trails and parks.

The toe-box of the sandal is made out of rubber and keeps your children toes protected so they can play and run safely. The sandal comes with a velcro strap and a toggle shoe lace so children can put them on and off easily. If you live in a place where it is warm most of the year, this is the type of footwear a child can wear year round.

This sandal is a must for children who wear orthotics and need maximum support from their summer shoes.

Style: KEEN Seacamp II CNX Sandal (Toddler/Little/Big Kid)
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon
Fit: As expected (84%)
Fits the Following Foot Shapes: Narrow — Medium
What Shoe Size to Order? Order half a size larger (3/16 of an inch or 0.4 centimeters)

The Seacamp style is lightweight and more flexible than the Newport style. It doesn’t provide as much support as the Newport style but it definitely provides enough support for daily activities. It’s great for parents who don’t like bulky sandals, or children who prefer lightweight more flexible sandals.

If you pay close attention, you can notice that the holes between the straps on the side are much wider than the ones in the Newport style. Some parents like this because they believe it makes the sandal more breathable, while some parents are concerned about that feature since they believe that their children’s feet are not as protected.

The Seacamp is a great style that will fit children with narrow or medium feet.

Are Any Other Sandal Choices Available?

Do not hesitate to contact me directly at my e-mail if you have any further questions or if you need a different pair of shoes for your child. My e-mail address is:

If there is a particular style that you would like me to review, please do leave me a comment below and I will be more than happy to feature a review in the upcoming future, or if you need an immediate response feel free to leave a message or email me and I will get back at you as soon as possible.

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User Comments - 4 comments

  1. …also, a review of the big and little kids version of the Kids’ Knotch Creek Sandal Little/Big Kid (closed toe version) would be great!

  2. I am so appreciative of your posts! I’m an OT, and I still struggle to find supportive shoes for my 5.5 year old with flat fee and pronation. Ideally, I’d keep her in her Asics gym shoes all day, but it’s hard with summer and all the water play outside. We used to have a pair of Merrills that were similar to the Keen Newports, and she hated how bulky they were in the summer. Curious what your thoughts are about the new version of the Keen Big Kids’ Knotch Creek Open-Toe Sandal? It’s hard to tell from the photos online if these are going to be supportive for kids with pronation. I’d love to read a review of this style. Thank you!!

    1. Hello Elizabeth —

      Thank you,I am happy to help!

      I recommend the Knotch Creek sandal in this article: Keen Sandals for Children – The Best Summer Sandal

      I like the Knotch Creek open-toe sandal, but there are other open-toe sandals that provide better support. For example, the Teva Hurricane or Teva Psyclone are an excellent choice in terms of support and structure, and your daughter might find them less bulkier than the Merrell or the Keen Newport.