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Native Shoes-The Must Have Shoe For The Summer

Native Shoes For Girls

Have you been looking for the PERFECT summer shoe for your child? You probably want something versatile, that is easy to put on, can get wet, yet still looks stylish!

These shoes are as easy to wear as they look! Let’s put it this way: Native shoes are for anybody, anywhere, anytime! Did you know that ALL Native shoes are washable, odor resistant, shock absorbent, animal by-product free, and waterproof? These shoes are most parents’ favorites, as they love the versatility that these shoes provide. They’re closed-toed and yet breathable, so children can wear them everywhere, from preschool to the beach, and in all seasons except winter.

Most children have a hard time wearing flip flops. Kids will typically complain that flip flops bother them between the big and index toes. Crocs offer more protection than flip flops, but most parents HATE the way they look! Native shoes provide similar features but tend to FIT much better than Crocs. Parents also prefer the looks of the Native Shoes to Crocs.

Are you tired of your child wearing Crocs? How about the smell that comes from the Keens? If so, then Native might be your go-to summer shoe. Native shoes are super breathable, easy to wash out, and feature a secure fit, so they are less likely to fall off your kids’ feet!

I have been working at a children’s shoe store for almost 6 years now, and parents seem to have one question in common:

What is the best alternative to Crocs for my kids?

Native shoes for kids are the best alternative to Crocs! Children typically love the way they feel, how they look, and how breathable they are!

Native Shoes For Girls

Native Shoes For Boys

Native Shoes For Kids – The Perfect Summer Shoe!

In my experience, most children will feel super comfortable in these shoes, and they will also get many compliments on them. Are you looking for something comfortable and practical for your kids, such as Crocs, but with more style? Then, look no further!

Do Natives shoes offer good support? Unfortunately, they don’t. Native shoes are meant to be worn for a maximum of 6 hours a day. Your child should switch to his sneakers after that point. If you are looking for a summer shoe that provides good support, please refer to my post describing the most supportive summer shoes:

Keen Sandals For Children – The Best Summer Sandal

What Are The Advantages Of Wearing Natives?

The advantages of providing your child with a pair of Native shoes are:

  • They come in a lot of different fun styles and colors and most of them are gender neutral!
  • Your child will typically outgrow the shoes before wearing them out, they hold up really well in my experience.
  • They are easy for children to put on and take off.
  • They are easy to clean, and you can even throw them into the washing machine!
  • They are flexible, super lightweight, and comfortable.
  • They are odor-resistant!
  • They are animal by-product free. Even better, Native strives to be environmentally responsible, by using a low emissions manufacturing process and recyclable packing materials.

Native Shoes For Boys

Will Natives Fit A Child With A Wide Foot? – How Do They Fit?

Natives will usually fit a child with a wide foot, but not an extra wide foot. If your children have  narrow, medium, or wide feet, they will be able to fit into Natives, in my experience. Keep in mind that the shoes tend to fit really long! With most seasonal footwear, I usually recommend purchasing shoes a half a size larger than the size your child measures. However, with Natives you will have to go a half a size down!

Don’t worry! Your child will typically still have growing room to wear them through the whole summer!

You will want to choose a particular Native shoe style that is appropriate for the specific width of your child’s foot.  For example, The Jefferson style fits narrower than the Miller style. If your child has a wide foot, you should choose the Miller style.

Slip-on shoes are the hardest to fit when it comes to children’s shoes. If you are having a hard time finding the right size Natives for your child, contact me directly, and I will be able to answer your questions!

In the meantime, you may want to read my post describing how to determine the size of your child’s feet. The post is called:

 How To Determine Shoe Size – Why Your Child Is Probably Wearing The Wrong Shoe Size

Why Natives? – The Perfect Summer Shoe For Your Child!

Natives are the perfect shoe for the summer, since they provide three important features:

  • Waterproof
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to clean

Native Shoes For Children

If sand gets inside the shoe, you can easily clean it with a hose. Let’s take a look at the most common questions parents ask about Native shoes:

Will these shoes make my children’s feet sweat and stink?

Not at all! They actually are a much better alternative to Keens when it comes to the smell. These Native shoes are obviously not for hiking, walking long distances, or running around in general, but they don’t smell like Keens often do.

Will my children be able to wear them in the water?

I wouldn’t recommend swimming with them. They are water shoes meant to be worn around the swimming pool, the boat, or the beach.

If my child is a shoe size 1.5 , should I order a size 1 or 2?

I would advise you to get a size 1, since they run really long.

Will these shoes work for my child who has a wide feet?

Yes, they will typically fit a wide foot, but not an extra wide foot.

Will these shoes fit my child who has a high instep?

Yes, they usually will. The upper part of the shoe is flexible.

Can my child wear these shoes  with socks?

Yes, but style-wise, this type of shoe is not meant to be worn with socks. It would be like wearing a pair of sandals with socks.

What are Native shoes made of?

They are made out of plastic. The material is similar to that of Crocs, but softer.

How do Native shoes compare to Keens?

It is hard to compare Native with Keen sandals as they are of a different category. Keens are rugged, supportive, and durable. Natives are fun, lightweight, easy to put on and take off, but they are not built like a Keen sandal.

Are Natives machine washable?

Yes, they are machine washable, but do NOT put them in the drier since they might shrink!

What is the difference between the Jefferson style and the Miller style?

The Jefferson style fits more narrowly than the Miller style. If your child has a wide foot, I would recommend you consider the Miller style. The Jefferson style is also more breathable than the Miller style.

Natives Shoes For Children – Stylish And Versatile

If your children haven’t tried these shoes before, I believe they are missing out on a versatile, fun shoe for the summer. Most parents also love the way these shoes look compared to Crocs or any other summer shoe. If you want to learn more about what Crocs can provide for your child and how they differ from Natives, please refer to my post explaining the benefits and drawbacks of wearing Crocs

Crocs For Children – Is Your Child In Danger When Wearing Crocs?

Native shoes are ONE of the best summer choices for your children! Your kids can wear them to the beach, swimming pool, or any other wet area since they have excellent traction!

Below you can find the best selection of Native shoes for children! You will find their two most popular styles: “The Jefferson” and “ The Miller“.


Please keep in mind that these shoes styles look very similar but they will FIT different type of kids’ feet according to which shoe style you choose.

The Jefferson style fits children who have narrow feet.

The Miles style fits children with wide feet.

The Juniper style will work best for children who have narrow heels since it comes with a velcro strap.

Go give these summer shoes a try. You can thank me later 😉

Does your child already own a pair of Native shoes? Do you prefer Crocs or Natives? What is the best summer shoe your child has ever worn? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LET’S START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

I created this webpage to help parents understand the importance that shoes have in healthy foot development and how they can prevent foot problems in the future.Join the rest of the parents who are taking care of their kid’s feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

28 Comments on Native Shoes-The Must Have Shoe For The Summer

  1. Thank you soooo much! My daughter will most likely be walking soon so I’m been trying to scout shoes for her. While winter just started in this part of the world, I’m pretty sure that when summer hits, this would be perfect! She loves the water and this looks perfect for the beach! Thank you for such a great idea!

    • She is definitely going to look stylish in those shoes!They are the perfect shoe for the beach, lightweight, flexible, and super easy to get the sand out!

  2. I have 2 nieces, one is 4 and the other is 18 months (just started walking about 4 months ago). They love running around and playing, as any child would. But they HATE shoes, could just be me but the barefoot life is the life for them I guess. My sister and the family were planning on taking the kids to the beach this summer, do they make Natives in toddler sizes? For my niece that’s 18 months? Thanks!

    • Jeremy,

      Yes, they do make them in toddler sizes. They smallest size they have is a size 4. I would make sure that they are wearing the right pair of shoes. Children tend to not want to wear shoes that are too short, or too narrow. Hope this helps!

  3. Awesome shoes! Got one pair for each of my kids and they love them! You are correct that many shoes are expensive and they are of lower quality than the cheaper shoes just because of the brand name and it is important for people to be informed on this when purchasing shoes.

    • Native shoes are awesome! I hope they have fun wearing them this summer. They are great for the pool, beach, or just walking around in the hot weather.

  4. These shoes are really cute. I’ve never heard of this brand before. I tend to go a little crazy with buying shoes for my kids. They might have more pairs than I do! I like that you say these shoes are durable. I have three boys and we can never hand down shoes. They are so worn out, I have to toss them before they ever grow out of their shoes. Do you know if these shoes are completely flat? Or is there a difference in the height of the toe versus the height of the heel? Thanks for showing me this brand!
    ~Candace

    • Candace,

      Native shoes don’t offer a lot of support. They are slip-on shoes without any arch they tend to be flat. The main reason for this is that they are not meant to be worn all day, I usually recommend not wearing them more than 5 to 6 hours a day. Hope this clarifies!

  5. Never mind the kids – I want a pair of these!!! They look great and the material is so versatile. And animal friendly too. Perfect!!
    I wear Crocs. I know they’re ugly, but the pros outweigh how they look. I can wear them in the summer and I can dip my feet into the paddling pool out in the garden. I can also wear them in the winter when I’m going outside to get coal. They’re comfy and waterproof and easy to clean. I’ve been a huge supporter of Crocs for years. Until now I’m afraid….. I’m loving these Native shoes…. Looks like I’m going to have to get myself a pair…!! 🙂 Great post, thanks 🙂

    • Jyl,

      Crocs are comfortable and children love them because of the roomy fit. Native shoes are the same idea, the only difference is that most parents believe they look better than Crocs. You should try a pair and let me know what you think!

  6. My son is measuring at a size 6. We recently just bought him the Jefferson in a 5 and a 6. He’s 18 mo old and I know they tend to run big so we tried the 5 first. He doesn’t seem bothered by them as if they are too small, but they are really hard to put on. The 6s are way easier. His heel doesn’t fall out of them, but they are certainly more roomy. How are these supposed to fit?

    • Hello Elise,

      The reason why the size 5 might be hard to put on is because he might have a wide foot or a high instep. You can’t leave a ton of growing room in these type of shoes, since they don’t have a velcro strap to hold your child’s feet in place. How many more months of summer do you have in your area? If summer is just starting I will go for the size 6. If you have 3 to 4 more months of summer I will go for the size 5. Hope that helps!

  7. Hello,
    I also found natives for my kids a while ago. Last year we successfully used them for my 2.5 year old in the miller style. This year I ordered the miles style for my now 3.5 year old and passed down the miller style to my almost 2 year old.

    The problem is the shoes didn’t work this year. They are plenty long enough but I can’t get their feet into the whole for the foot to put the shoe on. They don’t have particularly fat feet so I don’t know what to do. Any suggestions?

    The 2 year old would wear a C7 and it is definitely long enough but can’t get his foot in. The 3.5 year old is probably a c9 now although the c8 was fine at the start of summer I can’t get his foot in anymore.

  8. Hi Juan,

    I bought two pairs of these shoes for my daughter. The 6 slipped right on but her heel slightly came out when she would walk. For that reason, I went with the 5. I can feel when I put it on that there is enough room but I do have to pull it on rather than simply slip on. I just noticed after her wearing them at the park for a couple of hours that she has Indents all over the top of her foot from the holes. I’m not sure what to do so am hoping you have a recommendation. Is this normal at all or is this style shoe potentially not right for my daughter? I really don’t like the way crocs fit so I’m hoping natives will work!

  9. Hello,

    I seem to have a similar problem to the last post – this shoe slips off the heel of both of my children, even when I go a full size down. They seem to have very narrow feet. You mentioned that the Miller style is slightly wider than the Jefferson (which is what we have), but what about the other styles – Juniper or Verona? Would either of those be narrower?

    • Hello Christine,

      The Jefferson is the narrowest style. The Juniper fits a medium width foot and the Verona also fits a medium width foot but it has a wider opening. There are certain shoe styles that just won’t work for our particular kids’ feet. I believe your kids’ might have a narrow heel. Slip on shoes are also really hard to fit so maybe you need something with a velcro strap that will hold your kids’ feet in place.

  10. I love the Natives and I bought the stars pair for my 3 year old and they give him blisters in the back. Do you know what might cause that? The shoe doesn’t look too small and we didn’t go down a size, we just bought his regular size 7. It doesn’t slip off either. I would love to buy more but the blisters really hurt him.

    • Hello Alicia,

      Your child might have sensitive skin around the ankle. Keep in mind that not all children can wear slip-on shoes, are you looking for an easy on and off pair of summer she’s for your child?

      If the shoe is the correct size (not too long nor too short) then it means that the Natives might not be the correct shoe for your child.You can also try a different native “style” to see if they work together. Did you try the new Juniper style? It comes with a strap accross the instep of the foot to keep the shoe in place and minimize ankle movement which leads to blisters.


      I hope this helps!

  11. Both of my kids are getting blisters on the bottom of their toes… every single toe. They both have the Jefferson style. The shoes aren’t causing blisters anywhere else. Now, I’m rethinking buying these anymore or even letting them wear it on our beach vacation.

    • Hello Seng,

      Certain children react different to certain shoe styles. Because of the fact that they are developing blisters I would recommend that they stop wearing them right away and you provide them with a different type of summer shoe style. Maybe something that prevents their feet from moving too much and with a substantial sole that cushions their feet and toes.

      Have you ever heard of Keen sandals? It’s a very functional summer shoe that children can run and play all day. You can learn more about them here:

      Keen Summer Sandal For Children – The Best Summer Sandal

      I hope this helps!

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