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The Best Shoes For Disney World – Keep Your Kids Feet Happy!

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Last weekend, I went to Disney World with my sister, aunt, and  two cousins.  Obviously, we enjoyed ourselves to the fullest and I would go back in a heartbeat! However, I noticed how important it is to wear the right type of shoes to Disney World, which will ensure that the the experience is perfect. There is a lot of walking involved as well as rides that give you wet feet and put your footwear to the test!

I was wearing a pair of Havaianas flip-flops (because I couldn’t find my pair of Keen sandals before heading out), my sister and my aunt wore a pair of Sketchers slip-on shoes (which they claimed, were the most comfortable shoes they had ever worn), and my cousins wore a pair of water-shoes and Crocs.

Here is a snapshot of us!

Water Rides in Disney

If you are planning a trip to Disney World with your kids, their expectations will be high. Therefore, everything must go perfect. On my visit, however, several issues cropped up because I wasn’t wearing the right type of shoes, and I want to share those with you so that you don’t make the same mistakes.

The first challenge I faced happened when I was riding the Harry Potter roller coaster. Besides the fact that I was terrified to ride it (it looked pretty intimidating), I didn’t know that the shoes that I was wearing were going to cause a big problem. While I was up there being turned around in all different ways, I felt like my flip-flops were about to slide off my feet!

I was having a hard time using my big toe to keep the flip-flops on my feet. Right now, it might not sound like a big deal, but when you are up there in the air, trying to enjoy/survive the ride, you don’t want to worry about keeping your flip-flops on! That’s when I started to miss my pair of Keen sandals.

The second issue came up when we went on the water rides. My flip-flops kept sliding when they got wet, and it was really hard to walk in them after the ride.

I was pretty upset with myself, because as you know, I have been fitting shoes for children for over 7 years now.

Disney World Roller Coasters

My cousins had issues with their footwear as well. Their heels started slipping out of their shoes once they got wet. Without a velcro strap, their water-shoes didn’t hug their feet properly.

The two people who were the happiest with their shoes were my sister and my aunt. They really loved their Sketchers slip-on shoes, which come with memory foam and are great for walking all day. However, their shoes did take a long time to dry out because memory foam is not meant to get wet.

You are probably wondering what I am trying to get at. My point is that we all could have worn better shoes. This did not ruin our experience at Disney World, however, while enjoying yourselves, the last thing you want to worry about is being uncomfortable in the wrong type of shoes!

If you are planning on going to Disney World and have been wondering what type of shoes you should provide your child, here is the best type of shoes to wear to Disney World!

The Best Shoes For Disney World – The Secret Revealed!

Have you ever heard of Keen sandals? They are the go-to summer shoes in the United States. Keen sandals are the best type of footwear your kids can wear to Disney. Keen sandals provide great support, stability, and they dry fast! They come with velcro and toggle closure, which will secure your kids feet even when they are riding the wildest rides!

Did you know that Keen sandals are the number one choice for summer shoes for children? Parents love how versatile and indestructible these shoes are! Let me emphasize the word INDESTRUCTIBLE. It doesn’t matter how rough your kids are in his or her shoes, your child will outgrow these sandals before they wear down!

Not all children and parents can wear Keen sandals because of the simple fact that feet come in different shapes and sizes. Keen sandals will not fit all types of feet. If your child has narrow or extra wide feet, they will have a hard time adjusting to these sandals.

So what do we do for all those children who have narrow or extra wide feet? We find the best alternative to Keen sandals!

Shoes For Disney World

The Best Alternatives To Keen Sandals For Kids!

Keen sandals will fit a child who has wide feet, but they WON’T fit a child with extra-wide feet. There are two shoe brands that are the best alternatives to Keen sandals. Let’s start with Jambu, (maybe you have already heard of them) a brand that makes summer sandals great for children who have extra-wide feet!

Every time a child with extra-wide feet comes to the shoe store that I work for requesting a pair of everyday, supportive water sandals, I suggest Jambu as the go-to shoes. Jambu sandals for kids have the same structure and support that Keen sandals provide, they just fit wider.

What is the best alternative to Keen sandals for a child who has narrow feet? There is a shoe style actually made by Keen that looks totally different than their traditional sandals. They are called UNEEK,and they provide less support than traditional Keen sandals, but they can still be worn as everyday summer shoes.

They come with a toggle shoe lace and a velcro strap to secure your kids’ feet. They dry up super-fast and are great for running around in!

Below, you can find a selection of the best Jambu sandals for children with extra-wide feet (first row of shoes) and a selection of Keen sandals for children with narrow feet (second row of shoes).

All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”,which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

I actually wrote a post where I describe why Keen sandals are the number one choice for parents when it comes to providing summer shoes for their children in more detail. You can find that post here:

Keen Sandals For Children – The Best Summer Sandal

Disney Shoes For Mom And Dad – Keep Up With Your Kids!

In order to keep up with your kids and have a great experience at the same time, you must ensure that you too, wear the right type of shoes to Disney World. Remember, you will have to undergo a lot of walking and standing, and therefore, the shoes you choose for yourself are important too.

Let’s make it simple. If Keen sandals are so great for children, why wouldn’t you make the same choice for yourself? I have been wearing Keen sandals for years and I love how versatile and comfortable they are!

But wait, that’s not all. I have even better news for moms. Did you know that if you wear a shoe size of 8 ½ or smaller, you can fit in Keen sandals for kids? That means you will end up paying at least 40% less than what you would have paid for the adult version of the shoes!

I wrote a post where I describe this shoe size conversion in more detail and it’s called:

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

Disney Water Rides

Below you can find a selection of children Keen sandals that you will be able to fit in as long as you wear a women shoe size 8 1/2 or smaller!

All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”,which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

Now that you know the best shoes to wear for your trip to Disney World, you are ready to make the most informed decision! It is important for you and your children to wear the correct type of shoes when your children ride roller coasters or when they rides that involve water. Keen sandals will also allow your kids to walk around all day without complaining about their feet or legs hurting.

Let’s face it. When you are in Disney World with your children, there is hardly a thing that can ruin your whole experience. However, NEVER underestimate the importance of wearing the correct type of shoes! You will truly appreciate your choice after a long day of walking and waiting in lines!

Keen sandals are by far the best choice when it comes to choosing footwear for Disney World! You will realize how important they are once you are there.

Have you ever been to Disney with your kids before? Did they wear a particular type of shoe that you were happy or unhappy about? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!


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.

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