Kids shoes TOP brands that’ll last for years!

SCHOOL’S OUT and my kids couldn’t be more excited! And if your kids are anything like mine, they tend to beat the heck out of their shoes throughout the school year…which means finding new shoes for the summer is a PRIORITY on our “start of the summer” to-do list! But let’s be real, shopping for kids shoes isn’t always the easiest. Not only do you want cute, comfortable, and affordable shoes, but more than anything you want quality shoes that'll hold up through the summer (or longer).

Because I know how shopping for kids shoes can be, I'm sharing some of my favorite tried-and-true brands of shoes (& some clothes) that'll LAST long AND be great for hand-me-downs!

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Why I LOVE shopping at Zappos!

First things first, ALL of these shoes are from Zappos with the most incredible prices! I know I’ve said it before, but I’m a BIG fan of Zappos. From the amazing deals to the SUPER fast shipping – I’m here for it all.

If you’re a new shopper to Zappos or a long-time loyal fan, they don’t just sell shoes anymore, they sell EVERYTHING else, too. Clothing, bags, accessories – all of it! And they have the BEST customer service ever – 365-day return policy, 24/7 customer service, become a Zappos VIP member for free, and expedited shipping. It's all amazing.


Some of my longest lasting shoes are Birkenstocks! I’ve had a few pairs for nearly eight years and they still look good as new. So I was super confident buying Lyla a pair knowing she'll be able to wear them until she grows out of them and hands them down to Millie!

Metallic gold AND versatile to be casual or dressed up? These are the perfect pair of kids shoes for my girly girl. Birkenstocks are so well made with a leather-like feel that just forms to your feet. AKA, the ideal summer sandal to slip on and off!

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Mini Melissa kids shoes

My girls and I LOVE Mini Melissa! Seriously, it's one of my very favorite brands! Their shoes are super durable, can be cleaned so easily, and obviously SO CUTE. These ones I bought for Millie are so comfortable and so affordable!

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Slip ons are IDEAL for little boys – especially Harry who's all about being independent these days! Neil loves Vans, I love Vans, we all do. They’re def a brand we will continue to buy over and over again!

Harry wore his Vans soo much in the fall and loved them. So these checkered vans were an easy choice for him to run around and play in this summer! Bonus: they’re not full price on Zappos AND he can put these kids shoes on all by himself!

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High quality for affordable prices!

Brands like Billabong, Volcom, and PEEK are some of my favorite brands for kids clothes! I think these Volcom chino shorts are a perfect staple that your boys can wear year-round.

These PEEK dresses are great for your girls for the summer and will be great hand-me-downs.

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All these go-to kids shoes brands & MORE!

I’m so excited about these high quality kids shoes and clothes that'll be worn and loved for years by my kids (minus the expensive price tags)! Here’s a roundup of more girls and boys shoes I’m currently L.O.V.I.N.G. Shop them & more on Zappos, I can’t wait to see what you find!

Corrine Stokoe

Corrine Stokoe is a blogger, podcaster and content creator behind the brand Mint Arrow. She and her husband Neil live in South Orange County with their 3 little girls and baby boy, she runs her blog and business with 7 team members, where they find the best daily deals and share favorite finds in fashion and beauty. They also run a podcast called Mint Arrow Messages. Mint Arrow has been featured in Forbes, Women's Wear Daily, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, AdWeek and Allure. Corrine is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as often as she can and teaching others to use social media for good.

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