Summer Camp Footwear Ideas from Industry Experts

Kids shoes for Summer camp
From left: Timberland Youth Field boots, $70, Nike sneakers, $75.
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As the school year nears a close, kids are readying for camp. With safety top of mind when sending kids off to camp, here are some guidelines to follow when footwear shopping.

According to Tricia Kline, director of camps for the Community YMCA of Monmouth County, N.J., a pair of sturdy closed-toe shoes, including sneakers, is recommended. Since the camp offers activities such as a climbing wall, Kline said campers must be properly shod when engaging in such sports. And, she added, a pair of socks can help prevent blisters when trekking on sandy camp roads.

That doesn’t mean kids can’t enjoy the warm weather in a pair of sandals. Kline said flip-flop wear is restricted to the pool area. However, campers can also tote a pair along when heading on a trip to a nearby beach.

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Kids shoes for Summer camp From left: Jambu Ara Mary Jane, $50, Keen Seacamp fisherman sandal, $55, Tsukihoshi Mako sneaker, $66. Courtesy of brands.

At Tip Top Kids, buyer Margot Wasserman, said parents also look for closed-toe sandals. She cited brands such as Keen as an option, due to its signature bumper toes, water-friendly construction and rugged outsoles.

For kids heading off to sleep away camps where the terrain may be more rugged, a pair of hiking boots is recommended, according to veteran camp mom Rhonda Sexer Levy.

Although safety is a priority, that doesn’t mean kids can’t express their fashion side. There are plenty of colorful looks that a girl’s favorite spectrum of pink, purple and turquoise, while boys can hit the trails in a pair of Timberlands or the playing field in Nike.