Family Summer Walking Shoes

December 27, 2018

With summer here and a lot more walking to go, we review some summer walking shoes form Mum, Dad, and Kids.

Family Summer Walking Shoes

Unless you need the additional ankle support that walking boots provide you, then boots in summer can leave your feet a little hot and bothered.

Walking shoes (sometimes called approach shoes) can provide a great alternative to boots, exceptionally lightweight and well-ventilated ones designed for dry summer days.

Here are some shoes that we’ve been using that we recommend.

Kid’s Choice: Salomon Kids XA

The Salomon XA Kids hiking shoes have been very reliable (your choice of socks optional!)

The Salomon XA Kids hiking shoes have been very reliable (your choice of socks optional!)

The Salomon Kids XA shoes have proved great all-around outdoor shoes.

The Salomon XA shoes are sometimes referred to as Trail running shoes, though we’ve found them great all round shoes for active kids.

One of our daughters has been using a pair of these since the Autumn, and though best for summer, she loved them so much that went out in them a lot during the winter, through spring, and into summer.

Salomon XA Kids shoes - even coped when swinging through the trees at Go Ape

Salomon XA Kids shoes – even coped when swinging through the trees at Go Ape

You can imagine that these shoes have put up with a lot of punishment – including zip wire landings at Go Ape.

The shoes have been very reliable, and apart from now looking a little bit used, they are still in great condition, still comfortable, and the soles still providing grip on many different surfaces.

No laces with the Salomon XA hiking shoes

No laces with the Salomon XA hiking shoes

A great feature that our daughter likes about these shoes is that she doesn’t have to tie any laces.

Instead, you tighten a cord and hide them away in the tongue of the shoe.

I was a bit sceptical about this when I first saw it, but they’ve worked well, and the shoes have stayed firmly on her feet.

They’re priced similar to kid’s trainers, but you get a much more appropriate outdoor shoe than you typically find in most shops selling kid’s stuff.

We bought these from Cotswold Outdoor. Remember that Cotswold Outdoor often provide discounts to outdoor organisations (such as Girl Guiding, The Ramblers, and the one we used – the British Canoe Union). These shoes are also available from Amazon.

We did find the Salomon sizes were slightly smaller than normal.

Mum’s Choice: Salomon XA shoes

Salomon XA walking shoes

Salomon XA walking shoes

Yes, Shell was so impressed with our daughter’s shoes, she wanted some for herself!

Now normally the Women’s version of the Salmon XA doesn’t look exactly like the kid’s shoe, and the adult version is geared more to trail running. However, the kid’s size goes up to size 5, and the kid’s version can be about half the price, so if the shoe fits, save some money.

Dad’s Choice: Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator

Merrell Moab walking shoes out on the trail

Merrell Moab walking shoes out on the trail

There was no way I was going to be able to wear a child size shoe…and besides, we’d look a bit odd all wearing the same shoes 😉

I decided to choose the well-reviewed Merrell Moab Ventilator, and have been very pleased with the choice.

Merrell Air Cushion

Merrell Air Cushion

These walking shoes are very comfortable and come with a Merrell Air Cushion inner sole.

They are also really lightweight.

Tread on the Merrell Moab hiking shoes

Tread on the Merrell Moab hiking shoes

You can find a few different types of Merrell Moab walking shoes.

The Ventilator doesn’t have the Gortex membrane (so they’re not waterproof), but that makes for a lighter more breathable shoe. Just the thing for dry and warm summer days…and just the thing for walking in one of the hottest desserts in the world, which I should be doing later this year 😉

The sole of these shoes appear to have a very good grip, and I’ve found no problems on the terrain we’ve used them on. They even work well uptown (if they can drag me to the shops!).

As with the other shoes we bought these from Cotswold Outdoor. You can also find them on Amazon.


Merrell Moab Ventilators at 120F in Death Valley

Merrell Moab Ventilators at 120F in Death Valley

I have now walked hundreds of miles in these shoes, and they’re still comfortable and performing well.

I also wore them in Death Valley where it was 120F. I was certainly glad of the shoe’s ventilation then!

If you are looking for summer walking shoes that won’t leave your feet too hot, then you can’t go far wrong with these shoes.

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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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  1. It sounds good for the family, especially for kids, more safe.

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