I'm planning on buying the DC some sandals tomorrow (ever the optimist), but it's just occurred to me that I can't recall seeing preteen boys wearing sandals last summer, just trainers. I've previously always bought Clarks sandals for both DS and DD in hot weather, but suspect that this might mark DS as uncool now he's in Year 5.
I fear that sandals are viewed as desperately tragic and babyish by the cool ten year olds. Is this right? Are there any 'acceptable' sandals for ten year old boys, or must they sweat it out in their trainers all summer?
Yes! This is my 4th year of buying the same ones from Decathlon. They are superb. My son is 8 now and is lookumg forward to the net pair. I'll try to link...you can but online if can't get to the shop. They are in 4 colours but here are the red. www.decathlon.co.uk/nh900-jr-sandals-blue-id_8357657.html
Most boys round my way wear sliders. My 8 year old was in Adidas sliders last summer and will be in similar this year. I wouldn't say crocs would be doing anything for anyone's street cred (do they have that in year 5?!) but maybe that's just me
DS who is now 11 has had sandals for the last 2 years but they've been a bit more enclosed with something over the toe so that he can still kick a football. I think they were from Tesco's. Otherwise lightweight trainers.
We’re getting Nike Sunray Adjust this year as his feet are too big now for the ‘Protect’ version which he prefers but they only go up to a 2.5. I also like the covered sandals posted above and my son would wear those too.
My son is absolutely useless at walking in flip flops so sliders would be a big fat no
Gotta say those sliders look awful to me, though I know some ppl say they're cool right now. Over my dead body will my sons wear them though.
We've had those navy and yellow Timberlands before and they're great. Stable eg for running in the park but perfect to wear eg paddling in the Med if there are those bloody things that sting you in the sand.
10 is a bit of a tricky age. My 11 year old would rather die than wear the majority of sandals here BUT that's just because it's not something you would wear round here. He would wear sliders, plain thong flip flops or maybe the black birkenstocks from schuh that someone else posted, if we were abroad though.
Lightweight trainers with socks or trainer socks seems to be the only thing that age group wears here.