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Keen Shoes: Best Toddler Shoes for Outdoor Exploration

by Therusticfive-
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Children grow so fast, don’t they? It’s hard to believe our little Scout is almost 18 months. She sure has grown so much over the past year. In fact, she has grown right out of my favorite pair of shoes for her. She is SO active and learning new skills everyday. I LOVE that she is very active even though it is exhausting to be around her.

In order to help boost her curiosity and, let’s be honest, to wear her out a little bit, we spend as much time as possible out in nature. This can be rough on her shoes especially since she still crawls a lot of places and climbs on everything! Buying her shoes that will put up with all the dirt and climbing while keeping her safe is one expense I don’t mind splurging a little bit more for even though she will quickly outgrow the shoes.

My go-to shoe brand for our little explorer is Keens. Last Christmas (2015), Scout got her first pair of Keens Crib shoes. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect because let’s face it, a six month old really doesn’t need shoes and the hand-me-down shoes we had received prior always fell of her feet. At the time, Scout was just becoming mobile by rolling around, so she wasn’t going to be “walking” any where anytime soon. However, I knew that warm weather would eventually return and we would be outside all the time hiking, camping, and exploring our backyard, so I wanted to make sure we had something that would protect her feet. Plus, we do live in Michigan which means it’s cold in December and these would help keep her warm. I was just hoping and praying they would stay on her feet and the job.

Scout’s first Keens

Her Baby Keens were by far the best investment I could have made for her. She wore her Keens every where and they never fell off her feet. Did I mention that she left them alone and didn’t pull them off like all the other hand-me-down shoes/boots she had? Yup, they actually stayed on her feet! This was a HUGE win for me.

Scout and her Keens out on the hiking trail
Scout just loves being out in nature.

By summer time, Scout out grew her Keens Crib shoes and we switched to another pair of hand-me-downs. The eco-friendly and frugal mom in me just couldn’t see buying her a new pair when we had a gently used pair already. These, however, did not take the abuse Scout put them under. By winter, they had starting to fall apart which was okay especially since she was starting to out grow them anyways.
So this winter, Scout is getting another pair of Toddler Keens. This time she is getting a pair of Keen Peek-a- shoes. They arrived today via the mail within 2 days thanks to our Amazon Prime. They are so stinkin’ cute and look like they are going to keep up with our little Scout.
Scout’s new Keen shoes

Do you have a certain brand that’s your go-to?

*This is a recommendation post. I am in no way paid by Keen Shoes to represent their product. I’m just a mom and former teacher who fell in love with their product. I will only recommend products to you that we use for our own family.


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Therusticfive

I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.

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33 Comments

  1. Denaye

    Love these. We have been loyal to See Kai Run for our boy forever. However, I am trying out some Sauconys now–they were much less expensive and a little bit cuter. Our little girl is just starting to walk now, so I am looking for some reliable girls shoes that aren’t too girly.

    21 . 12 . 2016
  2. Therusticfive

    I haven’t heard of See Kai Run or Sauconys. I’ll have to check them out. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    21 . 12 . 2016
  3. 2mysillymonkey

    Haven’t tried keen yet, but they look great. I order new balance online because they have half sizes in sneakers.

    21 . 12 . 2016
  4. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms

    I had not heard of these. I will have to check them out for my daughter!

    21 . 12 . 2016
  5. Nichole Snellgrove

    I haven’t heard of Keen shoes before, but I’m glad I came to your post! They look very cute and perfect for outdoor wear. Thanks for sharing!

    21 . 12 . 2016
  6. twoboysonepup

    Love this post! My husband and I love Keen and are looking to get our little ones each a pair once they start walking!

    21 . 12 . 2016
  7. Andrea | Messy Nest Mama

    Your daughter is precious! These shoes look so cute and comfy- perfect for little feet!

    22 . 12 . 2016
  8. Therusticfive

    Awww thank you! She really enjoyed them.

    22 . 12 . 2016
  9. Therusticfive

    Keen shoes are great aren’t they!?!

    22 . 12 . 2016
  10. Lauren | also known as mama

    I’ve always put my son in Keens – from the time he started walking. Fun fact: they’re great for wide feet! 😉

    22 . 12 . 2016
  11. twoboysonepup

    For sure!

    22 . 12 . 2016
  12. Alfa Sengupta

    I’ve heard great things about these!! May need to give these a go!

    22 . 12 . 2016
  13. Jenny

    awww so cuuuute~ man i miss those days. mostly i dont but there’s those moments 😛

    22 . 12 . 2016
  14. The Magnolia Mamas

    Love Keens! They are our kids favorite shoes to wear especially in the summer!

    22 . 12 . 2016
  15. The Sanity Plan

    I have a kiddo shoe fetish 🙁
    We love See Kai Run, Pablosky, Stride Rite, Pediped, and I have been trying out a few others. I *hate* paying full price so I typically buy off season at 6pm.com

    22 . 12 . 2016
  16. Therusticfive

    I hate paying full price too. We got these on sale during the Cyber Monday week at Amazon.

    22 . 12 . 2016
  17. Therusticfive

    Thank you! The moments definitely make it worth it.

    22 . 12 . 2016
  18. Therusticfive

    I want to get her some Keens sandals for this summer. 🙂

    22 . 12 . 2016
  19. Rojielyn

    i need this for my little darling 🙂

    22 . 12 . 2016
  20. Small Town So Lace (@SmallTownSoLace)

    Keens are awesome. But I didn’t know they made them for kiddos! That’s so cool!

    22 . 12 . 2016
  21. mrsdoingmybest

    I like them for summer especially! Thanks for sharing!

    22 . 12 . 2016
  22. Jasmine - LoveLifeLaughMotherhood

    I have a pair of Keens for myself! I love them!

    22 . 12 . 2016
  23. workingmommyabroad

    These look like the perfect shoes for any outdoor activities!

    22 . 12 . 2016
  24. thetaylor411

    Those shoes are so cute!! I need to checking these out for my toddler.

    22 . 12 . 2016
  25. Naya @ Lactivist in Louboutins

    Great shoes! Perfect for the adventurous toddler always on the go!

    22 . 12 . 2016
  26. Miri

    Nice, our little one loves having shoes on. I will check this out.

    23 . 12 . 2016
  27. Francesca

    Gosh some of these shoes are so cute I wish they came in women’s sizes 😂

    23 . 12 . 2016
  28. Therusticfive

    I know right!?!

    23 . 12 . 2016
  29. Twin Pickle

    The twins are on the brink of walking so I will have at look into these soon!

    23 . 12 . 2016
  30. Syama Nair

    Keen and Merrel are our go to brands for hiking shoes. We have a couple pairs that were passed down among siblings for years 🙂 Definitely a good buy ..

    23 . 12 . 2016
  31. Therusticfive

    I’ve been wanting to try Merrell’s. I’ve heard good things about them too. We love hiking! ❤

    23 . 12 . 2016
  32. houseofmitchells

    Cool idea for a blog post on this!

    23 . 12 . 2016
  33. Justine Y @ Little Dove

    I didn’t even know that Keens made such tiny shoes for kiddos! They’re so cute! I’ll have to look into those, thanks!

    23 . 12 . 2016

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