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Find Trusted Sources for Your Kids' Feet with American Made Flip Flops and Sandals
Locating baby, toddler, and youth flip-flops and sandals made in the USA is nearly akin to finding the proverbial needle in a haystack, but USA Love List has found your resources!
We spend our life energy caring for and protecting our children. We take them to the doctor, fit their teeth with braces, make sure they're safe when they're out with friends, and slather them with sunscreen when they're in the sun.
Let's go one step further and protect their arches, heels, and feet by buying USA made comfortable, well-fitting flip flops and sandals.
Let's face it: the little $5 flip flops we buy from the big box stores do little to give support to our kids' feet. They're just too flimsy to provide protection, cushioning, and motion control. Running and jumping in these thin rubbery soles can lead to foot, ankle, and knee injury.
Choose Well-Fitting Flip Flops and Sandals Made in the USA for Your Kids
When I was growing up, my family didn't have a lot of money. My mother sewed many of my clothes or bought them at discount stores. She saved her money to buy more expensive shoes. Once or twice a year, we would go downtown to Anderson's Department Store when I would be fitted for a pair of nice, leather shoes or sandals.
Today, after many years of dance, cheer, track, and jumping, I have little to no knee, ankle, or hip pain. I attribute this good fortune, in part, to wearing quality sandals and shoes.
Sure, Made in the USA sandals and flip-flops are going to cost more than those $5-15 versions, but what you get in return is worth it!
Some of the made in the USA companies actually custom make the sandals or flip-flops to fit your children's feet.
All the American-made businesses consider how your kids' feet are made with appropriate comfort.
The shoes don't come from a factory; they're made in individual or small quantities with quality craftsmanship. That translates into sandals and flip-flops that won't break after a few wearings.
You get to talk to a real person when you order!
Buying made in the USA supports family businesses. Some of these makers have been in business since the 1800s. Others saw a need in the marketplace after searching for quality sandals or flip-flops for their own kids.
Eliza B flip-flops are proudly made in Connecticut by a team of sewers, cutters, cobblers, and salespeople, alongside the owners. Their Manifesto reads they realize they cannot be successful without happy customers, so they work hard to make quality products. Customize your kids' flip-flops by color and style.
Gracious May both makes and features American-made sandals and flip-flops for little feet. 10 years ago, Gracious May started as a small, basement operation out of necessity for quality, USA-made items. The founder started with a pair of leather sandals for girls. Since then, her website offerings have grown to also include other American-made products.
Coming to you from Morgantown, West Virginia, is Gurkee's, a sandal, flip-flop, and gladiator-style sandal maker for over 30 years. These sandals are made from soft, comfortable carpet yarn that has been twisted into rope, made by Gurkee's rope company. The footbed is designed for a friendly foot fit that forms to the shape of your foot, and you can throw these sandals in the wash when they get dirty. The products have been featured in GQ, Elle Girl, Vogue, and more. The unisex sandals are offered in kids, men's, women's, and European sizes.
Kepner Scott Shoe Company, in one form or another, has been around since the late 1800s. Located in Pennsylvania, the company prioritizes soft, flexible, and durable shoes for kids. They offer numerous styles and sizes for little ones, all handcrafted.
Kino Sandals are made on location in Key West, Florida, by the family of Robert "Kino" Lopez, who immigrated from Cuba to the USA over 55 years ago. All of the sandals are handmade using natural leather straps and natural rubber soles. Feel free to buy online, but if you find yourself in Key West, they'll cheerfully give you a tour of their facility.
NuuSol makes flip-flops, sandals, and clogs in a variety of colors. With corporate offices in Idaho and the facility in Oregon, the sandals are lightweight, non-porous, non-marking, slip-free, and buoyant. They're great for the beach and beyond. The smart footbed and heel design ensure that your kids' feet stay comfortable all day long. The style also helps with plantar fasciitis. NuSool doesn't make products specifically for kids, but you can find smaller adult sizes for youth. For example, a woman's size 4 is the same as a youth size 2.
The classic Palm Beach sandal has been around since 1964 when the first pair was made for Jacqueline Kennedy. They're still made today at the West Palm Beach, Florida workshop. The makers use the highest quality of leather (no synthetics) that mold to the feet. Palm Beach Sandals has a line of classic selections for girls in several colors, including lavender and pink!
The Piper Sandal Company makes sandals for the entire family. This small but mighty San Antonio, Texas company has been around since 1971 when Dave Piper made his first pair of leather sandals. Piper sources everything from the USA except for the buckle. I had a lengthy conversation with him, and he definitely knows how to make quality, great-fitting sandals! I will be ordering some for myself and my kids!
SoftstarShoes and sandals are made from beginning to end in a historic Oregon workshop. The company's baby, toddler, child, and youth sandals are made with soft-soled leather and secure-fit Velcro closures. Softstar has been in business since 1985.
Sven Clogs have been made in Minnesota for nearly 50 years. While the wooden bases come from Europe, the leathers and sheepskin come from the USA. These clogs are worn by professionals who are on their feet for long hours, so kids will love wearing them.
Crafted in a historic factory in Central Pennsylvania, Zimmerman Shoes has a history and present-day relationship with Kepner Scott Shoes. Their sandals feature a durable veg tan leather upper and metal buckles. They add a versatile fringe t-strap that allows you to change the look of the sandal.
Tammy Tilley is a southern transplant living in the Midwest. Growing up in the West Virginia hills, she was surrounded by family and friends who made things with their hands, from a penny whistle carved from the backyard tree’s branches to the hand-hewn wooden cradle gifted to her when her firstborn arrived. As an adult, she continues to be fascinated by the small cottage businesses the Amish and Mennonite communities cultivate in Northern Indiana. Tammy holds a B.A. and M.S. in English/Education.