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Salt Water Sandal by Hoy Shoes The Original Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid) Reviews

152 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

72%Rated 5 stars

12%Rated 4 stars

0%Rated 3 stars

12%Rated 2 stars

4%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

73% "Felt a full size larger than marked"

93% "Felt true to width"

92% "No arch support"

141 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 9/1/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

A classic, and for good reason. This is my 3.5-year-old daughter's third pair in three years. She wears these nearly every day in the summer, and they've held up so well that we can hand them down once she grows out of them. Only complaint is that there's no traction at all on the bottom, but as long as they're not worn on superslippery surfaces, they're perfect.

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11 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 8/8/13
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:3 stars!

I really don't understand the hype behind these poorly fitting shoes. I like that they seem to be made with quality materials, but the fit is terrible. I bought the silver pair for my 4-year old and while the footbed was the right length, the heel strap (not adjustable) is too long and her heel was always hanging off the back of the sandal, and left a good 1.5 to 2 inch bit of extra toe space in front, causing her to trip. We kept them for the following year to see if the fit would improve as she grew, but it never got better. If only we could adjust that back strap so her foot wouldn't keep falling off the back, these shoes would be okay. Even then, the weird, flat fit of the top straps and the complete lack of support really make it hard to find anything about these shoes to like. I know, I know, all the trendy moms will point at me and shout "blasphemer" at the playground tomorrow, but seriously, these shoes kind of stink.

Additional 132 The Original Sandal (Toddler/Little Kid) Salt Water Sandal by Hoy Shoes Reviews

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June 9, 2014

Kate G

from Michigan

I buy these every year for my girls. They look great. They hold up well. Always get compliments. A beautiful classic shoe!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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June 8, 2014

Amy L

from Atlanta, GA

I bought these for my youngest daughter, who only wears pink. They are a win! These sandals run about a 1/2 size big, consider that when ordering. Very comfortable too!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

 

May 29, 2014

Justin B

from Falls Church, VA

My girls like their classy sandals, which seem to be comfy and well-made. The color is great. They do seem to run a bit big though and both pairs we bought fell into the gray area between returning for a smaller size vs. counting on my kids' growing feet to fill out the extra space.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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May 27, 2014

Michelle

from Iowa City, Iowa

This our first pair of Salt Water Sandals and we are very happy with them. They do indeed run LARGE, but that is better than running small! They were comfortable right our of the box and the turquoise is a lovely, bright color. They seem very well made and reasonably priced. Overall, a great purchase.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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May 19, 2014

Anonymous

 

The problem with these is that the back strap is to large and more you tighten the front the more it hurts. The front is too wide and may daughter's feet swim in it. We are returning.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt wider than marked

 

Runs Narrow

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May 14, 2014

Brittany

from Ohio

The salt water sandals are adorable. This is the second year I have bought them for my girls. The purple and yellow are both adorable! I originally purchased for our 8 month old, in addition to the pairs for our 2 & 4 year olds but the shoe is a little too narrow for pudgy baby feet.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

May 5, 2014

Anonymous

from United States

My daughter loves these sandals, and Mom is happy because they are secured to her feet and clean easily. Solid classic buy.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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May 2, 2014

Anonymous

from Wake Forest, NC

This is the second pair of Salt Water Sandals that I have purchased for my girls. The previous pairs lasted two summers. My nine and ten years old daughters love them. They look "nice" but wear so well. My girls have hiked down a gorge in them and swam in the dirtiest of rivers. These sandals take a beating and only get better with age. These run a little large.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

April 26, 2014

Anonymous

 

Nice sandal. Order down a size or two. I used the measuring chart that is printable. It worked perfectly to show the correct size to order.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

 

March 30, 2014

Anonymous

from Madison, WI

Love these sandals. Have purchased a new pair for my daughter each summer for the last 5 years. This pair would have been perfect except for some wonky stitching on the bottom of the sole. Returning for a non-defective pair.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

March 27, 2014

Taylor L

from Missouri

I love these little Salt Water sandals! This is our third pair. We've purchased them for our daughter every summer for the past three years. They are a little tricky to break in. A good tip - let your little one splash around in a baby pool while wearing them. It really softens them up. Great quality. Durable. If you're in between sizes, I'd say size up. You lose a lot of width when you size down.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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August 15, 2013

Monique

from United States

I didn't look at the fit survey first and there weren't any comments in the actual reviews I read about the sizing. Be sure you are ordering one size down for your kiddo! They run a size large. My daughter has narrow, flat feet and the straps across the toes were tight for her but the inside lid of the box for the shoes shows you how to break them in so they won't cause blisters. It's a very well-made shoe that looks sturdy enough to last long enough to hand down to the next kid too.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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No arch support

 

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August 8, 2013

Maria

from New York

I really don't understand the hype behind these poorly fitting shoes. I like that they seem to be made with quality materials, but the fit is terrible. I bought the silver pair for my 4-year old and while the footbed was the right length, the heel strap (not adjustable) is too long and her heel was always hanging off the back of the sandal, and left a good 1.5 to 2 inch bit of extra toe space in front, causing her to trip. We kept them for the following year to see if the fit would improve as she grew, but it never got better. If only we could adjust that back strap so her foot wouldn't keep falling off the back, these shoes would be okay. Even then, the weird, flat fit of the top straps and the complete lack of support really make it hard to find anything about these shoes to like. I know, I know, all the trendy moms will point at me and shout "blasphemer" at the playground tomorrow, but seriously, these shoes kind of stink.

Brands I'd also recommend: Birki Kids, Keen, Umi

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

July 8, 2013

LC

from Midwest

Loving these shoes! I'm an adult, size 5.5 and bought the Salt Waters in size 3. They fit great! Pretty comfy for walking in, considering they are flat sandals. I love the retro look, they work great with dresses or shorts.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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June 14, 2013

Brenda S

from Hong Kong

I buy salt water sandals for my three granddaughters yearly. Thrilled to see patent leather to add to the natural leather. Adorable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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June 8, 2013

Anonymous

from Brooklyn, NY

Really cute, but there was no way my daughter's arch (not even a very high one) was going to slide under the stiff leather. We're going to try the non-shiny version to see if that works.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Felt true to width

 

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Runs Wide

 

May 24, 2013

Anonymous

 

Love these shoes! Very versatile and great quality. Run very large though! Had to send the first pair back...but got excellent customer service from Zappos as always and had the new pair the next day!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a full size larger than marked

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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May 22, 2013

Luna

 

If your child (or you) have anything but really flat feet, you will not be able to get these sandals on. They look wider, but the straps over the top of the foot are so flat that there is no room to slide a foot in that has any kind of arch at all. I'm so disappointed because I absolutely adore the vintage look that these sandals have kept forever, and there is nothing else out there like them. My daughter also told me that the straps felt stiff and cut into her when she tried to get them on...so there may be some pain before your little one breaks these in.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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Felt a full size smaller than marked

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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May 16, 2013

Anonymous

from Utah

My daughter measures 11.5 and on the advice of many reviews I ordered 11. Since they run big they are a perfect fit and will work well through the summer. The purple color is super cute! She wears these for church and more dressy affairs, but lives in Keen sandals in the summer for play. The lack of traction and toe coverage rules them out for school and everyday.

Brands I'd also recommend: keen kids

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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May 12, 2013

Christie M

from United States

I bought these sandals for my 8 year-old granddaughter (she chose them). Her comments: "They are great sandals and you can run in them. They fit good. I had a hard time choosing from all the great colors -- blue, silver, pink, red and more."

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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May 9, 2013

Brook

from Brooklyn

These are great sturdy and comfortable for my daughter who has sensitive feet. At first I worried that the standard sole would be too hard but it softened right up. Would buy another color!

Brands I'd also recommend: Crocs

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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April 19, 2013

Anonymous

 

I was not impressed with these shoes at all. They are very cute to the eye but are very stiff and my daughter said they pinched her. She is wearing an 11 in most shoes but these were way too long. Also, the strap was almost impossible to get through. As cute as they look off the foot, these are going back. I'm surprised I was so unimpressed since most reviews were so good and I was hopeful I would be happy. No such chance.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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Runs Wide

 

April 19, 2013

Anonymous

 

Very cute and my daughter says they're comfortable. Only downside is they make a bit of noise when she walks

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

April 17, 2013

Anonymous

from Nashville, tn

Love these shoes! I buy them every year for my daughter. Cute colors are great wear! This style runs big, so I order a size down.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

April 5, 2013

Anonymous

from Houston, TX

Perfect sandal! This is the second year in a row I've ordered this sandal for my daughter. It's perfect for summer. Super comfortable, but stylish, too. My daughter sizes an 11.5 or 12. I originally ordered the 12 thinking it would give her some growing room, but they were HUGE! At least a size too big. I ordered the 11 and she still has room to grow. Also, a word about Zappos customer service. I had ordered these shoes prior to spring break. Unfortunately, I had to return the original size. They overnighted me the correct size at no additional charge, so she had the shoes prior to us leaving on vacation. Zappos sets the bar on excellent customer service!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a full size larger than marked

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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