The challenge, of course, is balancing the budget in the certain knowledge that kids grow so fast sometimes you can have as little as a couple of months before they go up a shoe size. Then there's the issue of durability - flimsy sandals won't last two minutes on the beach or give the necessary foot support.
Sometimes though, you just have to let them enjoy being a girl, don't you?
Here are some of our favourite sandals for girls.
|Jones The Bootmaker Rose Flower Casual Sandals - £22 reduced from £30|
This one, from Jones The Bootmaker, is a pink open toe sandal with floral & diamante detailing. It has a shock absorbing sole, a comfy padded leather sock, padded collar, a full touch fastening strap and adjustable touch fastening toe strap.
|Lelli Kelly Chantal Leopard Sandals - £39.99|
Much as I love the designs of Lelli Kelly Sandals, I do find the range somewhat pricey. Caitlin, of course, is completely hooked by the funky designs and the assorted 'gifts' which are often thrown in as an extra incentive. These sandals have a leopard print and a gold and metallic fuxia flower on the strap. They have a velcro strap fasting and are embroidered with the Lelli Kelly wording at the back.
|BLOX Kids Tropical Wedge Sandal- £22 at Brantano|
This one is a multi coloured tropical print cork screw wedge sandal with pleating detail and an adjustable side strap.
|John Lewis Penny Metallic Sandals Pink/Silver/Tan - £20|
|Clarks Volkin Ice Jnr in Red Leather - £16 reduced from £34|
These sandals have a fabulous retro feel and have two adjustable buckles for a secure fit. A strap behind the ankle adds extra support and Air Spring FX technology in the rubber sole absorbs impact and provides cushion comfort. This sandal is also water-friendly so it can be worn on the beach.
|Jones The Bootmaker Keira Casual Sandals - £22 reduced from £28|
This is a white T-bar open toe sandal with cut out flowers including diamante centres. The sandals have a padded leather sock, padded collar and touch fastening strap with 2 additional adjustable toe touch fastening straps.
|Tabarca Gold Toned Glitter Sandals from TK Maxx £12.99 reduced from £29.90|
Now, of course, it's summer sale time so don't forget to check sites like topcashback.co.uk to see if there are any voucher codes you could use.
I think I could do with a pair of sparkly sandals of my own!