Best Camo Shoes for Boys Rated and Reviewed
Camouflage has been considered an edgy and standout pattern for many years. Since the 1970s, we have seen camo utilized in fashion, repurposing the widely known military pattern for less practical uses. While at one time this was a one-note look, we have seen multiple types of camo used in the military, and the unique renditions of this pattern have personalities all their own.
The term camouflage is believed to have come from the French slang camouflage, meaning “to disguise”, but regardless of origin, it has become a statement pattern for fashionistas of all types. Although UCP, or universal camouflage pattern, was deemed ineffective due to not containing enough brown to properly help soldiers blend in, we still see this striking version in our favorite shoes. It works out perfectly because instead of wearing camo to conform, boys would much rather stand out from the crowd.
From Tiger Stripe to pixelated, or Digital camouflage, there are so many ways to wear this classic pattern. Boys will love these unique spins on their favorite comfort picks, and parents already love the no nonsense brands that provide them.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 30 hrs of research
Rubberized Impact Zones
Padded Tongue and Collar
- Under Armour Disrupt
- Adidas Hyperfast
- Superga 2950
- Crocs Crocband Clog
- New Balance Uniform
- Northside Frosty
- Weestep Sneakers
- Stride Rite Dakota
- Kamik Stomp
- Toms Alpargata
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. Under Armour Disrupt
Rubberized Impact Zones
Padded Tongue and Collar
Under Armour has long outfitted athletes with their high performance, comfortable styles. Kevin Plank, a former football star, first developed Under Armour when he was looking for a shirt that would combine moisture wicking and compression technologies. Plank in 1996 decided to set out to make gear that would keep athletes comfortable, whether on game day or during practice. Every athlete should be helped by their gear, not hindered, and Plank wanted a company that would guarantee that for athletes since he himself was one. Now we can’t watch sports at high schools, colleges, or pro events without seeing Under Armour.Read more
The Disrupt is a dark, subtle take on the classic Tiger Stripe camo. In black and blue, this boy’s style features laces to get that ideal fit. The lining is super breathable, ready for any little athlete. Micro-G technology makes an easy transition from landings to take-offs springing back to put some pep in their step. The midsole has two parts, a cage, and a core, so there is added protection from injury or pressure whenever wearing the shoe. The insole also molds to the foot for a really comfortable feel.
There is solid rubber added to all the full impact zones but isn’t used excessively, this keeps the shoe light and easy to wear. This also increases durability so the sole will last as long as your little guy's energy will. Fully leather and priced at about the rate of an adult sneaker, these may be considered a bit of an investment, but for a boy involved in athletics or who is extremely active, the quality is unmatched. The Disrupt will not disappoint any parent or child and is extremely comfortable to make being active effortless. With a super padded tongue and collar, their foot will be fully immersed in the shoe as well.
2. Adidas Hyperfast
All Over Mesh
Abrasion Resistant Toe Cap
Non Marking Outsole
Comes with Adult Laces
Despite their German roots, Adidas consider themselves to be truly international. Beginning in a washroom in 1924, Adidas first vision was one of athletic performance. The brand is still known for their contributions to athletic shoes both in history and the present day. Yearly, the company produces 900 million products for both athletes and casual wearers alike. They want us to be lean, mean, fast machines, and for lives to be changed through their performance-focused approach.Read more
This particular pair, the Hyperfast, has a super light EVA midsole accompanied by a flexible rubber outsole to move as much as your boys do. Kid-specific materials and all over mesh make for a style that allows for a lot of motion and growth in the foot. Ideal for anyone going through a bit of a growth spurt. The perfect foil for kids stinky feet, these are designed to be breathable for every wearer. An abrasion resistant toe cap keeps the shoe looking like new, and that is topped off by the non-marking outsole.
Ortholite is added to the shoes sole to manage moisture and comfort, providing a healthy happy foot environment. This running shoe is not only practical in features but is affordable too. This means you can make sure your favorite runner is well equipped to go the mile without going broke. The iconic Adidas stripe adds a recognizable flair to the camo and black combination on the Hyperfast.
3. Superga 2950
Vulcanized Rubber Sole
Dress Up or Down
100% Cotton Upper
Minimal Arch Support
In 1911, Superga began their journey of casually chic low profile sneakers. When 1925 came around, designs had expanded to include the classic vulcanized sneaker we know and love today. The 2750 is a line that has been trusted for Italians to wear wherever they may go, and that breezy, carefree look is unmistakably Superga. Easily thrown in the wash like a pair of blue jeans, the brand wants fashion to be as easy as rocking these fatigues inspired 2950s.Read more
This particular pair has a cute distressed camo look, which will hold up to cleanings time and time again. 100 percent cotton means you have to mind how you dry them, but also that your shoes will breathe and break in the be soft, supple, comfortable leisure wear. This outsole is all natural rubber, and has a cool black color that contrasts the normally white and easily roughed up tennis shoe styles. Boys can play hard and their sneaks won’t reap the consequences!
Extra strong lining makes these durable for rough and tumble boys, and the vulcanized rubber comes up a bit on the sides to protect against splitting or separation. This is an edgy pair of casual footwear that will envelop your boy’s feet in comfort but give him a tough guy look. Can be easily dressed up or down and worn in whichever way best suits their mood! Superga’s are made in Italy with all natural materials, and so they have a price tag that reflects other name brand sneakers. Overall, this 2950 is easy to wear, keep clean, and spot in a crown, so the price tag is justifiable. Plus, since the shoe is light but durable it can be worn every season!
4. Crocs Crocband Clog
Crocband Convertible Heel Strap
Full Foam Construction
Striking Color Combination
Speckled, Sneaker like Sole
Spring/Summer Wear Only
Crocs set out to establish themselves as a world leader in casual comfort, and with their following consisting of actors, celebrity chefs, and families young and old, it’s plain to see they have made it. Selling more than 300 million pairs of their classic clog since 2002, Crocs has become an internationally known and worn company. Their approach is simple: no frills design elements and straightforward comfort.Read more
Super lightweight and easy to slip on, this camo option is as easy to wear as it is to spot, ironically enough. Applying grey and yellow hues to the UTC, this clog is current and aesthetically pleasing. Boys will love how they feel, and since they slip on easily they take away some of the struggle involved when trying to get kids out the door. Designed with their sporty Crocband silhouette, this is a slightly slimmer design than the traditional Croc.
The pivoting heel strap makes for a more secure wear on the clog, and the patented Croslite foam won’t have your boys feeling like they’re in the trenches. Contoured footbed and sole drive the comfort element home, and the speckled sole break up the classic camo with a more subtle visual element. Crocs commitment to value is literally in their mission statement, so you know you’re getting a deal when you’re buying these. For the wear, and comfort your children will get with these shoes, the price is minimal compared to some other, heavier duty choices.
5. New Balance Uniform
Six-eye Lace Closure
Padded Tongue and Collar
True to Size
Style Not Versatile
This company began humbly in Boston, Massachusetts, and their goal was to make sneakers with adequate arch support that provided extreme comfort for the wearer. In the game for over a century, New Balance believes one thing, and that is that we are born to move. So every shoe they create is for the movers and shakers of the world. New Balance wants to succeed, but more importantly they want the communities who wear their products to succeed as well. Encouraging healthy lifestyles and shared values, New Balance is a great company with even better styles that incorporate high performance and current trends.Read more
This sporty shoe is classic brown with camo accents, and orange laces that are reminiscent of a hunters garb. With sharp angles of camo contrasted against a luxe brown suede-like material make this a fun shoe for your child on any excursion. A back pull loop of webbing makes for easy on and off without having to use the heel for leverage, making this shoe hold up to some of the normal wear and tear that comes with kids shoes. A six eye lace closure secures the foot in for everyday play
The subtle lines make this a great shoe for school, and durable non-marking outsoles make these suitable for any gym class. This Uniform from New Balance has a padded tongue and collar which keep the shoes feeling cushioned and comfortable all day. The construction is warm so this sneaker can be worn well into the winter without the common cold feet trope of many synthetic shoes. Affordable as always, these are priced lower than traditional sneakers, and are made to please boys of all ages.
6. Northside Frosty
Heavy Traction Sole
Adjustable Leg Opening
Adjustable Strap Across Instep
Northside is unlike most other outdoor companies. Instead of wanting to offer complicated, state of the art technology you can’t understand or pronounce, they want even the average joe to venture outdoors with confidence in what they’re wearing. They don’t rely on patented features with punny names, just being qualified for the everyman, that will hold up to even a seasoned explorer’s adventures. They promise to keep you happy, safe, and satisfied with their footwear and hope to make you a part of their Northside family.Read more
The Frosty looks rugged, and we all know kids love looking grown up in their serious big boy boots. Completely waterproof, these are perfect for snow, fishing, muddy terrain, or even camping. The hook and loop strap provides a secure fit around the instep and foot, keeping them from sliding around, but also allowing parents to size up without concern. The top opening is adorned with a bungee cord to keep pants tucked in, feet warm, and snow out. The camo print has that realistic look, and the duck boot style is sure to stand up even the roughest conditions.
Reflective heel pulls make these safe to wear at night and easy to put on. 200g of Thinsulate makes a warm and cozy environment for your boys’ feet. Heavy traction on the outsole means they’ll be ready for whatever winter has to throw at them! Super inexpensive for a winter boot, these can be sized up and be worn with thick socks to allow longer wear! Definitely worth every penny considering they are lower in price than the standard child’s sneaker.
7. Weestep Sneakers
Invisible Elastic Under Tongue
Super Cushioned Insole
Runs Two Sizes Big
A brand just for kids, Weestep makes shoes that promote healthy foot growth and development, in styles as playful as those who wear them. Weestep wants your kids to feel sophisticated and cool, with flexible enough shoes to work for them on the go, but still provide adequate support. Their motto is that “We Step Together” and when you look at all their options that are inclusive for your little one whatever their style, it becomes apparent that they mean it.Read more
This low top casual sneaker style is easy to love. Working with jeans, shorts, or khakis, this canvas sneaker can make a whole outfit. The camo is subtle and the shoe itself is adorned with “good energy” patches that encourage Weestep’s values. Though these appear to be lace-up sneakers, they actually easily slip on and off and have an elastic band under the tongue to ensure a snug fit. Super flexible soles allow for all-day comfort and will hold up to the wear and tear of any active child.
If you have a big kid who doesn’t want the slip-on style, these are equipped with regular laces you can swap out to give them the tied look. Fully lined with a super cushy insole, these are ready for growing feet. Any boy will love these low tops! They’re fully lined so nothing inside the shoe will pinch or rub, which can be quite the obstacle for parents, especially with kids who are sensitive to tags or stitching. Insanely affordable for a shoe that considers itself a room-to-grow option, and with a style that is classic and current simultaneously.
8. Stride Rite Dakota
Memory Foam Insole
Subtle Camo Detail
Hidden Elastic Band
Hook and Loop Closure
Toes Scuff Easily
Stride Rite was founded in Boston, Massachusetts, and was originally named the Green Shoe Manufacturing Company in 1919. Now, sharing a parent company with Grasshoppers, Keds, Sperry, Saucony, and Robeez, among others, the main concern of the brand's owners are the comfort. With special emphasis on the growing feet of your child, Stride Rite has paid close attention to children’s shoe innovation for the past 85 years. Every Stride Rite is made to accommodate even the pickiest kid, and parents love the support they provide for their youngsters growing feet.Read more
The Dakota has a super lightweight outsole that bends and flexes closely to the child's foot, without any of the nasty splittings or cracking that is the result from normal play. These have laces for the big boys, plus an alternative hook and loop velcro for those who have a hard time with laces, or who are just eager to get out and see the world. Hidden super stretchy elastic makes for a secure fit, but doesn’t limit the range of motion at all.
The memory foam insole contours to every little boy's feet, providing a tailored fit for every excursion. The memory foam also prevents against a too stiff footbed, which can hinder the developing feet of a child. Non-marking rubber outsoles seal the deal on this cute, casual Dakota. The muted grey-green with camo accent on the toe and heel make for a subtle statement, so these match with everything in their wardrobe while still allowing your boy to express himself! Priced like a brand name sneaker would be, this shoe definitely hits that higher price point. For something that really caters specifically to children’s feet though, it is definitely a style to consider.
9. Kamik Stomp
Additional Traction Around Boot
Moisture Wicking Liner
Kamik has been a company entrusted with making great outdoor gear since 1898. Canadian and still family owned and operated, they are always looking for ways to increase sustainability to give back to the environments we love exploring and their customers. They pledge to keep feet warm, dry, comfortable, and happy, and really, there is nothing else to ask for when looking for a cold weather boot. Kamik believes bad weather is a fallacy, and the real problem is having gear that isn’t prepared for whatever the outdoors has to offer. This camo style will bring your boys dependable wear, while being ready to take on even the roughest terrain.Read more
A super comfortable EVA footbed is nestled in a fully rubber sole, keeping out moisture and providing a shock absorbing feel. The Trek outsole is lightweight and durable, making sure your boys stay upright when playing regardless of the terrain. Completely waterproof, this is a great option for the little fisherman or hunters in your life. They come in a full range of sizes for boys of any age, and are high rise, so no worries about moisture getting in even with higher levels of precipitation.
Moisture wicking lining keeps the inside foot friendly. Working up a sweat in the outdoors won’t result in a swampy boot for the wearer. These rain boots let the boys play without worrying about soaked feet or slipping! They are made of a thicker material, and not only do they have tread on the bottom but also all around the outsole, providing a little boost for your adventurer. Priced a little higher than the average rain boot, these are a good option for the long term, and can be sized up and worn with thick socks in the meantime. The construction and waterproofing are a good beginner rain boot for your favorite tiny outdoorsman.
10. Toms Alpargata
Twin Side Gore
Inspired by the hoards of children without shoes in Argentina that founder Blake Mycoskie encountered during his travels, Toms is a brand with a mission. Toms set out to match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair provided for a child in need. From humble beginnings, the company has grown to address economic, health, and educational concerns worldwide. Helping over 70 countries, so far 60 million shoes have been given to those who wouldn’t have anything to wear on their feet without Toms help. Now the company produces shoes in the countries they support, providing jobs to help stimulate local economies. They have even expanded to aid in multiple different direct resources, such as clean water, and eyewear. Toms has created a movement in which supporting them feels as good as wearing them.Read more
This Alpargata is a slight modification on the classic Toms, still with all the features that make you love wearing them. Twin side gore allows for a stretchy fit rather than the classic v-notch, but there is no loss of comfort. Velcro fastens the hidden strap down so this shoe is super simple to take on and off, even for the most impatient of boys. Brown suede on the heel makes these look trendy, and add a funky element to this ultra casual camo style.
The rubber outsole provides great traction for even the most curious kids. Easy on the feet, these can even be worn sockless for the most low-maintenance style imaginable. There won’t be a blister in the wake of the Alpargatas! Antimicrobial inserts are removing and can be washed, but even without regular maintenance, these cut down on stinky feet and infection risks for little ones. While some trendier Toms may be a little pricey, these are a steal! Plus, with their comfy and carefree style, they are a great way to give a little back, at no cost to the buyer.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
First and foremost, if we are talking prints, we are going to be looking at the overall style and execution of those prints. Camo can sometimes come off gaudy or distracting, and we wanted these shoes to have that distinct camo look, without ending up tacky. There are a few ways this is achieved in our camo shoe picks.
Some of these options use an abnormal color palette. The grey and yellow Croc caught my eye in particular. Grey is considered a "new neutral", and the contrast of the muted colors with that print is truly striking. The Under Armour option uses intentionally dark hues to make the camo subtle and versatile in wear.
Most civilians don't wear camo for practicality, so you can play around with colors and proportions with a print like this! There aren't really set rules on how to wear camo either, so an array of color options and athletic and leisure shoes leave your boys with almost too many styles to choose from.
Let's be honest, boys won't wear a shoe they don't find comfortable. Period. Nothing more to say about that. While women are infamous for going to great lengths of pain and suffering for a cute pair of heels, young men are not going to sacrifice comfort in lieu of fashion, and here at NicerShoes we don't want them to!
Our picks have super cushioned insoles, padding on the tongue and collar, and multiple fit options that make for some of the comfiest shoes on the market. Everyone should be able to love every aspect of their shoe, so we're here to make it a little easier. Contoured insoles gently hug the foot, and will feel secure all day or night.
I guarantee if your child tries any of these on, they'll have a new staple for their collection. Whether fishing, playing, or just taking a walk, there is a shoe here designed for your maximum comfort in mind.
Flexibility can often be forgotten in youth shoes, but it shouldn't be! Kids are hard on their shoes, and many sneakers and leisure options will quite literally crack under pressure. If you have an active boy, he is gonna need a sole that flexes when he does.
Performance options on this list have multiple features to make sure he is has a full range of motion when stepping into one of these. The Under Armour option has multiple parts of the sole for moving along with the child's foot. Light canvas sneakers give a lot of leeway for growth as well, especially when they have a softer upper.
Basically, we are looking for shoes that are allowing the feet to develop normally and avoid restricting the foot as much as possible. The last thing any of us needs is a split sole halfway through a school year. Or worse yet, a talking pair by lunch.
It is no secret kids are tough on their clothing and footwear. Boys are absolutely no exception, and may even be a bigger culprit. With a blend of synthetic fabrics on most of our choices, the shoe will give to your boys foot without it affecting the integrity or shape of the shoe itself.
This list features multiple vulcanized rubber sole options, and when rubber is vulcanized it becomes ultra strong, to hold up to any boys lifestyle. They may grow fast much to a parent's dismay, but we'd rather them grow out of their shoes than destroy them before they even get a chance to.
Easy to clean choices help these shoes stand the test of time. If the shoe looks new, they'll wear it! With these easily maintained options, boys can easy do that for an exceedingly long amount of time.
Our boys are growing, so their feet have some special needs until they have fully matured. We are looking for a few types of support, but what we really want are contoured EVA midsoles and perfectly designed insoles for the results we are looking for. For our active boys and athletes, it is necessary for them to have a shoe that fosters development while also aiding in posture and muscle strain.
Choices like the New Balance and Under Armour picks are great for arch support. When your arch is supported, your back feels better, your legs strain less, you walk a bit taller, and you over feel good in your shoes. This is what we are looking for in every pair we choose, but, of course, some are better equipped than others.
Ortholite and foam insoles also help regulate moisture but more importantly are providing a stable foundation for the foot. When equipped with the right shoes, overall foot, and body health flourish. Support your boys from the ground up, and see what happens. Chances are, they'll be more comfortable than ever.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Camo is normally used for hunting in order for hunters to blend into their surroundings.
No matter whether you're into hunting or not, there's no arguing that camoflague print is totally in-style. Kids love how they feel while wearing this slick print... and pretending that nobody can see them with their camoflague kicks on!
Other Factors to Consider
While not extremely pertinent, you want some level of adjustability in any youngsters shoe. They grow fast, and feet swell throughout the day, so you want a shoe that can be tweaked and tailored to your little guy's needs. Hidden elastic, drawstring tops, and subtle hook and loop velcro make this possible, without making the shoe look too young and juvenile.
When it comes down to it, we want a shoe that says as much as our kids do. A statement pattern like camo is bold and brazen, but still can be made a staple in everyday wear. There will always be a million different ways to flaunt your style, and we covered 10 right here, so imagine what is out there. Wearing something you love is most important, so with a variety of ways to rock this style that are consistently good to your feet, I am sure your child can decide on something that meets their fashion needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Is camo exclusively for those serving in the military?
Nope, it has become widely recognized in the fashion industry, and whole lines of clothing have been designed around camouflage patterns.
q: What matches camo accessories?
It would depend on the color and type of print, but honestly, you could get away with most outfits. I prefer neutrals and khakis with camo though.
q: When was camo first used?
In the World War II era, a division of the army began wearing camo in 1940.
q: Is camo strictly casual?
I think so, but these days it really depends on so many other factors. I would say plaid is generally very casual when worn on a flannel, but I have also seen three-piece plaid suits. Play around with the look and see if anything sticks.
q: Is camo still an in style trend?
, inspired pieces and the color army green were two of the hottest trends in recent years.