I bought her a couple pairs of natives this year and last weekend I was trying them on her. Within a few minutes, she had circles indented on the top of her foot. I think her arch is too high or she still has too much pudge on top for them!
A month or two ago we went to Nordstrom to try on shoes and she got these Mini Melissa's and has pretty much lived in them since. They're so comfy feeling and easy with the strap just attaching with velcro. Plus, they smell like strawberries ha! I like that she can run and play in these and not worry about falling (as much!). And Molly Anne LOVES these shoes.
I had also heard that Old Navy had a similar pair so I stopped there and got her a pair in the next size up for this summer. They aren't nearly as soft and the strap has to loop over for the velcro to work so they aren't as ideal but I paid $8 for them versus the $55 for Mini Melissa's so there's that!
I know the Salt Water Sandals are super popular and very cute but this Mama isn't buckling those up every morning (and I think Becky may kill me if I bring those to her to put on Molly Anne a thousand times a day!). Plus we have the same issue with her high arch and they just don't fit her right.
So there we have it! I'd love to find her a true sandal to wear but these are pretty cool on her foot so we are just going with these for now!