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Best Boots to Prevent Toe Walking – Supportive and Rigid at the Front

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on March 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of the best boots to prevent toe walking.

Has your medical professional told you that your child will eventually outgrow toe walking but your child continues to toe walk? It is true that some children do simply outgrow this condition, but waiting for your child’s toe walking to resolve on its own might lead to the condition getting worse.

Children who toe walk might experience frequent falls or stumbles with ambulation. If your child is still toe-walking after age 2 then it becomes a problem because your child’s calf muscles might begin to shorten, reducing the ankle movement. This may cause long-term damage to the foot and ankle due to the abnormal forces acting on them.

I have spoken with several families who wished they have acted sooner. Did you know that if your child’s toe walking is due to a neuromuscular condition the correct types of shoes (and sometimes orthotics) can make a world of difference? I already created several resources about the best shoes for toe walking children, and if you need a pair of everyday shoes I suggest that you take a look at the resource below:

Shoes for Tip Toe Walking Children – Prevent Your Kids from Walking on Their Toes!

If you already have a pair of good sneakers to help treat your child’s toe walking condition and now you are looking for a pair of boots, I will show you which ones are more effective than others.

My Experience Helping Children Find Shoes to Prevent Toe Walking

I have worked for a specialized children’s shoe store for many years (over 10 years of shoe fitting experience). The shoe store specializes in helping children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, such as flat feet, rolled ankles, low muscle tone, etc.


Over the years I became familiar with the best shoes and boots to prevent toe walking. I have helped hundreds of children who were walking on their toes find the correct pair of shoes which allowed them to walk heel to toe, and I believe I can help your child too.

What Makes the Boots that I Recommend Effective to Prevent Toe Walking?

The boots that I recommend provide 3 key features that make them ideal for children who walk on their toes:

✅ Rigid instead of overly flexible at the front: Boots that provide too much flexibility at the front make it easy for children to get on their toes. The boots that I recommend are rigid at the front to help discourage toe walking. Take a look at the image below for better visualization purposes.

Do you notice how the boot on the left is flexing as a spiral?


✅ Stable base of support: This feature helps improve your child’s balance and coordination. Some children toe walk from being flat footed, so it’s important for the boots to provide a substantial outsole as a stable base of support.

Do you notice how the boot on the right has a more substantial and supportive outsole compared to the boot on the left?


✅ Firm Heel Counter: This feature helps control the alignment of the heel and lower leg. Always press on the back part of your child’s boots and make sure that specific area feels firm. Take a look at the image below for better visualization purposes.

The heel counter of the boot on the left feels too soft and flimsy, while the heel counter of the boot on the right feels sturdy and supportive.


☑️ Optional: Boots that come with shoelaces instead of velcro closure provide better support and stability, and they are a lot more effective when it comes to helping prevent toe walking.

The Importance of Providing Your Child with the Correct Shoe Size

Shoes that are too large can make it easy for children to get on their toes. It’s important that you provide your child with the correct amount of growing room, but too much growing room makes it easier for children to toe walk.

I have spoken with several pediatric physical therapists who are frustrated about children not wearing the correct type of shoes in the correct size. These therapists explain to me how they encounter many children with physical disabilities who wear shoes that don’t fit properly, which makes the condition harder to manage.

One example was toe walking children that were wearing shoes too big for their feet. Shoes that are too big tend to slip off and children will often stay up on their toes as a way to help keep the shoe on their foot. Sometimes providing your child with the correct shoe size might be all that your child needs!

Find Out Your Child’s Exact Foot Size Online

If you are going to order your kids’ shoes online, you need to be 100% sure of your child’s foot size. I created another article that helps parents figure out their children’s exact foot size. Go to the link below:

How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

Let’s now take a look at the best boots to prevent toe walking. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

Best Boots to Prevent Toe Walking

Take a look at the description below the image of each boot to check if that specific boot can fit the shape of your child’s feet (narrow, medium, wide, extra wide).

Unsure About What Boot Size You Should Order?

In each of the descriptions of the boots I indicate whether you need to order a half a size or a whole size bigger than your child’s foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

Some boots are not available in half sizes, so if the boots are available in whole sizes only I suggest that you round up so your child can wear the boots for the whole winter season.

If you order a pair of boots with shoelaces I suggest that you apply the following shoe lacing technique:

How to Tie Shoes to Prevent Toe Walking – Let’s Help Your Child Walk Heel to Toe

Are There Any Other Boot/Shoe Choices Available?

Do not hesitate to contact me directly at my e-mail if you are looking for a different type of shoe to help prevent your child from toe walking. My e-mail address is: 


Can Orthotics Help Treat Your Child’s Toe Walking?

Certain orthotics can help prevent children from getting on their toes and promote the habit of walking the correct way: heel to toe. I created a different resource that helps parents determine whether their children might benefit from wearing orthotics:

Best Orthotics for Toe Walking – These Shoes and Orthotics Help Prevent Toe Walking!

The Final Fitting

How effective your kids’ shoes and orthotics might be to help treat and prevent your child’s toe walking depends on your child’s age and your child’s individual foot anatomy. The goal of providing your child with the correct types of shoes is to help prevent him/her from getting on their toes and promote the habit of walking the correct way: heel to toe.

I have noticed how several doctors believe that toe walking is “idiopathic,” which means that the exact cause is not known and the child continues to toe walk because he or she has a preference to do so. I disagree with this statement as I have always found that there is a specific reason why a child continues to toe walk.

Let me know in the comment section below if you have found a specific shoe that worked well in helping treat your child’s toe walking.


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