Are you having a hard time finding a pair of hiking boots to accommodate the shape of your toddler’s extra wide feet? Do you feel like you always have a hard time putting your toddler’s hiking boots on and once you manage to put them on your toddler kicks them off immediately?
Finding a pair of boots for a toddler with extra wide feet is not an easy thing to do, and it can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience. In addition to finding a hiking boot that is labeled as extra wide, we also need the boot to provide another key feature: extra depth.
Some children might have high insteps in addition to having extra wide feet. If you always notice red marks on the top of your toddler’s feet when you take the boots off, that means that the boots are too narrow and too shallow. Red marks on the top of your toddler’s feet usually means that the top part of your toddler’s feet is being squeezed against the top part of the boots.
Finding a shoe that provides extra depth will allow your toddler’s feet to fit deeply inside the boots, which will prevent the top part of the feet from rubbing against the top part of the boots. In addition to providing extra depth, there is another key feature that we need the boots to provide: round toe-box.
Boots that come with a round toe-box will prevent your toddler’s toes from rubbing against one another or the side of the boots.
The issue is that children’s shoes don’t come labeled as extra deep or with a round toe-box, and the only way to tell if a shoe provides extra depth is by having fitted the shoe before. The good news is that I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. This experience has afforded me many insights into children’s shoes and the way they fit. Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. From my experience fitting hundreds of kids, I have become familiar with the best shoe brands for toddlers with extra wide feet and the best styles among those brands.
In order to have a good hiking experience, you need to provide your toddler with a pair of hiking boots that will protect and support the feet and ankles in all situations. Your toddler will be stepping in rocks, puddles, and uneven surfaces, so it’s important to keep the feet supported and protected at all times.
When it comes to hiking boots, there is a very small selection of boots that can accommodate the shape of a toddler’s extra wide feet and high instep. I will describe the best hiking boots for toddlers with extra wide feet shortly, but first I want to show you what features these boots provide and how to figure out your toddler’s exact foot size from home.
I have always seen hiking boots as a very versatile type of footwear, since children can wear them to go hiking or to get around in those wet rainy days. Always make sure that the hiking boots are labeled as waterproof, and if you don’t see a labeled in the hiking boot that reads “waterproof”, then it’s because they aren’t.
In addition to being waterproof, the hiking boots need to be supportive, durable, and provide good traction.
The boots that I will describe below are water-friendly but they are not fully waterproof. This means that the boot will keep your toddler’s feet dry as long as your toddler doesn’t put his/her foot inside a puddle and leaves it there for a couple of seconds.
Hiking Boots for Toddlers – 3 key Features!
These are the 3 most important features that your toddler’s hiking boots must provide, in addition to fitting the shape of their extra wide feet correctly.
Substantial Sole: This feature will help minimize the impact between your kids’ feet and the ground. When hiking, your toddler will be stepping into stones and uneven surfaces, so it’s important for the boots to minimize this impact and protect the feet.
Traction: This feature will reduce the likelihood of your child slipping and falling down, especially when walking on wet surfaces.
Waterproof: We already went over this feature, but it’s important for the boots to be waterproof in order to keep your toddler’s feet dry. Can you imagine hiking with wet feet and wet socks? This will make your toddler’s hiking experience unpleasant.
In addition to providing these 3 key features, it’s important for your toddler’s hiking boots to be lightweight and flexible in order to prevent your toddler’s feet and legs from easily getting tired.
The boots I will describe shortly provide all of these important features, but I am always emphasizing to parents that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not the correct size, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
Which leads me to this next question: Are you 100% sure that you know your toddler’s exact foot size?
The best way to figure it out is by taking your toddler to be properly measured and fitted for shoes at your local specialized children’s shoe store. However, if you don’t have one in your area, start by taking a look at an article along with a video that I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home. Go to the link below:
Now that you know what features your toddlers’ hiking boots must provide and how to figure out the exact foot size from home, you are ready to take a look at the best extra wide hiking boots for kids.
Best Extra Wide Hiking Boots for Toddlers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only recommend shoe styles that I have fitted and tested before, since that is the only way for me to tell how supportive, well-made, and durable the shoes are. Most importantly, it allows me to inform parents about how that particular shoe style fits.
Shoes can fit short,long, narrow, wide, or true to size, and depending on how they fit you will have to adjust the size that you get for your child.
Below you can the best extra wide hiking boots for kids. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
These boots all fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your toddler with a half a size longer of the size that your toddler measured at the foot measuring scale in order to allow growing room.
Please note that this hiking boot is water-friendly but it’s not fully waterproofed.
One awesome feature about this hiking boot is that it’s made of leather on both the uppers and the linings.
Hiking boots are always going to be stiffer than regular sneakers. Even the boots that I recommend, which are made of lightweight and softer materials, are still going to feel stiff at first to your toddler’s feet.
I recommend allowing your toddler to wear the boots around the house, in order for the material to start softening down and allowing your toddler to start getting used to the boots.
Hiking Socks for Toddlers – Cushiony and Breathable!
It’s important to provide your toddler with the correct type of socks when going hiking. The socks will act as a barrier between your toddlers’ feet and the boots, preventing the buildup of bacteria and other foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
The correct pair of hiking socks will cushion your kids’ feet healthy and make your toddler feel more comfortable when hiking.
Your toddler can definitely wear a pair of regular socks to go hiking, but if you want to provide your toddler with a pair of actual hiking socks, I have put together a selection of the best hiking socks for toddlers.
The type of shoes that you provide for your toddlers play a key role in keeping their feet healthy as they grow older. Something so simple just as providing your toddler with the correct boot style and the correct boot size will prevent future foot, leg, and back problems.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style to accommodate the shape of your child’s extra wide feet and high instep. I have fitted children with extra wide feet in all sort of shoes, and I came to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter how wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style that will fit the shape of their feet, and I will help you find it.