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Boots for Kids with Sensory Issues – Comfortable, Lightweight and Flexible!


Does your child have sensory issues and only wants to wear boots? Are you worried that your child’s boots are too heavy and stiff and might make your child’s feet and legs tire easily? If you have tried every single pair of sneakers but your child still prefers to wear boots, I will show you which boots are more lightweight and flexible than others. Let’s find out which are the best boots for kids with sensory issues!

If you have read any of my previous articles, you are probably aware that I have been fitting children’s shoes for many years. At the shoe store that I work for, I have helped several children with sensory issues find the perfect pair of shoes for their feet.

When looking for shoes for a child with sensory issues it’s all about finding the most comfortable shoe. I usually look for shoes with seam-free fabric interiors that have padded elastic collars with heel tabs to help adjust the shoe around the heels. 

What Makes the Boots that I Recommend Ideal for Kids with Sensory Issues?

Most children’s boots are too heavy and stiff. The boots that I recommend are ultra-lightweight and provide exceptional comfort. The boots provide a padded tongue and collar to add a layer of comfort, and breathable uppers to allow your child’s feet to breathe.

Children with sensory issues who prefer to wear boots instead of any other type of footwear probably prefer their shoes to provide a “looser” feel.

I am going to show you a list of boots that hopefully will feel comfortable for your child. These boots provide a similar structure to a sneaker, in the sense that they are lightweight and flexible at the same time. They will also properly support your child’s feet so your child can wear these boots for long periods of time.

Best Boots for Kids with Sensory Issues

I usually recommend to “desensitize” the child’s feet before putting the boots on, which means warming up your child’s feet with a massage. 

Take a look at the description below each boot to find out the features that it provides, the type of closure, and the size you should order to allow for the correct amount of growing room. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Importance of Ordering the Correct Shoe Size

I have noticed that some children with sensory issues prefer to wear their shoes on the “tighter side” while others prefer their shoes to feel on the “looser side”. To order the correct shoe size online, you must know what your child’s foot size is to begin with.

There is a great resource I created where I help parents determine their child’s exact foot length and shape (narrow, medium, wide, extra wide, high instep). This resource will help avoid the stress of having your child’s feet touched while at the store and reduce the likelihood of ordering the wrong shoe size:

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

Does Your Child’s School Require Everyday Sneakers Instead of Boots?

If you must provide your child with a pair of sneakers instead of boots, I suggest that you take a look at the resources below as they describe the best everyday sneakers for children with sensory issues:

Shoes for Kids With Sensory Issues – Let’s Find Some Magical Shoes!

Best Shoes for Older Kids with Sensory Issues – Seam Free Fabrics with Padded Collars

What Role Do Socks Play for Children with Sensory Issues?

Socks play a pretty important role. If the socks feel uncomfortable, your kids’ shoes will also feel uncomfortable.

I have found that seamless socks are a must for children with sensory issues. It is important to choose a fabric that feels soft to your kid’s feet and that doesn’t constrict toe movement. I have put together a selection of the best seamless socks for children with sensory issues:

Let me know in the comments section below if you are having trouble finding a specific pair of shoes to help your child with his/her sensory issues. You can ask your question in the comments section below or contact me via email:


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