Let it rain, let it pour, your little ones’ feet will stay DRY as long as they have a good pair of rain boots.
Several parents seem to have a question in common: When is the right time to provide my child with a rain boot?
As soon as your kids start walking with confidence, you should provide them with a pair of rain boots. They will not only allow your child’s feet to stay warm and dry when playing in the rain, but the threaded sole will also help them feel stable when playing in wet surfaces.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last 10 years, where we specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have fitted thousands of shoes and I am familiar with which shoe brands and which shoe styles are better than others.
Did you know that most children won’t tell their parents when their feet get wet? Your kids don’t mind wearing wet socks, but this can create several foot problems.
Children love playing in the rain. There is nothing more fun for them than jumping into puddles and making a big splash. As a parent, you must know how uncomfortable it feels when your socks get wet, and you feel like switching into a dry pair right away. Most children might not express any discomfort, and staying in wet, soggy socks most of the day leads to frozen toes.
This can also create a myriad of problems such as damaging the skin of the foot, to creating blisters due to the friction of the sock. Never allow your children to stay in wet socks or wet toes when it is cold or rainy outside. Providing them with a rain boot will allow them to play in the rain, the mud, or any wet surface safely.
Children rain boots play a key role in keeping your children’s feet healthy.
I will show you a selection of the best children’s rain boots. The rain boots I will describe in this article will come with oversized handles to make it easy for kids to put on and take off.
The rain boot styles I will recommend below will fit a child with a medium, wide, or an extra wide foot.
The key is to find a rain boot that is made out of good quality, with great traction and that is not too heavy. Childrens’ feet and legs will tire faster if they are wearing a heavy rain boot. Parents should also try to buy rain boots from a well known brand, such as Kamik, Western Chief, Steven Joseph, or Naturino. Trying to save some money on poor-quality shoes might put your children’s’ feet at risk, and lead to foot, leg, and back problems int he future.
How to Figure Out your Child’s Correct Rain Boot Size – Get it Right!
One big issue when trying to get a rain boot for your child is trying to figure out the sizing.
Please keep in mind that rain boots come in whole sizes only, not half sizes. This means that if your child measures a size 8 1/2, you will round up and get a size 9. However, some rain boots tend to run really long, and depending on the style, you might have to go for a half a size smaller. If the rain boots runs long and your child is measuring a size 8 1/2, then you need to get the size 8, which will still provide your child with growing room.
Does this make sense to you?
Most parents are skeptical of providing their kids with a size smaller or the same size that they measure in the foot measuring scale, but if the shoes run long then you need to adjust the sizing that you get for your child.
Because rain boots are the type of footwear that your child won’t wear often (unless you are in an area where it rains a lot) we always want to leave a good amount of room for your child to grow into the rain boot. However, leaving too much growing space might compromise your child’s stability, making him/her more prone to falls and injuries.
I always recommend parents to take their kids to their local children’s shoe store to have their feet properly measured. That way you can guarantee that you will provide your child with the correct shoe size. If you don’t have a local kids’ shoe store in your area, I will show you an article along with a video I created where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you how to figure out your child’s foot size from home, let’s take a look at the best children rain boots.
The Best Children Rain Boots – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Here you can find a selection of the best children rain boots that I have fitted before. They are all waterproof, durable, provide good traction, and come with oversized handles to make it easy for kids to put on and take off:
All of these rain boots fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your child with a half a size longer of the size that he/she measures at the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room (please remember that rain boots are not available in half sizes).
There are two common problems that parents seem to face when getting rain boots for their kids:
- The Rain Boot Won’t Stay On My Child’s Feet!
If your child keeps tripping or walking out of rain boots, it means that they are too big for your child’s feet. Rain boots should be fitted a little roomy since children will not wear them that often, but they should not by any means fall off your child’s feet. I would strongly recommend exchanging them or getting a new pair that fits.
- The Rain Boot Is Not Wide Enough For My Child’s Feet!
Another issue parents seem to face is that some children with wide or extra wide feet don’t seem to be able to fit in rain boots. Some parents feel like they are struggling and wasting too much time trying to put the rain boots on their kids’ feet. There can be two reasons for this:
1- The rain boot is the wrong size (too small).
2- Your child has a wide or an extra wide foot. Please don’t get longer rain boots to compensate for the width. This will lead to the boots falling off your kids’ feet or compromising your children’s stability. If the child has a wide foot, it might take some extra time to put them on, or you might need a rain boot that has a nice round (wide) toe box.
I wrote a post where I describe the best rain boots for children that have wide or extra wide feet. The post is called:
I Can Get Them Cheaper Somewhere Else – Don’t Compromise On Quality!
And so everything else you buy…You can always find things at a cheaper price, especially when shopping online. However, cheaper normally doesn’t translate to better. Sometimes, just to save some money, you might not be providing your children with the appropriate quality of footwear, which might end up costing you more in the future.
I have seen shoes from retailers that are made out of cardboard inside, that are labeled waterproof when they aren’t, and that do not have the appropriate amount of support and structure.
Rain boots are not cheap, but they are not pricey either; they are a middle ground footwear when it comes to pricing. It is critical that whichever rain boot you choose to provide your child with, you make sure it is waterproof and made of quality materials.
Are Light Up Rain Boots Reliable? – Yes!
As long as light up rain boots are fitted properly, your child should have no problem walking through puddles with them. Sometimes parents associate light up footwear with “unreliable footwear”, and while sometimes this is true, it all depends on the particular style that you decide to get.
When it comes to rain boots, it really doesn’t make a difference since light up rain boots are as well made as your traditional looking ones and will keep the water and mud out of your kids’ feet.
I am frequently asked at the store how long the lights of the rain boots will last and the fact is that your child should always outgrow the boots before the lights stop working.
Raincoats For Kids – The Best Rain Gear For Children!
If you decide on getting your little one a raincoat, you probably want one that is perfect for any weather. These should be lightweight and made of soft outer material. Wearing the proper rain gear will make rainy days fun for your children.
You can coordinate the raincoats with matching boots and umbrellas. I provide a review of the best well made quality raincoats and umbrellas below so your little one can play in the rain safely while HAVING FUN!
Does your child already owns a pair of rain boots? Is there a particular rain boot style that you recommend? Please share your thoughts and experiences so we can all benefit from them!