Have you been looking for a pair of extra wide boots for your child? Do you feel like you try a whole bunch of different styles but you always end up empty handed?
Many busy parents report feeling exasperated and discouraged when shoe-shopping for their kids with extra wide feet.
Finding a pair of boots to fit your child’s extra wide feet can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience, especially if you don’t know what boot styles to look for.
Unfortunately, there is a very small selection of waterproof boots for kids with extra wide feet, but the good news is that I have fitted them before and I will help you find them. Even if your child has a high instep, these boot styles will fit the shape of his/her feet.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years working for a specialized children’s shoe store. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Since we need to fit orthotics inside the shoes, we must carry every single shoe style that companies make in wide or extra wide (since orthotics take so much space inside the shoes). I am familiar with the best kids’ shoe brands that make extra wide boots and the best boot styles among those brands.
For the last 3 years I have been helping parents find the perfect pair of shoes for their children online.
There are two key features that the boots must provide in order to fit the shape of your child’s extra wide feet:
- The boots must be deep: This feature will allow your children’s feet to fit deeply inside the boots and prevent the instep of their feet (top part of the foot), from rubbing against the top part of the boots.
- The boots must come with a round toe-box: This feature will prevent your kids’ toes from rubbing against the side of the boots or from overlapping one another.
I want you to keep in mind that if you provide your children with extra wide feet a pair of shoes that are too narrow, you will end up creating all sort of issues to their feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns. Calluses and corns are extremely hard to get rid of, so it’s important to prevent them.
Even though most boots are the type of footwear that children wear for a couple of hours and only once in a while, it is important to have them fitted properly, since it only takes a couple of wears to develop a foot issue.
The boot styles that I will describe below are mostly waterproof hiking boots that come with a substantial sole to offer support to your chid’s feet and legs.
Walking in a pair of shoes that are too narrow will impact your child’s walking pattern, which will lead children to putting pressure in parts of their bodies where they are not supposed to. This can in turn lead to children developing foot, knee, back, and leg pain.
I am always emphasizing one thing to parents: It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly, and I will help you find it!
I will show you a selection of the best extra wide boots for kids shortly, but first I want to show you what features these boots will provide and how to figure out your child’s foot size form home.
Extra Wide Boots for Kids – The 4 Most Important Features!
In addition to being deep and coming with a round toe-box, the boots that I will describe below will provide these 4 important features:
- Support: Even though your child might not wear these boots for long periods of time, the boots still need to be supportive in order to minimize the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.
- Lightweight and Flexible: While the boots must be supportive, they must also be lightweight and flexible at the same time in order to prevent your child’s feet and legs from easily getting tired.
- Waterproof: This is a very important feature since boots are extremely versatile. They will keep your kids’ feet dry and warm, and your child will be able to use the boots for those rainy days.The only way to tell if a boot is 100% waterproof is by checking if it has a label that reads: “waterproof”. Take a look at the image below for clarification:
- Traction: The hiking boot must provide good traction in order to prevent your child from slipping and falling down, especially when walking on slippery surfaces.
I am always explaining to parents how it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not the right size (length and width wise) your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
Which brings me to this following question: Do you know your child’s exact foot size?
Are You 100% Sure of Your Child’s Foot Size? – Get it Right!
I am always emphasizing to parents that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly which involves getting the correct shoe length and the correct shoe width, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
always recommend parents to take their children to their local children’s shoe store that they trust, the issue is that most stores have been closing down and parents need to end up buying their kids’ shoes online. There is nothing wrong with this, but you must know your child’s exact foot size in order to know what size to order.
I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state, so I suggest you start by taking a look at that map:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to identify a shoe store in your area, then proceed to taking a look at an article along with a video I created that describes the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Now that you know how to figure out your child’s foot size from home, and the features that these boots will provide, you are ready to see a selection of the best extra wide boots for kids.
The Best Extra Wide Boots for Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoe styles that I have fitted before, otherwise I wouldn’t know how well-made they are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.
Whether you are looking for a boot for your child to wear on a regular basis or for shorter periods of time, the boot must be supportive, lightweight, and flexible. The boot must also provide good traction since your child might be walking around slippery surfaces.
Please find below a selection of the best extra wide boots for kids. This first selection is for toddlers:
The selection below is for older children (ages 4 and older):
All of these boot styles fit “short”,which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
The ” See Kai Run” boot styles are not labeled as “W” (wide), or “XW” (extra wide), but I have fitted them before and they fit really wide. The Stride Rite and Merrell styles are actually labeled as wide.
The boots above are all waterproof or water-friendly hiking boots that your child can wear for longer periods of time, since they come with a substantial, supportive sole. Please keep in mind that these boots will also fit the shape of your child’s high instep, since they are all very deep.
If you are looking for a pair or rain boots or snow boots for your child with extra wide feet, then you should take a look at the two articles below.
Now that you know which are the best boots for children with extra wide feet, you are ready to make the most informed decision.
You won’t have to let your children walk around on rainy and cold days wearing their sneakers just because you didn’t know that these boots for extra wide feet existed.
If you ever have trouble finding a particular shoe style for your child’s extra wide feet, please let me know and I will help you find them. I have fitted some of the widest feet out there, and I can guarantee you that there is at least one pair that will work.
Have you found a particular boot style that has worked well for your child with extra wide feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from them.