Are you having a hard time finding a pair of snow boots to accommodate the shape of your toddler’s extra wide feet? Do you feel like you always struggle every time you have to put your toddler’s boots on?
If you have a toddler with extra wide feet, you probably know by now how frustrating and time-consuming it can be to find shoes that fit, especially when you are looking for seasonal footwear such as snow boots. However, I want you to remember one thing: 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 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 thousands of kids, I have become familiar with the best snow boots for toddlers with extra wide feet.
The selection is very small, but I have found certain snow boot styles that have been effective in accommodating the shape of a toddler with extra wide feet, and I will show you these styles shortly. In order to accommodate the shape of a toddler with extra wide feet the snow boots must provide 2 key features:
✅ Extra Depth: This feature will allow your toddler’s wide feet to fit deeply inside the snow boots and prevent the top part of the feet (instep) from rubbing against the top part of the snow boots.
✅ Round Toe-Box: This feature will prevent your toddler’s toes from rubbing against one another or the side of the boots.
The issue is that snow boots don’t come labeled as “extra deep” or with a “round toe-box“, but the good news is that I know which snow boots provide these 2 features from having fitted them before.
One of the most common mistakes that parents make is to assume that snow boots fit toddlers with extra wide feet because they tend to be roomier in the front. Most snow boots won’t fit the shape of a toddler with extra wide feet, so please do your research before buying the boots. If you fit your toddler in a pair of snow boots that is too narrow, you will end up creating several issues to your toddler’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
Before I provide you with a selection of the best extra wide toddler snow boots, I want you to get familiar with what features a snow boot needs to provide in order to keep your toddler’s feet healthy.
Snow Boots for Toddlers – The 4 Most Important Features!
In addition to fitting the shape of your toddler’s extra wide feet, the snow boot must provide the following features to keep your toddler’s feet healthy:
✅ Waterproof: This feature will prevent your toddler’s feet from getting wet.
✅ Insulated: This feature will keep your toddler’s feet warm.
✅ Lightweight and Flexible: This feature will prevent your toddler’s feet and legs from easily getting tired.
✅ Traction: This feature will reduce the likelihood of slipping and falling down.
It’s important for parents to keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly (the correct shoe length and the correct show width) the child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, you might end up creating all sort of issues to your child’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
How to Figure Out Your Toddler’s Correct Boot Size? – Get it Right!
You should always round up when purchasing a pair of snow boots for your toddler. This means that if your toddler measures a foot size 7 ½, you should get the shoe size 8 in order to allow for growing room. If your toddler measures a foot size 8, then you should get the snow boot in a shoe size 9, since snow boots are not available in half sizes.
Even though your toddler might be wearing the snow boots for only a couple of hours a day, that short period of time is enough to create the foot issues mentioned above.
I always recommend parents to take their children to be properly fitted for shoes at their local kids’ shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit. The issue is that most local children’s shoe stores have been closing down, and we are left with big retailers that have staff not properly trained on how to fit kids shoes. I created a map that showcases the best fitting children’s shoe stores by state:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to find a shoe store in your area, then take a look at another article 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 which features a pair of good snow boots must provide and how to make sure that your toddler is wearing the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at a selection of the best extra wide snow boots for toddlers.
The Best Extra Wide Toddler Snow Boots ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only review shoe styles that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how supportive, durable, and most importantly how the shoes fit.
Finding a pair of snow boots for a toddler with extra wide feet can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience, that is the reason why I made it easy for you and put together a selection of the best extra wide toddler snow boots:
Please keep in mind that even though these snow boots are not labeled as wide (“W”) or extra wide (“XW”), they are the widest snow boots that I have fitted for toddlers. I want to clarify that a snow boot that is actually labeled as extra wide doesn’t exist.
These snow boots styles all fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your toddler with a half a size longer of the size that he/she measured at the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room. Remember to always round-up in order to allow for enough growing room for the whole winter season.
I have noticed how parents who live in areas where it might, or it might not snow, are hesitant of buying a pair of snow boots for their kids. This is totally understandable, since they don’t want to get stuck with a pair of footwear that their kids won’t ever use. The issue is that if you wait too long in the season to purchase the boots, then that particular boot style that you are looking for your child might not be available anymore.
One great advantage about these snow boots is that they can also be worn as a pair of rain boots, which means that your toddler will be able to wear them in the even that it doesn’t snow.
What Are Parents Saying About These Snow Boots?
My son is 14 months and wears a size 6 shoe. He has the widest feet with a high instep! I am so happy I was able to find a pair of boots that fit his extra wide feet. I bought a size 7 because I want him to be able to wear them for the whole winter season. My son walks just fine in them (they are very lightweight and flexible). I love the fact that they are completely adjustable, you just tighten the back Velcro strap.
“BEST WINTER SHOES FOR TODDLERS”
We are in our 3rd pair of Bogs, we have been purchasing them every year for my now 3-year-old son.This is the only snow boot that fit his extra wide feet.
We love the fact that he can put them on by himself and has been doing so since he was about 2 years old.I throw them in the washer sometimes even once a week and they come out looking like new.
“THEY FIT EXTRA WIDE FEET AND HIGH INSTEPS”
We keep coming back for this snow boot style every year! These are hands down THE BEST boots for winter and rain here in the south. Finally a boot that fits the shape of her extra widefeet. They keep my little girls’ feet warm with or without socks, and nice and dry in our very wet climate with constant rain. These are the only snow boots that fit my daughter’s chubby feet!
If you have tried another snow boot style that has worked well for your toddler’s extra wide feet, please let us know in the comments section below so other parents can also benefit from your findings.