How to Make Your Kids’ Snow Boots Last Two Winter Seasons – Removable Liners and Extra Growing Room!
Are you skeptical of investing in a pair of snow boots for your child as you live in an area where it might or might not snow? I have been working for a children’s shoe store for many years (located in Washington DC), and as soon as I am done fitting a child in a pair of snow boots parents seem to have one question in common: How long are my kids’ snow boots going to last? Most snow boots are meant to last for one winter season (since children will outgrow them by next year), but there is a way you can try to make those snow boots last more than one season. Let me show you how to make your kids’ snow boots last two winter seasons.
Should Parents Try to Leave Extra Growing Room Inside the Boots?
I always make sure to provide children with enough growing room to wear the snow boots for the whole winter season, but some parents want to know if there is any way that they can make the snow boots last for more than one winter season. This might seem hard to accomplish but it can be done.
First of all, if you are skeptical of investing in a pair of snow boots since you live in an area where it might or it might not snow, there is a way around this. I have found a particular snow boot style that comes with a removable liner, which will allow your child to wear the snow boot as a rain boot in case it doesn’t snow.
Let’s get back to how you can make your kids’ snow boots last for more than one season.
Keep in mind that this method works for older children who are already walking stable. If you have a toddler or a child who has stability issues, I recommend that you don’t apply this method to your child’s snow boots.
How to Make Your Kids’ Snow Boots Last Two Winter Seasons
For the snow boots to last your child for more than one season, I will show you the exact amount of growing room that you will have to provide inside your child’s snow boots and I will also show you which snow boots come with a removable liner.
Below are the two steps that you need to follow for your child to wear the snow boots for two winter seasons:
➡️ First Step: Removable Liner
The removable liner allows you to gain extra space once your child starts growing into the boots, and it will also allow your child to wear the snow boots as rain boots in case it doesn’t snow. You are getting two boots in one!
➡️ Second Step: Extra Growing Room
As a rule of thumb, I always recommend parents provide their children with 3/8 of an inch or 0.8 centimeters of space between their child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes. Please keep in mind that your child’s longest toe doesn’t necessarily have to be the big toe, it can be the second or even the third toe.
3/8 of an inch or 0.8 centimeters usually translates to a whole size bigger shoe size. However, since we will be providing your child with extra space inside the boots, you will provide your child with 5/8 of an inch or 16 centimeters of space which usually translates to two whole shoe sizes bigger.
Let me provide you with a couple of examples that will help you identify what snow boot size to get. Please remember that snow boots are not available in half sizes, they are available in whole sizes only.
- If your child’s foot measures a size 8, then I recommend providing your child with a snow boot size 10.
- If your child’s foot measures a size 8 1/2, then I still recommend providing your child with a snow boot size 10.
- If your child’s foot measures a size 9, I recommend providing your child with a snow boot size 11.
How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape
If you are unsure of your child’s actual foot size you can use a free resource I created:
In that article I help parents determine their child’s exact foot size and whether the child has narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide feet. I also will be able to tell you whether your child has a high instep or not.
Keep in mind that I can’t guarantee that this method will work because children grow in spurts, but it has worked for several families.
Best Snow Boots with Removable Liners – Waterproof, Insulated, and Affordable!
Below you can find a list of the best snow boots with removable liners. I only recommend shoes that I have fitted before since that is the only way for me to tell how the shoes fit. These snow boots will fit the shape of a child with medium, or wide feet. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.
These snow boots are one of parent’s favorites since they come with removable liners, they are affordable, and provide the following features:
1️⃣ 100% Waterproof
3️⃣ Excellent Traction
4️⃣ Lightweight and Flexible
Remember that the snow boots need to be two whole sizes longer than your child’s actual foot size to last two winter seasons.
I recommend that as soon as the snow boots arrive at your house you have your child put on the boots and test them out around the house. If your child has trouble walking in them, please exchange them for a smaller size.
Another feature that parents love about these snow boots is how they are super easy to get on and off since they open up nice and wide at the top. There is a bungee cord at the top of the boot that will allow the boots to stay on really well too and prevent snow from getting inside the boots. Trust me when I tell you that you don’t want to struggle every time you have to put your kids’ snow boots on!
Look how nice and wide these snow boots open up:
Do not hesitate to contact me directly if you are having trouble figuring out what snow boot size to get for your child:
Has your child ever been able to wear his or her snow boots for more than one winter season? Have you found a particular snow boot style that has worked well for your child’s feet? Please share your experiences below so other parents can benefit from them.