Have you been looking for a snow boot for your child with wide or extra wide feet? With the cold winter season coming, it’s important to find winter shoes that will keep your kids’ feet WARM and DRY. But MOST importantly, they must properly FIT the shape of your kids’ feet.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FIT every single child.
Several parents have contacted me, asking if snow boots for children with wide or extra wide feet actually existed. These parents explain me how their children had to wear sneakers during the winter because they couldn’t find boots that FIT.
Please REMEMBER this: It doesn’t matter how wide your kids’ feet are, there is a particular shoe style out there that will FIT the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly and I will HELP you find it!
I have fitted some of the widest kids’ feet in dress shoes, sandals, soccer, and baseball cleats. While arguably the selection is diminished, all you need is one pair of shoes that FITS your child’s feet.
Some parents are hesitant of purchasing snow boots for their kids, especially if they live in an area where it might or it might not snow. Our store is located in an area where it actually snows every year, but certain parents are still hesitant to purchase their kids a pair of snow boots. The issue is that if it actually snows, once you are ready to buy your child a pair of snow boots, they may no longer be available in your desired size or width.
There are a couple of features that a snow boot must provide in order to keep our kids’ feet healthy:
- It must be waterproof (this will keep your child’s feet dry).
- It must be insulated (this will keep your child’s feet warm).
- It must be lightweight (this will prevent your child’s feet and legs from getting tired).
- It must FIT the shape of your child’s feet (this will prevent the creation of blisters, calluses, and corns).
I have fitted snow boots that provide all the features mentioned above and that come in the correct width for those kids with wide or extra wide feet, and I will share the secret with you.
In this post I will describe the best kids’ wide snow boots!
But before I do…
Let’s start getting familiar with the best snow boot brands for children with wide or extra wide feet.
Which Snow Boot Brands Will Fit Kids With Wide/Extra Wide Feet?
Have you heard of the boot brand Kamik? This is one of the snow boot brands that you might want to start getting familiar with, since this brand makes actually snow boots in wide widths.
These boots are made in the United States, come temperature rated to – 40 Fahrenheit, and with an adjustable bungee-cord closure which will make it really easy for your child to get the boot on and off.
There is one particular boot style made by Kamik that comes with a lining that you can remove if it doesn’t snow, and use as a rain boot! Parents love this feature, since they feel they will get use of the boot even if it doesn’t snow.
Another snow boot brand you might want to start getting familiar with is called Bogs. Just keep in mind that this will FIT a child with wide feet, but they won’t FIT a child with extra wide feet.
Bogs snow boots are great because they can also be used as snow boots/rain boots. They are lightweight, flexible, and provide great traction! They come temperature rated to -30 Fahrenheit and with an anti-microbial insole that provides odor protection to keep your children’s feet feeling fresh.
Now that you know which are the best snow boots brands for children with wide or extra wide feet, let’s take a look at which are the best snow boots styles for kids with wide feet!
The Best Snow Boots For Kids With Wide Feet!
It’s important that you provide your child with a pair of good snow boots if you want him/her to enjoy the winter season.
You know your child will want to play in the snow, and the only way to do that comfortably is by wearing a pair of waterproof, insulated snow boots.
I know how hard it is to find shoes for a child with a wide or an extra wide foot, but below you can find the best selection of snow boots styles for children with wide or extra wide feet!
All of these shoe styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The Kamik styles are all waterproof and come with a removable warmth-retaining liner. The boots also feature a thermal insole which provides extra protection from the cold, a reflective patch for visibility at night, and an outsole with great traction that grips on snow and ice and will prevent your child from falling down.
The boots also come with an adjustable bungee-cord closure which will make it really easy for your children to get the boots on and off. The boots also feature a velcro strap on the front that your child can use to tighten or loosen the boots.
The Bogs snow boot styles are built for all kinds of play in any type of weather. They are also 100% waterproof and made from high quality materials for maximum durability. If you leave enough growing room for your child, these boots will last for years and keep your kids’ feet warm and dry.
NEVER refrain from providing your child with a pair of basic footwear such as a snow boot just because you believe that it won’t FIT the shape of his or her foot.
Remember that there is at least one particular shoe style that will FIT the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly, and I will HELP you find it!
For example, did you know that soccer cleats in wide and extra wide widths existed? Most parents are not aware of this, and their children end up playing soccer in cleats that are too narrow. The constant friction that is created every time your child’s feet impact the ground will lead to blisters if your child is wearing cleats that are too narrow. The same applies to baseball cleats!
So if your child plays soccer and has wide or extra wide feet, take a look at the post below where you can learn about the best soccer cleats for children with wide or extra wide feet:
If your child is into playing baseball, take a look at the post below:
Parents often ask for neutral colors when looking for snow boots in order to pass them on to their other kids, and this makes a lot of sense. Snow boots and rain boots are the only of footwear I feel comfortable with being passed on.
The main reason for this is that they are both worn for very short periods of time and only once in a while. When it comes to everyday sneakers, NEVER pass them down to your other kids since you will be creating many types of foot issues.
I actually wrote a post where I describe in more detail why children shouldn’t wear hand me down shoes and you can find it here:
NEVER Provide Your Child With Footwear Thar Doesn’t Fit!
Providing your child with footwear that doesn’t FIT will lead to numerous issues. Even with snow boots that are meant to be worn for a couple of hours and only once in a while, if they don’t FIT properly, you will make your child more likely to develop blisters, calluses, and corns.
Once your children develop a blister, they will change their walking pattern since they will not try to put pressure in the area of the blister. This will force them to change their walking pattern and put pressure in areas of their feet and legs where they are not supposed to, which can end up leading to foot, knee, back, and leg pain.
When your child develops a blister, it can turn into a callus or a corn. The main issue with developing a callus or a corn is that they are incredibly hard to get rid of!
Snow boots for children with wide and extra wide feet DO EXIST! Now you can keep your kids’ feet warm, dry, and HEALTHY while playing in the snow!
Have you found a particular snow boot style for your child with wide or extra wide feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!