Are you having a hard time finding a pair of snow boots for your child with wide or extra wide feet? Finding a pair of snow boots for a child with wide feet can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience.
I have been contacted by several families who want to know if snow boots for children with wide feet exist or not. These parents explain me how their children had to wear sneakers during the winter because they couldn’t find any snow boots that fit.
In addition to fitting the shape of your child’s wide feet, the snow boots need to also be able to accommodate the shape of your child’s high instep.
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 children with wide feet.
I am always emphasizing one thing to parents: It doesn’t matter how wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly, and I will help you find it. While arguably the selection is limited, all you need is one pair of shoes that fits your child’s feet properly in order to keep your child’s feet and legs healthy.
In addition to fitting the shape of your child’s wide feet, there are 3 other key features that a snow boot must provide in order to keep your kids’ feet healthy:
✅ It must be waterproof in order to keep your child’s feet dry.
✅ It must be insulated in order to keep your child’s feet warm.
✅ It must be lightweight and flexible in order to prevent your child’s feet and legs from easily getting tired.
I have fitted snow boots that provide all 0f those 3 important features and that are also able to accommodate the shape of a child with wide feet.
It’s important that you provide your children with a pair of snow boots that are waterproof, insulated, lightweight, and that fit the shape of your child’s feet perfectly, in order for your children to be able to play comfortably.
Before I provide you with a selection of the best kids wide snow boots, let’s start by getting familiar with the best snow boot brands for children with wide or extra wide feet.
The Best Snow Boots Brands for Wide Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I want to clarify that not all snow boots styles from the 2 shoe brands that I mention below are capable of accommodating the shape of a child with wide feet. There are only certain snow boot styles among each brand that will fit the shape of a child with wide feet, and I will describe them shortly.
Kamik makes one particular snow boot style that is actually available in wide widths (“W”). This is my go-to style for children with wide or extra wide feet. Kamik snow boots are made in the United States, come temperature rated to – 40 Fahrenheit, and with an adjustable bungee-cord closure which makes it easy for your child to get the boot on and off.
There is another particular snow boot style made by Kamik that comes with a removable liner and is capable of accommodating wide feet. This is an awesome feature since if you don’t happen to get any snow, you can remove the liner of the snow boot and have your child wear the snow boot as his/her rain boot.
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.
There are 2 key features that make these snow boots the best choice for children with wide feet:
✅ Extra Depth: This feature will allow your child’s wide feet to fit deeply inside the snow boots and prevent the top part of their feet (instep) from rubbing against the top part of the snow boots.
✅ Round Toe-Box: This feature will prevent your child’s toes from rubbing against one another or the side of the boots.
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 Kids Wide 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.
I know how hard it can be to find a pair of snow boots for a child with wide or extra wide feet, that is the reason why I made it easy for you and put together a selection of the best kids wide snow boots. All of these snow boots open up nice and wide so you can easily insert your kids’ feet inside the snow boots.
Below I describe each snow boot style in more detail.
Kamik Snow Boots Styles
The Tundra snow boots come with 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 Kamik style for toddlers opens nice and wide which will make it easy for you to slide your toddler’s feet inside the boots:
The Tundra style for older kids comes with an adjustable bungee-cord closure which will make it really easy for your children to get the boots on and off.
The Bogs snow boots 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.
These snow boots are available in other colors as well. However, parents often ask for neutral colors when looking for snow boots in order to pass them onto their other kids, and this makes a lot of sense. Snow boots and rain boots are the only type of footwear that 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.
How to Figure Out Your Child’s Correct Snow Boot Size – Get it Right!
As a standard rule, I always recommend 3/8 of an inch of space between the child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes, which translates to a half a size bigger. Shoes can fit short, long, or true to size, and depending on how they fit you will need to adjust the size that you get for your child.
All of these snow boots styles fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your child with a half a size longer in order to allow for growing room.
Keep in mind that snow boots don’t come in half sizes, they come in whole sizes only. I always recommend rounding up to the larger size. For example, if your child happens to measure a foot size 10 ½, then I recommend providing your child with a boot size 11. If your child measures a foot size 10, then I recommend providing the child with a shoe size 11 as well. Makes sense?
If you are unsure about your child’s foot size please refer to another article I wrote that will show you how to figure out your child’s exact foot size from home:
I feel like a lot of parents don’t provide their children with wide feet with a pair of snow boots just because they don’t know that snow boots for children with wide feet actually exist.
Please make sure that you provide your child with the correct pair of snow boots. Providing children with footwear that doesn’t fit the shape of their feet will lead to numerous issues that involve blisters, calluses, and corns.
Once children develop a blister, they change their walking gait since they try to not put pressure in the area where the blister is. This will force them to change their walking gait and put pressure in parts of their feet and legs where they are not supposed to, which might to foot, knee, back, and leg pain.
The snow boots that I recommended provide extra depth and come with a rounder toe-box, which will prevent your child’s toes from rubbing against one another or the side of the boots.
Snow boots for children with wide feet do exist! Now you can keep your kids’ feet warm, dry, and healthy and allow them to play in the snow comfortably.
Have you found a particular snow boot style that has worked well for your child with wide or extra wide feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.