Do you have a child that is flat footed and is experiencing overpronation? Are you looking for a pair of supportive boots that your child can wear during the winter or rainy season?
If you are the parent of a child who is flat footed and is experiencing overpronation along with foot and leg pain, please keep in mind that the shoes that you provide for your child play a key role in keeping their feet and legs healthy.
I have been fitting children for shoes and orthotics for the last ten years at a specialized children’s shoe store that specializes in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.
I decided to create an article about the best kids’ winter boots with arch support since I have been contacted by several parents who want to know which are the best boots for children with flat feet.
Did you know that snow boots and rainboots don’t provide any type of arch or ankle support? The only type of boots that I know provide arch and ankle support are hiking boots. If you live in an area where it gets really cold and it snows, you can always provide your child with an insulated, waterproof hiking boot (which will keep your child’s feet dry and warm).
The type of shoes that you provide for your children will have a direct impact in the way they walk and run. For example, if you provide your child with a supportive shoe that provides arch support, you can align your kids’ feet and legs, allowing your child to walk and run straighter.
When a child is flat footed, his or her feet collapse every time they are standing or putting pressure on their feet. This makes their feet and legs turn in, which leads to your kids putting pressure in parts of their body where they are not supposed to.
Shoes that have arch support will prevent your child’s feet from collapsing and help your child walk and run straighter. Please keep in mind that in certain cases (when a child has severe overpronation for example), you will need to fit an orthotic inside your kids’ boots for extra support.
The good news is that you will be able to fit an orthotic (in case you have to) in all of the boots that I describe in this article, since they are all available in wide and extra wide widths and come with extra depth (that way you can fit the orthotic deeply inside the boots).
I have fitted a small selection of boots that provide arch and ankle support, and they are great if your child will be wearing the boots for longer than 4 hours a day.
The type of boots I will describe in this article will provide the following features for your child:
- Supportive Sole: The boots will come with a substantial supportive sole with arch support that will minimize the impact that your kids’ feet take every time they come in contact with the ground.
- Firm Heel Counter: The boots will provide ankle support since they will come with a very firm heel counter. If you are not sure about what the heel counter of the shoe is, take a look at the picture below for clarification:
Always make sure that before you buy your kids’ shoes (whether it is a pair of boots or a pair of everyday shoes), that you press where the heel counter of the shoes is and make sure it feels firm.
- Good Traction: The boots will provide good traction that will prevent your kids from slipping and falling, especially when walking around wet and slippery surfaces.
- Depth: The boots will be deep, meaning that if you need to fit an orthotic inside the boots for extra support, the orthotic will sit deeply inside the shoe and it won’t raise your kids’ feet up (giving them the impression that their feet are coming out of the shoes).
- Wide and Extra Wide Widths: The boots will be available in wide widths, which will allow you to fit an orthotic inside the boots and will guarantee to fit the shape of your child’s foot, no matter how wide it is.
- Waterproof and Insulated: This feature will keep your kids’ feet dry and warm.
Can we find a boot that provides all of these features and that is available in your child’s size?
Yes, we can!
I have fitted boots for kids that provide all of those features and I will describe them below.
Keep in mind that I always recommend parents to take their children to their local kids’ shoe store to be properly fitted for shoes, but if you are one of those parents who don’t have a local children’s shoe store that you TRUST, I recommend that you start by reading an article and video I created where I explain how to make sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size:
The Best Kids’ Boots With Arch Support – Find Them Here!
Now that you know what features a supportive boot has to provide, you can find a selection of the best kids’ winter boots with arch support (the second selection is available for kids with wide or extra wide feet):
This selection of boots fits “true to size “, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the Brannock device in order to allow for growing room.
Do you happen to need a pair of winter boots with arch support for yourself? I created an article where I describe the best women’s winter boots with arch support, and you can find that article here:
I want you to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how wide or narrow your child’s feet are, there is at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your child’s feet and I will HELP YOU find it!
Now that you know which are the best kids winter boots with arch support, you can keep your child’s feet and legs healthy as well as warm and dry!
I also created an article where I describe the best everyday shoes for children with flat feet, so if you have a child with flat feet that needs a pair of supportive everyday shoes, you can find that article here:
What Are The Best Type Of Socks To Wear With Boots?
I always explain parents how socks play a key role in keeping their kids’ feet healthy, since they act as a barrier between their feet and the shoes. Socks prevent the formation of bacteria inside your kids’ shoes and will also prevent your kids’ feet and shoes from getting smelly.
I have met several children that had really sweaty feet, and when our feet sweat a lot and that sweat is in direct contact with the shoes, that can lead to wearing down the shoes faster. Your child should always outgrow his or her shoes before the shoes get destroyed
Since hiking boots don’t breathe as well as sneakers, it’s important to provide your child with a pair of socks that will allow your child’s feet to breathe. The socks should also cover your child’s ankles, that way the boot won’t rub against your child’s ankles and create blisters.
If you need a good pair of breathable socks for your child to wear with the hiking boots, you can find the best type of socks that I have fitted before here:
I hope you find the article helpful and if you don’t seem to find a hiking boot in your child’s shoe size, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will help you find it!
Before you leave…
Do you happen to have a kids’ shoe store in your area that you can take your kids to be properly fitted for shoes? I get contacted by parents on a daily basis asking me if I know about a good kids’ shoe store in their area where they can have their kids’ feet properly measured.
If you happen to have a local children’s shoe store that you trust, please let us know the name of the store and where you are located that way other parents can benefit from your experiences.
In the meantime, you can learn about the best children’s shoe stores in a map I created where I break them down by state (these are fitting stores):
If you don’t happen to see a children’s shoe store in your area, please let me know and I will help you find one.