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The Best Hiking Boots for Kids – Finding a Wide and Waterproof Hiking Boot!


Editor’s Note: This post has been updated and revised for accuracy on March 2022 and reflects an up-to-date selection of the best hiking boots for kids.

I am going to provide you with a selection of the best hiking boots for kids that are capable of accommodating different foot shapes such as wide and extra wide feet. Did you know that hiking boots for children with wide or extra wide feet actually exist?

Most parents are not aware that there is a small selection of waterproof hiking boots for children with wide feet, and I know this because I have fitted them before.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for the last 10 years, working for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses on children with “complicated” foot shapes as well as foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Over the years I became familiar with the best boots for kids with wide feet.


Hiking boots for children have become extremely popular because of the versatility that they provide. For example, some parents who live in areas where there is cold weather decide to purchase an insulated waterproof hiking boot instead of a snow boot.

I think this is a smart decision since your child can wear hiking boots for long periods of time and to different activities, while snow boots are only meant to be worn in the snow.

Going for hiking adventures with your kids is a great way to exercise and spend time together as a family. You need to protect and support your kids’ growing feet every step of the adventure by providing them with a supportive, waterproof, pair of hiking boots.

I always tell parents that I love the versatility that hiking boots provide since they are not just for going on hiking adventures, they are also great for those yucky, rainy days when you want to keep your children’s feet warm and dry.

It is not easy to choose the right type of hiking boots since they all come with different features:

✅ Some have better traction

✅ Some are waterproof

✅ Some are insulated

✅ Some come in wide widths

✅ Some come up higher on the leg than others

Choosing the right type of hiking boots for your kids is not as easy as it sounds. especially if your child has wide feet. I always recommend hiking boots that are waterproof since that feature makes them more functional, and allows your kids to be able to wear them in the snow, as long as it is also insulated.

What Makes the Hiking Boots I Recommend Effective for Wide Feet?

✅ The boots I recommend provide a rounder toe-box: This feature helps prevent your kids’ toes from rubbing against the side of the boots or from overlapping one another. Let me show you the difference between a boot that provides a round toe-box versus one that doesn’t:


Before I show you a selection of the best hiking boots for kids, let me show you how to make sure that the hiking boot is waterproof.

How to Tell If the Hiking Boot is Waterproof – Check the Label!

Most of the hiking boots that we carry at the children’s shoe store that I work for are waterproof. The whole point of a hiking boot is to keep your kids’ feet warm and dry when going for an adventure or when walking on wet surfaces on a rainy day.

You have to be careful when choosing a hiking boot for your child since most of them are not waterproof.

To make sure that the hiking boot is waterproof, it must be labeled on the boot. If you don’t see a label that says “waterproof”, then it means that it’s not. Take a look at the picture below for clarification:


In addition to the waterproof feature, hiking boots must provide good traction.

When walking on wet surfaces your kids’ feet may slip more, and a hiking boot that provides good traction helps prevent your child from slipping and falling.

How to Retrieve Your Child’s Exact Foot Length and Shape

Before I show you a selection of the best hiking boots for kids, let’s make sure that you know how to provide your child with the correct shoe size. The link below explains to you the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

How to Measure Your Kids’ Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

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.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best hiking boots for kids. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Hiking Boots for Kids ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Below you can find the best selection of waterproof hiking boots that provide good support, are lightweight, flexible, durable, and will fit the shape of a child with wide feet. 

What Boot Size Should You Order?

In each of the descriptions of the shoes I indicate whether you need to order a half a size or a whole size bigger than your child’s foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.

Are Any Other Shoe Choices Available?

Do not hesitate to contact me directly at my e-mail if you have any further questions or if you need a different pair of shoes for your child. My e-mail address is:


A hiking adventure is a great idea to get your children away from the TV or their electronic devices. It will not only provide good exercise for them but also promote good, quality time with the family! For your children to have a pleasant experience and ask to do it more frequently, you should provide them with the right type of boots.

Do Hiking Boots Come with Velcro Closure?- Let’s Find Out!

Most hiking boots come with velcro closure and some other ones come with toggle shoelaces instead of shoelaces. If your child doesn’t know how to tie his shoes yet, you can definitely find a hiking boot with velcro closure or toggle shoelaces.

This will give your children the independence of putting their shoes on and taking them off by themselves, and it will avoid the frustration of having to constantly tie the boots.

Below is a picture of how a hiking boot with velcro closure and a toggle shoelace looks like:


You can actually purchase a hiking boot with shoelaces and then replace the shoelaces with toggle shoelaces. I wrote a post where I describe the best toggle shoelaces for kids. Go to the link below:

Toggle Shoe Laces – Never Tie Your Shoes Again

Certain socks help cushion and protect your kids’ feet when hiking. The socks should be the same length as the hiking boot, and I strongly recommend having your children try the hiking boots with the same type of socks that they will be wearing with the boots.

The Best Socks to Wear with Hiking Boots ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

For those really cold days, certain socks provide more warmth and cushion than others. Also, providing your child with hiking socks allows your child’s feet to breathe better since they are made of merino wool, an ultra-soft, naturally anti-microbial, breathable material. Below you can find a selection of the best hiking socks for children:

What is the Main Difference Between a Hiking Boot and a Snow Boot?

The main difference is that hiking boots are a lot more versatile. Your child can wear a hiking boot on a daily basis, on rainy or snowy days, or when you take him for a hike in the mountains. However, a snow boot is only meant to be worn for a very short period of time since they tend to be heavier and less flexible than hiking boots.

This means that snow boots are only meant to be worn when it snows or when there is extremely cold weather, and for very short periods of time.

Some parents decide to get their child both a hiking boot and a snow boot, but if you are looking to save some money, I would recommend that you get your child a pair of insulated hiking boots instead of a snow boot.

Your children will get a lot more use out of them, and they will be able to wear them in the rain and the snow.

Insulated hiking boots are more expensive than your regular hiking boots, but you are getting two boots in one since your child will be able to use them not only as their pair of hiking boots but also as their pair of snow boots.

Remember that hiking boots for children with wide or extra wide feet do exist, and they will guarantee your kids’ comfort when hiking, going to school on rainy days, or playing outside in the snow.

Do you happen to need a pair of hiking boots for yourself? I actually wrote an article where I describe the best waterproof hiking boots for women and you can find it here:

The Best Waterproof Hiking Boots for Women – Keep your Feet Dry and Warm!

Does your child already own a pair of hiking boots? Have you found a particular style that he/she loves the most? Please share your experiences below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.


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12 Comments on The Best Hiking Boots for Kids – Finding a Wide and Waterproof Hiking Boot!

  1. Finally some useful information about hiking boots for my kids. It was always difficult for me to find proper boots that would be same for my kids and not ruin my wallet. Kids can be easily discouraged if anything is not comfortable for them. That’s the main problem when traveling with kids. I got the Merrell style that comes in wide and I also got a pair of the socks you recommend. My child loves them and said they are the most comfortable boots he ever wore!

    • Rafa,

      I agree, children need to be comfortable in order to enjoy their hiking adventures. I am glad your child loves his new boots. He probably has a wide foot and you weren’t providing him with a wide width pair! From now on, always make sure you are getting your child the correct shoe size!

  2. Thank you for a good and informative post on the subject of hiking boots for children. Which one will you recommend for a child that has a wide foot? My grandchild always complains about his shoes feeling too tight!

    I was very impressed with your information about the differences of hiking boots as opposed to a snow boot.

  3. My children love taking hikes. There are a couple of state parks near my home that have long trails, and I take them on hikes pretty regularly. I do notice that after these hikes, my kids, particularly my younger daughter, complain about sore feet, as they usually just wear their sneakers. I ordered hiking boots from the ones you recommend and hopefully this will help them feel more comfortable.

    • Oliver,

      It is important to wear the correct type of footwear for a particular activity. Your children will notice a tremendous difference not only on how their feet feel,but a waterproof hiking will keep their feet warm and dry!

  4. After reading this I hit the buy button for KEEN Kovan boot and mid-Merino wool socks for my cousin. Indeed what you mentioned in this article is true. To be more practical, I might as well go for the boot that uses for both condition-Snow and Hiking. It’s more functional and money saving for me.

    • Maxx,

      Most parents love the versatility of providing their children with a boot that can be used for hiking and for the snow! Like you stated, it will save you money and time!

  5. This article is what I need it as we are debating with my husband on the hiking shoes and snow boots all the time.
    He feels that we should use the hiking boots only when we to go hiking or camping as he feels they are not very comfortable. Of course, they are not ASICS sneakers (we love those for our 2-year old), but they are perfect when the weather out is wet and cold. Snow boots, on the other hand, are somewhat uncofortable and we only use it when there is snow. Or maybe they are just uncomfortable for two-year-olds…My son had SOREL and to be honest he didn’t seem comfortable with them. What do you think about this brand? This year we bought KAMIK and I feel they are much better choice.

    • Lena,

      I don’t review footwear that I haven’t fitted before because I like to make sure I only describe quality footwear that I am also familiar with how it fits. We don’t carry the Sorel brand but I have heard some positive and some negative things about this brand. I can tell you that Kamik makes some of the best snow boots for kids!

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