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The Best Hiking Boots For Kids – Finding A Wide And Waterproof Hiking Boot!

The Best Hiking Boots For Children

Did you know that kids’ hiking boots in wide widths exist? Hiking boots for children have become extremely popular for 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.

Most parents don’t buy hiking boots for their kids’ with wide feet since they don’t know that there is a small selection of hiking boots that actually fit wider feet!

Going for hiking adventures with your kids is a great way to exercise and spend time together as a family! Protect and support your kids’ growing feet every step of the adventure by providing them with a supportive, waterproof, pair of hiking boots! Hiking boots are not just for going to hiking adventures, they are also great for those yucky, rainy days, when we want to keep our 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 the leg than others.

Choosing the right type of hiking boots for your kids is not as easy as it might sound. I always recommend hiking boots that are waterproof since that feature makes it a much more functional shoe, and allows your kids’ to be able to wear them in the snow, as long as it is also insulated!

In this post, I describe the best hiking boots for kids’ that are waterproof, insulated, and come in WIDE widths!

Hiking Boots For Children

What is The Difference Between A Hiking Boot And A Snow Boot?

The main difference is that your child can wear a hiking boot daily, 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 there is extremely cold weather. Some parents decide to get the 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! Your child will get much more use out of them, and he or she will be able to wear them in the rain and also in the snow!

How Can I Tell If The Hiking Boot Is Waterproofed?

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 our kids’ feet warm and dry when going for an adventure or when walking on a rainy day! You have to be careful when choosing a hiking boot for your child, since most of them are not waterproofed!

In order to make sure the hiking boot is waterproofed, it must say so on the boot! If you don’t see a label that says waterproofed, then it means it’s NOT! Take a look at the picture below for clarification!

Kids Hiking Boots Waterproof

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

When walking on wet surfaces our feet may slip more, and a hiking boot that with good traction will prevent your child from slipping and falling!

Before I show you a selection of the best hiking boots for kids’. make sure you know how to provide your child with the correct shoe size. Read this post that describes how to make sure your child is wearing the correct shoe size:

How To Measure Kids Shoe Size From Home – In Less Than 30 Seconds!

Do Hiking Boots In Wide Widths Exist?

YES, they do! If your child has wide feet and you have been cramping his toes in hiking boots that are too narrow, please STOP doing that! You can create all sorts of foot problems such as blisters, ingrown toenails, calluses, and corns!

Imagine going for a long walk in hiking boots that are pinching your kids’ feet and toes; it will not only create all sort of foot problems, but it will also make your kids’ adventure much less enjoyable.

Below you can find the best selection of hiking boots that come in wide widths, are waterproof and have the best traction!

The Merrell hiking boot styles are available in wide widths (“W”) and will fit a child with an extra wide foot.

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.

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!

Do Hiking Boots Come With Velcro Closure?

In the image above you can see how one of the options has velcro closure and another option has toggle shoe laces instead of shoe laces. If your child doesn’t know how to tie his shoes yet, you can definitely find a hiking boot with velcro closure or toggle laces.  This will give him the independence of putting or taking his shoes off every time, and it will avoid frustration of having to constantly tie the shoes!

Below is a picture of what a hiking boot with a toggle lace looks like:

Boy Hiking Boot

You can actually purchase a hiking boot with shoe laces and then replace the shoe laces with toggle laces. I wrote a post where I describe the best toggle laces for kids’. You can find that post here:

Toggle Shoe Laces – Never Tie Your Shoes Again

Keep in mind that a hiking boot with shoe laces will always provide more support and stability than a velcro closure or a toggle lace!

Can My Child Wear His Hiking Boots To School When It Rains?

Definitely! Hiking boots will guarantee that his feet will be warm and dry! This is one of the best features of a hiking boot, since it allows your child to comfortably walk and run during those rainy days! Let’s face it, walking and running in a pair of snow boots or rain boots is not the same as doing so in a pair of hiking boots! However, avoid sending them to school in hiking boots on days that they have physical education.

I believe that physical education class should always be performed in good, supportive sneakers! You can always send him with a pair of sneakers in his backpack so he can change before gym class!

I describe the best kids’ sneakers for everyday that come in medium, wide, and extra wide widths here! The post is called:

The Best Kids Sneakers – Learn About The Best Shoes For Children Ages 3 Through 10

What Type Of Socks Should My Child Wear With His Hiking Boots?

There are certain socks that will feel better on your kids’ feet when hiking! The socks should be the same length of the hiking boot and I strongly recommend having your child try the hiking boots with the same type of socks that he will be wearing with the boots!

For those really cold days, there are certain socks that will provide more warmth and cushioning than others. Also, a giving your child specifically hiking boot socks will allow 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 the best selection of the best kids’socks for hiking boots:

Can My Child Really Wear Hiking Boots In The Snow?

Yes! As long as the hiking boots are insulated! Besides being waterproof, which will prevent the snow from getting inside the boot, we need the hiking boot to be insulated to keep our kids’ feet warm and dry when walking through 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. You are getting two shoes in one!

The Best Kids’Hiking Boots In Wide Widths – The Secret Revealed! 

A hiking adventure is a great idea to get our 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! In order for them to have a pleasant experience, and ask to do it more frequently, we should provide them with the right type of footwear.

Now it doesn’t matter if your child has wide or extra wide feet, since I have provided you with a selection of the best hiking boots for kids’ that come in wide widths!  They make hiking boots in different widths that will guarantee your kids’s comfort when hiking, going to school on rainy days, or playing outside in the snow!

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 we can all benefit from them!


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10 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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