Have you been looking for a pair of wide hiking boots for your kids? Do you feel like every pair of hiking boots that you try on your child’s feet is too narrow?
Finding a pair of hiking boots that will fit the shape of your child’s wide or extra wide feet is not easy, but the good news is that I know which hiking boot styles will fit a child with wide or extra wide feet and I will HELP YOU find them.
I have been working at a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, and I know which shoe brands and which shoe styles fit wider than others by having tested and fitted them myself. The store specializes in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. Since we fit children with orthotics, we must carry every single shoe style in wide and extra wide widths.
We carry shoes in different widths since that is the only way we can guarantee to fit every single child, no matter how narrow or wide his/her feet are. This is the reason why I am familiar with every single shoe style that is available in wide widths.
I always tell parents to remember one thing: It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your kids’ feet and I will HELP YOU find it.
Several parents have asked me if hiking boots for children with wide or extra wide feet exist, and the answer is YES. While the selection is small, there are a couple of hiking boot styles that are deep and available in wide widths.
Finding a pair of hiking boots for your child with wide feet takes more than just choosing a hiking boot that is labeled as wide (“W”). The hiking boots must also be deep, that way your child’s feet will sit deeply inside the boot and this will also accommodate the instep of your child.
Do you know what the instep of the foot is? The instep is the top part of the foot, and when it’s high, it makes it very complicated to find shoes that fit. Here you can see where the instep of the foot is located:
If your kids happen to have wide feet and a high instep, DON’T PANIC! I know which hiking boots will fit the shape of their feet.
Besides fitting the shape of your kids’ feet perfectly, we also have to make sure that the hiking boot provides good support, is lightweight, and that is also waterproof. It’s extremely important for the hiking boot to be waterproof if you want to keep your kids’ feet dry and warm.
In this article I will provide you with a selection of the best hiking boots for kids with wide feet, but let me first show you which features these hiking boots will provide, and how to make sure that you provide your child with the correct shoe size.
Hiking Boots for Kids – Important Features!
I always recommend parents that before they buy a pair of hiking boots to make sure that it provides these 4 important features:
- Support: The hiking boots must be supportive in order for your child to be able to wear them for longer periods of time.
- Lightweight and Flexible: While the hiking boots must be supportive, they must also be lightweight and flexible at the same time. These features will prevent your child’s feet from easily getting tired.
- Waterproof: This is a very important feature since waterproof hiking boots are extremely versatile. They will keep your kids’ feet dry and warm, and your child will be able to use the hiking boot for those rainy days instead of a rainboot. By the way, the only way to tell if a boot is waterproofed is by checking if it has a label that says “waterproof”. Take a look at the picture below for clarification:
- Traction: The hiking boot must provide good traction in order to prevent your child from slipping and falling down, especially when walking on slippery surfaces.
Can we find a pair of hiking boots that provides all of these features and that also fits the shape of your child’s wide feet?
YES, WE CAN! But please keep one thing in mind:
It doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style provides, if the shoes are not fitted properly, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer. What’s even worse, if you don’t provide your child with the correct shoe size, you will end up creating all sort of issues to your child’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
Start by reading an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
I also created a video in that article that will help you visualize how to measure your kids’ feet.
Now that you know what features a hiking boot must provide and how to make sure that you provide your child with the correct shoe size, you are ready to see a selection of the best hiking boots for kids with wide feet.
The Best Hiking Boots for Kids with Wide Feet – Find Them Here!
Keep in mind that I only review shoes that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell the quality of the shoes and how they fit. Some shoes might fit short or long and depending on how they fit, you will need to adjust the size that you get for your child.
For example, we always want to provide children with a half a size longer of the size that they measure in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room. However, if the shoes fit “short”, then you will need to provide your child with a whole size longer to allow for growing room instead of a half a size longer. On the other hand, if the shoes fit “long”, then you will have to provide your child with the same size that he/she measured in the scale to allow for growing room (since the shoes already fit long).
Now that I clarified the importance of providing your child with the correct shoe size, you can find a selection of the best hiking boots for kids with wide feet:
All of these boot styles fit “short”,which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the standard foot measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
These hiking boot styles all come with velcro closure, so your kids will be able to easily put and take them off by themselves.
Do you happen to need a pair of wide hiking boots for yourself? I actually wrote an article where I describe the best wide waterproof hiking boots for women and you can find it here:
Before you leave, I want to let you know that socks play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy. Socks act as a barrier between your kids’ feet and the shoes, and they prevent the formation of bacteria inside the shoes.
Whether you are planning on providing your child with a pair of waterproof hiking boots to go hiking, wear them to school, or wear them occasionally for those rainy days, it’s important that your child wears a good pair of socks with his or her hiking boots.
Socks also prevent our kids’ feet from rubbing against parts of the shoes, preventing the formation of blisters around the toes or the ankles.
There are certain socks that will provide more warmth and cushioning for those really cold days. These are the best socks for the winter season since they are made of merino wool, an ultra-soft, naturally anti-microbial, breathable material.
If you need a pair of hiking socks for your child, you can find the best selection that I have fitted before here:
The socks should be the same length of the hiking boot, that way the boot won’t rub against your kids’ ankles and create blisters.
Hiking boots for children with wide or extra wide feet do exist, and I provided you with the best selection that I have fitted before. If you are unable to find a particular shoe style for your child with wide or extra wide feet, please do not hesitate to contact me since I will HELP YOU find it!
Is there a particular hiking boot style that has worked well for your child with wide feet? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so other parents can benefit from your experiences!