Have you been looking for a pair of snow boots for your child with extra wide feet? Do you feel like there is no snow boot style available for your child’s extra wide feet?
I have good news for you! Snow boots for children with extra wide feet do exist, and I will provide you with a selection of those boots in this article.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store fitting shoes and orthotics for the last ten years, where we specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. Throughout the years, I have become familiar with the best shoe brands and styles for children with narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide feet.
Why do I say that snow boots for children with extra wide feet EXIST?
I have fitted certain styles of boot that are very deep (meaning that your child’s feet will sit deeply inside the boot), come with a round toe-box, and are available in wide widths! Please note that the boots I will describe below don’t come labeled as extra wide (since there are no children snow boots labeled as extra wide), but they are the widest snow boots in the market right now and I know they will fit a child with extra wide feet since I have fitted them before.
There is one particular thing I learned from fitting children’s shoes and that I want you to remember this: It doesn’t matter how narrow or how wide your children’s feet are, there is always at least ONE shoe style out there available that will FIT that shape of their feet perfectly, and I will HELP YOU find it.
Parents with children with extra wide feet always have a hard time finding shoes that properly fit. If you provide your child with a pair of snow boots that are too narrow, this means that your child’s toes will rub against the front or side of the shoes, and that the toes might overlap against each other. This friction will lead to all sort of foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns (this last one being really hard to get rid of).
I always encourage parents to do proper research before providing their children with a particular shoe style, since I have spoken with several parents who were not providing their children with a particular shoe style because they didn’t know existed.
Besides fitting the shape of your children’s extra wide feet, the snow boots must provide the following features:
- The boot must be waterproof (this feature will keep your child’s feet dry).
- The boot must be insulated (this feature will keep your child’s feet warm).
- The boot must be lightweight (this feature will prevent your child’s feet and legs from getting tired).
- The boot must provide good traction (this feature will prevent your child from slipping and falling down).
If we find a snow boot that provides all of these features and that will fit your child with extra wide feet and a high instep, then your child will be good to go!
Sometimes parents will come to the store telling me how their children couldn’t play comfortably in the snow since they couldn’t find a pair of snow boots for them to wear in the winter.
This won’t be the case anymore! I have fitted children with EXTRA WIDE FEET and a HIGH INSTEP in a pair of snow boots and I will share with you the best kids extra wide snow boot styles. However, before I provide you with a selection of the best kids extra wide snow boots, let’s make sure that you know your child’s foot size.
Are you 100% sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size?
I always explain to parents that it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe style has to provide for your child (in this case a pair of snow boots), if you don’t provide your child with the correct shoe size, your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
In addition, if you are not 100% sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size, please take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size:
Snow boots are meant to be worn for a couple of hours a day (I will say that for a maximum of 6 hours per day), but even though your child will be wearing them for a very short period of time, you must provide him or her with the correct type of boots and the correct boot size.
That amount of time is enough to create all sort of foot issues to your child’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
I have learned that some parents who live in areas where it might, or it might not snow, are hesitant of buying a pair of snow boots for their children. The issue is that if you wait too long in the season to purchase the boots, then that particular boot style that you are looking for your child might not be available anymore.
My advice to these parents is to purchase a snow boot that comes with a removable liner, that way their children can wear them for those rainy days even if it doesn’t snow.
The Best Kids Extra Wide Snow Boots
Now that you know what features a pair of good snow boots must provide for your child, and how to make sure that your child is wearing the correct shoe size, please find below a selection of the best extra wide snow boots for kids:
Please keep in mind that even though these boots are not labeled as extra wide (“XW”), they are the widest snow boots that I have fitted before. I want to clarify that there is not an actual snow boot that is labeled as extra wide for children.
This first selection of snow boots is for toddlers:
These snow boot styles fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
IMPORTANT TIP: Always round up when purchasing a pair of snow boots for your child. For instance, if your child’s feet measure a size 3 1/2 you should get a size 4. If your child’s feet measure a size 4, then I recommend that you provide them with a shoe size 5 (since snow boots don’t come in half sizes).
This second selection of snow boots is for older children:
These snow boot styles fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Remember to always round up when purchasing a pair of snow boots for your child.
What Are Other Parents Saying About These Snow Boot Styles?
“THEY FIT WIDE FEET”
I bought the Bogs boot style for my toddler and they have been GREAT. He has been wearing them most of the winter (not just in the snow days), and they keep his feet warm and dry in snow and rain (and lots of puddle jumping). I love them because they are easy to put on and take off, they dry quickly, and are very durable. Also, they’re adorable.
“THEY FIT EXTRA WIDE FEET”
First time I find a snow boot that fits my child’s extra wide feet! I bought these for my 3-year-old child and he has extra wide feet with a high instep. I have tried so many different styles of boots that I wasn’t even able to get them on his feet, and these open up and go on his foot with ease and he doesn’t trip all over them either. Excellent boot!
FINALLY A SNOW BOOT FOR EXTRA WIDE FEET!
I have been looking for a pair of snow boots to fit my child with extra wide feet everywhere. I am so glad I finally found a pair that works for her feet. They keep her feet warm and dry (she ran in puddles and everything wet and her socks stayed dry). We live out in the country and they stood up to mud and wet grass. Never had to really clean them and they are warm!
Now that you know which are the best snow boots for kids, you are ready to make the most informative decision and you can keep your kids’ feet warm and healthy and allow them to have fun when playing in the snow!
Have you tried any of the snow boot styles that I describe in this article? If you have, please let us know in the comment section below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.