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The Best Rain Boots for Wide Calves – They Do Exist!


Are you having a hard time finding a pair of rain boots for your children with wide or extra wide feet? Do your kids have wide calves and you always struggle getting their boots as they usually get stuck around the calves? No matter how hard you try to get them on, the rain boots won’t move up any further! It is a frustrating experience since you might be running late to take your kids to school and you find yourself wasting precious time trying to put their boots on. This is a very common issue that parents face.

The good news is that I know which rain boots fit children with wide feet and calves perfectly. Keep in mind that rain boots don’t come in different widths such as wide or extra wide, but certain styles are deeper and open up widely, and I know exactly which ones they are.

My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes

I have been working at a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, where we specialize in helping children with “complicated” foot shapes and foot and leg problems but provide regular shoe fittings as well. Over the years I became familiar with the best rain boots for kids with wide feet.


Last weekend, a young girl came into the store wearing a pair of rain boots and the mother told me how putting the boots on and taking them off was always a struggle. The mom decided to keep the rain boots, hoping that they would stretch out, but this didn’t happen. I proceeded to remove the rain boots and it seemed like they were glued to the child’s leg!

Once we got them off, she had the biggest red marks around her calves. The boots were obviously too narrow for her feet, so I proceeded to show the mom a selection of rain boots that had a better chance of fitting her daughter’s wide feet and calves. There were only two styles wide enough for her feet and legs. However, all the mom cared about was finding at least one rain boot style that was going to be wide enough for her daughter’s feet.

Once we tried the boots the child had the biggest smile on her face, and the mom kept thanking me for finding her child a pair of rain boots that were wide enough.

What Makes the Rain Boots I Recommend Effective for Wide Calves?

All of the rain boots that I recommend provide more allowance around the calves. You will notice that the rain boots I recommend have a wider opening that is going to allow you to easily fit your child’s foot inside. Let me show you the difference between one of the rain boots I recommend and a different style. Do you notice how the rain boot on the right has a wider opening?


The rain boots that I recommend are also capable of accommodating children with wide feet as they provide extra depth and rounded toe-boxes:


Before I show you a selection of the best rain boots for wide calves, I want you to get familiar with what features these rain boots provide and how to make sure that you provide your child with the correct rain boot size.

 Rain Boots for Wide Calves – The 5 Most Important Features!

The rain boots that I recommend provide the 5 following important features:

1️⃣ Pull-on straps: Easy-to-use handles for on and off.

2️⃣ Wider Opening This feature prevents the boots from putting too much pressure on your child’s calves.

3️⃣ Lightweight and Flexible: This feature prevents your child’s feet and legs from easily getting tired.

4️⃣ Waterproof: This feature helps keep your child’s feet dry.

5️⃣ Extra Depth: This feature accommodates your kids’ wide feet, wide calves, and high insteps. The deeper the shoe, the deeper your child’s feet will fit inside the boot.


Do you know your child’s foot size? You won’t be able to order the correct boot size if you don’t know what your child’s foot size is to begin with.

I always advise parents to take their kids to their local shoe store, so they can have their shoes properly fitted. However, several parents have contacted me explaining to me how they don’t have a local shoe store in their area, and they must end up purchasing their kids’ shoes online.

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

If you are going to be buying your kids’ shoes online, you must make sure that you provide your children with the correct shoe size. I wrote an article where I describe 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 a selection of the best rain boots for wide calves. Disclosure: Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you click our links and make purchases.

The Best Rain Boots for Wide Calves ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Many of the boots featured below come in several color options, so if you want the boots to be made of a specific color, please make sure to click through and see if they are available in that specific color.

These are the best rain boots for children with wide or extra wide feet!

I always like to fit rain boots a little on the longer side, since your child will not wear them as often unless you live in an area that rains a lot.

What Boot Size Should You Order?

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

Keep in mind that rain boots —and seasonal footwear in general— don’t come in half sizes, so if your child is “in between” sizes, just order the bigger size to allow for growing room.

For example, if your child measures a foot size 5.5, you will want to provide your child with a shoe size 6 to allow for growing room. In addition, if your child measures a foot size 5, you will want to provide your child with a shoe size 6 as well —since rain boots are not available in half sizes.

Are Any Other Boot Choices Available?

If none of these boots are available in your child’s shoe size or if you need the boots to be made of a specific color don’t hesitate to email me at:


If none of the rain boots I recommend are wide enough for your child’s extra wide feet and calves, please refer to an article I wrote where I describe the best overshoe boots for kids. These types of boots are extremely wide and will guarantee to fit the shape of your child’s wide calves:

The Best Overshoe Boots for Kids – Makes Life Easier for Kids, Parents and Teachers!

Rain boots that come with grab handles on the sides are the best kind since your children will easily be able to pull the rain boots on by themselves.

The Secret has Been Revealed – The Best Wide Rain Boots for Kids

Now you know that rain boots for children who have wide calves and wide feet do exist. Don’t let your children walk around on those rainy days in their sneakers just because you are not able to find a pair of rain boots that are wide enough for their feet!

If there is a particular shoe style that you have been looking to fit your child in and you can’t seem to find it, do not hesitate to contact me and I will help you find it.

Do you have a child with wide feet and wide calves? Do you always have a hard time getting his or her rain boots on and off? Please share your experiences below so other parents can benefit from them!


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10 Comments on The Best Rain Boots for Wide Calves – They Do Exist!

  1. Hey!

    I know this is for kids, but I am wondering if they come in adult sizes too?

    My daughter and I have the hardest time finding rain boots that don’t put pressure around our calves.Is there a link you can point me to? You state that you show us the best rain boots for wide calves but I don’t see the images.

    • Pitin,

      Make sure you have your ad blocker turned off to see the links to the images. Depending on your women shoe size, you might be able to order the kids’ version. Did you knot that if you wear a women shoe size 8 1/2 or less you can get the kids version? A women shoe size 8 1/2 translates to a children shoe size 7. There is a whole size and a half difference between them. I wrote a post about it that you will probably find interesting called: Women And Kids Shoe Size Conversion Chart – Save Big Buying Kids Shoes!

  2. Thanks for the informative info about the rain boots for those children with wide feet. My son has really wide feet, and he says all the shoes feel too tight! It is extremely frustrating when his sizes can’t be found and there is no choice but find longer shoes for him.

    I ordered one of the rain boots that you recommend and my child LOVES them! They go in so easily and he loves those handles, he always asks me to look when he puts them on himself!

  3. I am so HAPPY I came across your site since my daughter has been complaining that her shoes were tight even when they were a full size bigger than her needs !

    It took me a while to realize she probably meant tight as in width rather than the length so of course I felt just awful! I will order a pair of the rain boots you recommend!

    Your website is so helpful and it will help other mums and dads who struggle with good fitting shoes and complaining children!

  4. I am so glad I foudn your website! My son could use a new pair of rain boots since we live here in the lightning capital of the world here in Tampa last year it rained 27 days straight!!!

    I must have ruined 2 pairs of shoes in that muck ! He has the widest feet so I was never able to get him rain boots that fit before. Thank you so much for this information!!!

  5. How refreshing to read information pertaining to wide calves and wide feet! It’s difficult to find shoe sizes for this foot type. You have given such great advice here. I like your suggestion of getting boots with pull handles–it seems as though this kind of boot would be easy for little hands to manipulate.

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