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 on since 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 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 styles will fit your kids’ wide feet and calves perfectly. Please keep in mind that rain boots don’t come in different widths such as wide or extra wide, but there are certain styles that are deeper and wider, and I know exactly which ones they are.
I have been working at a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now, where we specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. I am familiar with the best children’s shoe brands and the best shoe styles among those brands.
I have heard several parents say that their children can’t wear rain boots because their feet are too wide. Please don’t make the mistake of assuming that because your children have wide or extra wide feet, they automatically can’t wear certain shoe styles. I am always telling parents that it doesn’t matter how narrow or wide their kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of their feet perfectly, and I will HELP YOU find it!
Children’s feet come in all different shapes and sizes, and they can be narrow, medium, wide, or extra wide. When children have extra wide feet, it makes it harder to find footwear to fit the shape of their feet. However, I have fitted rain boots for children with the widest feet and calves, so you don’t have nothing to worry about.
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 removing 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 chance of fitting her daughter’s wide feet and calves better. 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.
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 will provide and how to make sure that you provide your child with the correct rain boot size.
Rain Boots for Kids with Wide Calves – The Most Important Features!
The rain boots that I will describe below will provide the 4 following important features for your child:
- Pull on straps: Easy-to-use handles for on and off.
- Traction: This will prevent your child from slipping and falling down, specially when walking in wet surfaces.
- Lightweight and Flexible: This will prevent your child’s feet and legs from easily getting tired.
- Waterproof: This feature will keep your child’s feet dry.
- Depth: This feature will accommodate your kids wide feet, wide calves, and high insteps. The deeper the shoe, the deeper your chid’s feet will fit inside the boot.
I really have a hard time listening to parents say:
“My children can’t wear rain boots because their feet are too wide”
Please inform yourself before you decide not to provide your child with a pair of basic footwear. I have fitted extra wide feet in rain boots, sandals, sneakers, dress shoes, cleats… you name it!
Shoe companies make wide and extra wide shoes for children in the following categories:
- Dress shoes
- Sport shoes
While shoe companies don’t actually make rain boots in wider widths, there are certain rain boots styles that fit a whole lot wider than others. I have fitted them before, and I know exactly which styles they are!
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. Remember that rain boots come in whole sizes only.
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.
Even though I don’t like fitting footwear on the longer side, I tend to make an exception when it comes to seasonal footwear. I always recommend parents to leave a little bit of extra growing room for seasonal footwear, but please don’t fit them too long since you might end up compromising your child’s stability.
Providing children with shoes that are too long can lead to several foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns. If you leave too much extra space, the rain boot will end up falling out from your kid’ feet!
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.
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:
The Best Rain Boots for Wide Calves – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Now that you know what features the rain boots must provide and how to make sure that you provide your child with the correct rain boot size, you are ready to take a look at the best rain boots for kids with wide calves:
These are the best rain boots for children with wide or extra wide feet!
All of these rain boot 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. 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 him/her with a shoe size 6 in order to allow for growing room. In addition, if your child measures a foot size 5, you will want to provide him/her with a shoe size 6 as well ( since rain boots are not available in half sizes).
IMPORTANT NOTE: If none of those rain boots are wide enough for your child’s extra wide feet and calves, please refer to an articleI wrote where I describe the best overboots for kids. These type of boots are extremely wide and will guarantee to fit the shape of your child’s feet:
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 in those rainy day in their sneakers just because you are not able to find a pair of rain boots that are wide enough for their feet!
I provided you with the best selection of rain boots that will fit a child with wide calves and wide feet, and now you are ready to make the most informative decision.
Let’s prevent your child’s feet from getting cold and wet!
If you want to learn more about kids’ rain boots, such as the age you should start letting your child wear them, why they are important, and which styles of rain boots light up, you can find all the answers to those questions in an article I wrote called:
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!