Have you been looking for a pair of snow boots to keep your kids’ feet warm and dry during the winter season? If you want your children to be able to go out and play without their feet getting cold and wet, you must provide them with a pair of waterproof and insulated snow boots for their feet.
Besides being waterproof and insulated, the snow boots that you provide for your child must fit the shape of his or her feet perfectly. Even though snow boots are meant to be worn for a couple of hours, if you fit them too long or too short you will end up creating all sort of foot issues to your child’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
I have been fitting children’s shoes and orthotics for ten years at a premier children’s shoe store specializing in proper fit for over forty years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fitting as well. It’s important for us to carry top quality shoes that are available in different widths, since that’s the only way we can guarantee to FIT every single child.
I am here to help you find the correct pair of snow boots for your child, and by this I mean a pair of waterproof and insulated boots that fit the shape of your kids’ feet correctly. I will be able to tell you whether the snow boots fit long, short, narrow, or wide.
Let’s take a look at what features a snow boot must provide in order to keep our kids’ feet and legs healthy:
- The boot must be waterproof (in order to keep your child’s feet dry).
- The boot must be insulated (this will keep your child’s feet warm).
- The boot must be lightweight (this will prevent your child’s feet and legs from getting tired).
- The boot must provide good traction (this will prevent your child from slipping and falling down).
If we find a snow boot that provides all of the following features, your child will be good to go! However, it doesn’t matter how many features a particular shoe has to provide, if it’s not fitted correctly (the correct shoe length and the correct show width), your child won’t get any of the benefits that the shoe has to offer.
If you want to keep your kids’ feet healthy, you must provide them with the correct shoe size. I always recommend parents to take their children to the local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their kids’ feet and find shoes that fit.
If you don’t have a shoe store in your area, start by reading a post I wrote where I describe the most effective way to figure out your children’s shoe size:
Now that you know how to make sure your child wears the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at the best snow boot brands and styles for kids.
The Best Snow Boot Brands – Lightweight, Waterproof, And Warm!
At the shoe store that I work for, we sold a couple of different brands that include Kamik, Bogs, Tundra, and Sorel. These are snow boots brands that you might want to start getting familiar with, since they provide some of the best snow boot styles for children looking to have an action-packed winter.
From the snow boot styles that I have fitted, I have found that certain styles will offer different features that you might find really helpful.
For example, Kamik makes a snow boot that comes with a removable liner. This is one of parent’s favorite’s since you get a snow boot and a rain boot in one boot (once you remove a liner). If you are skeptical of getting your child a snow boot because you are unsure about whether it might snow this year, this is the style to choose from, because even if it doesn’t snow your child can wear it as a rain boot.
Another snow boot brand that offers this same flexibility (snow boot/rain boot) is called Bogs. In this case they don’t come with a liner, they are just insulated rain boots that are meant to be worn in the snow or in the rain. The other great advantage of Bogs snow boot is that they are lightweight, flexible, and they come with handles, so your child can easy pull them on.
Now that you are more familiar with the best snow boot brands for children, let’s take a look at the best snow boots for kids in 2018.
The Best Snow Boots For Kids – The Secret Revealed
Like I mentioned before, a good pair of snow boots must be lightweight, flexible, and provide great traction! They must come with temperature rated to at least -30 Fahrenheit and with an anti-microbial insole that provides odor protection to keep your children’s feet feeling fresh and healthy.
The boots styles are made by Kamik are all waterproof and they are the ones that come with a removable liner. The boots also feature a thermal insole which provides extra protection from the cold, a reflective patch for visibility at night, and an outsole with great traction that grips on snow and ice and will prevent your child from falling down.
These boots also come with an adjustable bungee-cord closure, which will make it really easy for your kids to get the boots on and off.
The styles made by Bogs are also 100% waterproof and made from high quality materials for maximum durability (your child will outgrow these boots before anything happens they get destroyed). If you leave the proper amount of growing room for your child, these boots will last for more than one season and keep your kids’ feet warm and dry.
You can find the best Kamik and Bogs snow boots for kids below!
When it comes to figuring out how much room to leave for your child to grow into the snow boot, we want to leave a whole size longer of whatever size your child measures in the measuring device, in order for the boot to last the whole season. However, when it comes to everyday sneakers we only leave a half a size for growing room.
Every time parents are looking for snow boots for their children they tend to ask for neutral colors, in order to pass them on to their other kids. I always tell parents to not pass footwear on between their other children, but snow boots and rain boots are the only type of footwear that I feel comfortable being passed on.
Since they are both worn for very short periods of time and only once in a while, you won’t be creating any foot issues to your child. However, when it comes to everyday sneakers or any other type of footwear, NEVER pass them down to your other children since you will end u creating different types of foot issues.
Do you need to provide your children that are still learning how to walk with a pair of snow boots? I have fitted a style made by Bogs that is lightweight and flexible enough to help them take their steps in the snow.
You can find those snow boots styles here!
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.
You should always round up when purchasing boots. For instance, if your child measures a size 31/2 you should get a size 4. If your child measures a size 4, you should get a size 5 (since they are not available in half sizes).
Do you happen to need a pair of snow boots for yourself? I actually wrote an article where I describe the best snow boots for women and you can find it here:
Do You Have A Child Wide Or Extra Wide Feet?
I always like to emphasize that it doesn’t matter how many features and support a certain shoe has to provide, it you don’t provide your child with the correct shoe size he or she won’t get any of the benefits that the shoes have to offer.
For example, if your child has wide or extra wide feet, you must find a snow boots with a wider toed box to prevent his or her toes from overlapping each other or rubbing against the side of the boot.
I wrote two articles where I describe the best snow boots for kids with wide feet and the best snow boots for kids with extra wide feet and you can find them below:
Now that you know which are the best snow boots for kids, you are ready to make the most informative decision. Keep your kids’ feet warm and healthy and allow them to have fun during this winter season!
Do you have a children’s shoe store in your area that you take your children to be fitted for shoes? Parents are always asking me if I know about good children’s shoe stores in their area where they can take their children to be properly fitted for shoes, so if you have a shoe store that you trust, please let us know where you are located since other parents will find that information very helpful.