The Best Snow Boots for Toddlers – Lightweight, Flexible, Waterproof, and Insulated!
Have you been looking for a pair of good snow boots to keep your toddler’s feet dry and warm during the winter season? Are you having a hard time finding a pair of snow boots that are fully waterproof and lightweight/flexible at the same time? Not all snow boots are the same, as some are a lot heavier and stiffer than others. Let me show you a list of the best snow boots for toddlers based on my many years of shoe fitting experience.
When toddlers see snow for the first time their faces turn into joy. For your toddler to have fun playing in the snow, you need to find a good pair of waterproof snow boots that are also insulated because nothing ruins snow play like having wet and cold feet.
Most parents are not aware that buying snow boots for toddlers requires more consideration than they anticipated. I recommend staying away from heavy and inflexible snow boots, and please consider that snow boots are not meant for long-distance walking.
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What Makes the Snow Boots I Recommend the Best Choice for Toddlers?
Parents are always asking me which are the best snow boots for toddlers who are still mastering all the skills of walking. Walking around in the snow is challenging enough, and if you don’t provide the correct type of snow boots for your toddler you will make the whole experience even more challenging.
It’s important to find a snow boot that is lightweight and flexible to prevent your toddler’s feet from easily getting tired.
There are 5 important features that your toddler’s snow boots must provide:
1️⃣ Lightweight: This feature prevents your toddler’s feet from getting tired.
2️⃣ Flexible: This feature prevents your toddler from feeling unstable.
3️⃣ Waterproof: This feature helps keep your toddler’s feet dry.
4️⃣ Insulated: This feature helps keep your toddler’s feet warm. You should always check the label and make sure that the snow boot is temperature rated at least -30 Fahrenheit.
5️⃣ Traction: This feature helps prevent your toddler from slipping and falling.
My Experience Fitting Children’s Shoes – A Decade of Experience!
I know which toddler’s snow boots are better than others from having fitted them before. I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. The shoe store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. From my experience fitting hundreds of kids, I have become familiar with the best snow boots for toddlers.
First things First: The Snow Boots Must Fit Your Toddler’s Foot Shape!
I have noticed how most toddlers tend to have wide or extra wide feet, which can make it really challenging to find shoes that fit. Some toddlers might even have wide feet and a high instep. The instep is the top part of the foot and when it’s high it requires a deeper shoe as there is extra foot volume to be fitted inside of the shoe:
I can confidently say that 80% of the toddlers that I have fitted for shoes before had wide or extra wide feet. This makes it more challenging to find a snow boot, as the selection gets even smaller.
The selection of snow boots that I have put together and will show you shortly are capable of fitting toddlers with medium, wide, or extra wide feet.
Let’s Retrieve Your Toddlers’ Exact Shoe Size – In 2 Simple Steps!
You won’t be able to order the correct snow boot size if you don’t know your toddler’s foot size to begin with.
I always recommend parents take their children to their local kids’ shoe store where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes accordingly.
Let’s start by checking if you have a good-fitting children’s shoe store in your area. I created a resource that showcases the best-fitting children’s shoe stores by state. Go to the link below:
If after looking at that resource you still can’t seem to find a shoe store in your area, then proceed to take a look at a different article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home. Go to the link below:
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.
Now that you know your child’s exact foot size, we can move forward and take a look at the best snow boots for toddlers.
I have made things easy for you by putting together a selection of the best snow boots for toddlers. These snow boots can accommodate the shape of a toddler with wide or extra wide feet because they provide 3 key features:
- Extra Depth: This feature allows your toddler’s feet to fit deeply inside the boots, preventing the top part of your toddler’s feet from rubbing against the top part of the boots.
- Rounder Toe-Box: This feature prevents your toddler’s toes from overlapping and rubbing against one another or the side of the snow boots.
- Oversized Openings for Easy On and Off: This feature makes it easier for parents and children to get their boots on and off. Children with chubby feet have a hard time slipping into boots that don’t easily open. You will notice that the boots I recommend open up widely, which makes it easier for children and parents to get the boots on and off.
I only review and recommend shoes for children that I have fitted before, as that is the only way I can tell how supportive the shoes are and what type of feet they are capable of fitting. Disclosure: Some links in this post may be affiliate links and we may receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) when you click our links and make purchases. This allows us to create free content and resources for many families around the world.
The Best Snow Boots for Toddlers
Below you can find a selection of the best snow boots for toddlers with medium, wide, or extra wide feet. 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.
What Boot Size Should You Order?
In each of the descriptions of the boots, I indicate whether you need to order a half size or a whole size bigger than your toddler’s actual foot size to provide the correct amount of growing room.
You should leave enough growing room for your toddler to be able to wear the boots for the whole winter season.
For example, if your toddler measures a foot size 10 on the foot measuring scale I recommend providing your toddler with a boot size 11 to allow for growing room. On the other hand, if your toddler measures a foot size 10 1/2, then you will have to provide your toddler with a boot size 12. Makes sense?
Are Any Other Boot Choices Available?
If your toddler happens to have narrow feet please contact me directly and I will send you specific snow boots recommendations:
One issue that parents usually complain about snow boots in general is how they are always falling off their kids’ feet. Finding a pair of snow boots for your toddler that will stay on during snow play can be tough. The good news is that the Bogs snow boots I recommend come with a velcro strap in the back to hug and secure your toddlers’ feet and prevent the boots from falling off.
The other snow boots I recommend come with double velcro straps to “hug” and secure your child’s feet:
Before you leave, I want to show you a selection of the best winter socks that I have fitted before. It’s really important that the socks that you provide for your toddler don’t constrict toe movement.
Toddler’s Socks for Snow Boots – Let’s Keep Your Toddler’s Feet Warm!
Socks do so much more than act as a barrier between your toddler’s feet and the shoes. The correct type of socks can help prevent the formation of blisters and the build-up of bacteria inside the shoes.
The socks that you want to provide for your toddler should be made out of wool and tall enough to cover and protect your toddler’s feet from the boots. Some parents tend to make the common mistake of assuming that thicker socks automatically translate into better and warmer socks. This is untrue, because it’s all about the material the socks are made of.
I always recommend parents choose socks made of merino wool which is a soft, breathable and moisture-wicking fabric. Another great feature of merino wool socks is that they are antimicrobial, which reduces smelly feet and also helps get rid of that clammy smell your child typically gets after wearing boots. I have put together a selection of the best toddler socks for the winter season:
These winter wool socks are very soft and will keep your toddler’s feet comfortable.
Now that you know which are the best snow boots for toddlers and how to make sure that you provide your toddler with the correct boot size, you are ready to keep your toddler’s feet warm, dry and healthy.
Do You Need a Pair of Everyday Sneakers for Your Toddler?
I created a different resource that describes the best sneakers for toddlers:
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Do not hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style for your toddler’s feet. Remember that most toddlers tend to have wide feet, but it doesn’t matter how wide your toddler’s feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there capable of accommodating the shape of your toddler’s feet, and I will help you find it: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you found a particular snow boot that has worked well for your toddler’s feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.