Do you have a toddler with wide feet and can’t seem to find a pair of good winter boots that fit? Does your toddler also have a high instep?
Toddlers want to stomp in puddles and slide on ice! Your main goal as a parent is to find a snow boot that is going to keep your toddler’s feet warm, dry, comfortable, and that fits the shape of your toddler’s wide feet perfectly.
There are a lot of different winter boots out there and finding the perfect one for your toddler’s wide feet can be tricky and time-consuming.
I have been contacted by several families with toddlers with wide feet who always seem to have an issue finding winter boots that fit correctly.
Most toddlers tend to have wide or extra wide feet, and if they wear shoes that are too narrow they can develop all sort of foot issues.
One of the most common mistakes that I see these families make is to not put a lot of thought or effort in the type of winter boots that they provide for their children since they will only wear them once in a while and for very short periods of time. You might want to rethink that.
It only takes a couple of wears in the wrong shoe style or the wrong shoe size to develop a foot issue.
Winter boots that are too narrow might cramp your toddlers’ toes and make them overlap against one another or rub against the side of the boots.
There are 3 key features that we the winter boots must provide in order to accommodate the shape of your toddler’s wide feet:
✅ Extra Depth: This feature is going to allow your toddler’s feet to fit deeply inside the boots and prevent the top part of the foot and toes to rub against the top part of the boots. Winter boots that provide extra depth are great for toddlers with wide feet and high insteps.
✅ Rounder Toe-Boxes: While it seems like all winter boots come with a rounder toe-box, there are certain styles that are rounder than others. This feature is going to prevent that your toddler’s toes overlap one another or the side of the boots.
✅ Wider Opening: This feature is going to prevent you from struggling every time you have to put your toddler’s winter boots on.
I know which toddler winter boots provide these 3 features from having fitted them before. I review children’s shoes and rate them based on my experience of having fitted children’s shoes for the last 10 years. I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store that focuses on children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well.
Parents need to understand that it doesn’t matter how wide their toddler’s feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your toddler’s feet, and I will help you find it!
I have helped parents find shoes for their toddlers with wide feet and high insteps, and I even helped parents find shoes for their toddlers with six toes which required a much deeper and wider shoe.
It doesn’t matter if your toddler is already walking stable or learning how to walk, the winter boots must be lightweight and flexible to help your toddler take those steps with confidence.
The issue is that most winter boots tend to be really heavy and stiff. There is only a small selection of winter boots that are lightweight and flexible and are capable of accommodating the shape of a wide foot at the same time.
You also need to make sure that your toddler’s winter boots are waterproof and not water resistant. While these two words seem very similar, water resistant is not the same as waterproof. The main difference is that water resistant boots are capable of keeping feet dry as long as your toddler doesn’t step on a puddle. Waterproof means that it doesn’t matter how long your toddler leaves his/her foot inside a puddle, water will not get inside the boots. I have made things easier for you since all the winter boots that I recommend are fully waterproof.
I always recommend parents to take their children to their local specialized children’s shoe store, but the problem is that most of these stores have been closing down. Let’s start by making sure that there are no good fitting children’s shoe stores in your area:
If after looking at that map you still can’t seem to locate a store in your area, then keep on reading because I will provide you with a selection of the best winter boots for toddlers with wide feet shortly.
I want you to know that you are in good hands since I truly believe that the shoes a child wears can be life changing, and I want to make sure that your toddler ends up wearing the correct boot style in the correct size.
I have compiled a list of the best winter boots for toddlers with wide feet in the hopes of making this process a little bit easier. These boots are easy to get on since they open nice and wide and the good news is that they also stay on, since they come with a Velcro closure to secure the boot against your child’s feet and legs.
Without further due, let’s take a look at a selection of the best winter boots for toddlers with wide feet.
The Best Winter Boots for Toddlers with Wide Feet ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I have fitted these winter boots for toddlers with wide feet and high insteps and they were all able to fit the shape of their feet perfectly.
Please find below a selection of the best winter boots for toddlers with wide feet. These snow boots are all waterproof and insulated.
These winter boots all fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your toddler with a half a size to a whole size longer of the size that he/she measured at the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room and wear the boots for the whole season. When it comes to winter boots I usually recommend parents providing their children with a whole size longer instead of a half a size longer.
Fitting the Boots for the Whole Winter Season – Make Them Last!
Once I am done fitting a pair of winter boots for children parents seem to have one question in common: Are these boots going to fit for the whole season?
I always try to leave enough growing room for the child to wear the boot for the whole winter season. When it comes to fitting the shape of a toddler’s foot, there is a certain amount of growing room that you can leave without compromising your toddler’s stability.
If your toddler measures a foot size 5, then I recommend providing your toddler with a winter boot size 6. If your toddler measures a foot size 5 1/2, then I recommend providing your toddler with a boot size 7. Makes sense?
Not sure what your exact toddler’s foot size is? Take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest yet most effective way to figure out your toddler’s exact foot size from home:
There are other external factors that are going to determine whether your toddler will be able to wear the boots for the whole winter season.
For example, how many months of winter do you have? I live in Washington DC and we usually get 4 months of winter here. This means that if the correct amount of growing room is provided inside the boots, the toddler is definitely going to be able to wear the boots for the whole season.
Toddler’s feet tend to grow a half a size to a whole size between every 3 to 4 months.
If you live in an area where there is more than 5 months of winter, chances are that the winter boots won’t last for the whole season.
Best Toddler Snow Boots – 2 Awesome Additional Features!
✅ Easy On & Easy Off: Do you want to struggle every time you have to put your toddler’s winter boots on? Of course not! The snow boots that I recommend are all slip-ons that come with Velcro closure which allows you to open up the boot widely. Trust me that there is nothing more frustrating than trying to shove a squirmy foot into a narrow opening boot.
✅ Gripping Soles: When toddlers are playing in the rain or snow they are more likely to slip and fall. The winter boots that I recommend all come with grooved, rubber soles.
I have provided you with the widest winter boots that I have fitted before for toddlers since they provide extra depth, a rounder toe-box, and open up widely.
If these snow boots still seem too narrow for your toddler’s feet, please do not hesitate to contact me directly and I will explain you what are the next steps to take: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you found a particular winter boot style or brand that has worked well in accommodating your toddler’s wide feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.