Parents always ask me: “Does my child need a pair of snow boots?” Our kids’ shoe store is located in an area where it snows every year, but parents are still hesitant about purchasing snow boots for their kids. Even after they buy them, they won’t leave the store without saying: ” Now that we got a pair, it won’t snow this year”. I find it funny, considering it has snowed all previous years! It is important to provide your child with the right pair of snow boots if you want to keep his/her feet warm and dry during the coldest weather!
You know your child is going to ask you to play in the snow, make a snowman, or go sledding. Therefore, you must provide your kids’ with a pair of snow boots because they will keep their feet warm and dry while playing in the snow. With the boots on, children can move about without getting their feet cold or wet.
I have been fitting childrens’ shoes for over 5 years now, and specialize in children that have foot issues such as flat feet, knock-knees, hammer toes, you name it! As soon as the cold weather hits, parents start looking for warm footwear for their kids’ to wear. They either want an insulated boot or a snow boot so their kids’ can play in the snow without their feet getting cold or wet. One common question parents ask is: “What are the best winter boots for kids?” There are two important features that snow boots MUST provide: They all must be waterproofed and insulated.
Winter is fast approaching, and most parents are usually looking for some practical footwear for their child to wear, which will keep their children’s feet warm and dry. This calls for shoes that are waterproof and that also provide good support. Of course, there are many options available out there in the market for the winter season and the choices can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know which boots are better than others.
I want to arm you with some helpful information about the differences in childrens’ winter boots. So before you go shopping, here are a few tips that you need to know when picking the best winter boots for your little one.
Keep in mind that a snow boot is NOT meant for long distance walks or hikes because they tend to be heavy, and will NOT provide your child with the stability that he/she needs when climbing rocks or going through wet surfaces. Your kids’ feet and legs will tire more quickly since the weight of the boot will take a toll on them.
The Best Snow Boots For Children – Waterproof And Insulated!
Some of the best brands of snow boots are:
These are the three MOST popular brands. There is a style made by Kamik called the Snobuster, which is a snow boot and a rain boot! Parents tend to love the versatility this snow boots provides, since their children can wear them in the winter and spring seasons. Even if it doesn’t snow that winter, you can still use the boots in the spring for rainy days! It is one of the most affordable snow boots in the market, too!
This boot comes with a removable liner, which once you take it off it will open up for extra space around the toes and become a rain boot. It also features an adjustable bungee toggle collar to keep the boot secure against your child’s legs, in order to PREVENT any snow from getting inside his feet.
Another boot that is similar in term of its versatility is made by Bogs. They are your year round boot, since they can be a snow boot as well as a rain boot. Furthermore, it is 100 percent waterproof and winter-ready with 7 mm Neo-Tech insulation rated to -30F that will keep feet toasty warm come rain, sleet or snow.
Bogs are in the higher end when it comes to price but they are totally worth it. They are lightweight and easy to walk in. We sell them in the store not only to our children, but moms also love wearing them!
Did you know that if you are a woman shoe size 8 1/2 or smaller you can wear kids’ footwear? This is a SECRET that most parents don’t know about! You will end up saving a lot of money by buying the kids’ version of the shoe. I wrote a post where I explain everything you need to know about how kids’ and women’s shoe size translate. The post is called: Women And Kids Shoe Size Conversion – Save Big Buying Kids Shoes!
Toddler Snow Boots- The Best Snow Boots For A Toddler
Some toddlers might have a hard time walking in a heavy clunky snow boot. Keep in mind that snow boots are NOT meant for long distance walking, but your child should be able to move and play with confidence. There is a particular snow boot that I have fitted before that works great for them which is made by Bogs and is extremely lightweight and flexible.
If you are the kind of parent who ALWAYS has a hard time getting the snow boot inside your kids’ feet, then this will be the PERFECT boot for your child since they are very easy to slip on and off. This snow boot is a 100% waterproof and will keep your child foot warm, dry and comfortable.
These are the perfect snow boots for a child that is still learning how to walk, since they are extremely lightweight and flexible!
Below you can have a list of the best snow boots for kids’, including the ones that I recommended above!
The shoes in the first-row fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
The shoes in the second-row 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.
Children Snow Boots- Do They Have To Be Gender Specific?
Some parents ask me for neutral colors snow boots so they can pass them along to their other kids. Parents, please keep in mind that your child’s boots do not need to be gender specific – it’s 2017!
However, always think twice before you pass on footwear between your children. When it comes to snow boots or rain boots, I don’t have a problem with them being passed down between your children. The main reason is because they are worn for such short periods of time and boots tend to hold their shape. NEVER pass down footwear such as sneakers between your kids’. I explain you why in this post:
Is There An Alternative To Wearing A Snow Boot? Find Out Here!
Some parents don’t like the idea of their children wearing snow boots because they feel like they are too clunky and heavy for their feet. In these cases, I recommend a pair of insulated hiking boots. The advantage of insulated hiking boots is that children can wear them year round, and they are much less heavy and bulkier than a snow boot. I will describe the best type of kids’ hiking boots that your child will be able to wear even in the snow!
Kids’ Insulated Hiking Boots – Keep Your Kids’ Feet Dry And Warm!
I often like the idea of providing a child with a hiking boot that is insulated instead of a snow boot. Most hiking boots tend to have the support and structure that your child needs for everyday walking. If your child needs a boot for long distance walks, then a good supportive waterproof hiking boot might be your best bet for your child instead of a snow boot.
So many times I have heard the expression, “Now that we bought our kids snow boots, it will not snow this year” (even though it snowed every single year before). If you are hesitant of buying a snow boot for this reason, then an insulated hiking boot might be the best choice for your child!
Choosing An Insulated Kids’ Hiking Boot! -The Best Styles
Children are a messy lot and they like to get their hands dirty. For instance, they will see a puddle and jump right into it instead of walking around it. As a matter of fact, they might even compete to see who can make the biggest splash.
One of the biggest advantages of a hiking boot is that they provide great traction. This is a great feature because children will be walking on wet, slippery surfaces.
Significantly, there are a number of factors to consider when purchasing a pair of hiking boots for children to ensure a comfortable hiking and snow playing experience, from the size and style of a boot to the thickness of the hiking socks your child will be wearing.
Did you know that getting the right sock size has the same importance as getting the right shoe size? I wrote a post that explains how to make sure your child is getting the correct sock size, the post is called:
The functionality and fit of the insulated hiking boots are the two most important things that you ought to keep in mind. We need a hiking boot that is lightweight, provides good support, has traction, waterproof/Gore-Tex, and that will feet children that have wide or extra wide feet.
Below you can find the best hiking boots for children that are insulated, and come in wide widths:
All of these shoe styles fit “short”, which means that you need a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Does your child wear a snow boot or an insulated hiking boot for the snowy days? Is there a particular snow boot or hiking boot style that works for your child? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!