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Ugg Boots For Children-Use Your Parenting Good Judgment

Uggs Boots For Women

Ugg boots are often criticized for hurting women’s and children’s feet. Podiatrists and chiropractors believe that Ugg boots, which are particularly popular among young teenage girls, are leading to a rise in the number of people suffering pains in their feet and knees which might lead to ankle, hip and back problems. The plush lining also can create an ideal breeding ground for foot fungus. Ugg boots for children has become a controversial subject.

Maybe you and your child already own a pair of Ugg boots. Don’t worry, I am not here to judge. I actually own a pair of men Ugg boots that I use during the winter season. It is one of the most comfortable pieces of footwear I have ever owned. However, I understand that they don’t offer as much support as they should. It is hard for me to describe Ugg boots as a fashion item, because they do provide some functionality in them, now that some of their styles are even waterproof!

I have been working at a children’s shoe store for over 5 years, and the store has been carrying Ugg boots even before I started working there. I work in a store that specializes in children that have foot issues such as flat feet, knock knees, hammer toes… I have fitted toe-walkers, children with different sized feet (more than a whole size difference between their feet), and children that had six toes. I have seen it all and I am aware of the POSITIVE impact that good supportive footwear can have in our kids’ feet and legs overall health, as long as the shoes are fitted properly.

In this article I will describe the best Ugg boots for children!

The Most Controversial Pair Of Boots: Ugg Boots!

Uggs and its offshoots are a very popular brand and genre of footwear worn for warmth and we tend to sell a ton of them at the store I work for. Every time we approach the winter season we start selling the classic styles, which consistently sell year after year, as well as the latest annual Ugg fashions.

The main problem with Ugg boots is that they are an unsupported piece of footwear. This is what most specialized shoe fitters and physicians who deal with injuries stemming from improper footwear believe. Based on my research and knowledge of fitting shoes, and foot-related health, I tend to agree with the opposition.  Unsurprisingly, people tend to confuse supportive footwear with fashion footwear.

Ugg Boots For Toddlers

It’s been determined by people familiar in the field that Uggs offer no benefit to the foot, they in fact very well may be damaging your kids’ feet if she is wearing them for longer periods of time.  Another example of a fashion shoe is Converse sneakers. Who doesn’t love Converse? However, this is a very flat shoe with no heel counter, but as long as the child is wearing them to the shopping mall for a couple of hours a day he should have no problem wearing them.

Parents need to understand the difference between an everyday running shoe, and a shoe that is meant to be worn for a maximum of 4 to 5 hours a day.Converse are not meant for doing PE with, running, or doing competitive sports. Does this qualify Converse shoes or Ugg boots as bad footwear or footwear that hurts children’s feet?  This is where a parent’s good judgement needs to take effect.

They are fashion shoes, and that’s how they should be worn. As long as the child is wearing them a couple of hours a day (4-5 hours max) they will not harm your kids’ feet.Parents reaction is: ” I don’t want to spend 150 dollars in a pair of boots that my child can only wear for such a short period of time during the day”.

I get it, I wouldn’t want to spend all that money for a piece of footwear that my child will not wear as much, and will outgrow it in a couple of months.

What would happen if I could tell you that your child could wear his Ugg boots, or his Converse sneakers for longer periods of time?

As I mentioned before, we have a lot of children that come into the store that are flat-footed, low tone, or have some other type of foot problem. Parents usually explain me how upset their child is that she cannot wear Ugg boots or that they have been wanting Ugg boots for years and they can’t wear them because of their foot issues.

Child Ugg Boots

I always recommend good, supportive footwear for a child that is having foot issues. However, this doesn’t mean that the child can’tt wear the shoes she likes! For example, we started carrying a type of insert that fits inside the Ugg boots. These inserts come with a built in arch and a heel cup that provides arch and ankle support.

Will these inserts make Ugg boots more supportive? DEFINITELY! This means your child can wear them for longer periods of time, but he or she should still wear the sneakers when doing more intense activities.

I wrote a post where I describe some of the most common children foot problems and I describe the best inserts that reduce, or in some cases completely eliminate the foot pain that your child might be going through. The post is called: 

Children With Foot Problems – When Their Feet Are Different

A Fashion And Health Dilemma – Stop Uggs From Smelling

The next concern parents will deal with is the odor that will quickly rise with wear. Unless your child is a sweat-free specimen, her Uggs will get smelly, and fast. Ugg fans delight in the design of this quite frankly shoddy boot as it seems to encourage going sockless.  Smelly boots are not the only problem this can create.

Skin infections like athlete’s foot and dermatitis will arise if your child is not wearing socks with the boots, since bare feet can really sweat in the fur. I strongly recommend making your child wear socks and spray the liner once a month with anti-fungal spray.  There is an Ugg kit that comes with everything you need to clean them and make them look like new.

Kid Ugg Boots

I always explain to parents that choosing the right sock size has the same importance as finding the correct shoe size. A sock that is too small or too long will make the footwear that your child is wearing uncomfortable. I explain the importance of wearing socks and describe the best breathable and seamless socks in this post:

The Importance Of Wearing Socks – Keep Your Kids Feet Healthy!

Finding The Right Ugg Boot Size – Get It Right!

When you or your children are trying on Ugg boots, make sure they do not feel overly tight. At the same time they should not fit too loose, since they will stretch over a period of 1-2 weeks of wear.  These boots do not come in half sizes, so if your child measure a 10 and a half, he or she probably needs an 11. You will always round up.

Make sure if it is raining outside or snowing you should not wear your Ugg boots since they will leave small stains in your boots! You can spray them to make them water friendly!

Do I Recommend Ugg Boots? – Find The Answer Below

I do, as long as you or your child wears them for what they are, a fashion item. These boots are “comfort” not “performance footwear.” Just because the brand name boot is better constructed doesn’t mean you can wear them for long periods of time.  All of these fashion boots will NOT provide you with the control, cushion or support that a person who is standing or walking needs unless you wear them with the Superfeet insoles.

The Biggest Secret About Ugg Boots!

Since you are obviously interested in Ugg boots and you have come to my website and read what I had to say about them,I will reveal you one of the biggest secrets in footwear. Did you know that if you are a women shoe size 8 1/2 or smaller you can purchase the kids’ version of the Ugg boots? You will end up saving a lot of money!


I have fitted several of the moms that come to the store looking for Ugg boots for their children, and they end up buying boots for themselves too. And not just boots, you can do it with any type of footwear, as long as you are an 8 1/2 women shoe size or below. I wrote a post where you can learn more about this shoe size conversion called:

 Women And Kids Shoe Size Conversion Chart – Save Big Buying Kids Shoes!

Now you can spread the word to your family and friends!

==> Click here to read my review of the MOST popular Ugg Boots <==

Ugg Boots For Children – Where Do You Stand?

I understand that spending between $120 to $180 for a pair of fashion boots is not in everyone’s family budget, but some families do decide to purchase them for their children. Sometimes this might be a  “must have item” for your child.

I have seen parents provide their offspring with some options, such as waiting for a sale, asking them to start saving to pay for the boots themselves, or suggest they might request them for their birthday. Some parents will chip in and tell the kid to pay for the rest. I believe it is always best to provide the child with options instead of a plain “no.”

Below you can find a selection of some of the most popular styles of Ugg boots!

All these Ugg 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 Ugg boots. For instance, if your child measures a size 5 1/2 you should get a size 6.

If you are looking for a pair of Ugg boots for yourself, I wrote an article that describes the best Ugg boots for women and you can find it here:

The Cheapest Ugg Boots For Women – Learn The Secret!

Has your child been asking you for a pair of Ugg boots? Maybe she already owns a pair? Is she complaining about pain in her feet?Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit it from them!


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14 Comments on Ugg Boots For Children-Use Your Parenting Good Judgment

  1. Uggs stands for “UGLY” right? Personally never found them attractive, but do think they are a good thing to have for cold days.

    This is a new perspective never saw before–what parents need to consider before purchasing Uggs. Good quality shoes definitely improve posture, decrease back, knee and foot pain. Yet, these have to be chosen carefully too. Since everyone’s feet have different alignment, even good shoes may be uncomfortable for some.

    Makes sense that shoes like Uggs can be worn for a few hours with no problems.

    Good reminder for busy parents who may unkowingly overlook how footwear will affect their child’s health in the long term.

    • Den,

      You are correct, Ugg boots stands for “UGLY”. I have been wanting to write an article about what parents need to consider before purchasing Ugg boots for a while now, and I finally did it. Ugg boots are wonderful for the winter season, they are actually a very practical piece of footwear for the cold days, as long as it is worn for no more than a few hours a day. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Very interesting article on Uggs boots. It explains a lot as well as confirms a lot for me. I’ve always felt that the style of these boots didn’t seem comfortable because I found them to be so awkward looking but then again, I’m not a teenager. 🙂 And the same with converse sneakers, definitely not for running, etc… I think you put it really well that these are fashion shoes only to be worn for a few hours a day!

    • Ali,

      I am glad I was able to explain my opinion about this piece of footwear. Ugg boots are actually really comfortable, they provide a lot of comfort, what they lack is support. But like you stated in your comment, fashion shoes are eant to be worn a few hours a day only. Thank you for sharing!

  3. This is not a brand I am familiar with, likely I am woefully uniinformed lol! If the support is not there, definitely I could see where podiatrists would have a problem with them.

    My own experience is that without the support for the arches, you will inevitably have some problems down the road. I spent a lot of years in the Army, and during the early years we wore Amy boots for all of our activities.

    It was only later when they discovered how much damage to the feet ocurred wearing those boots that they switched to allowing running and similar shoes to be worn.

    In my case it was too late, and after 25 years I ended up with permanent damage that I am getting a break for on my pension. This break does not make up for the damage though, and I would much rather not have the medical problems…

    So in fashion or mandated,, my take is that footwear manufacturers should take some responsibility for what they make for sales to clients. If the Ugg boots are not designed to address all the issues you mention, we as parents have to put our foot down (no pun intended!)….

    Thanks for your review, Uggs are definitely out for my grandchildren!

    • Dave,

      Sorry to hear about your experience. I agree with you that footwear manufacturers should take some responsibility for what they make for sales to clients, but, with this particular product, they at no point state that these boots can be worn all day. Ugg boots are not the problem, the problem is when we confuse everyday footwear with fashion boots or sneakers. As long as we are aware of the consequences of wearing these fashion boots for everyday, then it is up to the parents to decide whether they will allow their children to purchase them.

  4. Very interesting! I never in my wildest dreams would of thought about the health issue concering ugg boots. I just think that they are cool and ladies like them 🙂 . But this is an eye opener.

    I never knew that children wore them either. But when you say children. What age are we talking. I saw the little toddler in the picture. Wow that is young. No we don ‘t want to mess the little ones up so young. Give her the choice around 12. At that age I think she would probably choose fashion over good posture in 15 years lol. But not so young.

    • Some parents will put have their toddlers wear the boots.Nothing wrong with that, AS LONG AS THEY WEAR THEM FOR SHORT PERIODS OF TIME. Everything in moderation, thank you for sharing!

  5. Thanks for the information. Now I am ready to purchase my first Ugg boots based on info you provided. I like the content which is very thorough and informative. I particularly like your images that speaks volumes about your content. I would love to be part of a newsletter subscription. Thanks a bunch!

  6. A bunch of UGG boot haters! Really? I’ve worn UGG boots to a job where I was on my feet for 10-11 hours with a 30 min break and two 15 min breaks only. They are the most comfortable boot I’ve ever worn. And the warmth of these boots is incredible. I don’t have stinky feet, never did, so no issues with stinking boots or feet from UGGS. Are they good for most children to wear all time, probably not. But I have and have always had foot issues. I cannot wear normal shoes as they cause me extreme pain especially on back of foot/heel area. So these boots are a God send for someone like me. Plus they will last a longgggg time too! Well worth the money. And now they make ALL kinds of UGG boots and shoes and some have heels and arches. AND some are NOT ugly at all either! So please do not mislead!

    • Donna,

      Thank you for stopping by. I am not arguing whether Ugg boots are comfortable or not, I actually own a pair myself and it’s one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I have ever worn. However, wearing them for longer period of times can end up hurting your feet and knees. While you have not experienced any pain, other people have, and while I recommend Ugg boots for children, I encourage parents to not let their kids’wear them for more than 4 to 5 hours a day.

      I also wanted to clarify that I never called these shoes ugly.I created this website to inform parents about children shoes, not mislead them.

  7. Hello. I need your help. I’d like to buy a pair of uggs for my one year old toddler. He has 13.5 cm wide feet with high arches. I bought Bailie button uggs, but I cannot even put it on. Which model/type of ugg boots fit to the high arched foot? Thank you for your help.

    • Anastasiia,

      It seems like your child has a high instep. Sometimes children have a very hard time wearing certain type of shoes because of their high insteps (and this usually happens when they have feet with high arches). You can read a post I wrote about children with high insteps to get a better idea: The Best Shoes For High Instep – Stop Getting The Wrong Shoe Size For Your Child!

      Have you ever tried Emu boots? They tend to fit wider than Uggs. It seems like your child might have a foot that is too wide for Uggs. Emu boots provide the same comfort and are waterproof. Keep in mind that Emu and Ugg boots don’t come in half sizes so always get a half a size up of what your child measures.

      Here you can find an example of what Emu boots look like: Wide Emu Boots For Toddlers

      Let me know if this clarifies!

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