Finding a pair of snow boots for toddlers can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience, specially if your toddler has wide feet and a high instep.
I get contacted by families from all over the world who want to know if snow boots for toddler’s with wide feet actually exist. While the selection is very small, I have found certain snow boots styles that will fit a child with wide feet. These snow boots are not labeled as wide (“W”) or extra wide (“XW”),but they provide 2 key features that make them the best snow boots for toddlers with wide feet:
✅ Extra Depth: This feature will allow your toddler’s feet to fit deeply inside the snow boots, preventing the top part of their feet (instep) from rubbing against the top part of the snow boots. This feature will also make it easier to put the boot on.
✅ Round Toe-Box: This feature will prevent your toddler’s toes from rubbing against one another or the side of the boots.
I know which snow boots provides those 2 features since I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for over 10 years now. This experience has afforded me many insights into children’s shoes and the way they fit. Our store specializes in shoes for children with foot and leg problems, but we provide regular shoe fittings as well. From my experience fitting thousands of kids, I have become familiar with the best snow boots styles for children with wide feet.
One of the most common mistakes that I see parents make is to assume that all snow boots are able to fit wide feet since they tend to have a roomier toe-box. This is untrue, and I have fitted certain snow boots that fit extremely narrow. If you provide your toddler with wide feet a snow boot that is too narrow, you will end up creating several foot issues such as blisters, calluses, and corns..
In addition to providing extra depth and a rounder toe-box, your toddler’s snow boots must be lightweight, flexible, waterproof, and durable. I will discuss these features more detail shortly.
I know it can be frustrating to find a pair of snow boots for your toddler with wide feet, that is the reason why I have put together a selection of the best wide snow boots for toddlers.
Snow Boots for Wide Feet – The 5 Most Important Features!
I already mentioned how the 2 most important features that the snow boots need to provide in order to fit the shape of your toddler’s wide feet are extra depth and a rounder toe-box. The issue is that snow boots don’t come labeled as “extra deep or with a “rounder toe-box”. I actually know which snow boot styles provide these two features from having fitted and tested them before.
These are the other features that your toddler’s snow boots must provide:
✅Lightweight/Flexible: The snow boots must be lightweight and flexible in order to prevent your toddler’s feet and legs from easily getting tired. Most toddlers lack the strength to bend shoes with harder soles. Snow boots tend to have inflexible, harder soles that are hard to flex. However, the styles I will describe below all come with flexibles soles.
✅Waterproof: This feature will prevent your toddler’s feet from getting wet.
✅Insulated: This feature will prevent your toddler’s feet from getting cold.
✅ Traction: It’s important for the snow boots to provide good traction in order to prevent your toddler from slipping and falling, specially when walking on slippery surfaces.
✅ Secure Closure: These snow boot styles come with an adjustable Velcro closure strap in the back that will allow your toddler to easily put the boots on and take them off. This feature will also secure the snow boots and prevent them from falling off your toddler’s feet. It’s important for the snow boots to have good closure in order to prevent any snow from getting inside the boots.
I am always emphasizing to parents that if they don’t provide their toddler with the correct boot size, their child won’t get any of the benefits that the boots have to offer. What’s even worse, you will end up creating all sort of issues to your toddler’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns.
How to Figure Out Your Toddler’s Correct Boot Size? – Get it Right!
In order to figure out your toddler’s exact snow boot size you need to know your toddler’s exact foot size first.
I always recommend parents to take their kids to be properly fitted for shoes at their local children’s shoe store, where a shoe fitter can properly measure their feet and find shoes that fit. The issue is that most parents don’t have a local kids’ shoe store that they trust, so they must end up purchasing their kids’ shoes online.
Let’s take a look at a map that I created where I describe the best children’s shoe stores by state:
If you identify with this, start by reading an article that 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:
You should always round up when purchasing a pair of snow boots or any other type of seasonal footwear for your child. This means that if your child measures a foot size 6½, you should get the shoe size 7. If your child measures a foot size 7, then you should get the shoe size 8 (since snow boots are not available in half sizes).
I have spoken with several different parents who are located in areas where it might, or it might not snow, and they are hesitant of buying a pair of snow boots for their kids since they don’t want to get stuck with a pair of footwear that their kids won’t ever use.
The snow boot styles that I recommend below are very versatile, since your toddler will be able to wear them in those rainy and cold days even if it doesn’t snow.
Now that you know what features the snow boots must provide and how to make sure that you are providing your toddler with the correct shoe size, let’s take a look at a selection of the best wide snow boots for toddlers.
The Best Wide Snow Boots for Toddlers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I only review shoes that I have fitted before, since that is the only way for me to tell how supportive and well-made the shoes are. Having fitted the shoes before also helps me determine how the shoes fit.
I have tested these snow boots in toddlers with wide feet and a high insteps, and the boots fitted the shape their feet perfectly.
These snow boots styles all fit “true to size”, which means that you need to provide your child with a half a size longer of the size that your child measures at the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.
Please remember that even though these snow boots are not labeled as wide (“W”) or extra wide (“XW”), they are the widest snow boots that I have fitted before for toddlers. Just so you know, there is not an actual snow boot that is labeled as wide for toddlers.
What are Other Parents Saying About these Snow Boots?
“A MUST BUY””
My youngest boy needed an easy slip-on snow boot for when we are headed out the door and I was in need for some durable snow boots. I love these because they are unbelievably lightweight and seem very comfortable. He has some serious baby chubby legs and these fit really well. They are also extremely cute and washable!
“DURABLE AND WATERPROOF”
These little snow boots are great for little feet. They are soft and flexible, unlike most other rubber boots. I also like the fact that they fit wider feet.
UPDATE: My Granddaughter who is 2 years old has been using these boots for about 5 months now. It has been raining constantly (they live near Portland, Oregon) and these boots are getting a real workout.
“PRETTY GOOD BOOTS, LIGHTWEIGHT AND FLEXIBLE”
I have struggled to find a pair of wide snow boots for my toddler for the longest time. I found that most snow boots are too stiff and heavy, but these are lighter weight and most flexible. We live in Alaska, where it rains a lot in the fall and snows in the winter, so I love how versatile these boots are!
These are reviews from parents who have tried these snow boots and most of them have been really pleased with them!
Have you tried a pair of these snow boot styles before? Is there a snow boot style that you can recommend for a toddler with wide feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.