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Fitting Kids Winter Boots

With cold weather and snow coming soon it will be time to get the kids to the nearest shoe store and buy new winter boots for the season. This can be a daunting task. How do I make sure the boots fit correct? Will they fit the entire season? These are all questions that parents ask themselves and it would be nice if there were answers out there for these questions.

This article will try to explain the proper way to fit kids boots. Whether you are looking for girls winter bootsboys winter boots or baby toddler winter boots,we will explain how to do this so the boots will fit the entire season and not be cold on the feet of your little ones. It is very important that the boots fit correctly for comfort, wear and warmth.

We talked to a number of our most experienced sales associates and managers to find out what exactly they thought about the process of fitting winter boots for boys and girls. Here are a couple of their recommendations.

The best way I know how to fit a kids winter boot is to take the liner out of the boot and see where their toe is inside the liner. Leaving a thumbnail length at the end of the liner seems to be the best fit for kids. If a customer is ordering boots online without trying them on, then one size bigger than their regular everyday shoe seems to be the correct fit.

Gordy - 22 years experience

First off, I would measure their feet. Whatever they measure at, I would go at least a size bigger.  This will give them extra room for thicker socks and some wiggle room for their toes. Next, if possible I would remove the liner from the boot, and check the fit like that. You'll be able to tell the placement of the foot better and also the toe room. After that, I would put the liner back in the boot, put it on the kid's foot, have them walk and make sure there is not to much slipping in the back heel of the boot (there will be some slipping in the back of all winter boots). You don't want boots to fall off while running through thick heavy snow.

Mike - 22 years experience

In general kids boots don't necessarily fit to size. The best way to tell if there is enough room is to pull the liner out and try that on the child's foot. Also, make sure to allow room for a thicker sock.  A nice, thick, looser fitting sock is preferred to wearing multiple pairs of tighter fitting socks. Proper circulation is also key to warm feet. I usually try to have about an inch from end of toe to end of liner. Put the liner back in the boot and try it on. Make sure it is not to floppy when the child tries to walk.  If the boot does seem to move around a lot, try a size smaller or, a different style may just fit better in the bigger size. Because boots generally come only in full sizes, it is better to be a bit big than a bit small.  Also, remember that if boots are not waterproof, you will need to keep them well sprayed with a waterproof protector. Wet feet are cold feet.

Lynn - 30 years experience

Now lets see what they are talking about in action. Look at these pictures of Kids Winter Boot Fitting in action. See the images and descriptions below.

Image #1. Pulling out the liner of the boot.  Winter Boot with liner.

Fitting Kids Winter Boots

Image #2. Thumbnail width. Winter Boot with liner.

Fitting Kids Winter Boots

Image #3. Walk test. Walk around the store to test fit.

Fitting Kids Winter Boots

Image #4. Walk test. Test fit. Thumbnail width with no liner.

Fitting Kids Winter Boots

In conclusion, fitting kids winter boots is not that difficult if you know the basics. Make sure there is a distance of a thumbnail from the end of the toe to the end of the liner, or the end of the boot in boots without liners. If not, your kids may outgrow the boots during the season (kids feet grow in spurts), or the boots may be cold due to lack of room for air to circulate.  Make sure the boots are tried on with the proper weight sock. And lastly remember to ask questions of the sales associate. Are the boots waterproof? Are the boots water resistant? How much insulation is in the boot? Are the boots rated for cold weather? These are all great questions to ask. If you have any questions please feel free to call our toll free number 1-800-976-4267 or email us at

Thank you and have fun in the snow and cold weather!