Kids Winter Boots Fit Recommendations
Gordy - 22 years experience
First off, I 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 remove the liner from the boot, and check the fit like that. You'll be able to better determine the placement of the foot and also the toe room. After that, I put the liner back in the boot, put it on the kid's foot, have them walk and make sure there is not too much slipping in the back heel of the boot (there will be some slipping in the back of all winter boots but not too much). You don't want boots to fall off while running through thick heavy snow.
Mike - 22 years experience
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 it on the child's foot. Also, make sure to allow room for a thicker sock. A nice, thick, looser fitting sock is preferred instead of wearing multiple pairs of tighter fitting socks. Because maintaining proper circulation is also key to warm feet, I usually try to have about an inch from the end of the toe to the end of the liner. Put the liner back in the boot and try it on. Make sure it is not too floppy when the child tries to walk. If the boot seems 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. See the images and descriptions below.
Winter Boot with Liner
Pulling out the liner of the boot.
Walk test. Walk around the store to test fit.
Winter Boot without Liner
Thumbnail Width. Walk around to test the fit.
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 their boots during the season (kids feet grow in spurts), or the boots may cause cold feet due to lack of room for air to circulate. Make sure the boots are tried on with the proper weight sock. And 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 [email protected]
Thank you and have fun in the snow and cold weather!