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Hiking can be an amazing adventure for small children. It gets them outside the house, it allows them to explore nature in a safe way and allows some quality time as a family. However, as any parent of a toddler will tell you, if a toddler is uncomfortable the whole family is uncomfortable. One of the best way to ensure that your toddler is happy, content, and comfortable is to invest in a quality pair of hiking boots.
It is important not to underestimate the need for a good quality hiking boot for all members of your family that hike, and your toddler is no exception. We need to keep our feet protected and avoid injury and a good pair of hiking shoes are the best way of doing that.
In this guide, I have three main sections. The first discusses some points of concern when buying hiking shoes for toddlers and tips for choosing the right boot. The second section contains some features that should be considered when picking a good hiking boot. Finally, the third section has a list of the top four high top and the top five low top hiking shoes for toddlers.
This mid-rise hiking shoe has a waterproof leather and textile upper fabric, and has a breathable mesh lining. It has rubber outsoles for a trip and a lighter weight. It is also designed with an EVA footbed for added for cushioning and comfort. These shoes also have a bungee lacing system that makes them easy to put on yet secure for little ones. It comes in 6 colors and sizes toddler sizes 8-13. These shoes retail from the manufacturer at 75.00 and have positive reviews. Customers rave about the bungee lacing system saying that it makes putting these shoes on little feet easy.
This tennis shoe style hiking shoe has a lot of amazing features. A waterproof, breathable membrane and padded collar keep them cool yet water resistant. An adjustable hook and loop closure make them easier to put on and take off. And the sole has a contoured arch for support. It comes in 4 colors and sizes toddler sizes 8-13. These shoes retail from the manufacturer at 65.00. Customer state that these shoes are made extremely well and the weather nicely. They do state that they seem to run a little small and some customers are experiencing problems with insole sliding inside the shoe which they state is more of an inconvenience than a real issue.
This shoe contains a hook and loop closure for great fit. A suede and mesh upper fabric for breathability and comfort. An EVA removable footbed and an M Select GRIP outsole for superior traction. It comes in 1 color and toddler sizes 6 – 10 including 1/2 sizes. Customers state that these shoes are very durable and are easy to clean. Also, the hook and loop closure makes them easier to put on little feet. Customers also state that they run true to size.
This hiking shoe contains a waterproof breathable membrane, a bungee lace system., and a padded tongue and collar for added comfort. An ESS shank added lightweight support and a PFC-free surface provides a durable water repellent. It comes in 4 colors and toddler sizes 8-13. These shoes retail from the manufacturer at $70.00. Customers state that these shoes run true to size and have a very thick reinforced toe.
This high top hiking boot has a Waterproof PU coated leather upper and an Omni-grip high traction rubber outsole. A leather toe cap adds security and stability. It is available in two colors and an impressive size range from toddler 4-7 thru small kid 8-13, into big kid 1-7. Customers state that these shoes are well made, but they fit a little small. Also, some customers state that the shoelaces are a little short.
These boots are stylish and comfortable. They have a waterproof full-grain leather upper with waterproof seam construction. They contain a mesh lining footbed cover for comfort and a sock liner that helps with fit and temperature control. The hardware is rustproof. And the outsole is rugged with a large tread for great traction and shock absorption. These shoes are available in 1 color and come in sizes 1 thru little kid 12. They retail for $50.00. Customer state that they are rugged and surprisingly lightweight despite its appearance.
This shoe was designed off of their very popular adult version, therefore it is made with tried and true technology to make your toddler’s feet super comfortable. They are made with the KEEN DRY waterproof breathable membrane. A waterproof leather and textile upper fabric. A secure lace and hook and loop shoe string system. A padded tongue and TPU heel for stability. Finally, a PFC-free water repellant keeps these shoes dry. These shoes come in 4 colors and toddler sizes 8-13. They retail for $70.00 (Check out the latest rates here!). Customers state that they keep feet very dry and that the closure system is easy for kids to use.
This boot has been made of suede and meshes upper making it breathable and very comfortable for your kids. It also features the Merrell technology called M-Option Dry that helps in assists in wicking the sweat out of the kid’s boot. The suede and mesh upper are built to last a long time and so is the rubber sole. Removable EVA footbed will keep your kid very comfortable and it helps in shock absorption. Its outer coating is waterproof to ensure that your kid’s feet are always dry and warm. The M-Select Fresh advancement prevents odor from forming even when your kid stays too long in the boots. The shoe is available in 4 colors and in sizes toddler 1-little kid 13.5. Half sizes are also available. They retail for $30.00-$60.00 (Check out the latest rates here!) depending on location. Customer reviews for this product are very high. They say that there is a great toe guard and that the ankles are stiff enough to keep ankles from rolling. The soles are thick with good tread, but still lightweight and comfortable.
Hopefully, this article will guide you on your way to select a hiking boot for your toddler. Remember to wear them in a little before your first outdoor excursion, and that comfort is very important for their growing feet. Above all, remember that this is a fun adventure for all involved and that with proper gear these trips should bring a lifetime of memories and good experience.
Sam Hardy is an outdoor enthusiast with a penchant for survival skills. He writes about the great outdoors and his favorite equipment here.