Hiking is a great way for kids to get outside, exercise, and learn about nature first hand. However, when you are hiking with children, you will have one “long” day if your kids are wearing uncomfortable boots that give them blisters. Little feet have special needs, and when you set out to get kids hiking boots, you should be looking for features that offer exceptional protection for the smaller feet.
That is not to say that kids boots should have features that other boots do not have, just that there is a list of some things that you should always make sure your kids hiking boots have before you shell out your hard earned money.
When you are assessing the quality of the kids hiking boots you want to look for is ankle support. Adult hiking boots have the support that goes up and around the ankle and, when tied properly, offers enough support so that if you happen to twist your ankle in a strange way when hiking, they will hopefully reduce the possibility of injury.
Good kids boots should offer the same ankle support, but it may be a good idea to just check out the support before you buy the boots. Make sure the boot is tight and sturdy, has thick soles, a good inner lining, doesn’t bend at the ankle, and can be laced up past the child’s ankles.
Protection And Comfort
The reason you should look for boots with thick soles is that they will offer better protection from any rocks or jagged edges that the child may come in contact with. Kids are curious and can get into some hairy situations and weird places.
The boots they wear need to be able to protect them from anything they can come in contact with. Don’t forget to waterproof the boots as well with a quality waterproofing spray to protect against the elements.
A critical aspect of kids hiking boots that many people forget is the inner lining. A soft, but thick inner lining is important in the boots to not only protect against the cold but to also offer shock protection for the feet and knees when the kids are jumping around from rock to rock or whatever they are doing.
Well made boot linings are incredibly important, and you should always make sure that the boots you buy have the best lining you can find. A thick coating also makes the boots more comfortable to wear and to consider that hiking boots can get worn for extended periods of time under extreme conditions the more padding, the better.