Tips for Selecting the Right Size of Kids' Winter Boots

by Bailey Bouwman

Winter is almost here, and as families start shopping for Back to School in Prince George, BC - it's also time to pick up your kids winter boots. When that first snow lands, it's probably too late because finding the sizes you need can be hard. Shop early to ensure your kids get the right size winter boot this season. 

Ensuring the right fit for any kid shoe is crucial for their comfort, safety, and enjoyment during the chilly season. Follow our guide below to measure and choose the perfect size of winter boots for your kids.

  1. Measure Their Feet

Start by measuring both of your child's feet while they are standing - because you want the weight of their body to show you their true foot size. One of the easiest ways to do this is to trace your childs foot on a piece of paper. You can then use this piece of paper and a measuring tape to get the length from heel to longest toe, and the width. 

With this information in mm, inches, or cm's you'll be able to tackle online shopping for your kids - or even a visit to the shop (bring a cut out in your purse and we can compare it to the insoles in shop!). This can be a really fun activity for some kids, and what we recommend when trying to find the right size for other types of kid shoes. 

  1. Allow Room for Growth & Circulation

Kids' feet can grow quickly, so it's essential to leave some room for growth in their winter boots. A thumb's width (about half an inch) between the longest toe and the front of the boot is a good suggestion - you don't want it too big that they trip over their feet, but you do want there to be some room for that forward movement. This ensures their feet have space to grow without compromising comfort and warmth.

It's generally recommended you have at least 1/4" room for circulation to ensure feet stay warm. Surprisingly a snug fitting shoe can be cold for many kids.

Also think about growth spurts - have you had one? Are there signs you need one? Is it the right time to buy boots or should you wait. These are things we can't always forecast, but sometimes we can see signs that help us out.

  1. Consider Socks

Keep in mind the type of socks your child will be wearing with the winter boots. If they'll be wearing thicker socks for extra warmth, make sure to factor in the additional space when choosing the boot size - we say this become some wool socks can be crazy thick. It might also be an important thing to consider when choosing the right sock for your kids this winter. 

Or maybe you're considering the benefits of wool for a sock-free winter boot experience ;)


Merino is the miracle yarn that does it all. These soft, breathable, anti-stink, moisture-wicking merino wool socks from Q from Quinn feel like second skin. Did we also mention that these are temperature regulating? These ZQ certified merino wool socks can be worn comfortably all year round!

  1. Check for Proper Fit

When trying on winter boots, have your child wear the same socks they plan to wear during the winter season. Check for a snug fit around the heel and ankle to provide stability and prevent blisters - you want them to be able to wiggle their toes and have some room around the heel.

  1. Test the Boots

Have your child walk around in the boots to ensure they feel comfortable and provide adequate support. Do they fall over when they walk or run? Check for any rubbing or discomfort, as this may indicate that the boots are too small or not the right fit for their feet.

  1. Consider Adjustable Features

Some winter boots come with adjustable features like laces, straps, or buckles, allowing you to customize the fit according to your child's foot shape. This can be really useful if it's easy to use and functional for your family.

For example, many of our baby booties have adjustable velcro to a adjust the fit around the ankle to reduce the bootie from falling off! Zippers in the backs of some of our toddler winter boots make it easier for the foot to fit into the boot and take the boot off. 

These adjustable features can be helpful in achieving a more personalized and secure fit.

  1. Check for Waterproofing

Winter boots should also offer protection from wet and snowy conditions. Check for waterproof features, like water-resistant materials and sealed seams, to keep your child's feet dry and comfortable during outdoor play.

One of the great features about our newest collection of kids winter boots from Emu is their waterproof features - select styles are puddle proof and designed with waterproof suede. Check product listings for additional details when shopping. 

Some shoes are not waterproof - these can still be great for those really cold days where it doesn't get wet, and navigating indoor adventures. 

  1. Consult Size Charts

Most winter boot brands provide size charts that can guide you in choosing the right size based on your child's measurements. Refer to these charts when selecting the appropriate size for their winter boots based on the drawings you've done earlier. It's also good to compare size charts - don't assume because your child wears the size 6 jelly jumper, that the size 6 toasty dry lite will be the right choice. Sizing can change between brands, and within products.

Bonus: easy care! Look for a winter boot that is easy to care for. Some boots have simple toss in the washing machine instructions, while others offer a no fuss, brush off the dirt approach to tackling care! 

By following these tips and ensuring a proper fit, you can equip your little adventurers with winter boots that keep them warm, dry, and ready to conquer the winter wonderland with ease and comfort. Shop our selection of kids winter boots online or visit us in Prince George, BC.

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