The 10 Best Hiking Boots for Kids
Today we will discuss about the best kids hiking boots.
Because what’s better than watching your kids gear up in their hiking boots and head off to explore the beauty of the wilderness?
In this article, I will lay out the ten best hiking shoes for kids.
Kids are not as sturdy, cautious or able as adults are, so finding easy ways to make your trek safer is a must.
This article will help you understand the advantages and tradeoffs of some popular kids hiking boots.
To start, I made a simple top 3 list to use (see below)
Let’s dig in!
First Choice 🥇
Deer Stag Drew Hiker Boot
Most hiking boots are durable and sturdy, the Deer Stag is no exception.
The best feature — and the reason the Deer Stag took home the gold — is its ability to dry super fast.
If your little hiker even has a chance of getting his or her feet wet, you better believe they will.
A quick-drying boot is a simple way to avoid the heartache of walking around all day with wet feet.
Second Choice 🥈
Hi-Tec Tucano Waterproof Junior Light Hiking Boots
This is unique in its ability to absorb shock.
In rougher terrain, having footwear that can withstand some ups and downs is key.
Third Choice 🥉
Hi-Tec Penrith Mid Waterproof JR Hiking Shoes
Rounding out the top 3 is the Hi-Tec Penrith.
I like this boot for 2 reasons.
First, these boots come with a sock liner
Second, the combination of stability, comfort, and durability creates a great all-around choice.
In This Article...
Best Kids Boots – The Top 10 Short List
Below is our short list for the top ten kids boots.
If you are looking for detailed reviews of each of the boots mentioned, scroll down to the bottom of the article.
The Top 10 Boots
Deer Stags Drew Hiker Boot
An all-around quality boot
Northside Bismarck Junior Hiking Boot
Best Boys Boots
Below are a list of the 5 best kids hiking boots for boys.
In general, I’ve found that stability, durability, and the ability to dry quickly are the keys to a great boot for boys.
Below are my top 5 picks. If you are looking for more detail, click the shoe to see how it performed on Amazon.
I’ve also written a long review for each, which can be found below.
Best Hiking Boots for Girls
For girls, quick drying, a sleek look, and durability are the top three most important features.
Below is our list of the top 5 kids hiking boots. If you are looking for more info, click the show to see how they performed on Amazon.
Farther below, I’ve written longer reviews for each shoe.
Why Are Hiking Shoes Important for Your Kids?
As adults, we all remember the experiences that shaped our love of hiking.
Being outside & in nature was one of my fondest memories as a boy, and I can image many of you have the same recollections.
That said, as parents we all know kids need a lot of guidance and supervision to make whatever activity a success (hiking included).
Finding simple ways to make whatever activity safer, more enjoyable, and less likely to result in tears is a must for building fond memories.
Of all the hiking gear, boots are very important to get right. We all know how a blister can turn an awesome adventure into a drag for everyone involved.
Getting the right boots for your little hiker wont guarantee success, but it will give you a better chance of success.
In other words, why not pick the low hanging fruit before climbing the tree?
How to Choose the Best Kids Hiking Boots?
As I mentioned above, stability, durability, and quick-drying are 3 keys to a good boot for kids.
Below, I dive deeper into what makes a boot successful and things to consider when evaluating kids hiking boots.
Features to Consider
Below are 4 considerations to make when buying hiking boots for your child.
The first thing to consider while buying a hiking shoes for your child is the material. Generally, hiking shoes come in either of the three materials: leather, synthetic or rubber.
Leather shoes are strong and durable.
However, they are expensive and non-water proof. Nonetheless, if mixed with synthetic materials, leather shoes do become water resistant.
Synthetic shoes are mostly made from nylon or polyester.
These are waterproof, comfortable, durable and also come in reasonable prices.
Rubber shoes are the most waterproof. They are comfortable and durable too.
2. Boot Parts
The second thing to look for is the sole, the outer part and the insides of the hiking shoes.
The sole must be thick and sturdy.
In case your child steps on a sharp object or you cross rocky terrain, the sole should be able to protect the child’s feet and not get torn.
Also, the sole must be oil resistant and waterproof so that your child can easily walk on slippery roads or cross streams and puddles without any difficulty. The sole should provide good grip, stability and traction.
The outer part of the shoes must be water resistant or water proof. It should be robust but at the same time, should also be breathable and non-rigid.
A non-flexible outer part may cause strain to the feet. So pay attention to the outer part of the shoes.
It is a great advantage if the inside of the hiking shoes is padded as this will provide great comfort and support. The inside of the shoes should have good arch support as well.
3. High Ankle Support
Choose the hiking boot with high shaft (high ankle).
Kids don’t have the same muscle and bone strength as adults, especially in their ankles, so providing more support will guard against minor strains and sprains.
4. Talk To Your Hiker
The best advice I can give beyond the material and construction of a shoe is to talk to your hiker about what feels and looks best to them.
Remember, they will be wearing the shoe, so don’t forget to actually hear from the source what works and what doesn’t.
Best Hiking Boots for Boys
Below is a detailed review of each of the “top 5” kids hiking boots for boys mentioned above.
1. Deer Stag Drew Hiker Boot
The Deer Stag Drew Hiker Boot is my kids hiking boots #1 pick.
This boot is made with simulated leather and ballistic nylon.
The sole of the Deer Stag Drew Hiker Boot is made of synthetic.
The shaft measures 4.5 inches from the arch whereas the platform is 0.5 inches.
This boot also has abrasion resistant toe cap and heel for extra security and coziness.
The boot offers excellent traction, as the outsole of the Deer Stag Drew Hiker Boot is made of TPR.
As a result, the grip provided by this boot is excellent and the stability delivered is very good as well.
Moreover, the boot is extremely protective and sturdy, so you will have to hike quite a bit before replacing these boot.
Last, the boot is both waterproof and lightweight — two keys to hiking successfully.
The seam-sealed construction of this boot keeps the water off and keeps the feet dry and warm.
So the next time your kid wants to cross the stream or play in the puddle, you will not have to think twice before giving him or her the permission.
2. Rocky Boys’ Hunting Waterproof Insulated Boot
The Rocky Boys’ Hunting Waterproof Insulated Boot has a regular and extra-wide width option.
The Rocky Boys’ Hunting Waterproof Insulated Boot is a high ankle boot with 5 inches in height making.
It is made with 800 grams of thinsulate Ultra insulation which has made the boot resistant against water.
The Rocky Boys’ Hunting Waterproof Insulated Boot’s 900 denier nylons have made the boot very strong and durable.
Similar to the Deer Stag Drew Hiker Boot, this boot also has a TPR outer rubber sole which ensures optimum grip and traction.
The Rocky Boys’ Hunting Waterproof Insulated Boot is a very comfortable boot. It will protect your kids’ feet from the outer harsh conditions and keep them dry and warm even during wet and severe climatic conditions.
Another great feature about this boot is that it is very lightweight and hence allows the kid to walk in it without much strain.
The Rocky Boys’ Hunting Waterproof Insulated Boot comes in mossy oak color and has a camouflage print which allows the boot to blend in with the forest surrounding.
- Available in variable sizes and types
3. Timberland White Ledge Waterproof Hiking Boot
The Timberland White Ledge Waterproof Hiking Boot is one of the most popular and well-received boots for kids offered by Timberland.
Timberland has tried its best to make this boot comfortable and has succeeded well as well.
The Timberland White Ledge Waterproof Hiking Boot is equipped with EVA foot bed and padded ankle area which offer great comfort.
The seam-sealed waterproof construction of the soles help to keep the feet warm and dry all the time.
The sole is made of synthetic material and has supportive nylon shank. The shaft of the Timberland White Ledge Waterproof Hiking Boot measures approximately 3.25 inches from the arch.
Also, the Timberland White Ledge Waterproof Hiking Boot is extremely breathable. This allows the feet to be moisture-free and non-sticky.
This boot is stable and has a great grasp as well.
4. Columbia Youth Newton Ridge Waterproof Hiking Boot
The Columbia Youth Newton Ridge Waterproof Hiking Boot is made with polyurethane coated with leather.
The rubber sole and outsole of this boot help to grip shock well whereas the rust proof laces make this boot durable and sturdy.
The Columbia Youth Newton Ridge Waterproof Hiking Boot has a shaft of 4 inches from the arch.
This boot is made for rigid topographies and difficult landscapes. As a result, this boot is considered one of the best boots for hiking and adventures, especially in less-than-ideal weather scenarios.
5. Timberland Pawtuckaway Waterproof Hiking Boot
The Timberland Pawtuckaway Waterproof Hiking Boot is another great hiking boot for kids offered by Timberland.
It is made with waterproof grain leather and hence is water resistant in nature.
The Timberland Pawtuckaway Waterproof Hiking Boot is equipped with rubber soles which guarantee better stability and balance.
As a result, kids can wear this boot comfortably even in the tough and rocky terrain.
The outer part of this boot is rust proof.
The Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) foot bed has made this boot comfortable to wear.
This boot also features shock absorption technology which is responsible for keeping the feet secured and safe.
The Timberland Pawtuckaway Waterproof Hiking Boot is highly breathable.
As a bonus, this boot is also very stylish and is bound to be your child’s favorite gear in any hike.
Best Hiking Boots for Girls
Below are the best kids hiking boots boots for girls, with a little more explanation about what makes each boot special.
1. Hi-Tec Tucano Waterproof Junior Light Hiking Boot
The Hi-Tec Tucano Waterproof Junior Light Hiking Boot have rubber sole and molded EVA mid-sole for great shock absorption.
The Dri-Tec waterproof liner in the boot retains water keeping your feet warm and dry.
This boot also has a heel locking system for better safety.
The durability of this boot is remarkable.
The boot also has a combination lacing system that makes taking the boot on and off simple for your little hiker.
2. Merell Chameleon Hiking Shoes
The Merell Chameleon Hiking boots come in two heights.
The first is the mid-height shoes.
If you want more safety and ankle protection then you should definitely go for the mid-height Merell Chameleons.
The low ankle Merells are better for less intense hikes and can also be worn as regular, everyday shoes.
The Merell Chameleon Hiking Shoes come with removable foot bed. They also feature an M-Select FRESH trait which prevents odor — not a huge problem for most kids but a nice perk.
Another great feature present in this shoe is the technology M-Select DRY which seals out water and helps to keep your feet dry.
3. Hi-Tec Penrith Mid Waterproof JR Hiking Shoes
Another great hiking boot for girls is the Hi-Tec Penrith Mid Waterproof JR Hiking Shoes. This is a sturdy and stylish shoes made of a combination of syntheticZ and leather.
The Hi-Tec Penrith Mid Waterproof JR Hiking Shoes has a “Dri-Tec” mid-sole and removable EVA sock liner.
They are also equipped with cushioned mid-sole for arch support and shock absorption.
The Hi-Tec Penrith Mid Waterproof JR Hiking Shoes are durable and have great resistance. They are flexible, lightweight and comfortable.
The Hi-Tec Penrith Mid Waterproof JR Hiking Shoes are durable as well.
I’ve had a few people reach out directly and suggest this boot, so I thought I’d include it in the list.
4. Hi-Tec Logan Waterproof JR Hiking Boots
The Hi-Tec Logan Waterproof JR Hiking Boots are another great pair of shoes offered by Hi-Tec.
The shaft in these shoes measure 4 inches from the arch.
The Hi-Tec Logan Waterproof JR Hiking Boots are furnished with EVA midsole cushion and rubber outsole.
The EVA midsole cushion helps to prevent strains and pain in the legs.
The support provided by the Hi-Tec Logan Waterproof JR Hiking Boots is exceptionally good. These shoes are comfortable, breathable and durable.
5. KEEN Koven Mid WP Hiking Boot
The KEEN Koven Mid WP Hiking Boot are made from a combination of leather and synthetic materials.
The outsole of the KEEN Koven Mid WP Hiking Boot is made of rubber for more comfort.
These shoes also have a waterproof membrane for keeping your feet dry.
The shaft measure of the KEEN Koven Mid WP Hiking Boot is 4.5 inches from the arch.
These shoes provide great ankle support and stability.
The KEEN Koven Mid WP Hiking Boot are pretty expensive but they are worth the price.
To Wrap Up
So this is it for my part.
Now it is time for you guys to pick your favorite kids hiking boots. Try out a pair mentioned above and send me an email.
or if you have a pair that works great for your little hiker, I’d love to hear about it!
Take care and I will see you next time!