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The 10 Best Hiking Shoes for Kids

These are 10 of the best hiking shoes for kids. A hiking kid is a happy kid. Getting your kids out of doors provides a love of nature and a life-long dedication to fitness. It is also a great way to get kids off the couch and expend some of that pent-up energy.
Nothing ruins an adventure faster than sore feet. Having the right shoes for your adventures can make the difference between a great family outing and a disaster. Waterproof shoes or boots will keep feet dry and happy all day. Boots with lugged, anti-slip soles prevent slips and falls. Shoes with cushioning and shock absorption will allow your kids to run and jump over any terrain without thinking about their feet. These shoes will make sure that your first outdoor adventure will not be your last.

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1. Merrell Trail Chaser Hiking Shoe

Merrell Trail Chaser Hiking Shoe , Grey/Blue/Citron, 5 M US Big Kid best kids' hiking shoe

The Merrell Trail chaser is a sturdy shoe made to tackle all kinds of trails. The suede and mesh upper allows for excellent ventilation to keep little feet cool and dry. The Velcro hook and loop closure allows for better fit and less time tying shoes. Non-marking rubber soles provide grip on the trail. A removable footbed allows for a comfortable fit.

2. Dadawen Boy’s Girl’s Running Shoes Waterproof Outdoor Hiking Athletic Sneakers

DADAWEN Boy's Girl's Running Shoes Waterproof Outdoor Hiking Athletic Sneakers (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid) Orange US Size 2 M Little Kid best kids' hiking shoes

These kid’s trail sneakers for boys and girls from Dadawen are a sturdy and affordable option for outdoor adventures. The faux leather upper is waterproof with a soft lining next to the foot. Rubber soles provide excellent traction in all kinds of terrain. Hook and loop Velcro closure allows the sneaker to be easily taken on and off. Bungee laces ensure the shoe will stay put. A strong toe cap and reinforced heel offer added protection for young feet.

3. Teva Kids’ Arrowood 2 Mid Wp Hiking Shoe

Teva Boys' Arrowood 2 MID WP Hiking Shoe, Midnight Navy, 04 M US Big Kid best kids' hiking shoes

The Teva Arrowood kid’s hiking boots are designed with active kids in mind. The leather and textile upper combined with a waterproof membrane keep kids’ feet dry no matter the weather. Durable rubber soles provide traction on any terrain. Elastic lacing provides easy entry and exit and adjusts for the perfect fit. The mid-top design provides additional support for rugged adventures.

4. Northside Kids’ Rampart Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

Northside Unisex Rampart MID Waterproof Hiking Boot, Brown, 4 Medium US Big Kid best kids' hiking shoes

The Northside Rampart is a rugged, sturdy hiking boot made for all adventures. The suede leather and mesh upper combined with a wicking liner provide waterproof, seam-sealed construction to keep little feet warm and dry on the trail. An abrasion resistant toe guard and heel stabilizer give added protection. Mid-rise boot height gives ankle support. A padded tongue keeps debris out and provides extra comfort. The cushioned insole adds comfort and is removable and washable to keep boots fresh. Toddler boots have an ankle strap for added stability.

5. Keen Kids’ Terradora Low WP Hiking Shoe

KEEN Unisex Terradora Low WP Hiking Shoe, Boysenberry/RED Violet, 3 M US Big Kid best kids' hiking shoes

The Terradora by Keen is a stylish girl’s hiking shoe that is built to last. The all synthetic upper provides breathable, lightweight support. Rubber soles provide grip on rough terrain but leave no marks on the floors at home. The removable EVA footbed molds to kid’s feet to provide a comfortable fit for growing feet. The lace capture system provides easy on/off and a secure fit. These shoes are built for all-day comfort on the trail.

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6. Merrell Kids Boy’s Chameleon 7 Access Mid Waterproof

Merrell Kids Boy's Chameleon 7 Access Mid Waterproof (Little Kid/Big Kid) Black 3 M US Little Kid best kids' hiking shoes

The Chameleon by Merrell is a boy’s hiking shoe made to go the distance. These boots feature an M Select Dry membrane for breathable comfort. Nubuck, suede leather and mesh uppers combined with a rubber toe cap and heel stabilizer surround your little hiker’s feet with protection. Mid rise height provides needed ankle support on rough terrain. A removable, contoured insole provides flexible support and fit. Non-marking rubber soles provide grip on slippery surfaces. A padded tongue and collar add comfort and keep debris out of the boot.

7. Northside Cheyenne JR Hiking Boot

Northside Cheyenne JR Hiking Boot ,Taupe/Mango,6 M US Big Kid best kids' hiking shoes

The Cheyenne JR hiking boot from Northside provides lightweight, comfortable support in a sturdy shoe. The leather and textile upper provides breathable support no matter what the day brings. The PVC mudguard and heel stabilizer provide added protection and shock absorption. The contoured EVA insole provides needed cushioning for all-day adventures. The easy lace system allows for more trail time and less lace time in addition to superior fit. The traction outsole provides grip and durability.

8. Nyznia Kids Trail Running Sneaker Outdoor Waterproof Hiking Shoes

Nyznia boy Shoes Outdoor Waterproof Hiking Running Youth Shoes Red 2 US Little Kid best kids' hiking shoes

These kid’s running trail sneakers from Nyznia provide the comfort and support little feet need for a day outside. A waterproof upper keeps feet dry all day. A soft, breathable lining keeps feet cool and comfortable. A rubber grooved outsole provides slip resistance and durability for extra safety and wear-resistance. A rounded toe box provides a more spacious fit for growing feet. Elastic laces and a hook and loop design make these hiking shoes easy to get on and stay on.

9. Littleplum Kids Hiking Boots Boys Waterproof Hiker

AShion Kids Hiking Shoes Walking Boots Antiskid Steel Buckle Sole Outdoor Climbing Sneaker,1-blue-thin,5 M US Big Kid(Inner Length - 23.5cm) best kids' hiking shoes

The Littleplum waterproof hiking boot keeps little feet warm and dry no matter the weather. A waterproof suede and mesh upper provides breathable protection from the elements. A soft, plush lining keeps feet warm even in the snow. The odor resistant lining also keeps the boots fresh and clean. Slip-resistant soles allow safe travel over wet and slippery terrain. The high-top design provides added ankle support and keeps snow and debris out of the boot. An ankle strap provides extra stability.

10. Columbia Kids’ Youth Newton Ridge Hiking Boot

Columbia Unisex-Kid's Youth Newton Ridge Hiking Shoe, Black/Mountain Red, 1 best kids' hiking shoes

The Newton Ridge kid’s hiking boot from Columbia provides an affordable, durable boot for all your adventures. The leather upper is seam sealed and coated for superior waterproofing, ensuring dry feet all day. The Omni-Grip non-marking rubber sole provides excellent traction no matter the terrain. The lightweight midsole provides excellent cushioning and shock absorption to protect feet from rugged surfaces. These durable boots rank as one of the best hiking shoes for kids.

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By BCR Staff
June 2019

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