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Best Lightweight Hiking Shoes for Kids in 2022

Last updated January 18, 2022| Clothing

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Hiking is a very enjoyable activity ! isnt?…

A lot of people like to perform this activity with their beloved ones especially parent hikers would like from time to time to take their kids hiking with them if that’s why it’s worthy to know what these kids need to have a safe hike with you.

Kids are incredibly energetic and are always moving around , so they need to have the perfect gear in order to be safe all the time.

Hiking is performed all the time on foot that’s why we have to protect our feet with the best hiking boots.

Let alone having a kid who is extremely fragile. Will for sure needs extra attention when it comes to kids hiking boots.

You have to focus on a number of things that will ensure comfort and will keep them safe and help them to have an enjoyable hike with you.

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At what age can you take a kid hiking?

If you’re an experienced hiker, you should be able to take your kid hiking at 1-5 months old. You’ll need to ensure you have an adequate front carrier so your child has proper head and neck support. If your child is under 1 month old, you shouldn’t take your baby out because of the potential sun exposure, the chance of poor weather, and bumping around that comes from hiking on unstable terrain.

Once your baby is 6-14 months old, a solid back carrier will work to take them on hikes. Once your child starts walking with confidence, they should be able to venture the journey with you by foot between 14 months and 4 years.

It’s important to bring a back carrier as a backup to let them rest if they’re under 2 years old. also  a kids chairs if you’re going to camp !

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Best Hiking shoes for Kids Review

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merrell kids hiking shoes review  (M-Chameleon 7 Access Mid a/C WTRPF)

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Merrell is one of the top outdoor shoe brands in the US. For years, they’ve been one of the leaders in shoe ware for those who just can’t get enough of the great outdoors. Not only do they make incredible hiking shoes for adults, but they also create impressive kids hiking shoes.

The Merrell Kids’ M-Chameleon 7 Access Mid a/C WTRPF Hiking Shoes were designed with comfort and durability in mind. Made from 100% leather and synthetic, these mid-height hiking shoes are perfect for your little one who loves venturing outside.

Whether you’re training up your kid to embrace the outdoors as much as you, or you simply want to make sure they’re equipped with a tough pair of shoes at the playground, these Chameleons are a great pick.

Named after the chameleon, these shoes are extremely versatile. They’re a great all-around hiking shoe, and can be used in a variety of situations.

If you’re ever unsure what to strap on your kid’s feet, these come in handy, since they can handle nearly any situation, whether rain, snow, mud, dirt, or gravel.

The top is made from leather and mesh for durability, yet they are lightweight enough to run around in. The shoes include a rubber sole for long-lasting comfort.

The shaft measures about mid-top from the arch. They include an M Select GRIP for incredible traction, so it isn’t easy for your kid to slip while running.

One downside is that even though they’re made with waterproof construction, they may not keep your kid’s feet completely dry.

Things We Like

  • Lightweight
  • High-quality rubber sole
  • Versatile
  • 100% leather
  • Anti-slip M Select GRIP

Things We Don’t Like

  • Not completely waterproof

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KEEN KIDS HIKING BOOTS review  ( Terradora Mid Wp)

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Second up on our list is a solid hiking shoe by KEEN. The KEEN Kids’ Terradora Mid Wp Hiking Shoe is a durable kids hiking shoe that is great for the outdoors.

The KEEN Kids’ Terradora is especially great for hiking uphill. The Terradoras were designed to be able to propel your kid uphill and cushion the impact when coming back down.

Made from 100% Textile and Synthetic, these KEEN hiking shoes are durable, built to last through nearly any conditions on the trail. They include a rubber sole that keeps your little one’s feet comfortable even on longer hikes.

The shoes are easy to slip on and off since they come with a secure fit lace capture system that doesn’t require tying knots, bows, or bunny loops. Your child can simply slip them on without knowing how to tie their shoe yet, speeding up the process.

If you’re an avid hiker and want to ensure your child can keep up without complaints of slipping or getting sore feet, then these are a great hiking shoe.

The one downside is that while these are solid hiking shoes, they aren’t the best for going to the park or every day use. They’re made specifically for trails, especially with a lot of ups and downs.

Things We Like

  • Waterproof
  • Non-marking rubber outsole
  • Metatomical EVA footbed
  • Great for hiking hills
  • String-knotting for easy on and off
  • Lightweight
  • Great for rain or snow

Things We Don’t Like

  • Not very versatile

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    Timberland Waterproof Hiking Boot Review (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)

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    Third up on our list is a solid pair of waterproof hiking shoes by Timberland. The Timberland MT Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots have been a “family favorite” for years and are a great pair of hiking boots on the trail or in the city.

    The MT Maddsens first came out as a pair of adult hiking boots and now they’re available for the kids too.

    The MT Maddsens are a great all-around pair of hiking boots for the whole family. The boots are completely waterproof, which is a nice plus if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain. They’re equipped with a timber-dry membrane to ensure your feet stay dry in wet conditions.

    The MT Maddsens are also stacked with an anti-fatigue footbed to ensure your kid is comfortable on the trails even on a multi-hour hike through the woods.

    For the environmentally-conscious, it’s nice knowing the outsoles are made from recycled material and are durable enough to prevent slipping.

    The best part is that they have nearly every size you can imagine from toddler all the way to adult, so your whole family can be equipped and ready to handle the trails.

    There aren’t many downsides to the Timberland MT Maddsens other than the fact that they’re a bit pricier than some of the other kids hiking shoes on the list. Considering the quality of Timberlands, they are a worthy investment.

    Things We Like

        • Versatile
        • Breathable padded collar
        • Mid-top silhouette for extra stability
        • Full-grain waterproof leather upper
        • Gusseted tongue keeps dirt out
        • Padded collar and tongue for extra comfort
        • Anti-fatigue comfort technology
        • Green Rubber outsole for extra traction
        • Sockliner lets you know when your kid outgrows the shoe

    Things We Don’t Like

        • More expensive than others on our list.

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    northside kids hiking shoes reviews (Freemont Waterproof)

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    If your kid loves being outside in the rain, but you hate having them step all over your floor with wet socks afterwards, then you’ll want to consider these hiking boots by Northside.

    Northside is known for creating all-season footwear for active families. The Northside Kids’ Freemon Waterproof Hiking Boot is a reliable hiking boot when you need to ensure your kid stays dry.

    Not only are the boots waterproof, but they’re also quite stylish and lightweight. Day trips with the family out in the woods, on the mountains, or just for a trip to the park will be a breeze with these boots since they’re excellent at keeping moisture out.

    Made from suede and mesh, they offer both protection and comfort while also making sure your kid’s feet don’t get too hot inside.

    The Northside boots also come with abrasion guards on the arch and toe for added protection from sharp rocks, twigs, branches, or thorns.

    The boots are also good for colder conditions. Even though they’re lightweight and breathable, they’re also insulated well, so your child won’t end up with frozen toes after a long day in the snow.

    You won’t have to worry about struggling to get your kid’s feet into these hiking boots since they have a quick lace up feature. This will allow them to easily slip their feet in without have to tie-up or untie their laces. Just pull the padded tongue forward and they will be able to fit their feet in snug.

    It was tough finding downsides to this shoe, other than the fact that they cost a bit more on average than the other hiking boots on this list.

    Things We Like

    • High-quality leather
    • Waterproof
    • Comfortable rubber sole
    • Ankle high suede for extra comfort
    • Breathable
    • Abrasion-resistant toe
    • Gusseted tongue keeps debris out

    Things We Don’t Like

    • A little on the pricier side

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    KEEN’s back at it again with another great pair of kids hiking boots on our list. The KEEN Kids Hikeport Mid WP Hiking Boot are a stylish pair of everyday kids hiking boots.

    These shoes are built with premium craftsmanship in mind. Built for the outdoors-loving, adventurous kid, they’re excellent for a day trip through the trails or a snow day.

    Plus, these shoes are just as good for everyday wear to school, or for play dates, since they’re also quite stylish.

    The Hikeports are lightweight, and will be easy for your kid to run around and play in, all while looking stylish enough for school.

    These kids hiking boots are designed with KEEN.DRY technology, which means they come with a proprietary waterproof and a breathable membrane that allows vapor out without letting water in.

    In other words, your kid can run around in them in the rain without letting water in, and their feet won’t get sweaty and overheat.

    This pair, in contrast to the Terradora hiking boots at number two, include an adjustable hook-and-loop closure for extra stability.

    Plus, it makes it easy for your little one to put the shoes on and take them off since they don’t need to tie up the laces.

    The shoes don’t have many downsides, other than the fact that they’re not the perfect hiking shoe. Yes, they have grip on the bottom, but they are more suitable for everyday use.

    They can be used for hiking, running, and playing in the snow, but there are better “pure” hiking boots available. They’re also a bit stiff at first and require some “breaking-in.”

    Things We Like

    • Stylish
    • Versatile, everyday shoes
    • DRY Waterproof
    • Breathable
    • Comfortable padded collar and tongue
    • Adjustable hook-and-loop
    • Cleansport NXT for odor control

    Things We Don’t Like

    • A bit stiff at first
    • Not a “pure hiking shoe”

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    VTK Kids Anti-Skid Outdoor Hiking Boots for Boys & Girls review

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    Our final pair of the best lightweight hiking boots for kids is the VTK Kids Anti-Skid Outdoor Hiking Boots for Boys and Girls. These hiking boots are one of the most popular choices since they have so many sizes and colors to choose from.

    The VTK Anti-Skid Outdoor Hiking Boots are great for both boys and girls and have over 20 colors to choose from.

    If you have a few kids and need to get them both a new pair of hiking boots, then these are perfect to ensure they both get their own special pair.

    The shoes are designed with artificial leather, suede, polyurethane, mesh, and tear-resistant fabric upper. The inner lining is made from warm plush, and is soft, comfortable, breathable, warm, and windproof.

    If your kid will be playing outside in the cold often, then these will be a great pair to ensure their feet don’t freeze. While they aren’t technically waterproof, and won’t completely keep the snow out, they’re good for cold conditions.

    One of the coolest features of these hiking shoes is that they have a non-slip metal claw on the bottom of the heel. They also have a durable, stable outsole pattern to handle nearly any terrain, whether dirt, rocks, mud, or gravel.

    They have rubber soles to make sure your kid absorbs any shock from jumping around at the playground.

    One downside is that they’re not technically waterproof, though they are water-resistant. It’s best to use a waterproofing spray on the shoes before use if you want to ensure your kid’s feet stay dry.

    Things We Like

        • Over 20 different colors
        • Great if you have a few kids
        • Affordable
        • Anti-slip metal claw underneath
        • Stylish
        • Hook-and-loop makes it easy for putting on
        • Extended outsole wrapping toe for extra strength

    Things We Don’t Like

        • Not 100% waterproof

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    5 important tips to choose the best hiking boots for kids


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    #Tip1 : Fit

    The way your kids hiking boots fit we’ll for sure determined if they are going to have an enjoyable hike or not.

    You never want the poor baby to have tight shoes that will make walking with you and unbearable thing to do.

    Sometimes kids will not talk about what they are suffering from because they are really distracted by the fun they are having.

    However, at the end of the day when you are going to go home, we will discover set the little baby is having issues on their feet. And that’s why you have to make sure you get the right size for them.

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    #Tip2 : Ankle support

    Kids are already fragile and require us to take all of the cautions in order to protect them. That’s why buying a kid hiking boot that lacks ankle support put the little baby in so much Danger.

    Make sure ankle support is there in any kids hiking shoes that you are planning to purchase. An ankle that is the weakest point in everyone’s leg. Let alone a little kid’s.

    So paying extra attention here will put a lot of danger away from your little loved kid. Support is as important for kids as might be important for adults, this is something to keep in mind.

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    #Tip3 : Waterproof

    Going with kids hiking boots that lack waterproof is a no-no when it comes to hiking with your kids. You are an adult that can withstand some tough conditions.

    However, that little kid can’t. That’s why you have to go for the maximum when it comes to safety and comfort.

    Waterproof kids hiking boots will provide your kids with the right amount of protection needed. This goes for both kids and girls’ hiking boots. Waterproofing is important as it is for adults.

    Having wet hiking boots can cause some skin problems if you are going to walk for long distances. Let alone, having that problem with the little kid.

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    #Tip4 : Durable

    Durability is a key thing here. You never want to have some crappy kids hiking boots for your kid while taking them hiking which requires walking a lot in a tough landscape.

    So make sure that you pay extra attention to durability.

    The best way to do this it’s to go for well-known brands that have been doing making kids hiking boots for years and have enough experience in making healthy and durable hiking boots for kids.

    Stick around as we will list you five of the best kids hiking shoes you can buy today.

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    #Tip5 : Breathability

    Breathability is as important as all of what we have mentioned before.

    In order to ensure the safety of your kid and have their feet kept healthy at the end of the day, they have to make sure that this kid hiking boots are ensuring maximum reasons for Health protection.

    The main thing here we are talking about is breathability. Not only in hiking boots but all kinds of kids’ shoes should be breathable in the order they have enough amount of ventilation coming inside your kids’ feet.

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    Best Kids Hiking Boots Brands

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    Brand #1: Merrell

    If you’re an experienced hiker, then you’ve definitely heard of Merrell before. Merrell was founded in 1981 by All-American, Clark Matis, and professional cowboy bootmaker Randy Merrell.

    They’ve been making high-quality hiking boots for years and are one of the leaders in the industry. They also make trail running shoes, fitness training shoes, and even work boots.

    Brand #2: KEEN

    KEEN is another top kids hiking boots brands on the market. KEEN was founded in Alameda, California in 2003 by Martin Keen, making them one of the newer, younger players in the hiking boots market.

    They have a vast variety of outdoors gear, from apparel, shoes, sandals, backpack, work boots, hats, and of course, hiking boots.

    Brand #3: Timberland

    One of the oldest, longest-lasting hiking boot brands in the industry is Timberland. They’re the founder of one of the most iconic boots in history and are still leading the way.

    Founded in 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts, Timberland makes outdoor shoes, boots, clothing, bags, accessories, and more.

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    These were the best options in the market that we trust to say these are the kids hiking shoes to trust! hiking is as fun and enjoyable as it is a hobby that requires extra attention. Let alone having kids with you.

    You need to be extra cautious in order to make sure that everyone is safe. And the perfect way to so is to go for good quality hiking gear and hiking boots are the first thing that comes in that list.

    We hope that this article helped you to shape a good opinion on how to choose your next kids’ hiking boots.

    before you leave you may be intersted on other gears make sure to check it ( Family tents , Hiking GPSrocking camp chairs for adultes , Binucolars… )


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