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Probably the best thing to remember when you buy children's hiking boots is to make sure they fit absolutely perfectly, and give the best support they can. Your children's feet are still growing and tender, and you can harm them for life if you put them on the trail in ill-fitting footwear.
Make sure the shoes are wide enough, give room in the toes, and support the arch and ankle. Don't scrimp on the socks, either. Buy children's socks made specifically for hiking, because they fit better inside the boot, are lightweight, and help wick sweat away from the foot. Don't buy cotton socks, they stay wet and can lead to discomfort, blisters, and wet, soaking feet after a hike.