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The Best Winter Boots-Keep Your Kid’s Feet Warm And Dry

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Parents always ask me: “Does my child need a pair of snow boots?” Our kids’ shoe store is located in an area where it snows every year, but parents are still hesitant about purchasing snow boots for their kids. Even after they buy them, they won’t leave the store without saying: ” Now that we got a pair, it won’t snow this year”. I find it funny, considering it has snowed all previous years! It is important to provide your child with the right pair of snow boots if you want to keep his/her feet warm and dry during the coldest weather!

You know your child is going to ask you to play in the snow, make a snowman, or go sledding. Therefore, you must provide your kids’ with a pair of snow boots because they will keep their feet warm and dry while playing in the snow. With the boots on, children can move about without getting their feet cold or wet.

I have been fitting childrens’ shoes for over 5 years now, and specialize in children that have foot issues such as flat feet, knock-knees, hammer toes, you name it! As soon as the cold weather hits, parents start looking for warm footwear for their kids’ to wear. They either want an insulated boot or a snow boot so their kids’ can play in the snow without their feet getting cold or wet. One common question parents ask is: “What are the best winter boots for kids?” There are two important features that snow boots MUST provide: They all must be waterproofed and insulated.

Snow Boots For Boys

Winter is fast approaching, and most parents are usually looking for some practical footwear for their child to wear, which will keep their children’s feet warm and dry. This calls for shoes that are waterproof and that also provide good support. Of course, there are many options available out there in the market for the winter season and the choices can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know which boots are better than others.

I want to arm you with some helpful information about the differences in childrens’ winter boots.  So before you go shopping, here are a few tips that you need to know when picking the best winter boots for your little one.

Keep in mind that a snow boot is NOT meant for long distance walks or hikes because they tend to be heavy, and will NOT provide your child with the stability that he/she needs when climbing rocks or going through wet surfaces. Your kids’ feet and legs will tire more quickly since the weight of the boot will take a toll on them.

The Best Snow Boots For Children – Waterproof And Insulated!

 

Some of the best brands of snow boots are:

  • Kamik
  • Bogs
  • Tundra

These are the three MOST popular brands. There is a style made by Kamik called the Snobuster, which is a snow boot and a rain boot! Parents tend to love the versatility this snow boots provides, since their children can wear them in the winter and spring seasons. Even if it doesn’t snow that winter, you can still use the boots in the spring for rainy days! It is one of the most affordable snow boots in the market, too!

This boot comes with a removable liner, which once you take it off it will open up for extra space around the toes and become a rain boot. It also features an adjustable bungee toggle collar to keep the boot secure against your child’s legs, in order to PREVENT any snow from getting inside his feet.

Another boot that is similar in term of its versatility is made by Bogs. They are your year round boot, since they can be a snow boot as well as a rain boot. Furthermore, it is 100 percent waterproof and winter-ready with 7 mm Neo-Tech insulation rated to -30F that will keep feet toasty warm come rain, sleet or snow.

Bogs are in the higher end when it comes to price but they are totally worth it. They are lightweight and easy to walk in. We sell them in the store not only to our children, but moms also love wearing them!

Did you know that if you are a woman shoe size 8 1/2 or smaller you can wear kids’ footwear? This is a SECRET that most parents don’t know about! You will end up saving a lot of money by buying the kids’ version of the shoe. I wrote a post where I explain everything you need to know about how kids’ and women’s shoe size translate. The post is called:

Women And Kids Shoe Size Conversion – Save Big Buying Kids Shoes!

Toddler Snow Boots- The Best Snow Boots For A Toddler

Some toddlers might have a hard time walking in a heavy clunky snow boot. Keep in mind that snow boots are NOT meant for long distance walking, but your child should be able to move and play with confidence. There is a particular snow boot that I have fitted before that works great for them which is made by Bogs and is extremely lightweight and flexible.

If you are the kind of parent who ALWAYS has a hard time getting the snow boot inside your kids’ feet, then this will be the PERFECT boot for your child since they are very easy to slip on and off. This snow boot is a 100% waterproof  and will  keep your child foot warm, dry and comfortable.

These are the perfect snow boots for a child that is still learning how to walk, since they are extremely lightweight and flexible!

Below you can have a list of the best snow boots for kids’, including the ones that I recommended above!


The shoes in the first-row fit “true to size”, which means that you need to go a half a size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

The shoes in the second-row fit “short”, which means that you need to go a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

Children Snow Boots- Do They Have To Be Gender Specific?

Some parents ask me for neutral colors snow boots so they can pass them along to their other kids. Parents, please keep in mind that your child’s boots do not need to be gender specific – it’s 2017!

However, always think twice before you pass on footwear between your children. When it comes to snow boots or rain boots, I don’t have a problem with them being passed down between your children. The main reason is because they are worn for such short periods of time and boots tend to hold their shape. NEVER pass down footwear such as sneakers between your kids’. I explain you why in this post:

Second Hand Shoes For Kids – Stop Hurting Your Child’s Feet.

Is There An Alternative To Wearing A Snow Boot?  Find Out Here!

Some parents don’t like the idea of their children wearing snow boots because they feel like they are too clunky and heavy for their feet. In these cases, I recommend a pair of insulated hiking boots. The advantage of insulated hiking boots is that children can wear them year round, and they are much less heavy and bulkier than a snow boot. I will describe the best type of kids’ hiking boots that your child will be able to wear even in the snow!

Child Jumping In Puddle

Kids’ Insulated Hiking Boots – Keep Your Kids’ Feet Dry And Warm!

I often like the idea of providing a child with a hiking boot that is insulated instead of a snow boot. Most hiking boots tend to have the support and structure that your child needs for everyday walking. If your child needs a boot for long distance walks, then a good supportive waterproof hiking boot might be your best bet for your child instead of a snow boot.

So many times I have heard the expression, “Now that we bought our kids snow boots, it will not snow this year” (even though it snowed every single year before). If you are hesitant of buying a snow boot for this reason, then an insulated hiking boot might be the best choice for your child!

Choosing An Insulated Kids’ Hiking Boot! -The Best StylesSnow Boots For Babies

Children are a messy lot and they like to get their hands dirty. For instance, they will see a puddle and jump right into it instead of walking around it. As a matter of fact, they might even compete to see who can make the biggest splash.

One of the biggest advantages of a hiking boot is that they provide great traction. This is a great feature because children will be walking on wet, slippery surfaces.

Significantly, there are a number of factors to consider when purchasing a pair of hiking boots for children to ensure a comfortable hiking and snow playing experience, from the size and style of a boot to the thickness of the hiking socks your child will be wearing.

Did you know that getting the right sock size has the same importance as getting the right shoe size? I wrote a post that explains how to make sure your child is getting the correct sock size, the post is called:

The Importance Of Wearing Socks – Grippers Or No Grippers?

The functionality and fit of the insulated hiking boots are the two most important things that you ought to keep in mind. We need a hiking boot that is lightweight, provides good support, has traction, waterproof/Gore-Tex, and that will feet children that have wide or extra wide feet.

Below you can find the best hiking boots for children that are insulated, and come in wide widths:


All of these shoe styles fit “short”, which means that you need a whole size longer of the size that your child measures in the shoe measuring scale in order to allow for growing room.

Does your child wear a snow boot or an insulated hiking boot for the snowy days? Is there a particular snow boot or hiking boot style that works for your child? Please share your thoughts and experiences below so we can all benefit from them!

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22 Comments on The Best Winter Boots-Keep Your Kid’s Feet Warm And Dry

  1. Very informative article. I prefer to buy clothes from the second hand store for myself and for children. That’s the great way to save/earn money. For example boots that can cost 50€ in the supermarket can cost 5€ in the second hand store. If it takes 30 minutes to find those boots it means that’s working for 90€/hour. But very seldom it’s just hard to find from the second hand store what are you looking for…

    -Roope

    • Roope,

      You are correct, you can find cheaper shoes in second hand stores. You can probably find most things cheaper at second hand stores or the Internet, but sometimes it is better to pay a little bit extra to make sure our children are wearing the right pair of shoes. Even if you are lucky to find the right pair of shoes, the quality of the shoe might not be all there.

  2. You know what, there are loads of sites selling shoes of varying kinds but looking at your site made me realise that I don’t think I have ever seen any of them explain what shoes we could get for what type of weather or activity. It is especially useful to read the information on children’s shoes and socks.

    • Claire,

      The site main purpose is to inform parents about the importance of fitting children shoes. If parents are well inform then they can make the most informative decision. It is important to realize that shoes serve different purposes. If your child plays a particular sport, there is a shoe made for that sport, and it is important that you provide the child with that particular shoe, whether is a high top shoe, a cleat, or an indoor soccer shoe. If you want your child to compete at their best, they will need a shoe for that particular sport or activity.

  3. I really like the look of these snow boots. What particularly caught my eye is the fact that the inner lining can be removed to create space if needed. How remarkable!

    These look both flexible and durable and will last for quite a while. It’s almost impossible these days to find snow boots that fit well,are warm and dry at the same time!

    Just out of interest, what material is the outer sole made of?

    • The outer sole is made out of rubber. The fact that the liner is removable is a huge plus, since it can be your rain boot after being worn as a snow boot. Most parents are afraid of investing in a pair of snow boots since there is always the concern of whether it will snow or not (depending on your location). If you get this type of snow boot then even if it doesn’t snow, you know you can use it for the rain. Some parents tend to make the mistake of spending the least amount of money on snow boots, and sometimes this can lead to purchasing a snow boot that might not be totally waterproof.

  4. Hi Pablo,

    I found your article really interesting! My family and I live in a hot country, but the winter is here and it’s raining almost every single day. My daughter would like a nice pair of boots so she can enjoy walking and playing in a puddle without getting wet. She would just love this:)
    I really like the Kamik boots, the quality look great and they are so cute as well. I will shoe these boots to my daughter, I am sure she will love them.
    Thank you very much for this awesome review

    • I am glad that you found the review helpful.Your daughter must have a pair of waterproof shoes since you live in an area where it rains so much. Check out my reviews on boots since most of them are weaterproof.

  5. This article is very helpful as every year we have the same problem with getting the most suitable and toughened boots for the kids.

    What with the weather being unpredictable this year we needed something that was versatile for all climates as i don’t want to have to buy numerous. This post has helped a great deal but what would you personally recommend for being the most adaptable for all weathers? Thank you

    • Holly,

      The most adaptable boot for all type weather are made by Bogs. The advantage of them is that they can be used for the snow during the coldest months, and they can also be used as a rain boot for the Spring season. That is a huge plus, since a lot of parents are hesitant to invest in a pair of snow boot when they are not 100% sure that it will snow that year. The other type of shoe I recommend that will adapt to all weather is a waterproof hiking boot. You can wear it for the rainy days, and if you put a winter sock you can wear as a snow boot too.

  6. Very informative. When I was a kid we had to wear boots that were to big so our shoes would fit in and we looked like the Michelin man by the time we were dressed to walk to school lol I watched the movie “Christmas Story” and I looked just like that little kid in that story. I was surprised at the great selections of boots you explained on your post. In Alabama it only snows a few times and not much but it rains hard weekly in the winter. Hiking boots is a great idea and I never thought about that. Do you suggest spraying hiking boots with something to preserve them since I am an adult and won’t need to buy them every yr?

    • Tammy,

      I guess whoever was fitting your shoes was leaving enough growing room for until you went to College 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed reading the selection of boots I describe in my post. If your hiking boot is waterproof you do not need to invest any money in products. If you want your boot to look like you once first got it, then there is a great product that works wonders. It will shine it and it works in all colors. It is named the SHINE SPONGE.

  7. What a great article! I found it informative and helpful. When I walk into a store, I’m overwhelmed by the brands available. They all have different features and I have the hardest time determining which brands are better than others. My brother and his wife have a couple of kids right now and they go through the same trouble when buying shoes for their kids. I’m going to recommend your site to them. I know they will find it very helpful!

    • Kevin,

      It can be overwhelming walking into a shoe store where you have hundreds of different style of shoes. Shoe fitters should be there to guide you through the process and explain the different brands, styles, and purposes they serve. It is always advisable to go into your local shoe store and get to know the people that work there, hopefully there will be people you can trust, that way you can make sure your children are getting specialized attention.

  8. I never would have thought of using a snow boot also as a rain boot. Now that is a great idea and it would certainly save a considerable amount of money versus having to buy an extra set of boots for each child.

    You are so right that kids love to jump in puddles so wearing waterproof boots is definitely a must. I’m sure I was the same way when I was young, but I just don’t remember it.

    I’ve never had boots with a removable liner, but that would be a great feature. That type of boot would definitely be something worth purchasing.

    • Linda,

      The fact that the snow boot has a removable liner allows it to be also a rain boot. Most parents are hesitant of investing in a pair of snow boots since they are afraid that their children might never get to use them if it doesn’t snow. If fitted properly, you will end up saving a lot of money!

  9. As I am in Australia and it’s winter right now this is a perfect post right now. Also, my wife and want to go see the snow and with our 2 year old daughter we were wondering what boots to buy. They sure need to be comfortable, waterproof and insulated.

    I like the purple boos that you have on your page. Not only do they look attractive but they also look like they are quality boots. Do you know what sizes they come in?

    • Hello Owain,

      The purple boots that you saw on my review start as small as a size 4 and go all the way up to teenage sizes. However, make sure you know your daughter’s size before you buy them, and don’y buy footwear according to her age. Also keep in mind that snow boots don’t come in half sizes, whole sizes only.

      Thank you,

      Juan

  10. HI there
    I am coming from Australia to the US East coast this coming December and early January. With the weather so hard to predict I’m finding it difficult to work out the best boots for my kids. We will be doing lots of sightseeing so out and about walking, I want something comfortable for them to walk in but also something to keep them warm and dry. I like the idea of the BOGS but not sure they could spend lots of time walking in them. Should I look for Hiking boots perhaps?
    If so things like Merrel, Sorel, any other brands to check out?
    Appreciate your blog and your advice

    • Hello Marika,

      I wouldn’t purchase the Bogs. You will probably be walking a lot and your kids’ feet and legs might start feeling tired. You will probably want something more versatile, that will keep your kids’ feet warm and dry, but will allow them to walk for longer periods of time. I will recommend an insulated waterproof hiking boot instead of a snow boot. They will still be waterproofed, and keep your kids’ feet warm, but they will be much more lighter-wight and flexible than a snow boot! Take a look t this post that describes the best waterproofed hiking boots for kids’! The Best Hiking Boots For Kids – Finding A Wide And Waterproof Hiking Boot!

      Let me know if you have any other question!

  11. I am looking for the ‘warmest’ boot and water proof.. we live in Minnesota and it get COLD here.. not that I’d let him out in it but it can get to -40 here! I want to make sure he can stay dry playing in the snow and not get cold toes trudging through the many feet deep snowbanks!

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