The Best Winter Boots for Kids Who Plan to Play in the Snow Every Chance They Get
by Sabrina Rojas Weiss and Bethany Braun-Silva
Image Credits: Zappos, Target, Amazon
Winter is coming, and these boots from Target, Amazon, Zappos, and more will keep their feet well-protected.
Cold weather really doesn’t mean the outdoor fun has to stop for your kids. That is, as long as they’re dressed warmly and have a solid pair of kids’ winter boots, if your local climate includes snow, slush, and ice. Nothing ends a good sledding trip—or a simple walk home from school—more miserably than wet, cold feet.
Winter boots for kids have so many features that make them a necessary choice before stepping out in cold winter weather. The best snow boots are waterproof, windproof, and insulated against those low temperatures (sometimes with ratings down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit). Extra traction on rubber soles helps your child stay standing, and it also gives them the grip to climb up sledding hills. Most important for parents who know the pain of getting kids in and out of winter gear, a pair of boots made for kids will have an opening that makes both putting them on and keeping snow out easy.
When shopping for kids' snow boots, it’s the extra features that make them really worth the purchase price (which often will be higher than what you pay for summer sandals). A good pair of boots has insulation that keeps feet dry as well as warm, and some even have liners you can pull out at the end of the day so that they can dry off quickly. The outside of the boot should be able to withstand scuffing and salt in addition to the wet and cold. And you want something solid you or your kids can grip to pull on their boot without worrying it will rip or break.
Then, of course, you want boots that will match your kids’ style. That could be just about finding the right color (or even the right adorable animal theme). Some kids are also reluctant to wear chunky or heavy footwear, so you’ll want boots that are light or have a slimmer silhouette. You can also opt for insulated and waterproof hiking boots if your kids aren’t fans of traditional boot styles and won’t be wading in deep snow.
Whether you’re walking to school or spending the day building a snowman, the boots on this list are cozy, warm, and waterproof, and they’ll stand up to anything your child puts them through. Shop below.
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