Now that it’s officially fall (how?!), it’s time to snag kids’ winter boots, and we’ve rounded up some of the best!
What are your favorite snow boots for kids? How early do you usually shop for winter wear for your kids?
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With a nod to the saying about putting your own oxygen mask on first — and uh, extending that to footwear — our past recs from CorporetteMoms and Corporette for women’s winter boots include the UGG Kesey Winter Boot and these waterproof, weatherproof boots for work. Readers have recommended Sorel’s Winter Carnival Boot and Slimpack II Lace Duck Boot.
I’m a big fan of Kamik’s winter boots (I bought these for myself), and I wrote about their kids’ Snobuster 1 boot last winter. My son is very picky about boots, and he really likes these. They’re waterproof and warm, and the drawstring at the top helps keep out snow — because snow in your boots is seriously not fun.
Incidentally, I had never heard of Kamik until a few years ago but just discovered they’ve been around since 1898 (and that they have some good sustainability practices).
The boots are $44.99 at Zappos in Toddler 8 to Big Kid 4; Amazon has more colors (and sizes up to Big Kid 6) for $34.08 and up.
Not only do these boots from BOGS have 2,000+ positive reviews, they have tons of colorful and cute prints, like this fun daisy/polka-dot combo. (And penguins! And owls! And trucks!) They’re waterproof and comfort rated to 14° F but still breathable and lightweight, and they have a fuzzy, comfy lining. The upper part is adjustable with a velcro strap, and the built-in handles are a big help for little hands.
Like Kamik, BOGS has some admirable sustainability practices, too.
Last winter, a reader commented to recommend the Dick’s Sporting Goods version of BOGS at a much lower price. By February, she noted that her kids had worn the boots almost every day in late fall and winter so far and they had no signs of wear. (The boots, that is!)
These boots are warm and waterproof, and they have handy (no pun intended) pull-on handles as well as a rubber shell cover on the toe to make them more durable.
The boots are $24.99 for black/pink and $29.99 for black/blue at Dick’s; sizes are 11K to 7.
You can’t do a winter boot roundup without including L.L.Bean, right? No, you cannot. (Unfortunately, currently you can only shop by warmth ratings — warm, warmer, and warmest — for adult boots.)
Their Northwoods Boot is their most popular kids’ winter boot and has tons of positive reviews. My favorite feature would be the two sets of warm liners that are included — you can take them out to dry! The boots are also adjustable at the ankle and at the top and have reflective trim.
These boots come in purple, black/gray, and the pictured black/navy in sizes 10–13 and 1–7.
Readers, do tell: What are your favorite kids’ winter boots?
Psst: we need to do a newer roundup of washable winter coats for women, but if you’re on the hunt for a new winter coat for yourself, these are some of the classics we love!