Wet feet are the quickest path to a mid-day meltdown. That’s why it’s important to find the best rain boots for kids—ones that keep tiny and not-so-tiny feet warm and dry. Look for sturdy materials that won’t crack after a month of wear, plus treaded soles that provide grip while puddle-jumping. Here are our picks for the best rain boots for kids. Bonus: Some insulated rain boots can be worn well into the winter.
1. Crocs Kids’ Handle-it Rain Boot
Featuring oversized handles that allow children to put on and take them off easily, Crocs Kids’ Handle-it Rain Boots are a must-have for kids who love to play outside in any weather. These comfy, lightweight boots are made of easy-clean Croslite material, and offer a roomy fit and a rugged rubber sole. These rain boots for kids come in a rainbow of nine bright colors for boys and girls in toddler to big kid sizes. Reviewers say these rain boots run small and a bit narrow, so size up for the best fit. Bonus: A reflective heel logo boosts the safety factor on foggy or dark days.
2. Bogs Kids Waterproof Rain Boot
Designed for boys and girls aged one through 12, Bogs Kids Waterproof Rain Boots have a durable leather and non-marking, non-slip rubber sole and dual side handles that make it easy to slip these on without whining. A moisture-wicking lining keeps feet toasty and dry, while the dual-density EVA insole offers anti-odor protection—because few things smell worse than damp, musty rubber boots! These mid-calf rain boots are wide enough to tuck pant legs in without bunching up. They come in fun patterns and colors, and also have a self-cleaning tread so the mud stays outside, and not in your hallway. Bonus: Bogs offers a lifetime guarantee, so you’ll probably want a matching pair for yourself.
3. Kamik Stomp Rain Boot
With its classic look and sturdy treaded outsole, Kamik’s Stomp Rain Boots can handle anything your mud-loving kid wants to throw at it. Available in eight colors for children aged one through 12, this lightweight and waterproof model has a comfortable EVA foot bed and moisture-wicking lining. Reviewers say it offers a comfortable, snug fit so rain won’t pour inside the boots, allowing your little ones to wear them for hours without complaining. The flexible, high-quality rubber is thick and not prone to cracking, so you can hand them down between siblings. The boot cuff height is nice and high, and there’s also toe protection so kids who love to kick things won’t hurt themselves.
4. ZOOGS Light Up Kids And Toddler Rain Boots
Perfect for boys and girls who love to be the center of attention, ZOOGS Light Up Kids and Toddler Rain Boots light up from heel to toe as kids stomp around outside. These lightweight PVC waterproof boots have a hard-wearing rubber sole for extra traction and support. Your child will enjoy choosing from among 25 colors and adorable designs such as sharks, race cars, mermaids, unicorns and superheroes. The rain boots will fit size five toddlers up to size 12 in little kids, but reviewers report they run big so keep that in mind.
5. Hatley Girls’ Printed Rain Boots
If your daughter seeks out every puddle and patch of muddy grass, she’ll love Hatley Girls’ Printed Rain Boots, which are available in vibrant polka dot and other patterns perfect for fashionistas. Handmade from PVC-free vulcanized matte rubber, these waterproof rain boots have a soft cotton lining, a lightly cushioned foot bed, plus heel pull tabs and flexible, non-slip outsoles. These cute rain boots are well made and reviewers note they run a tad small, so it’s best to order a larger size.
6. ALEADER Kids Waterproof Rubber Rain Boots
Available in 14 fun colors and prints for boys and girls, ALEADER Kids Waterproof Rubber Rain Boots are sized for toddlers up to big kids. Strong pull-on handles are made of natural rubber, which is flexible yet durable. A cozy polyester-cotton blend lining absorbs moisture and keeps little feet warm and dry, while the removable EVA insole is easy to replace or clean. High-traction, non-marking outsoles and reflective details that improve visibility make this a good rain boot choice for active kids, and you’ll be disappointed they don’t come in your size.
7. Itasca Kids Bayou Rubber Boots
Featuring a neoprene upper and rubber outsole, Itasca Kids Bayou Rubber Boots work for boys or girls who are tough on their footwear. The waterproof construction and pull-on handles keep kids’ feet dry, and these rain boots are durable and warm enough to take you through the winter if you don’t live in a very cold area. This model is available in black or pink in little kid to big kid sizes, but parents say these run larger, so for a tighter fit, you may want to size down.
8. Stonz West All-Season Neoprene Boots
What’s more fun than glow-in-the-dark rain boots? Stonz West All-Season Neoprene Boots for boys and girls are ideal for rainy playdates, hiking and everything in between. Available in sizes 1-13, these insulated, waterproof rain boots were designed in Canada and are made of thick, natural rubber with no additives, lead-free paint and formaldehyde-free glue. The quick-dry cotton liner helps keep small feet warm. Flexible and comfortable, these boots come in a variety of cute colors, and you can purchase an additional lining so they double as winter boots. While these rain boots are pricier than other models, they’re well-made, tear-resistant and tough enough to last more than one season. Bonus: Stonz will replace boots that don’t meet your satisfaction.
9. Twisted Women’s Drizzy Tall Cute Rubber Rain Boots
Teen girls looking for a stylish way to beat the rain will love Twisted Women’s Drizzy Tall Cute Rubber Rain Boots, which come in 11 attractive colors and prints with an adjustable buckle. Lightweight and fully waterproof, these boots have a tough rubber sole for sure-footed walking to school and on vacation. They’re easy to slip in and out of, and your daughter won’t complain about wearing them (we hope!).
10. TideWe Rubber Neoprene Boots
Looking for a durable, waterproof rain boot that can withstand a fishing trip, a day of hiking or a long walk? TideWe’s Rubber Neoprene Boots work for teen boys or girls, and are crafted with durable materials to withstand Mother Nature’s stormy moods. The CR Flex-Foam retains heat, flexes with your feet and absorbs impact, making these lightweight boots a comfortable choice even in temperatures that drop to -4 degrees Fahrenheit. The soles are non-slip, so they’re perfect on muddy terrain, too. Reviewers say these boots offer great traction in the snow and they love the kick plate on the back that makes it easy to take the boots off.
Montreal-based Wendy Helfenbaum is a journalist, content strategist and TV producer who writes for dozens of digital and print magazines, as well as many brands. Wendy loves cruising, adventure travel and venturing off the beaten path with her husband and teenage son, and she can pack a carry-on bag like nobody’s business. Follow her @WendyHelfenbaum.