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10 Best Waterproof Winter Boots for Kids

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Having fun while stomping through the snow is a terrific way for children to stay active in the fresh cold air. But dressing properly is the key to a whine-free experience, so make sure you pick up a sturdy pair of warm boots to keep kids’ little feet cozy and dry this winter season. Look for sealed seams, thick lining, and rugged soles for footwear that will last all season and could even be handed down to younger siblings. Here are our picks for the best waterproof winter boots for kids.

1. DREAM PAIRS KSNOW Insulated Waterproof Snow Boots

DREAM PAIRS KSNOW Insulated Waterproof Snow Boots; Courtesy of Amazon

For cold-weather climates, grab these DREAM PAIRS KSNOW Insulated Waterproof Snow Boots, which are insulated with a toasty faux fur lining. The side zipper and one-pull adjustable bungee lacing system make it simple to get ready in the morning and the boots are high enough so that snow won’t get inside. The waterproof rubber soles mean your child won’t barge inside after five minutes in the snow complaining that their feet are cold and wet. Available in toddler to big kid sizes and in nearly two dozen colors, these affordable waterproof winter boots for kids are functional and stylish.

2. SOREL Children’s Yoot Pac Nylon Snow Boot

SOREL Children's Yoot Pac Nylon Snow Boot

From its sealed seams to its thick felt inner boot, you can trust the expert craftsmanship evident in the SOREL Children’s Yoot Pac Nylon Snow Boot. Designed for very active kids who enjoy sledding, making snow angels, or snowmobiling, these mid-calf boots come in a range of sizes for preschoolers through elementary kids. A snow cuff ensures small feet stay nice and warm, plus they’re easy to pull on and less bulky than most heavy winter boots. Bonus: This pair will also likely last long enough to pass down to another child.

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3. Bogs Kids Classic 4-H Boot

Bogs Kids Classic 4-H Boot

The waterproof Bogs Kids Classic 4-H boots are perfect for splashing around in sidewalk puddles. A convenient pull-on design means your child can easily slip them on and off by themselves and the Max-Wick footbed is moisture-wicking, eliminating the uncomfortable sweaty feeling that can sometimes come with winter boots. A non-slip rubber outsole gives these boots a solid grip for all-day play.

4. Merrell Kids’ Snow Crush 3.0 Boot

Parents love the quality of a Merrell Kids’ Snow Crush 3.0 boot because a child with warm feet is a happy child. A waterproof upper and up to 400g of lightweight insulation keeps feet dry and warm in temperatures that dip to a chilly -25 Fahrenheit. The adjustable toggle closure makes for easy on and off plus a snug fit, so boots won’t come off when stepping in deep snow. These flexible, medium-weight boots offer superior traction thanks to an extra grippy sole.

5. ArcticShield Kids Waterproof Winter Snow Boots

ArcticShield Kids Waterproof Winter Snow Boots; Courtesy of Amazon

Lightweight, cute, and toasty warm, ArcticShield Kids Waterproof Winter Snow Boots are available in pink with black or royal blue with black. A waterproof shell can withstand whatever slushy fun your child gets into during wet, snowy, or muddy conditions. A smooth zipper front closure lets young kiddos slide their feet in and out easily with no tantrums (well, one can always hope!), and rubber soles help keep children upright on patches of ice.

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6. KEEN Kid’s Snow Troll WP 

If you’re looking for kids’ winter boots built to withstand frigid northern temperatures that plunge to -40 Fahrenheit, try on these KEEN Kid’s Snow Troll WP, which comes in two colors. Featuring a durable waterproof membrane, these boots for kids are ideal for serious winter fun. The adjustable cinch bungee system provides a snug fit, yet the boots are easy to put on and take off quickly. Available in toddler/little kid and little kid/big kid size ranges.

7. ICEFACE Kids Winter Snow Boots

ICEFACE Kids Winter Snow Boots

With its one-pull bungee lace-up system, sealed seams, and adorable faux-fur styling, ICEFACE Kids Winter Snow Boots are great for rainy or snowy days, plus they’re made with eco-friendly material. With three bold color choices and sizes for toddlers through big kids, you can pick up a pair for each of your children. The rubber sole offers extra traction, and fur insulation inside keeps toes from getting cold. These run a tad small, so size up if your child is in the middle of a growth spurt.

8. UGG Kids’ K Butte II CWR Snow Boot

UGG Kids' K Butte II CWR Snow Boot; Courtesy of Zappos

Looking for super stylish leather and suede kids winter boots that look just like yours? Slip your child’s feet into these UGG Kids’ Butte II CWR Snow Boots. These high-tech boots feature everything you love in your UGGs: a plush, pure wool insole and lining, molded rubber, flexible anti-slip soles, and plenty of Thinsulate insulation for icy temperatures. The waterproof leather and suede styling make these boots durable and beautiful.

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9. Merrell Moab Speed Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots

Merrell Moab Speed Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots in blue

The Merrell Moab Speed Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots are perfect for any little adventurer. Similar to the version for adults, these durable shoes combine the best qualities of a hiking sneaker, like the lightweight design, and snow boots, like waterproofing that allows kids to splash in all the best puddles along the hiking trail without the threat of wet socks. Available in kids’ sizes 1 through 11.

10. ALEADER Kids Waterproof Winter Snow Boots

Who doesn’t love boots that feel like a duvet for your feet? Your little one will love these mid-length ALEADER Kids Waterproof Winter Snow Boots, which feature a faux fur lining and Thermolite insulation suitable for down to -25 Fahrenheit. The lightweight non-slip rubber sole ensures good grip while walking to school or playing outside, and the side zipper allows them to be taken on and off without having to readjust the cinch bungee and ankle buckle. Available in four designs and in little and big kids’ size ranges.

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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.

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