Winter is a season for adventure, especially if you have a toddler at home. Little ones want to slide on ice, stomp on puddles and play in the snow. The only thing you need to do is, well, be along for the ride, yes… but also make sure they — and their feet! — stay warm. Here, we’ve selected the best toddler snow boots (in our humble opinion).
If you have an early walker:
If you have a younger toddler who still needs a soft sole, we suggest getting a pair of winter baby booties — and our personal favorites are the Stonz (~$46).
These are fleece-lined, nonslip winter boots (yes, they look like hooves) that are actually toddler-friendly — they have two drawstring elastics to cinch the boots closed at the base of the foot and over the ankle, and are completely machine washable. You can put them on over your child’s soft-soled shoes.
Note: when kids wear these at first they look like those ridiculous dogs/cats trying to walk in booties — it’s hilarious. You’re welcome.
Tundra Boots ~ starting at $51 – Economy Pick
Tundra is a cold-weather Canadian brand with clout. These boots are rated down to -22F. The velcro closure at the calf allows them to slip on easily, then tighten up to keep the snow out. This economy pick has great reviews and are priced lower than the rest on our list.
Kamik Kids Rocket ~ starting at $59
This is one of the highest rated kids snow boots I’ve come across. This boot cinches at the calf, which is awesome for extra cold weather protection.
Also, if you prefer a removable liner in your kids’ snow boots, this is the perfect option for you. These liners dry pretty quickly, so your kids will be ready to head back out in the snow in no time. Kamiks are also available in a wide sizing for kiddos with wider feet.
*Kamik boots tend to run a tad small, so sizing up may be best.
The Columbia Powderbug Forty are very well loved by many parents. They are easy to put on and keep little tots’ feet dry in the snow. The adjustable velcro strap at the ankle will keep the boot in place, and the rubber outsole has traction and grip to prevent falls. It rates for cold weather (down to -25 degrees Fahrenheit).
LL Bean Northwoods Boots ~ $69
These all-purpose winter boots for kids are easy to take on and off and come with two sets of warm liners that can be removed to dry.
Sorel Kids Flurry ~ $70
I bought this boot for both my boys when my fam took a trip to Sun Valley, ID a couple years ago. They were super easy to get on their feet; with a quick velcro strap, my kids were ready to go!
The fur lining kept their feet toasty but not sweaty. At the time, my youngest was a new walker and he did great in these. The tread was effective even though the boot isn’t a giant clodhopper. Upon finishing their snow sesh, the kids’ feet were dry and their boots were not soaked. Winning!
Merrell Kids Snow Boots ~ $75+
Merrell is a brand favored by many outdoor enthusiasts, and for good reasons. I bought winter boots from the brand for my oldest son, and not only did they keep his feet toasty and dry in the snow, they also stood the test of time.
I was able to hand them down to his little brother and then to a neighbor, so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth. My little ones had the Bank Winter boots, with insulation rated for temperatures as low as -25 degrees F. But you really can’t go wrong with any of Merrell’s offerings. [See Merrell’s site for boots on sale.]
Stonz The Trek Boots ~ $79
A few of our readers who experience REALLLLLLY snowy winters (think Bomb Cyclone circa 2017) told me I need to check out Stonz. These bad boys are produced in Canada—where they are quite familiar with below-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall.
Stonz are equipped for temps close to -60 degrees F. I mean, what does that even feel like? (I don’t think I want to know…) These boots are *unbelievably lightweight while still being among the warmest out there. They are considerably lighter than Bogs and offer a great grip/tread.
During our research, we asked thousands of readers for their favorite kids’ snow boots on our Facebook page. We got an overwhelming response about how much our peeps LOVE Bogs.
My own kids have been rocking Bogs for a while, and I love how easy they are for little ones to pull on and off by themselves. Readers felt the same and also praised these boots’ quality and durability. The brand produces basic colors as well as fun prints. The insulated version is produced to manage -30 degree F — BRRR!!!
*Sizing: many reviewers recommend sizing down, as Bogs tend to run a tad large.
We used these EMU Trigg boots with my oldest, and he LOVED them… and so did we! They’re very easy for him to slide on, which is great when you’re rushing out the door (especially when you already have so many layers to put on). They are made of waterproof suede and leather and have an Australian Merino Wool lining — perfect for cold winter days, though definitely not waterproof enough for snow play. It is pretty expensive, but we sized up so they actually fit him for a while. Hooray!
That’s a wrap, folks. Hope you found some great snow boots for your little guy.