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Whether winter has arrived where you live or you’re planning to head to the snow in the next few months, you’ll want to make sure the kids are ready for whatever the weather throws at you. We’ve combed through the latest winter boots and found a ton of different stylish winter boots for kids, for rain, slush or snow. Scroll down to see our picks.
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Rain Boots for Toddlers & Preschoolers
For early walkers and new-to-school routiners, you want shoes that are fun, easy on (and off) and puddle-proof.
The Paddington by Bobux$65 BUY NOW
Bold, bright colors meet minimalist design in these waterproof boots that have a rubber-like red finish. Tested to keep kids’ feet dry for over four hours submerged in water, these boots are also ergonomically designed for maximum foot health for your puddle stompers. Toddler & big kid sizes available, you’ll want to check out the sizing chart before you order.
Western Chief Light-Up Unicorn Rain Boots$25 BUY NOW
For your preschooler or kinder-kid who likes to sparkle, Western Chief has this fun unicorn print that will have them dancing in the puddles.
Hunter x PETER RABBIT™ 2 Collab$52 BUY NOW
A mini-version of the iconic Classic Wellington Boots, this is scaled down just for little feet. These boots come in bright colors (green, orange and blue) where kids can spot furry Peter Rabbit hiding among carrots, cabbages and pumpkins. You'll find that they are perfect for little hands to easily pull on for muddy adventures. They’ll outgrow them before they wear them out, we know it!
Best Rain Boots for School-Aged Kids
As kids get older, you want something a little sturdier and a bit less “light-up” but since sizes change so quickly, you want to keep costs down. You’re also looking for something that allows independent on/off. Most of these clock in under $50.
Kensington Treklite from Native Shoes$60 BUY NOW
These ultra light and ultra waterproof boots are made of vegan materials and will be the stylish shoe your little one chooses when the days are wet. Use the pull tab in the back to get these on with ease.
Thandi Waterproof Pull-On Boot by plae$83 BUY NOW
This super-quick pull-on boot will keep your intrepid explorer's feet nice and dry whether stomping puddles or fording a creek. Bonus: they’ll last through multiple seasons and multiple kids.
Rain Boots by Western Chief$28 BUY NOW
If you want a style of rain boot that really covers, this is it.
Best Rain Boots for Tweens & Teens
Once kids hit their tweenage years, style (and less glitz, we’ve found) seem to be the most requested. You’re moving on to adult sizes but still want that cozy comfort to keep them dry.
Chooka Chelsea$80 BUY NOW
These ankle-height Chelsea style are as simple and sleek as a rainboot can get, with neutral, matte coloring and a soft, fleece lining. We voted for the Smoke color for a basic that is gender-neutral and goes with anything, anywhere. Tweens will surely love it.
Sperry's Saltwater Duck Boot$75 BUY NOW
Sperry’s classic-look duck boot in mini sizes, these boots have the ultimate wet/dry traction and a zipper closure for close fit and easy on/off. They’re perfect for super active kids who never let a little rain or light snow stop them.
Snohomish Waterproof Hiking Boot by Northside$60 BUY NOW
We love this option for rainy days when you want to hit the trail. The mid height gives you extra support but you're still comfortable enough for a full day's adventure. It's waterproof so you don't have to worry about complaints about wet socks.
Best Snow Boots for Toddlers & PreK
For early walkers and the PreK crowd, you want that combo of a snug fit that won’t slip off too easily while still being an easy-to-put-on-and-go type of boot!
Stonz Boots$57+ BUY NOW
Tiny robot boots! Waterproof, flexible with non-slip soles, these weather-resistant little shoes are lined with fleece and have a toggle closure to make sure they stay on their feet. You can slip them on over bare feet, socks, shoes or Stonz Bootie Liners, making them good for nearly every season.
Frosty Insulated Snow Boot by Northside$25+ BUY NOW
Northside knows how it is when you are trying to get kids into their winter gear—you want it to be done fast! We love so much about these snow boots for kids like the color choices, ease of putting on and price tag. There's a toggle at the top so you can keep snow from getting in above the boot top and a Velcro closure at the ankle to make it snug for easier walking. It's also Thinsulate lined so toes stay toasty.
Bogs B-Mocs$70 BUY NOW
This shoe is cozy like a slipper and waterproof like a rain boot, and the adorable pattern makes them your kiddos new favorite stomper. Take on cold rainy days or magical snow days with these sweeties! Plus, they're machine washable!
Kamik Kids Snowbug 3$52 BUY NOW
This boot comes up nice and high on the thigh and secures with velcro for easy off and on.
KEEN Lumi II Waterproof Boot$70 BUY NOW
This ultra-light, ultra-warm waterproof snow boot has cold-weather grip and 400g of KEEN.WARM insulation rated to -40°F. The molded shell construction on bottom prevents slush from soaking in, while the cozy collar repels snow and cold rain without the use of harmful PFCs.
Best Snow Boots for School-Age Kids
Kids of school-age can generally tie laces quicker, but you still want something that goes on easy and tightens up snugly without too much hassle.
Merrell Snow Crush 2.0$70 BUY NOW
This is the boot for the kid that won’t come inside, no matter the temp. They’re rated to -25 degrees F and fitted with super warm insulation, extra grip technology for traction and an easy toggle closure.
KEEN Howser II Waterproof Chukka$75 BUY NOW
The Howser is a step-up from a slipper while still providing at-home comfort, yet rugged enough to wear on outside. A go-to for walks on the trails, car camping or backyard fun while staying cozy and comfortable.
Merrell Big Kid's Snow Bank 2.0$70 BUY NOW
These super warm boots with a classic snow boot look are perfect for cold climates where kids walk to school or wait for the bus (or have snow banks to play in at recess). They’re temperature rated to -25 degrees F and have an easy toggle closure along with added grip technology for slippery sidewalks. And they’re slip-on, so getting ready is a breeze.
Kamik Kids Penny Winter Boot$70 BUY NOW
Available in purple, pink and black, this waterproof boot will keep little toes warm all winter long.
Best Snow Boots for Tweens & Teens
Style and snow boots don’t always go hand in hand, but with shoe sizes gradually becoming more stable you can splurge for something a little more low-profile without sacrificing the warmth.
Kamik Lawrence M$120 BUY NOW
Featuring a lightweight rubber outsole for comfort, flexibility, and weightless style, the Lawrence M also has seam-sealed waterproof construction to ensure ultimate performance in slippery and wet conditions.
Koolaburra by UGG Tynlee Boot$120 BUY NOW
The perfect style for all your après ski activities, the Tynlee boot is cozy on the inside and has a rugged rubber sole to keep everything dry.
KEEN Kootenay III$40 BUY NOW
KEEN’s best selling waterproof boot, the Kootenay has 100g of insulation plus a thermal lining to keep not-so-little feet toasty in colder weather. Same easy on/off design and comfort kids love with a sleek leather design.
Modesto Winter Snow Boot by Northside$75+ BUY NOW
We love the classic look of these boots that are perfect for your tween (or even mom!). Lace them up nice and tight and know that your feet will stay warm with the 200 gram Thinsulate insulation. They are perfect for adventures in the woods and chic enough for aprés activities like hot cocoa by the fire.
Koolaburra by UGG: Delene Short Boot$100 BUY NOW
The wraparound strap of these boots makes them perfect for dinners out or casual weekends with jeans. Cozy and comfortable, just what teens want.
Deckers XLab KO-Z SNPR Mid Wedge$150 BUY NOW
Known for all kinds of sneaker-like hybrid, it's hard to believe a boot like this could give Sorels a run for their money but we put them to the test: our teen tester wore these on a zero-degree day (hello, Minnesota!) without socks (!!!) and reported proudly that her toes were not the least bit cold. Plus the sole has a ton of grip and looks stylish.
Editor’s note: at the time of publication all boots featured here were in stock at the prices noted.
—Kate Loweth & Amber Guetebier