While you may look at a snowy, slushy day as a reason to stay cozy on the couch, chances are your kiddo thinks the opposite. Toddlers are natural born explorers—and winter is a season made for adventure. There’s snow to stomp on, ice to slide over and slush to splash in! Your job? Making sure your winter-loving toddler is warm and safe, especially on those wobbly feet. Here, your guide to snagging the best toddler snow boots that’ll keep them warm, dry and on their feet, having fun.
What to Look for in Toddler Snow Boots
There’s more to buying snow boots for toddlers than cuteness alone. The best toddler snow boots keep your kid’s feet warm, dry, comfortable—and nimble. Take a look at some of the must-haves to tick off your toddler winter boots shopping list.
• Easy on, easy off. Do you want to be asked to tie up laces every 10 minutes? Of course not. So look for toddler snow boots that are slip on or have zippers—while also sealing off the space that snow could drip into.
• Perfect fit. Believe it or not, toddler snow boots that are too small or too big can actually lead to cold feet. Only a properly fitting snow boot has the ability to trap the heat produced by your child’s feet and keep it inside the boot. You know the boot is a good fit if your child can walk and run in her boots without any shuffling (and that’s with heavy socks). Tip: If you can pop the insole out of the snow boot, do it and have your toddler stand on it. Is there’s a finger- or finger-and-a-half width of space at the end of the boot? Then it’s a good fit.
• Weatherproof. Have you ever had the displeasure of wearing leaky boots? It’s terrible. Help your child avoid that wet, uncomfortable mess: Buy only toddler snow boots that are are 100 percent waterproof. Be warned: Some have only a waterproof shell around the foot, leaving the shaft up the leg susceptible to leaks.
• Warm inside. Take a peek inside those toddler snow boots and read the tag. You want to be sure they’re insulated with a soft, warm lining, like Thinsulate or shearling.
• Gripping soles. Slipping and falling is a real possibility when playing in the snow. Should that stop your toddler from exploring? Heck, no! Instead, make sure your pick for toddler snow boots has grooved, rubber soles for proper traction and stability.
Best Toddler Snow Boots
There are a lot of snow boots out there. Like, a lot. Some are adorable but not warm. Some are warm but not at all cute. And still others seem to be perfect until your child is wading through a snow drift and you realize water-resistant isn’t quite the same as waterproof. Never fear. We’ve shopped around with the must-have checklist in hand to make shopping for the best toddler snow boots a whole lot easier.
Columbia Youth Powderbug Plus II Snow Boot
Columbia doesn’t mess around when it comes to keeping grownup feet warm in the winter. And they do the same for kids with these sporty-cool Columbia snow boots for toddler boys and girls. Besides the must-haves, like being waterproof and easy to slip on, we love the Velcro keep-em-tight strap and the top-of-the-boot bungee that prevents wayward snow from falling in. Bonus: The heels of these toddler snow boots carry reflective patches for added safety and visibility.
Buy it: $55, Columbia.com
Bogs B-Moc Space Kids’ Insulated Boots
Bogs has become a go-to brand for toddler boots, thanks to their awesome sole-grips and easy-up boot handles, which help foster your kid’s independence. But what we really love about these waterproof snow boots for toddlers: The out-of-this-world space print! (They come in two other color combos: blue/green and red/blue.)
Buy it: $65, BogsFootwear.com
Merrell Little Kid’s Snow Quest Lite Boot
Bring a bit of brightness to gloomy winter days with these pink snow boots for toddler girls. Kids will love that they’re so darn cute. You will love that your child will stay dry (waterproof), warm (Thermalite insulation), and safe (stellar traction), and you can even remove the liner for easy drying. (Not into pink? They also come in black and gray/pink.)
Buy it: $55, Amazon.com
The North Face Toddler Alpenglow
We expect North Face toddler snow boots to be waterproof, well-insulated and have toddler-proof traction—and these deliver on all counts. So it feels like such a bonus that these winter boots are so darn stylish too. We love the puff of fun fluff that peeks out from the ankle. (These toddler snow boots come in four color combos, so your kid is bound to like at least one of them.)
Buy it: $50, The North Face.com
Kamik Snobuster2 Toddler & Youth Snow Boot
We’ve got some serious lavender love for these all-rubber purple snow boots for toddler girls by Kamik. Don’t be fooled by their rainboot-like exterior. These lightweight boots are built to keep toddlers’ feet warm and dry all winter thanks to the moisture-wicking thermal-guard liner and the toggle seal that works to keep heat at their feet. They’re also one of the most affordable picks on our list of best toddler snow boots.
Buy it: Starting at $34, Amazon.com
Sorel Toddler 1964 Pac Strap Boot
Sorel snow boots are a perennial favorite among adults—so you'll be thrilled to know they make them in toddler sizes too! The classic silhouette is made kid-friendly with two Velcro straps, perfect for little fingers. The waterproof leather upper boot and Sherpa Pile insulation keep tiny toes warm and dry (it's rated for -25 degrees Fahrenheit), and the vulcanized rubber outsole provides traction on even the slipperiest of surfaces.
Buy it: $75, Sorel.com
See Kai Run Baker Waterproof Insulated Boot
In these waterproof, insulated toddler snow boots, your little one will be ready for playtime no matter what the weather brings. (Even if it's -35 degrees Fahrenheit!) The sealed seams, gusseted shaft and adjustable hook-and-loop closure are all designed to keep snow out.
Buy it: $75, Nordstrom.com
Keen Kootenay Waterproof
The Keen brand isn’t just for beachy runarounds and nature hikes. They bring it when it comes to snow boots for toddlers too. This slick gray and orange pair, lined with faux shearling, are waterproof and slip-and-slide resistant, so they keep up with your active toddler. (They come in wineberry/dahlia mauve too.)
Buy it: $70, Keenfootwear.com
Itasca Snow Scamp Toddler Girls' Waterproof Winter Boots
Hello, Lite-Brite! These multi-on-black geometric toddler snow boots totally scream fun. You know what they also scream? Warmth and comfort, thanks to their waterproof construction and warm, padded footbed.
Buy it: $50, ItascaFootwear.com
Crocs Kids' LodgePoint Snow Boot
You might be most familiar with Crocs' iconic summer clogs, but they make a mean winter boot as well. These warm yet lightweight toddler snow boots won't slow your little one down—even when it comes to getting them on and off (even with mittens on!), thanks to the oversize hook and loop tabs.
Buy it: Starting at $36, Amazon.com
UGG Kids Ludvig
Isn’t it time this classic work boot design left the construction site and headed for a snowy hill? After all, these toddler snow boots are made with waterproof suede uppers and have Thinsulate insulation, so your little one’s snow-covered feet will stay warm. (One heads up: That sheepskin lining is the real deal, made from sheep or lamb wool.)
Buy it: Starting at $48, Amazon.com
See Kai Run Abby Waterproof Boot
Seam-sealed and waterproof, you simply can’t go wrong with these beyond-stylish tweed toddler snow boots from See Kai Run. The toggle front and Velcro strap help keep these boots from slipping off—and the textured rubber sole keeps your kid from slipping too. (Also: How fantastic does gray, lavender and turquoise look together?)
Buy it: $75, Nordstrom.com
L.L.Bean Toddlers' Northwoods Boots
Toddlers play hard—but these tough boots can keep up. The rubber bottoms are waterproof and the shafts are constructed from sturdy (although water-resistant) nylon. Plus, the fold-open upper makes these toddler snow boots a breez to get on and off.
Buy it: $54, llbean.com
Boden Waterproof Snow Boots
Boden knows classic cuteness. We’re loving this gray, white, orange and black boot, with sherpa lining peeking out the top. These toddler snow boots sport waterproof leather, a super-grip sole and a keep-warm lining that can be removed and washed. Because of all the pluses—and because that pop of bright orange is so irresistable—we’re okay breaking our slip-ons-only rule.
Buy it: $90, Nordstrom.com
Northside Toddler Frosty Winter Snow Boot
These toddler snow boots have scored a near 5-star rating from more than 2,000 parents—so you know Northside is really on to something here. They've got a lightweight, waterproof shell, a non-slip sole, removeable liners and countless fun prints to choose from! Wins all around.
Buy it: Starting at $23, Amazon.com
Keen Lumi Waterproof Boot
Another option from Keen, this time with a tall shaft. Lined with high-performance insulation, they vie for the title of warmest toddler snow boot: They're rated for -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, elastic laces and adjustable hook-and-look straps make for easy on-off. They come in three cute color combos: Blue/green, aqua/pink and classic black.
Buy it: Starting at $65, Nordstrom.com
Kamik Kids Snowbug4
Have a pint-size adventurer who loves stomping through the snow? You’re in luck. These snow boots for toddler boys feature a weatherproof design, pumped-up foam insulation and an adorable woodland print to boot. Galloping around at top speed is no issue, since these puppies have extra durable and traction-friendly rubber soles. Available in blue, pink, purple and black.
Buy it: $45, Kamik.com
Butler Macaroni 3-in-1 Tall Boot
You've no doubt heard of 3-in-1 cribs—but 3-in-1 snow boots? Yep, you read that right. These 100 percent waterproof all-weather boots offer loads of warmth and comfort, thanks to the thick tech liner. And they do triple duty, transforming into overshoes (with the liner removed) and slippers (using just the liner), giving you plenty of bang for your buck.
Buy it: $80, Thebutlerbrand.com
Updated November 2018
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