The Best Toddler Snow Boots to Keep Tiny Toes Warm This Winter
October 12, 2020
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.
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. The best toddler snow boots 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 their 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 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.
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, Zappos.com
Baby Bogs Dino Insulated Waterproof Boots
Bogs has become a go-to brand for some of the best toddler snow boots, thanks to their awesome sole-grips and easy-up boot handles, which help foster your kid’s independence. Another thing to love about these waterproof snow boots for toddlers? The awesome dino print!
Buy it: $55, Nordstrom.com
Merrell Little Kids’ Snow Quest Lite 2.0 Boot
Bring a bit of brightness to gloomy winter days with these purple toddler girl snow boots. 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.
Buy it: $55, Zappos.com
The North Face Toddler Alpenglow II Boot
We expect toddler snow boots from The North Face to be waterproof, well-insulated and have kid-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 three color combos (blue, pink and gray), so your kid is bound to like at least one of them.)
Buy it: $50, TheNorthFace.com
Kamik Kids’ Snobuster1 Toddler Snow Boot
We’ve got some serious love for these all-rubber toddler girl snow boots 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. Available in black and purple.
Buy it: $42, Zappos.com
Sorel Snow Commander Snow Boot
These Sorel snow boots are made kid-friendly with a Velcro strap for quick and easy on and off. The waterproof upper boot and 200g insulation keep tiny toes warm and dry, and the vulcanized rubber outsole provides traction on even the slipperiest of surfaces, making them hands-down some of the best toddler snow boots around.
Buy it: starting at $35, Amazon.com
Stonz Scout Winter Boot
In these insulated toddler snow boots, your little one will be ready for playtime no matter what the weather brings. (Even if it’s -22 degrees Fahrenheit!) The extra-wide opening with hook and loop closure makes getting these on and off a cinch, and the rubber sole boasts twice the industry standard skid resistance. All of that, and they’re still said to be the lightest toddler snow boots on the market.
Buy it: starting at $65, Amazon.com
Keen Kids’ Lumi Waterproof Boot
The Keen brand isn’t just for beachy runarounds and nature hikes. They bring it when it comes to toddler winter boots too. Lined with high-performance insulation, this tall shaft pair vies 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. Available in red, gray, purple and pink.
Buy it: $65, Zappos.com
Crocs Kids’ LodgePoint Snow Boot
You might be most familiar with Crocs’ iconic summer clogs, but they make a mean toddler winter boot as well. These warm yet lightweight 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: $48, Zappos.com
See Kai Run Gilman Waterproof Insulated Boot
Seam-sealed and waterproof, you simply can’t go wrong with these beyond-stylish toddler girl snow boots from See Kai Run. (Seriously, how fun are those colors?) The elasticized front and Velcro strap help keep these boots from slipping off—and the textured rubber sole keeps your kid from slipping too.
Buy it: starting at $22, Amazon.com
Sorel Kids’ Yoot Pac TP
Sorel’s Winter Carnival is a winter boot favorite among adults, so you’ll be thrilled to know that they make a mini version of the same boot! (#twinning goals.) These toddler snow boots are made with seam-sealed waterproof uppers, heavy-duty felt insulation and lugged rubber outsoles, so your little one’s snow-covered feet will stay warm. And because everyone knows that tying toddlers’ shoelaces is a headache in the making, these feature no-tie laces with a locking toggle for easy on-off. Available in black, brown and gray for some of the cutest toddler boy snow boots we’ve seen.
Buy it: $85, Zappos.com
L.L.Bean Toddlers’ Northwoods Boots
Kiddos play hard—but these tough toddler winter 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 snow boots a breeze to get on and off.
Buy it: $54, llbean.com
Northside Toddler Frosty Winter Snow Boot
These winter boots have scored a near 5-star rating from more than 5,000 parents—so you know this Northside pick is among the best toddler snow boots out there. They’ve got a lightweight, waterproof shell, a non-slip sole, removable liners and countless fun prints to choose from! Wins all around.
Buy it: $32, Amazon.com
Stonz West Polka Dot Boots
These waterproof toddler girl snow boots protect little feet from rain and slush, and thanks to the neoprene inner layer, they’re rated for up to -4 degrees Farhenheit. The grippy, rugged soles mean your kiddo won’t be slipping and sliding, and because there are no laces or closures to content with, your “I can do it myself!” toddler can actually get them on and off by themselves.
Buy it: $65, Stonz.com
Bogs Neo Classic Insulated Waterproof Boots
Another option from Bogs—this time, their classic insulated rain boots. Forget about wet or cold toes: These top-to-bottom, 100 percent waterproof toddler snow boots boast subzero neo-tech insulation (rated for -35 degree Fahrenheit temps) so your little one can romp outside to their heart’s content. Moisture-wicking lining and odor-fighting footbeds keep feet fresh and dry, and non-slip rubber soles prevent unwanted topples.
Buy it: $90, Nordstrom.com
Kamik Kids Snowbug4
Have a pint-size adventurer who loves stomping through the snow? You’re in luck. These toddler boy snow boots 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. Also available in pink, purple and orange.
Buy it: $45, Amazon.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
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