For many parents, one of the toughest items to shop for is boots — it’s difficult to know which styles and brands will really deliver when it comes to functionality. So we did the legwork for you, scouring the market for performance-packed styles guaranteed to keep your little ones’ feet warm and dry in even the harshest of conditions.
Key performance features to look for include waterproof and windproof constructions, temperature-rated insulation, and durable, lugged rubber outsoles. In addition, adjustable straps and bungee-lace systems help deliver a more secure fit and keep snow out.
And let’s not forget fashion: Many brands are turning up the style dial with fun details such as prints, colored laces and faux-fur accents. These boots are anything but basic.
The North Face jazzed up its popular Alpenglow II pull-on style with a cool camouflage print for boys. The boot features the brand’s patented Thermalfelt Plus removable liner for superior warmth down to minus 25 degrees, as well as a flexible, lightweight TPR bottom.
Bogs, a well-known player in the boot world, brings a little fashion flair with its adorable Casey lace-up boot for girls, which combines colorful polka-dot and floral prints. The boot, which is temperature rated to minus 30 degrees, also incorporates the brand’s Neo-Tech insulation for warmth and Max-Wick technology in the lining to keep feet dry.
Perfect for school, Stride Rite offers a clever sneaker boot design — or “snoot,” as the Boston-based brand likes to call it — which incorporates a lightweight, fleece-lined textile upper that can be rolled down when indoors or for easy packing. Even better, the boot is machine washable.
Canadian brand Kamik layered a colorful patterned sweater-knit design over a stretchy neoprene upper to give its popular Bluster 2 style a fresh update for the season. Oversized thumb hooks make the boot easy for little hands to pull it on and off.
To see all our stylish, snow-stopping looks, click through the gallery here.