When winter arrives, what’s best than planning family trips in the snow? For kids, nothing beats running and rolling around in it, making snowmen or chasing each other with snowballs. One well-planned winter adventure can make the coldest part of the year fun as well, and provide you with a wealth of nice memories for your photo albums.
As a parent, however, you want to be sure that your kids stay dry and well protected while they’re out and about. A cold, a runny nose or worse can quickly ruin a family vacation. This is why we have compiled for you a list of the best kid’s snow boots you can buy. Read on to find out how to keep your little one’s feet warm and dry throughout the winter, so you can relax and enjoy your time while they play around safely.
How To Choose Kid’s Snow Boots – Buying Guide
Needless to say, when you’re around the internet looking for the best toddler snow boots, the first thing you will want to know if how warm they are. To get a good idea of what you can expect, be sure to examine both the interior and the outside of the boot. The outside should be waterproof, or at least water-resistant. The inside, on the other hand, needs to be made with a material that provides good insulation and is also soft to not feel uncomfortable or scratch the foot. Many boots have faux fur linings that are perfect at doing just that, so these might be an option to consider. Alongside the build quality, be careful to buy boots that are the correct size for your little one. We’ll explain how to be sure of finding the right fit in a little, but keep in mind that boots that are too wide are much more likely to let snow and cold air in. Even the best insulation will not be able to help in that case. Lastly, consider the height of the boot’s shaft. Ideally, your child’s trousers should descend below it, maximizing insulation and protection, so be sure to try it one before you head outside. Have your child move around a bit, to check if the combination of trousers and boots works well enough or if it reveals some of the underlying layers.
As we have said, good insulation is a must have if you’re looking for boots that will keep you toddler’s feet safe and warm. Luckily, technology comes to your aid with advanced materials that are also very lightweight, so modern snow boots usually combine ease of use with very good warmth and protection. Most models will do the job, but if you want to be extra sure and stay on the safe side, look for boots that use Thinsulate insulation and feature good quality liners on the inside. This is the best type of insulation you can find on the market. It might be a bit of a stretch moneywise since your kid will only be able to use the boots until they grow out of them, but if you have a younger child or know people who could use them after they become too small you can make the investment pay dividends over time.
Most kid’s snow boots feature soles made of rubber, and rightly so. The material is tough and weather resistant and is often shaped as to provide good grip on slippery surfaces. This is a must-have feature for any parent that doesn’t want to constantly worry about where their child is stepping. The rubber can sometimes enclose the whole foot or be extra thick around the toe, reducing breathability but delivering excellent protection from snow and wet. Some models even feature a miniature ice pick on the sole. This makes them stand out from the rest by turning them into a miniature snowshoe, a detail that your kid will use without a doubt to spark jealousy from his or her little friends. On the inside, under the foot, there is usually a removable midsole made of EVA for comfort and breathability. These can be taken out and washed to make the boot feel fresh and clean while it keeps the feet warm and dry.
Purchasing boots that are the right size is a crucial step in ensuring that your child has adequate protection around his feet and is able to move around at will. It is understandable to want to buy slightly larger boots, foreseeing the child’s growth, but if you go too far you’ll end up hindering his or her movements or even, as we have said earlier, reduce the insulating capability of the boots. Luckily, evaluating what size boots you need is a relatively straightforward process. Get your child to stand on a piece of paper and mark with a pencil the two extremities of their foot. From the tip of the toe to the heel. Measure the distance between the two points and compare it with the manufacturer’s size chart. Remember to take into account the fact that you will most probably put nice warm socks on your toddler’s feet, and that this might result in having to buy a slightly bigger boot. When you’re taking measurements on the sheet of paper it is recommended that you make your child step on it with their socks on. This way, you’ll be able to accurately measure the distance between the tip and the toe and make the best and most informed choice.
Whether you’re looking for the best snow boots for boys or for girls, the quality of the build is between the most important features you have to consider, since it will play a crucial role in establishing for how long you’ll be able to use the pair you’ve just bought. As with most winter wearing gear, you should strive to strike a balance between breathability, weight, water-resistance and durability. Leather will give you the most flexibility and breathability but is the less water-resistant material and is average for warmth. Moving into nylon and/or polyurethane, or other synthetic materials, the water-resistance improves significantly at the expense of toughness and durability. At the far end of the spectrum sits rubber, completely impervious to water but not breathable at all. The choice of the combination to pick is up to you, but most models you will find feature some kind of mix to give you the best of all worlds. Pay close attention to the quality of the seams as well, since the best materials won’t be of any use if the junctions are not well taken care of. They are the weakest points in the boots and, therefore, the first that will give way to moisture and wetness. Because of this, the best kid’s snow boots will feature reinforced stitching, which is something else you want to be on the lookout for.
Ease Of Use
The ease with which you will be able to slide the boots on and off your child’s feet may not seem like the most important feature to be searching for. When you’re out on the snow, however, you will quickly realize how crucial it is that the closure system of your child’s boots is well designed and easy to operate. How enjoyable do you think it is to have to deal with laces while out on the snow? Maybe wearing thick snow gloves and having to wrestle a child at the same time? You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who recommends these activities, so it’s worth spending a little time to make sure the boots are easy to operate and wear. The best would be that the child itself is able to put them on and off, and with some models this is actually possible. Look for ones with nice, wide loops of Velcro that are easy to manipulate even with gloves, and you’ll lift quite a big weight off your shoulders if your son or daughter can take care of things on their own. As we all know, a happy kid makes a happy parent so take some time into checking which system you think will work best and seems simpler. The more preparation you do at home, the easier it will be to enjoy your time with the family when you’re out exploring.
Liners play a huge role in making snow boots a comfortable and warm bubble for your children’s feet. They are the part that comes into closest contact with legs and socks, so they are the last barrier standing between the body and the cold outside. Softness is one of the characteristics you want to look for, and most liners will provide that even if with different strategies. Neoprene or synthetic liners will feel nice and spongy, while faux fur liners adapt perfectly to the shape of the leg. The type you decide to choose is up to you, but warmth is of the essence, so as usual try on the boots before you head out in the cold and return them if there is anything that doesn’t completely convince you. Another useful feature you might want to look out for is if the liners are removable or not. Shoes and boots can get pretty smelly over time, so having liners that you can take out and wash is a useful feature to have, so you can best take care of your boots.
The temperature rating that some manufacturers provide can give you a good idea of how warm the boots actually are. You might think it’s only marketing talk, but the rating is actually the result of laboratory tests that are conducted independently. Despite the boot’s rating, which tells you at which temperature the boots can still function and retain their warming capabilities, there are a lot of other factors to keep in mind to decide how cold you’re ready to let it get to before you decide to head inside. You should take into account your child’s health and how much they like to move around, as well as the quality and thickness of all the other clothes you have put on them. Also, keep in mind that warmer boots also tend to weigh a little more, or in general be thicker, so they might influence your child’s mobility. Furthermore, in our reviews we have focused on boots, but remember that they will be accompanied by snow trousers and thick jackets when you’re out on the snow, so everything has to work together as a whole and it is not enough to only have one element rated to -25F.
Style and Design
Style and design may not be the first thing you think about when looking for snow boots, but they also have a part to play. While warmth, insulation and water resistance are the foremost features you should consider, you also want your kid to just like the boots he or she has to wear, to avoid long discussions trying to convince them to put them on. Luckily, the snow boots we have reviewed all come in a wide variety of colors, which are bound to please even the most demanding child. For boys, many boots look tough and give off the feeling they can take on everything. If you have a girl, there are plenty of options with faux fur linings and shiny tones that will make her want to show off and keep her happy. Always remember though that the primary function of boots is to keep their feet dry and warm, so be careful not to compromise too much on those basic and indispensable features by buying a pair that looks good but then doesn’t deliver on the protection side.
Q: How To Size Kids Winter Boots?
Basing your choice on your child’s regular shoe size is a good starting point, but aside from measuring the size of the feet on a piece of paper, as we have explained, there are a few more test you can try out. The first one involves gently kicking against a wall. This is very useful for finding out if the boots are the correct size, since if they are too small the toes will hit the end of the boot. This means that they will likely rub while your toddler is walking and that they will not be comfortable to wear. Another test involves pushing the foot forward to see how much extra space there is around the heel. This should be no bigger than a finger, a child sized one. If it exceeds this limit it means the boots are too large and risk moving around uncomfortably while the child walks. If there is not enough space then the boots are too small. Lastly, ask your son or daughter to wiggle his or her toes once they’ve put on the boot. They should be able to do this with ease and without feeling any pressure. If they do, it is another indication that the boots maybe be too small and need to be replaced.
Q: What Are The Three Most Important Features I Should Look For?
If you only had to choose three of the numerous features we have illustrated in our kid’s snow boots reviews, these should be ease of use, warmth and weather resistance. Ease of use will benefit you as a parent just as much as the child. If your little ones are able to slide the boots on and off their feet by themselves, it will be a huge time saver out on the snow and a feature that will save you countless problems in sub-zero temperatures. Secondly, warmth is a no-brainer, and the reason you set out looking for snow boots in the first place. If you’re not sure of how well the boots can keep body warmth from escaping, then you should return them immediately to avoid any problem. Lastly, weather resistance completes the package, since wetness and humidity are the worst enemies of warmth and insulation and boots that let them in completely defeat the purpose of buying them.
Q: How To Clean And Dry Kids Snow Boots?
Will all their exposure to damp environments, snow boots tend to develop a nasty odor over time. Luckily, there are steps you can follow to get rid of it, even if the procedure might be a little long. Firstly, remove all the inserts if possible, such as the midsoles, and keep them out of the shoe long enough for them to dry. Then, you will need to wash them in a tub of warm water in which you will have also poured some vinegar, to kill bacteria, and normal laundry detergent. Agitate the whole mix and, if needed, leave the insole to properly soak for several minutes. During this time, you can rinse the outside of the boots with a sponge or soft cloth which you have moistened with soapy water. Once you’re done, rinse off the soap with running water and leave them to dry upside down. Remove the inserts from the soapy water and rinse them as well until all the soap is removed. Allow them to dry completely simply by laying them on a towel before you put them back in the boots. In general, unless it is explicitly written, it is not recommended to machine wash snow boots, because it can damage them and make them unusable.
Q: Are Bogs Winter Boots?
If you're out of time and money, you might get away with using Bogs boots as winter boots, but we would not recommend them as your first choice. Their rubber build does effectively protect you from the water and will keep your feet dry, but their design is different than purpose built boots, so they won't work quite as well. The shaft especially is the part where you will see most differences, since it doesn't feature as much padding as winter boots and will not keep as warm. Furthermore, Bogs boots do not feature a tightening system that will make them fit snugly on the leg. You might manage to make them work if you have an extra warm pair of trousers that descends down to the ankle, but if you have the choice it is recommended that you use boots that are built especially for the cold and the snow such as the ones we have reviewed.
Q: Are Snow Boots Waterproof?
Yes, or at least they should be. Any real snow boots should deliver some protection from water and humidity as they are the two biggest threats to warmth and insulation. This can be achieved by using dedicated materials or by applying a special coating designed to keep water out. When you're choosing snow boots for your toddler be very careful in looking for indications of water resistance in the spec sheet, it is absolutely a must-have. Going for the cheapest price only might expose you to the risk of purchasing a lower quality boot that may turn out not to be up to the task, so keep this in mind when you're browsing for options.
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When preparing for a snow adventure, even on your own, the amount of choices available on the market is daunting. We hope that our reviews have helped dissipate some of the mysterious fog that lies around these products, which are indispensable for you and your family to feel safe on the snow and have a good time. It’s worth taking a moment to carefully weigh all the options so you don’t regret it when you’re out, so follow our tips and instructions to get the best product on the market.
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