"For kids' boots, it's important to make your selections based on climate and function," says Shoebuy.com merchandising brand manager Courtney Barry, "but your child needs to want to wear the boots, or getting out of the house in colder weather won't be fun for anyone."
Cozy boots for girls
The name says it all for the Timberland Blizzard Bliss Waterproof Snow Boots (Shoebuy.com, $80). These boots are stylish, but they're designed for serious snow play. Blizzard Bliss boasts 200 grams of insulation to keep toes warm, and a D-ring lacing system ensures a customized fit. Available in winter white Leather, brown leather and black leather/grey in both toddler and kid sizes.
For the serious snow lover, Kamik's Kids Impluse G Boots ( 6PM.com, $30) are the way to go. The rubber outsole provides excellent traction in the ice and snow, and the nylon upper and seam-sealed rubber shell ensure outstanding waterproof protection. Available in toddler and kid sizes.
Super-warm boots for boys
Boys will stay warm and dry all day with the Kamik Snobuster 2 Boots (Zappos.com, $42). The lightweight, waterproof rubber boot features a 6-millimeter thermal guard liner, moisture-wicking lining and an adjustable snow collar. Choose camouflage print, black or charcoal in both toddler and kid sizes.
With 600-gram insulation and a waterproof rubber bottom, the Boys' Snow Pack Boots (LandsEnd.com, $79) are a smart choice for snow lovers. The rugged soles provide excellent traction, and a removable liner means the boots will dry out more quickly. Choose black or toasted rye in whole sizes for toddlers and kids.
Boots for wet winter climates
If your winters are more rainy than snowy, your child needs a boot that will stay dry. Kamik Raindrops Boots (Shoebuy.com, $35) come in a rainbow of colors to brighten up even the rainiest of days. These synthetic rubber boots are made from 100 percent recyclable material, making them perfect for the sloppy mud puddles that kids just can't avoid.
When a boot comes in cool colors like cherry, spruce and purple, it's bound to be a hit with the kids. The 100 percent waterproof Bogs Linen Classic (Shoebuy.com, $78) is a modern-day rubber boot that features pull-on handles, plenty of insulation and a moisture-wicking lining to keep feet nice and dry. This boot is comfort rated to -40 degrees F. Now that's warm!
Serious booties for babies and new walkers
Stonz Booties (StonzWear.com, $40) are a brilliant option for little ones up to about age 3. The versatile bootie slips easily over snowsuits (and chubby little ankles and feet) and comes in more than 20 different designs! Soft, non-slip soles are perfect for developing feet and new walkers. They're warm and water-resistant and incredibly adorable.
Tiny toes will be extra-protected by Sugarplum Boots from the Kamik Toddler Collection (Diapers.com, $45). Parents will appreciate the easy on/off features too, like the extra-wide gaiter and adjustable elastic Velcro. Toddler sizes are available in colors both boys and girls will love.
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