Must-have wet weather kicks for kids
Ever notice that kids are drawn to puddles like magnets? Once they've got their eye on the prize, there's no stopping them from jumping in for a huge splash! This year, they can splash around in style with rain boots that are so cute, they'll want to wear them year-round!
From lowtop slip-ons to bold colors and fun prints, rain boots have come a long way from standard-issue yellow rubber. Before you stock up on everything you need to wrap up your family's winter wardrobe, check out the latest in rain boot fashion for kids!
Black, white & cool all over
These black Tretorn® Strala slip-on ankle boots (Zappos, $40) are stylish like a skateboarding sneaker but feature everything you’d want in a rain boot. The outside is made from waterproof, PVC-free rubber that has a matte black finish for an added cool factor. They have microfleece lining to keep kids cozy on the inside and reflective detail on the heel for safety at night. There’s a pull-tab to help kids slide the shoes on and off, plus no-slip grip on the outsole.
These Western Chief rain boots for girls (Macy's, $25) feature fun pink pull-handles and colored polka dots that capture just about every color in the post-storm rainbow. They have a sturdy rubber upper that can be easily wiped clean and soft cotton-knit lining on the inside to keep her feet dry. The bright pink heavy-treaded rubber sole is not only stylish, but it'll help keep her feet from slipping on wet surfaces.
If your little guy dreams of being a firefighter when he grows up, these Umar fireman rain boots (Target, $23) are a perfect fit! They're waterproof, have a cushioned insole for comfort and the pull-straps make changing in and out of them a cinch... in case there's an emergency fire to tend to!
These knee-high Ralph rain boots by Polo Ralph Lauren (Piperlime, $65) are a match made in heaven for a fearless little fashionista. She'll make a statement with the hot pink upper contrasted against the lime green microfiber lining and signature Polo pony.
This splurge-worthy dark navy boot, screen-printed with a vintage Union Jack flag, can be worn by both boys and girls. While it doesn't come with a built-in British accent, it does come with a waterproof linen fabric leg and treaded rubber sole (Hunter, $95).
Oh my glosh!
Bogs upped the ante on adorable with their Glosh rain boot (Nordstrom, $50), especially in this purple color combo. This modern take on the classic rain boot features Neo-Tech insulation on the inside, so tiny feet stay toasty, while the outside of the boot stands up to serious splashing with its rubber and neoprene upper.
Shopping tips for buying rain boots
- Consider buying a size bigger than your child's typical shoe size, to allow more room for layers of thick winter socks, if needed.
- If you're expecting more rain than snow, make sure the boots you have your eye on are waterproof. If snow is in the forecast, pick boots that come up to mid-calf and have wider openings at the top, so kids can tuck their pants inside of the boots.
- Don't sacrifice substance for style. Check for sturdy soles and solid traction to help your little ones safely navigate across icy or wet surfaces.