Over the past 7 years we have had SO many boots come through this house. And winter boots are a big thing – they are sometimes the difference between a really good day and an outdoor “failure”.
I will keep updating this post as we try out new boots over the years and really put them through the wringer (which, apparently, we are really good at!) As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. I know we certainly aren’t covering everything!
- KEEN Kids Basin: We really like the Basin because they are somewhat of a hybrid between a shoe and a boot. The full toggle makes it easy to adjust to what fit the child needs (and, better yet, do it themselves) and makes it feel less “boot sloppy”. While we haven’t used the Basin in super cold temperatures, J hasn’t had cold or wet feet in them. They also have held up very well to the abuse of a 7 year old! Note: We actually tried out the Winterport II before the Basin and my son had a super hard time getting his feet in them. He tends to have higher arches and a bigger heel, but something to take note of when looking at KEEN boots. The Basin with the fully customizable entry was a much better fit.
- KEEN Kids Kootenay WP: If you really don’t need high boots, these Kootenay are great for winter shoes…with just a little higher sides and better protection. We love how they don’t have laces to deal with (and have no trouble with the velcro), are stiff enough to keep their shape, and enough insulation to keep kids warm without overheating. They’re perfect for school in that respect. We’ve also been impressed with their traction. Note: We have had the Kootenay in the smallest toddler size (size 4) and weren’t AS impressed for new walkers. They are a bit on the stiff side for the smallest of kiddos….but I wouldn’t hesitate putting them on my 2 year old.
- Stonz Trek: These have been our bomb-proof boots for 3 years now. They are warm, lightweight and hold up incredibly well. I have NEVER had a kid with cold feet yet (and that’s saying a lot when it’s -25 degrees F). That said, the new Scout boots are warm and light too….but the structure tends to allow more snow in and we can’t recommend them with as much enthusiasm. They are great for cold, low-snow areas….but not the best for trudging through piles. Hoping for some updates for winter 2017.
- MUCK Kids’ Hale: We have had the best luck with Muck boots as far as keeping feet warm and dry. While we don’t reach for them when it’s super cold and dry, they are a must in the shoulder seasons or when we get a super random dumping of rain or wet snow.
- MyMayu Boots + Liners: While we use our MyMayu boots for more wet conditions than cold conditions, they certainly still fall under the category of winter boots just because WET is what many winters look like around the country! You can read our full review here. They are super packable, keep the water out for sure, and are great for increased mobility in kids that would be hindered by clunkier boots.
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