Best Winter Boots for Kids 2023

Over the past 12 years we have had SO many kid boots come through this house. Some have been fantastic at keeping our kids’ warm during a cold winter and others have been ones we just didn’t keep around. Winter boots for kids’ feet are a big thing – they are sometimes the difference between a really good day and an outdoor “failure”. These are the best winter boots for kids we have found and what we use for our families.

As parents, it’s so important that we can trust our gear is keeping kids safe and warm. Winter boots that really keep kids’ feet warm in all weather conditions are a worthwhile investment.

We’ve gathered the best children’s snow boots here that our kids use for snowball fights, building snow forts, and all-day winter outdoor play. They are ones we use and trust for different conditions and needs. Truth be told – winter is long here and our kids each own at least two pairs of boots, but that isn’t possible or necessary for most children.

Looking for more information on gear we recommend to keep kids warm all winter? Check out our round-up of best winter gear for kids here.

Need help understanding specifically HOW to dress your kids and babies to keep them warm? This post on best practices for layering for kids should help!

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How to Keep Feet Warm

First of all, it’s important to discuss why not ALL boots work for all kids or all climates. I wish it were more black and white than it is, but the truth is that there are a lot of factors that go into keep little feet warm in the cold.

Wool socks are great, but not all socks are made the same, just like not all feet are the same. Look for socks that fit snuggly, contour to your child’s foot and are padded, but not too bulky.

Bulky, ill-fitting socks tend to bunch and actually inhibit circulation to feet, which is key. A liner + wool sock is great, but doubling up on thick socks or layering cotton + wool actually can make your feet colder.

We’ve lined out our best tips in this post for keeping feet warm (because, yes, it deserves it’s own post!)

Which Winter Boots are the Warmest?

The boots below all have a different temperature rating. Remember this is a bit of a guess since factors such as what socks you wear in the boots, how cold the child runs in general, and relative humidity all play a part. For really cold temperatures, it’s imperative that kids wear dry, wool socks that aren’t too tight as mentioned above.

On the coldest of days, we personally love using sustainable and reusable foot warmers like these from Aurora Heat.

Children’s snow boots come in a variety of different temperature ratings, styles, and heights. Take into consideration the conditions your kids are out in the most. You want boots that will last at least one full winter season, though the ones listed here should be able to be worn for multiple seasons.

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Best Winter Snow Boots for Kids

Baffin Snogoose

  • Rated to -76 degrees Fahrenheit

These boots are THE warmest which makes them excellent for very cold and dry weather. However, they are bulky, so if you don’t need the warmth, these aren’t for you. They do have a removable liner, but still take a long time to dry if they get really wet.

If you have really cold snaps and want super warm boots, we recommend these and a less bulky pair too.

Baffin Avery

  • Rated to -40 degrees Fahrenheit

The Avery are less warm than the Snogoose, but also less bulky. They have great traction and keep little feet very warm.

Available in toddler, little and big kid sizes.

Two young children winter winter boots stand on snow holding a hockey puck.
Happy Alaska kids warm in Baffin boots

Bogs Neo-Classic

  • Rated to -58 degrees Fahrenheit

Back in 2019, Bogs made some big changes including lightening up their Neo-Classic style by 30%. And for kids who want as little weight as possible literally weighing them down, 30% is a LOT!

To be honest, in the past I have not recommended Bogs for kids (and adults) because I found that there were other neoprene options that in general kept our feet warmer. That said, now they are lighter, warmer AND have good grip. In fact, they are some of our very favorite waterproof boots for slushy, wet weather.

My kids (and I) also love how easy they are just to throw on and go….which seems to be the way we roll. They are also incredibly sturdy boots and an excellent choice for families hoping to pass them down from kid to kid.

Kamik SnoBusters

  • Rated to -25 degrees Fahrenheit

The Kamik SnoBusters are a team favorite because the outside is totally rubber and 100% waterproof. The tread is excellent too, handling both ice and snow well. They also happen to double well as rain boots and are an ideal boot for changing conditions.

They have a removable liner and rubber outsole, and the boots are rated to -25. Our testers haven’t complained once this winter about cold feet. They also go up high enough that snow doesn’t get in.

Our favorite feature is the adjustable draw off around the top of the boot. Tighten that sucker down and no snow is getting in which is sweet if they’re not wearing snow pants with gators.

Outdoor Gear Exchange has SnoBusters on sale now.

A little girl in winter gear sits on the tailgate of a truck drinking from a cup.
Dry, warm and happy in Kamik Snowbusters

Kamik Surfin Winter Boots

  • Rated to -40 degrees Fahrenheit

The Kamik Surfin Boots are great for very cold temperatures with deep snow or slush. They have excellent tread that offers great traction on the iciest trails. They are very easy to put on thanks to the easy grab lace-lock.

On the outside, the boots are wrapped in a flexible waterproof nylon upper area while the lower area is made of a 100% waterproof rubber shell. The inside is a super fluffy, soft insulated material.

Kamik Surfin Winter Boots
Kamik Surfin Winter Boots

My 8 year old says that these are warmer than his Neo Classic Bogs and he likes that unlike Sorel’s, there are no laces to tie.

The Kamik Surfin is for older toddlers and big kids with sizes starting at a toddler 11 to a kids size 7.

KEEN Kids Kootenay IV Water Proof Boots

  • Rated to -4 degrees Fahrenheit

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 strap), 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 and this year they’ve added even better insulation.

KEEN Greta Winter Waterproof Boot

  • Rated to -25 degrees Fahrenheit

This boot is our favorite for winter hiking or winter snowshoeing, but can be used for all winter activities since they are warm and allow great movement. The toggle easy tie allows not only for really easy on and off, but a good secure fit to keep feet where they should be and not slopping around.

Of all the boots listed here, these have the best traction.

Merrell Snow Quest Lite 3.0

  • Rated to -35 degrees Fahrenheit

The Merrell Snow Quest 3.0 have been great in the dry snow of Wyoming this year. They are incredibly light, cinch down to keep the snow out and the warmth in, are tall enough for going through heavy snowfall, and have good traction.

Merrell really nailed it with this one this year. They are rated to -35 degrees F and we have tested them to -5 and had no cold feet on kids that are moving.

The waterproof soles keep moisture out and does a good job. However, if have a kid that spends a lot of time laying in slush and puddles, the Bogs or Kamiks with a fully waterproof rubber shaft below may be a better option.

Merrell has been perfecting this boot for years, and we really think they have nailed it! I love that they come in a variety of different colors.

Muck Boots Rugged II

Our kids have used and loved Mucks for years and years. They are warm, extremely durable and a great choice for all-season protection.

  • Rated to -40 degrees Fahrenheit

The Rugged II boot is a 100% waterproof neoprene boot with serious traction. It’s lightweight and comfortable to wear all day through anything winter can throw at it.

Muck Boots Kids’ Hale Boot

  • Rated to 30 degrees Fahrenheit

The Hale boots have slightly less traction and a narrower shaft, so better for 4 season than the Rugged II. They are a great shoulder season boot, warm enough for less intense winter days and perfect for cold muddy spring and fall weather.

Stonz Trek – Kids

  • Rated to -58 degrees Fahrenheit

In my opinion, these are some of the best snow boots for cold days. They are warm, lightweight and hold up fairly well. In seven years of using them, I have NEVER had a kid with cold feet yet (and that’s saying a lot when it’s -25 degrees F). When the temperature really drops, these are the boots we trust.

We do notice that the tread seems to break down quicker than other boots we have used and they are not 100% waterproof (so better for dry, cold climates like Wyoming).

Best Toddler Snow Boots and Winter Boots for Young Kids

Check out our dedicated post on Toddler and Baby Winter Boots.

Baby Bogs for Early Walkers

  • Rated to 14 degrees Fahrenheit

We have used and loved Baby Bogs for years…they’re perfect for kids just learning to walk especially. Check out our full review of them here.

Kamik Stance Boots

  • Rated to -25 degrees Fahrenheit

These are warm boots that are easy for young kids to walk in. We recommend sizing up one size since they do run small. Available in sizes little kids 5T – 10T.

See Kai Run Baker Boots

  • Rated to -35 degrees Fahrenheit

Available starting in size Toddler 4, See Kai Run shoes are flexible and notoriously great for young kids with tiny toes. These boots are waterproof, easy to walk in and keep feet toasty warm.

They are not the best in deep snow since they are relatively short, but for day-to-day play they’re a perfect, cozy pair of boots.

Reima Qing “Shoe Boots”

  • Rating to 14 degrees Fahrenheit

We really love the Reima Qing for winter boots that are comfortable enough to wear all day long. My kids call them their “shoe boots”, and the excel as warm boots that work for when the snow isn’t deep. These are the boots they wear on a regular basis to school and around town.

A toddler with a blue bike helmet, green jacket, and purple baby bogs walks over rocks.
Easy to walk in Baby Bogs!

Stonz Trek – Toddler

  • Rated to -22 degrees Fahrenheit

With sizes from 4T-9T the super lightweight Trek Toddler boot is a great choice for cold dry climates. The generous opening makes it easy for little folks to put their own boots on, with a simple Velcro strap to cinch the fit.

We appreciate the beefy tread to help our little walkers stay steady on slick surfaces.

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Warmest Children’s Snow Boots for Kids in 2023

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  • Amelia lives with her husband and five young children outside of Jackson, WY in Grand Teton National Park. As a mom, she quickly learned that the secret to sanity was to spend more time outside where tantrums don't see quite so bad. Amelia started TMM in 2012 to help encourage all families (including her own) to get outside, no matter the weather. Due to the necessity of having to keep so many kids warm and happy, she has become an expert in kids' gear and loves being able to share it with others.

  • Jen Levin, mama of six, lives in St Paul Minnesota. Raised in the north woods of Michigan at a year round camp, she had a wild and free childhood. Jen and her husband ran an outdoor adventure program for college age participants for 7 years in Arkansas. They enjoyed helping others experience nature through canoeing, climbing, backpacking, and caving in the Ozark National Forest. Now Jen is figuring out how to nurture outdoor kids in an urban location. She’ll drive the extra miles for a clean lake and is happiest on, in, or near the water. Her family loves camping, swimming, canoeing, backpacking, and harvesting maple syrup at their family farm.

21 thoughts on “Best Winter Boots for Kids 2023”

  1. I was trying to find a boot that does all it says it does for an adult and basically failed ..with temps getting down to -45C , and myself having to walk to and from work in these conditions, I had hoped to find a boot that would work. So far NOPE..they might say they are rated for it, but if you loose feel of your toes and you’re only halfway there…. (it only takes me 15 min to walk, sometimes longer deeping on how deep the snow is lol)

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  2. Do you find with the MUCK to get the size they are? I just had my boys feet sized and the lady said they don’t make half sizes and getting a whole size bigger would be too big. I was hoping to get them on sale now but have them last thru next winter at least.

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    • Hi Carrie – I usually size up actually. You can always add another sock. If they’re too small, they don’t allow proper circulation and won’t keep feet warm. Hope that helps!

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  3. We actually loved our Stonz Scout boots. I can see what you mean though, that they can let in a lot of snow. Admittedly we don’t get a ton of snow but with snowpant foot skirts (is that even a word??) over the boot, there have been no issues with snow in the boots. I’ve been really happy with the warmth and ease of putting on for my toddler to do it herself.

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  4. We tried Plae’s boots out this year. They are lightweight, super flexible, and waterproof. No one complained of wet or cold feet in the negative temps with a pair of wool socks on! And I love that they are able to have full range of motion with these boots.

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  5. Great article, one question—I’m super interested in the Aurora Heat warmers. When I try to use the code mtnmama it keeps telling me it’s invalid. I also can’t find an easy way to contact the Aurora Heat company. Any thoughts?

    Thanks! Megan

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    • Hi Megan – so the code will give you the set up the kid hand and foot warmers for free. They have to be in your cart though. email me if you’re still having trouble and I will help! amelia (at) talesofamountainmama.com

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  6. Have you tried the Reima Laplander? I need new boots for my 10 year old who goes to a nature school in central Indiana. We don’t get a ton of snow, but when we do it’s usually heavy and wet. We’ve used Baffin in the past and while I love how warm they are, they are really heavy!

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    • Yes, they’re great! Slowly updating this post and will add them 🙂 But I love how Reima boots are lightweight and waterproof. Be sure to use code “mtnmama” to save 20% too!

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  7. Thanks for all the great info, I appreciate it very much! When I try to apply the code for Keen it tells me it can’t be applied. Did it expire?

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    • No – it should still be valid! You can’t stack it with any other codes, though. Let me know if you still can’t get it to work! Feel free to email me 🙂 ~ Amelia

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    • @Amelia, for KEEN it says the coupon was added but not applied. Any suggestions? its the only promo code I used. Thanks for the great article!

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  8. Hi! Any thoughts on boots without socks? My almost six year old absolutely refuses to wear socks with shoes and snow boots. I’m looking for something that is waterproof, can handle snow play to keep her dry and comfortable.

    Thanks!!

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  9. Hello! We are going on a vacation in February to Breckenridge. I will have a 5 year old, 7 year old and 1 year old. The older two will be trying skiing and we are renting equipment for that, but I am very over my head when it comes to regular snow boots for them. The 1 year old won’t be doing much, we leave 11 days after her 1st bday. Would the baby boggs be okay for Breck snow for her? Or I say some sort of waterproof bootie things on Amazon; would those be okay? The other two will definitely want to do some playing around. We may do snowmobiling also. Would you say the Stonz Trek for them? I am also not trying to spend a million dollars. We are from Georgia so they haven’t REALLY seen snow lol and we will really only be using the boots while we’re in Breck for 5 days. Thanks for your help!

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    • Hi Karen – yes, Stonz Trek would be great for them and Baby Bogs would be great for baby. Wool socks for them all are key! Hope that helps! Have fun!

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  10. What would you recommend for an elementary schooler who just sized out of the Stonz Trek? We’ve been devoted to the brand for years, and keep hoping they’ll release big kid (and adult!) sizes. They are so much lighter than any comparable removable liner pac boot styles we’ve tried, and keep his feet consistently warm. I know Baffins are warm, but they are so clunky, and not fun to hike in! I’m a bit at a loss.

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