Here you’ll find a shopping guide of the warmest, most durable winter snow boots for kids of all ages, that will keep them warm and dry all winter long!
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Surviving Canadian Winters and Northern Temps
Is it just me or does each winter seem like it gets colder and longer every year?
Living in northern Ontario, we know what cold Canadian winters are all about. Heck, it snows here before Halloween and fall always seems to end way too soon.
That means, shopping for snow suits, snow boots, gloves, hats and scarves as early as possible is a must to prepare for the winter months ahead.
And not only do I love cute fashion for kids, but I also always take into account functionality and durability especially when it comes to snow boots for keeping little toes warm and toasty.
Here are the best boots for kids with a warmth rating of at least -30 degrees Celsius (some rating to -60!), and with thick, long-lasting insulation, waterproof protection, and of course overall style and comfort in mind.
Tips For Buying Kids’ Winter Snow Boots
- It’s best to size up in snow boots. More room in the boots means room for warm air to circulate, more room to wiggle toes, and more room for extra thick winter socks.
- Be sure to measure your child’s foot and check the size guide or size chart on the brand’s website. If your child measures into a size 1 boot, you’ll want to purchase a size 2 instead.
- Keep in mind that brands of boots will fit differently, as each brand could have entirely different size guides. Keep a note of your child’s foot measurement to check every size chart. Read reviews to see if the boots are true to size, if they run small, or run big.
- Go with the boot that has a removable inner lining. This makes it easy to remove, wash, and dry the liner, in between outdoor play and school days.
- Always check the temperature rating of the boot, in which is usually stated in the item description online, or on the tag in store. If it is not specified, contact the company directly to ask.
- If you live in the city, you may be alright settling on a boot that’s -25° C rated like these Dream Pairs boots on Amazon. In more severe, northern temps, you’ll want at least a -30° C to -60° C rating.
The Best, Warmest Winter Snow Boots For Kids
After reading countless reviews, we came to terms with buying these Baffin Snow Boots for our girls for this winter (wearing as pictured). Reason being because they are -40° C/F rated, which is perfect for our frigid winters here in Northern Ontario.
The warm protection and comfortable flexibility of the AVERY white waterproof winter boots from BAFFIN will make every outdoor activity an adventure. Featuring a Ripstop nylon upper with multi-eyelet front lace fastening with drawstring and toggle. Removable, Baffin multi-layer inner boot system with a sweater-knit collar and trim. Arctic rubber outsole for great durability.
There are also Baffin Snogoose Snow Boots available on Amazon that are rated for -60° F!
We owned Kamik Boots last winter and we love how warm, functional, and affordable they are! We especially appreciate the fact that they are made in Canada, with domestic and imported materials. these boots have lightweight rubber waterproof bottoms so they’re ideal for making snow angels. Plus, NiteRays reflective patches add to their safety when they’re up late.
Traditional BOGS are known for transitioning between seasons with a temperature rating of -35° C/F, however their Arcata Knit Insulated Winter Waterproof Snow Boots are much warmer with a temperature rating of -40° C/F. Perfect for severely cold winters.
They also have really cute gender neutral designs!
They’re 100% waterproof and insulated, rafted with a seam-sealed bootie with stretchy neo-tech panels that help provide supreme comfort. Rounded-toe snow boot is constructed with a lace-up closure, cushioned footbed, and a gripped rubber outsole. Features durafresh technology that shields against unwanted odors. Moisture-absorbing max-wick technology pulls perspiration away from little feet to keep them drier longer.
Talk about stylish, Sorel never disappoints when it comes to winter fashion. Keep in mind, some of Sorel’s boots have temperature ratings around -25° Celsius and -30° Celsius. But, these Youth Joan of Arctic Boots are rated for -40° C/F which makes them perfect for heavy snow.
They feature a sleek look with waterproof suede and chic faux fur cuffs, Joan also has heavy insulation to withstand freezing weather with a removable 9 mm washable recycled felt inner boot. Same goes for their Caribou Boots for boys.
I can’t say enough good things about removable felt liners! They make life so much easier when it comes to quick washing and drying to use the boots again and again. These Keen Lumi Boots have all the functions a good winter boot should have, with a great temperature rating made for Canadian winters.
The slip-on, tall snow boots are constructed with an adjustable hook-and-loop strap, toggle closure at the collar, and a removable KEEN.WARM liner. Designed with a cushioned footbed and a non-marking rubber outsole.
At only $69.99, these boots are cute, functional, and extremely affordable for parents. If your kids are as active as ours, sometimes it’s better to spend less on outdoor gear that comes and goes so quickly.
The Ripzone Snowden boots are the perfect choice to keep your child’s feet nice and toasty when the weather gets chilly outside. For a fast and secure fit, there is a bungee quick lace closure, so you don’t ever have to worry about your child’s boots coming loose. The outer shell of the boot is waterproof, so no matter how wet the weather gets, your child will be able to stay dry and cozy all throughout the day.
Similarly to Sorel boots, when shopping for Columbia boots make sure to check the temperature ratings for the many different styles of boots. Some boots are only rated for -25° C. Otherwise, we love the Big Kids Bugaboot by Columbia because it has an extra thick inner lining with 400g insulation.
At only $80, these super warm, waterproof winter boots will keep your child warm, dry, and protected from all the elements, even at extreme temperatures. That means they’re also durable for all of the winter activities you can think of!
I’d love to know which one’s are your favourite! Whichever pair of boots you choose for your little one, their little toes will be warm, dry, and comfy all winter long. And they most likely will be able to pass down any one of these durable boots to their little brother or sister!
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