The cold weather is coming…it’s time to start thinking about boots! Not much is cuter than toddler winter boots, am I right? Their tiny little piggies all bundled up to play in the snow! Even if you rarely get snow, if you live somewhere with cold temperatures, toddler winter boots are a must. They might seem unnecessary—toddlers grow fast, after all!—but they do serve an important purpose.
Like rain boots, toddler winter boots are designed to keep out the elements and keep your child safe while they play. Many winter boots are waterproof, slip-proof, and temperature-regulated to ensure warmth and comfort all day long. Several of the boots on our list can even be worn as everyday winter footwear.
Toddler winter boots come in a variety of styles and prices and can be used for lots of different winter activities. Keep reading to check out our list of the best toddler winter boots this year.
How to Size Toddler Winter Boots
Buying shoes for toddlers can feel overwhelming. But buying shoes for toddlers for a single season?! That’s maddening!
It’s true that kids grow all kinds of crazy ways at inconvenient times, especially after you’ve just bought them their winter boots (or snowsuits). Let’s break down how to size toddler winter boots, shall we?
It depends on the boot.
Yeah…that’s vague. But it’s true. Each brand has its own sizing guides that adhere to a range of acceptable measurements. Before you buy anything, check the website for recommendations on how to measure your child’s foot to determine the best size.
Bigger is better.
When it comes to any toddler shoes, but especially boots, it’s always best to go a little bigger. This gives some wiggle room for their inevitable mid-winter growth spurt. Remember, too, winter boots usually have lining and padding that may make the fit feel more snug.
Try them on in person if you can. Try with socks, without socks, and make them walk around. To get the most out of the boots, look for a fingers-width of space at the end of the toe. Most boots have an adjustable strap to help keep them secure.
Best Overall Winter Boots
Northside Frosty Insulated Snow Boots live up to their name. They’re your one-stop for cold-weather activities. Made from 100% nylon with a waterproof shell, they have 200g insulation, which will keep feet warm down to 0 to -20 degrees.
The bungee cord closure is another highly-rated feature of this winter boot. It allows you to cinch the boot closed around the calf to prevent snow from getting inside. Imagine, your toddler comes inside from playing out in the snow with dry socks! Dreams can come true!
- 8-inch shaft
- Removable insole
- Traction outsole
- 20+ colors
- Toddler size 5-11
Best Budget Winter Boots
We totally get that toddler boots are expensive, especially to wear for only one season. Never fear! GUBARUN Snow Boots are here for our budgeters.
These boots truly are designed with your toddler in mind. They feature a hook and loop closure that many Amazon reviews said was easy for their little one to manipulate. They’re windproof, waterproof, warm, and slip-resistant, made with a soft, thick faux fur lining.
Available in twelve designs, GUBARUN Snow Boots are available in toddler sizes 7-10 as well as little kid and big kid sizes.
These winter boots for toddlers actually scored a bit higher in Amazon reviews than the Northside Frostys, but they lose a bit of points for durability based on a few Amazon customer reviews.
Fashion meets function with the PAJAR Fay Winter Boots. These mid-calf fashion winter boots keep legging-clad legs warm with their 8-inch shaft. Not only do they cover more leg than most toddler winter boots, but they have a temperature rating of -40 degrees. No frostbitten toesies here!
One of the favorite features is a front-close zipper because we all know how much toddlers love zippers! Plus, a cute little pom-pom tassel hangs down the front to bring the whole look together!
- Snow traction thermal rubber outer sole
- Duck-show vamp
- Waterproof boot, water-repellent nylon upper
- Round, rubberized toe
- Toddler sizes 8-12 (also available in little kid and big kid sizes)
Best for Ice
I don’t know about you, but my toddler doesn’t walk anywhere. Slipping on snow and ice isn’t unrealistic in a toddler’s world. For your peace of mind, take a look at Merrell Quest Lite 3.0 Waterproof Boots.
Temperature rated to -35 degrees, these toddler winter boots feature 200g and 400g insulation at different points of contact. Aside from their warmth, they offer unparalleled traction with extra grip for icy conditions.
- Lightweight and durable
- Odor-reducing recycled PET lining
- Waterproof nylon and EVA shell
- Two-point adjustable toggle closure
- Toddler sizes 5-10 (also available in little kid and big kid sizes)
Keep in Mind
While some of the previous boots have both a toggle and hook and loop closure, these boots only have the drawstring toggle. Your little one can probably get them on and off independently. However, they may need an adult’s help to cinch them securely.
Who doesn’t love a good duck boot? These kids’ snow boots from Nautica are a stylish gender-neutral option that can also be worn as everyday footwear. The duck boot design keeps little feet warm and dry in snowy or rainy weather.
Available in 20+ designs and styles, your toddler can truly express themselves however they wish! Choose from toddler sizes 5-10, plus little kid and big kid sizes.
You also get the quality assurance of the name brand, as one Amazon customer can attest.
You can be sure beyond a shadow of a doubt that your child’s feet will be warm in UGG boots. The UGG Taney Weather Boots are designed specifically for outdoor play. Manufactured with seam-sealed waterproof leather, they have the look and feel of classic UGGs with the signature sheepskin insole.
- -20 degree temperature rating
- Toddler-friendly hook and loop closure
- Rubber sole
- Fleece lining
“Easy to put on and take off. My 4-year-old has no issue doing it himself. Not heavy and comfortable shoes. Will buy bigger size next winter!”
Fashion on a Budget
Another fashion winter boot but make it budget-friendly. CIOR Toddler Snow Boots are a super cute alternative to UGGs, with a similar look and feel for a fraction of the price. Like several of our other options, the CIOR boots can be worn for outside play or everyday winter footwear.
Soft and flexible, these toddler winter boots are easy to walk in. The fur lining extends around the outer cuff to keep kids warm while still looking cute.
- Waterproof upper
- Magic buckle for easy on/off and adjustability
- Anti-collision toe cap
- Non-slip soles
“Not only are these boots super adorable, they are very durable! My daughter played outside in the cold snow and mud for hours. She wanted to jump in every mud puddle, so I expected wet socks by the time we got inside. DRY socks. Bone dry. Her boots were covered in mud splashes up to the fur, they wiped clean easily for another day of playtime.
She usually trips in shoes that are too stiff but has had no issues in these. Easy to put on/take off, even one-handed. Highly recommend these boots.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between 200g and 400g insulation in winter boots?
Without getting too scientific, these numbers reflect the thickness of the insulation (not how heavy the insulation itself is). In other words, they determine how much heat the boots can hold.
200g insulation keeps feet warm in temperatures from 0 to -20 degrees. 400g insulation is twice as warm, keeping feet toasty up to -40 degrees.
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