9 best snow boots for kids
From fleece-lined styles to welly-like footwear, here is our pick of children’s winter boots
When buying a snow boot for your child, what are the important things to think about?
Waterproofing and warmth are of course essential, but footwear that they will be wearing in a ski resort or mountain town also needs good traction on the sole, so they won’t slip on ice.
It’s also sensible to consider how easy the snow boots are to get on and off. On a ski holiday, there are often lots of little trips, in between the chalet and the hire shop for example, so you might want something slip-on, especially for younger children.
You also want to think about how soft the boots are for younger children, as you don’t want them to be uncomfortable.
How much you want to spend will depend on whether you plan to use the boots back home as well or just for one ski holiday.
Kids’ feet, of course, grow very quickly, but if you have siblings or friends with younger kids, it’s worth factoring in the hand-me-down potential of a snow boot.
Reima Nefar Kids’ Snow Boots: £38, Reima
The Nefar from Nordic brand Reima is a great value boot, with excellent grip, top waterproofing throughout, and our testers found it incredibly easy to slip on and off.
The faux-fur was warm and the whole boot felt durable. A solid piece of winter kit that was easy to clean and could be passed down through a series of siblings and friends.
Available in sizes junior 7.5 to adult 2.5; sold in a range of prints and colours including plain black.
Quechua SH500 Children’s Warm and Waterproof Snow Hiking Boots: £14.99, Decathlon
The Quechua SH500 from Decathlon is the cheapest boot on test. We rated its waterproofing and warmth, but the boot did feel quite rigid, so you’d want to factor in some wearing-in time.
The sole tread was quite shallow compared to the other boots, but we did find it quite grippy and the velcro was relatively easy for kids to use.
Available in size kids’ 6.5 to adult size 5; also sold in black.
Muck Boot Kids’ Element Tall Boots: £60, Muck Boot
The Element Tall may look more like a welly than a traditional mountain boot but thanks to a fleece lining and neoprene insulation, it’s a boot that will keep kids’ feet warm in temperatures as low as -30C.
Our testers did find it snug, and a lot more comfortable than a regular welly boot, while it was also one of the best gripping boots on test.
It’s easy for kids to take on and off. A good choice if you want a boot that will work well back home and on ski holidays.
Available in sizes kids’ 6 to adults’ 5; also sold in black and green prints.
Muddy Puddles Snowdrift Snowboots: £39, Muddy Puddles
We loved the Snowdrift from British brand Muddy Puddles, a great winter boot for kids at a really decent prize.
The thermal inner layer is soft, warm and removable to help kids get their boots on and off easily. Our six-year-old tester had no problems, and he could tighten the straps himself.
The uppers are made from vegan suede, which is waterproof, and would be great in snow, though they would need a good brush if your kids go stomping in the slush.
The base had a good grip for slippery ice.
Available in sizes kids’ 7 to adults’ 4; also sold in blue.
Polarn O Pyret Kavat Idre WP Winter Boots: £85, Polarn O Pyret
The Kavat Idre is a premium snow boot from Polarn O Pyret, a popular Swedish brand that’s used to keeping kids warm and dry during brutal winters.
It’s an attractive-looking boot, that our testers found comfy and toasty, while the quick-lace system made them easy to get on and off.
The waterproofing and grip were good, and the boots had more bounce than most of the others on test.
Available in sizes kids’ 9 to adults’ 2.
The North Face Youth Shellista Extreme Snow Boots: £59.99, Ellis Brigham
We rate this sturdy but lightweight mountain boot from the North Face. The grip was good, our testers found it a comfy wear, and it kept their feet warm.
We liked that the laces could be arranged to be slip on/slip off, as that’s useful for wearing in a ski resort where you often need something quick and easy for use in between your chalet and the hire shop.
Available in sizes kids’ 13 to adults’ 5.
Jojo Maman Bébé Children’s Cosy Snow Boots: £21, Jojo Maman Bébé
These Cosy Snow Boots from specialist toddler outfitter Jojo Maman Bébé are a really good choice for younger kids.
They are sturdy at the base, with decent grip on the sole, but they’re soft and fluffy in the upper section, so they’ll feel soft and comfortable on.
They’re waterproof enough to keep feet dry in snow, though are less suitable for heavy sleet showers or rain.
Available in sizes kids’ 3 to 11; also sold in pink.
Sorel Youth Yoot Pac Nylon Boot: £69.99, Ellis Brigham
Sorel boots are always popular with parents as they consistently perform well in freezing environments and the Youth Yoot Pac is no exception.
The herringbone-grip sole is sturdy with excellent traction and waterproofing, the fleece liner is soft and warm, and the lace system was easy for kids to use.
We also like the nylon finish as it keeps their feet dry but is also easy to wipe clean if the boots get mucky in mud or slush.
Available in sizes kids’ 13 to adults’ 5; also sold in black and navy with red trim.
Dr Martens 1460 Wintergrip: £140, Dr Martens
This 1460 Wintergrip DM boot is a great choice for older kids and teenagers once the temperatures plummet.
It’s fleece-lined to keep their feet warm; the leather is treated with a finish that’s resistant to water, salt and grit for enhanced winter durability; and the sole has deep grooves and cleats for maximum grip on slippery ice.
The laces will be a slight faff to get on and off so it’s more suited as an everyday winter boot back home than something for a ski trip.
Available in adult sizes 6 to 13; also sold in dark brown.
The Verdict: Best snow boots for kids
If you’re looking for a reliable technical kids’ snow boot that is great value for money, we would recommend the Nefar from Reima, closely followed by the Snowdrift from Muddy Puddles.
At the more expensive end, the Youth Yoot Pac from Sorel and Kavat Idre from Polarn O Pyret are both fantastic boots.
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