Best winter boots for kids this year

The best kids' winter boots are warm, waterproof and easy to put on. These toasty snow boots will keep the chills away.

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By Allie Early, Danielle Valente and Oliver Strand |

Winter arrived early this year, and caught the city by surprise. Don't worry: Browe our list of the 15 best winter boots for kids, and your kids will be prepared when the next storm rolls in.

We scoped out picks from Columbia, L.L. Bean and other great brands to ensure that your little yetis will have warm and dry feet when they spend a day on the best sledding hills in NYC. These are the winter boots that you want for the drizzly walk to school or a snowy day at the best ski resorts near NYC for kids and families. And let's be honest, these kids' boots are so cozy you'll wish they came in your size, too.

Once you get the footwear sitch squared away, you can think about other creative ways to keep the fam warm. One suggestion? An excursion to the best hot chocolate in NYC for kids—and grownups.


Best winter boots for kids

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Powderbug Plus II-K Snow Boots from Columbia

Good for: Little kids and big kids

Kids can master their next snowball fight (and stay cozy in the process) with this waterproof Columbia boot. The hook-and-loop velcro closure means no shoelaces—your little yeti can handle putting on and taking off the boots, givie you (and your back) a deserved break. The boot is available in sizes ranging from toddlers to big kids. And another thing: The boots are washable. $40–$125. 

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Kids’ Northwoods Boots from L.L. Bean

Good for: Little kids and big kids

These winter boots from L.L. Bean are a must-have for snowy, slushy sidewalks. The waterproof lower keeps your tot's feet dry, while the insulated upper keeps in the warmth. Deep treads, removable liners: This boot has it all. They're also available in three colors! $54. 

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Ultralight Waterproof Snow Boots from L.L. Bean

Good for: Big kids

Super warm, super light, super easy to put on! The waterproof boot is fleece-lined, and the pull on/pull off hooks make getting bundled up easy. Kinda wish you had a pair, don't you? $59.

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High Winter Snow Boots from Dream Pairs

Good for: Toddlers, little kids and big kids

Thermolite insulation, waterproof shell, affordable price: These all-weather boots are the easiest buy you'll make all season. $28–$33.

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Unicorn Winter Boots from Cat & Jack at Target

Good for: Little kids

Add a bit of magic and whimsy to your child's winter wardrobe with these cute boots. The adorable unicorns mean business—they're able to withstand temperatures that plummet to -10 degrees! $30


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Monster Winter Boots from Cat & Jack at Target

Good for: Little kids

Little fellas can take on snowball fights, sleighing and more winter fun with these adorable Cat & Jack winter boots. The hook-and-loop closures make it super easy for tiny feet to slide in and stay warm. $30. 

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Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat from Columbia

Good for: Big kids

This super-toasty boot has thermal-reflective lining and a waterproof construction. With a name this tough, you know this kids' boot doesn't play around. It's a great boot for bigger kids who play all day in the snow, and can easily handle the quick-lace ties. $60. 


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Winter Puff Boot from Crocs

Good for: Toddlers and little kids

So puffy, so comfy: If you want a boot that's as cute as a cupcake, these lightweight picks are just right! They're available in several colors to keep everyone happy, too. $52.

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Snowbug4 Snow Boot from Kamik

Good for: Toddlers

These boots were made for walking...right into the snow thanks to its rubber soles and nylon prints (with different color options for boys and girls). No matter how wet your child's feet get, they'll feel cozy with the shoe's faux-fur insulation. $37-$60.


Arctiv8 Nordic Knee-High Winter Snow Boots

Good for: Toddlers, little kids and big kids

There's no stopping your kiddos with these babies. The colorful water-resistant boots are perfect for when the temperatures drop into negative territory. It's recommended to order a half size up if your child prefers a loose fit. $26–$30.

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Snow Boots from CIOR

Good for: Toddlers, little kids and big kids

These shoes allow you to be creative with a little bit of fur along the exterior or subdued if your kid prefers a solid color. The hoop-and-loop closure is simple for younger children and the water-repellent, non-slip rubber sole make it a perfect choice for those kids on the go. $22–$30. 

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Snow Flurry Insulated Winter Boots from Lands End

Best for: Little kids

A durable boot for little feet, the Snow Flurry will keep your toddler's feet warm and dry all snow day long. Quilted upper, waterproof gusset, fleece lining, Thermolite insulation: That's some boot. $60. 

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Yoot PAC from Sorel

Good for: Little kids, big kids

Wicked weather doesn't stand a chance when your little champ is wearing these waterproof Sorel boots. The rubber soles and warm insulation make it a worthy winter purchase. $78-$129. 

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Winter Snow Boots from HOBIBEAR

Good for: Little kids, big kids 

You can spot these babies in the fiercest of snow storms. Thanks to the waterproof material and faux fur lining, you'll feel confident that your kiddo is rocking a cute look and staying cozy in the process. $28–$33. 


Kamik Kids' Snowbug4 Snow Boot

Good for: Toddlers, little kids, big kids

Let the snow days commence! These colorful, fierce-looking boots are adorable and durable when the wind howls and snow falls. If your kids can't wait to get outdoors, the adjustable elastic hook makes it easy to slip on when you are late to the snow tubing play date. $23–$50. 

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