Winter weather is soon to be here and nothing’s worse than worrying about your child having cold, wet feet because his boots didn’t offer protection from the severe weather. Boots are a mainstay in areas that receive large amounts of snow or has continued damp weather during the winter. Your child may have a flare for fashion and stylish outerwear but this is one case that function should far out weigh fashion. Although many of the edgier designers are producing boots that doesn’t mean the boots will stand up to freezing temperatures. Your kid’s boots will be worn for traipsing through the snow and slush during the winter months so here are some things to consider before making your purchase.
Look for boots that are practical, functional and fit well. Though you’ll be able to find kids snow boots in materials such as nylon, rubber and leather one of the main features of the boot should be water and wind proof. It should also have additional features such as durable soles with good traction, as well as, a warm lining. Some styles offer liners that are removable for washing and drying. The temperature rating is also important and should be chosen according to the climate you live in. Depending on the boots; some offer protection against harsh weather and temperatures as low as -40 degrees.
Styles differ from boot to boot but an important aspect is the ease of putting on and taking them off. Many children’s boots slip on and have a bungee cord closure at the top to keep water and snow out. Often, snow boots are available with a velcro strap across the instep to help keep the boot securely in place. Though some snow boots offer laces and stylish buttons; these may pose problems for children learning to tie their own shoes or in a hurry to remove shoes for school. For the child who has penchant for fashion; there are boots that come in an array or colors. There are also colorful leather boots that have been treated to make them waterproof and are often lined with Thinsulate insulation or shearling to keep your child’s feet safe from the extremities.
Where to buy
Several online retailers offer winter boots for children in reasonable price ranges. Online sites such as Sierra Trading Post, 6pm and Cabellas have an array of winter boots in stock from toddler to tween sizes. Department stores and retail chains also carry snow boots but it may only be a seasonal item as opposed to online sites that may have overstocks in inventory.