When white flakes fall from the sky and cold temperatures move in, it’s time to invest in a good pair of winter boots. Canadian winters can be harsh on little feet, especially when there are so many fun activities to do outside (tobogganing, snowman building, etc.). Buying boots for yourself is not a difficult task. You know what feels comfortable and you can accurately judge the sizing. Buying winter boots for your kids is not so easy. There are so many brands, styles and colours to choose from the task can be come more of a visual decision rather than a functional one.
Buying boots for three children every year adds up to a lot of boots and trust me I have seen the good, the bad and ugly. We have tried brands with great style, only to find out they don’t stand up to the troubles that Canadian winters dish out. On the other hand, we have bought that last pair of boots on the shelf, only to be surprised they were amazing. There is nothing worse than shelling out a bunch of dough for a pair of winter boots for your child only to have them fail you when your child needs them most!
When I’m searching for winter boots for my kids, here are 3 things I keep in mind:
1.Waterproof: Most good winter boots are waterproof. Whether it is snow, puddles or the transition in between, this is the most important aspect of a child’s boot. The problem is not all companies have the same definition of waterproof. Is it the entire boot or is it just the shell around the foot? The difference between being able to submerge your boot in a puddle versus walking through freshly fallen snow can wreak your fun. The easiest way to tell if your boots are truly waterproof is to examine the seams, insole and tongue. Waterproof boots will normally have an extra, protective layer in the inside and a gusseted (attached) tongue.
2.Warm: Your feet are the only part of your body that is subjected to the cold winds in the air and the frozen ground. Contrary to popular belief, that many layers makes for a warmer boot, it is actually the boots ability to trap and hold the heat of the foot that makes it functional. A boot that is too small, doesn’t allow the air to circulate leading to cold feet. Boots that are too big disrupt the air to foot ratio, causing the air to cool down and cold feet. Ideally, you should have a finger width space at the end of your boot to ensure a perfect fit. Extras like insoles, fuzzy cuff and gusseted tongues can help to keep warm in and cold out.
3. Good Traction: Whether your kids are climbing up toboggan hills or building snow forts, having warm, waterproof boots won’t do them any good if they can’t stay on their own two feet. Keeping the them upright and on the move requires boots with good traction. When looking for children’s boots, look for boots with rubber soles and deep treads.
Here are my top two choices for this winter season!
This winter boot will keep your little ones feet warm and dry while allowing her to sparkle like the snow in the sun! The are constructed out of a water repellent parka nylon fabric. This mid calf boot is easy to slip on and take off with the easy to use, single Velcro strap.
This hiking boot is perfect for light winter days or transitions in between seasons. Constructed from a smooth soft faux nubuck synthetic matter, it is classic ankle boot design that is both durable and easy to care for. Equipped with a durable topsole trim layer for added long lasting wear, a flexible rubber lug traction outsole and a padded tongue to keep in heat.
To help you embrace Winter this year, we have paired up with Skechers to offer one pair of children’s boots (your choice!)to one 1Heart1Family reader!!
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