best toddler rainboots

Finding the Best Toddler Rain Boots to Stay Warm, Dry and Have Fun

by Leigh Powers |

Rainy days don’t have to spoil your fun. Our review roundup looks at ten of the most popular rain boots on the market to help you find the best toddler rain boots for your child. Puddles may be a toddler magnet, but with one of our top ten rain boot picks your child can enjoy jumping and splashing all season long.

Of these top ten picks, my favorites are Western Chief rain boots, Stonz Natural Rubber rain boots, and the Bogs’ Kids Skippers rain boots.

Keep reading to check out our top ten picks and choose the best toddler rain boots for your child.

The Best Rain Boots for Toddlers

Bogs’ Kids Skippers Rain Boots

Image of the Bogs Unisex-Kids Skipper AT Sea Rain Boot, At Sea Print/Black/Multi, 13 M US Little Kid

Let’s just face it—sometimes our children’s feet stink, especially when they get wet. That’s why one of my favorite features of the Bogs’ Kids Skippers rain boot is their DuraFresh biotechnology that fights unwanted odors. A rain boot that keeps my children’s feet smelling clean? I’m in.

In addition to the odor control technology, the Bogs’ Skipper is an all-around well-designed rain boot. The boots are fully waterproof, and the boots are lined with a moisture wicking material designed to wick sweat and moisture away from your child’s feet. The non-skid sole provides plenty of traction, and the footbed features rebound cushioning to keep your child hopping and jumping all day long.

The Skipper is the shorter of the Bogs’ rain boot varieties, but the mid-calf height should be sufficient for most rain boot needs. (If you want a taller boot for creek wading or dealing with muck, check out the taller Bogs’ Kids Rain Boot, which also comes in a wide variety of colors and designs). I also like that the pull grips are molded into the shaft of the boot so they won’t snap off or pull free. A durable design, kid friendly pattern and color options, and mom-friendly odor-fighting technology earns the Bog’s Skippers a top spot on this best toddler rain boots list.

By the Numbers

ComfortComfortable
FitUnclear
MaterialsSynthetic / Durafresh inner
HandlesYes
DurabilityAverage
InsulatedNo

UGG Kids T Kex Sparkle Rain Boots

The UGG Kids T Kex Sparkle Rain Boot is not only cute but highly functional. The Uggpure wool on the inside keep these boots comfortable and warm through the cold months.

The main body of the boot is rubber and waterproof. They are lightweight and have cutouts as handles, making them easy for toddlers to put on by themselves.

They are more expensive than other rain boots on our list but worth the price in how they feel on the feet and durability. All boots tend to scuff with hard play but lesser quality boots split or break apart at the seems. You won’t have to worry about that with these Ugg’s.

and mom-friendly odor-fighting technology earns the Bog’s Skippers a top spot on this best toddler rain boots list.

By the Numbers

ComfortComfortable
FitAs expected
MaterialsRubber upper / Wool inner
HandlesYes
DurabilityVery good
InsulatedYes

Kamik Stomp Rain Boots

The Kamik Stomp Rain Boot, like the Ugg is durable, but less pricey. 

There is no place for water to get in this high, synthetic rubber boot. It looks and feels sturdy. Because the rubber is PVC and not natural, it is more susceptible to splitting or developing cracks. However, the majority of users vouch for the boot’s quality in the tradition of other Kamik outdoor wear.

The non-slip rubber sole has the pattern and grip of something you would normally see on an adult boot.

There are no handles. Instead, there is a small eyelet at the top back of the boot that you could put a string through or a specially made strap with a metal clip made to slide through the hole. The boots don’t come with a strap.

The inside of the boot has a wicking material to keep sweat and moisture off foot and sock.

By the Numbers

ComfortComfortable
FitAs expected
MaterialsSynthetic rubber
HandlesNo
DurabilityAverage
InsulatedNo

Hunter Kids First Classic Rain Boot

The Hunter Kids First Classic Rain Boots do have a plain, classic look and like most classics, are made to last.

They are genuine, natural rubber with rubber soles. Unfortunately, they don’t have any handles. However, the kind of rubber used makes them flexible and easy for little kids to put them on unassisted.

Although the fit is to size for most people, because they are also popular in the UK and sold there, make sure you choose the right size based on your location.

The Hunter company has been around literally since the 1800’s and they really know their boots.

By the Numbers

ComfortComfortable
FitAs expected
MaterialsNatural rubber
HandlesNo
DurabilityVery durable
InsulatedNo

Sperry Saltwater Rain Boots(Little Kid/Big Kid)

The Sperry Kid Saltwater Rain Boots are the most “adult” looking of the lot. 

These Sperry boots are exceptionally well made. They have rubber lowers and sole and synthetic leather uppers.

They lace up for a tight fit and have a side zipper for easy on and off. Smaller toddlers won’t have any problems with the zipper as long as their leg is upright when they are putting them on.

The saltwater boots are comfortable enough to wear all day. They are priced higher than most on our list, but should last longer as well.

There is an interesting grip pattern on the bottom that is intended to make them perform well in both wet and dry conditions.

Although the manufacturer says these books will work in rain and snow, they probably aren’t best for all-day snow use. They are insulated and should stay warm in the winter, but maybe not all day in the snow.

By the Numbers

ComfortComfortable
FitMostly as expected
MaterialsNatural rubber / Synthetic leather
HandlesNo
DurabilityVery durable
InsulatedYes

Oakiwear Waterproof Kids Rubber Rain Boots

Best Rain Boots for Toddlers

Oakiwear Kids Rubber rain boots are a great basic rain boot that come in a variety of fun patterns and colors. My personal favorites are the Forest Animals and Oakiwear Kids Rubber Rain Boots With Easy-On Handles, Blue Dino, 11T US Toddler Blue Dino themes, but the wide range of patterns and colors should help you find a boot design your child is excited about.

Oakiwear boots are lightweight—a plus if your child doesn’t like the feel of heavy rain boots on his feet. They sport a cotton interior for warmth and comfort and are easy to clean—just wash the boots off and dry overnight. The boots are waterproof and made of natural rubber. The rubber is PVC free and doesn’t have the strong chemical smell some rain boots are known for. The flat sole and low heel will keep your child from slipping, and the handles make it easy for her to pull on herself.

We’ve owned several pairs of these ourselves. They do run big, and some parents find they need to size down. They also aren’t made to last a lifetime. I found that they lasted the season, but by the time we rounded the corner into the end of spring it wasn’t unusual to find that one of the pull-on loops had broken off or that there was a crack starting in one of the boots. Given the amount of rain we have and the price I paid for them I didn’t mind, but if you’re looking for a boot your toddler will wear every day rather than occasional use you may want another brand. Still, Oakiwear rain boots are both affordable and adorable, making them the best toddler rain boots for many families.

By the Numbers

ComfortComfortable
FitAs expected
MaterialsRubber outer / Cotton Inner
HandlesYes
DurabilityGood
InsulatedYes

You can see the Oakiwear boots in action here:

Capelli Rain Boots

Image of the Capelli New York Toddler Boys Shiny Shark Attack Printed Rubber Rain Boot With Handles Grey Combo 7

I love the 3D details on these rain boots from Capelli. The rhino has horns, the shark has a fin, and the dinosaur has spines running up the back of the boot. Capelli also offers a variety of girl-pleasing patterns, including a pink glitter rain boot my daughter would drool over and a black leopard pattern I wish came in my size.

Capelli rain boots offer many of the features I like seeing in a rain boot, including pull-on handles and a non-slip tread. Parents report that they run small, so you may wish to size these boots up. The pull up loops may break and the shiny surface may scratch easily. Still, the fun details are kid appealing, and there’s nothing better than a rain boot your child is excited to put on.

By the Numbers

ComfortComfortable
FitAs expected to slightly small
MaterialsRubber outer
HandlesYes
DurabilityGood / Heavy

Western Chief Printed Rain Boots

Image of the Western Chief Boys Waterproof Printed Rain Boot with Easy Pull On Handles, F.D.U.S.A., 10 M US Toddler

Like Oakiwear, Western Chief boots come in a wide variety of eye-catching designs. The Fireman and Monster Truck Designs are personal favorites, and my girls like the Ladybug and Glitter designs. Western Chief boots with character designs also have a matching raincoat and umbrella. If your child is a fan of Thomas, Elsa, Hello Kitty, Batman, Mickey or other favorites, you can get the matching items to complete the outfit for head-to-toe cuteness.

Western Chief rain boots are made from 100% natural rubber and are designed with pull-on handles and nonskid traction. They are lined, and the cushioned footbed enhances comfort so your child can spend more time puddle stomping and rain dashing. The inside lining can take time to dry, but taking out the removable footbed to dry separately can speed things up.

These boots also get points for durability. Many parents say that while the designs fade with use, the boots remained in good enough shape to pass down to siblings. Character boots (like Thomas or Tinkerbell), seem to have more durability issues than other styles, so keep that in mind if you want an option that can be handed down after your child outgrows them. However, while some parents report this as a concern, my children have owned both the Thomas and Ladybug varieties of this boot and they lasted until the kids outgrew the boots. Western Chief boots are cute, affordably priced, and built to last, making them the best toddler rain boot for many families.

By the Numbers

ComfortComfortable, cozy insole
FitAs expected to a little large
MaterialsRubber outer and sole / Poly/Cotton Inner
HandlesYes
DurabilityAbove average
InsulatedNo

 

Stonz Natural Rubber Rain Boots

Image of the Stonz Natural Rubber Rain Boot (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid), Purple, 13T

If you want a rain boot that will keep your child’s feet dry while also keeping them away from additives and chemicals, Stonz Natural Rubber rain boots are the best toddler rain boots for you. Stonz rain boots are made from 100 percent all-natural rubber and contain no harmful additives like lead, pvc, phalates, or cadmium. The paint is lead-free and the glue is formaldehyde free.

Image of the Stonz Linerz Liner Insert For Rain Boots In Winter Snow Fall Rainboot Liner Warm, 12TStonz rain boots are designed to keep your child’s feet comfortable and dry. They have a 100 percent cotton lining that dries quickly and wicks away moisture from your child’s feet. If you need a rain boot that can also double as a snow boot, Stonz sells a fleece liner that can be added to winterize the rain boot. I like the way this easily allows you to adapt the boot to the conditions.

Stonz rain boots come in a rainbow of bright jellybean colors. They do not have pull-on loops, but the wide opening should make it easy for children to pull the boots on by themselves. The boots are flexible and comfortable and are made to last.

Some parents say their kids complain about the inside label being scratchy on the skin, so be sure to have your child wear socks and tuck her pants in if this may be an issue. Stonz Natural Rubber rain boots are great, chemical free rain boots that are designed to last and can be easily adapted to a snow boot. They are a great choice for your toddler.

You can learn more about Stonz Natural Rubber rain boots in this video:

By the Numbers

ComfortComfortable / flexible
FitAs expected to a little large
MaterialsNatural Rubber no added chemicals / Fleece liners
HandlesNo
DurabilityAverage to Good
InsulatedFleece liner

 

Mini Melissa Sugar Rain Bow Mary Jane

Image of the Mini Melissa Sugar Rain Bow Mary Jane (Toddler), Sand, 8 Regular US Toddler

The Mini Melissa Sugar Rain Bow boots are not the most practical rain boot in the world, but I’m including them on this list of best toddler rain boots because they are so adorable. The glittery bow will please your budding fashionista, and the waterproof material will keep her feet dry on dressy occasions.

They have a flexible sole and are made from synthetic materials. Drawbacks are that the shaft is short—only ankle high—and these boots do not have the type of thick, nonskid sole I like to see in a rain boot. These boots are not made for deep puddle jumping or wilderness hikes, but if you want a rain boot suitable for dressier occasions these are the boots for you. They come in black, gold glitter, and sand color options, and are sure to please your little princess-in-training.

By the Numbers

ComfortComfortable
FitUnclear
MaterialsSynthetic
HandlesNo
DurabilityBelow average
InsulatedNo

 

Oakiwear Children’s Neoprene Rain Boots

Image of the Oakiwear Children's Neoprene Rain Boots, Snow Boots, Muck Rain Boots, Black 13T

rain boots keep your children’s feet dry, but they don’t always keep their feet warm. If you need a rain boot that does both, the Oakiwear Children’s Neoprene rain boot is a good choice for you. The tough, molded sole provides ample traction for even slick weather, and the lightweight neoprene lining helps ensure your child’s feet will stay both dry and warm. These boots are temperature rated down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit, and they come in a variety of solid and print designs that will catch your child’s eye.

I like a couple things in particular about these boots. The shaft on the boot is tall, making it less likely water or slush will splash inside the boot. This can be a problem with shorter boots, and since wet feet equal cold feet, the tall boot shaft helps keep your child’s feet warm and dry. I also like the reinforced handle design.

Instead of the thin handles attached to the top of the shaft like most rain boots have, these handles are reinforced for strength and built into the boot shaft. They shouldn’t come loose or pull free and will make it easy for your child to pull his own boots on and off—and make them easy to carry. They are heavier than a lightweight rain boot and lighter than a full snow boot, making them a good option if you want one boot to see your child through the changeable winter season.

These boots do run large. While most parents are pleased with the durability, some parents say the narrow shaft makes it difficult to get the boots on their child’s feet. Some also say their child dislikes the weight of the boot. Despite these minor concerns, the Oakiwear Children’s rain boot is a good option if you are concerned about warmth and dryness.

By the Numbers

ComfortComfortable
FitAs expected to large
MaterialsRubber outer / Cotton Inner
HandlesYes
DurabilityVery Good
InsulatedYes

 

Crocs Kids’ Handle It Rain Boots

Image of the Crocs Kids' Handle It Boot,Candy Pink,10 M US Little Kid

Crocs gets major points for delivering a seamless, lightweight rain boot that holds up through multiple seasons of wear. Crocs shoes are known for being comfortable and durable, and the Handle It Rain Boot fits well with the Crocs brand. I particularly like the sturdy pull on handles on these boots.

Unlike other brands of rain boots where the handles can easily pull free, the handles on these rain boots are molded into the side of the boot. The handles make it easy for children to pull on their own shoes, and you shouldn’t have trouble with the handles tearing or pulling loose. The seamless design of the boots makes the Crocs Handle It less prone to leaking or splitting, and the boots come in a variety of rainbow bright colors. The lightweight design and affordable price will make these the best toddler rain boots for many families.

While there are many positive factors about the Crocs, parents may have a few concerns. One issue is that the boots are unlined. This isn’t an issue if your child wears them with thick socks, but the unlined boot could cause blisters if your child wears them with bare feet.

These are also a shorter style rain boot, making it more likely that water can splash in from the top and soak your child’s feet. Parents also report that the Crocs Handle It runs small, so you will need to size these boots up, especially if you want your child to have room to grow. Despite these concerns, the Crocs Handle it is a reasonably priced, lightweight rain boot that dries quickly and demonstrates durability. These qualities make this rain boot a good choice that should keep your child’s feet dry through hours of puddle play.

By the Numbers

ComfortComfortable
FitAs expected
MaterialsSynthetic
HandlesYes
DurabilityVery Good
InsulatedNo

 

How I Picked

These are the criteria I used when picking the best:

  • Kid appeal
  • Durability
  • Performance
  • Comfort
  • Drying time
  • Ease of putting on
  • Affordability
  • Weight
  • Warmth
  • Style

Then I read hundreds of reviews for each pair of toddler rain boots to see what real buyers thought the pros and cons were. This all got wrapped into a tidy little review for each rain boot!

Conclusion

Toddlers love learning about the world around them, and rainy day outdoor play is a great way for young children to explore their world. Whether you’re trekking to school, puddle jumping, or creek splashing, one of our top ten best toddler rain boots picks should work well for you.

Out of these top ten best toddler rain boots, my favorites are:

  • Western Chief, for their affordable price, fun designs and general durability
  • Stonz Natural Rubber rain boots, for their all natural, non toxic, and additive free composition, durability, and ability to convert the rain boot to a snowboot with the addition of a fleece liner
  • Bogs’ Kids Skipper rain boot for their durability, sturdy grips, moisture wicking lining, and odor-fighting technology

Rain doesn’t have to keep you and your child indoors. Set your child up with one of these boots of our list of best toddler rain boots and let your little ones jump, skip and splash to their heart’s content. Let us know which rain boots are your favorites and how they work for you.

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Leigh Powers is an author, speaker, and mother of three from Houston, Texas. You can usually find her with either a book or knitting needles in her hand--and sometimes both.

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