KEEN-parison: Which Kids' Snow Boots for Winter Warmth?
November 29, 2022Nov 29, 2022
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When you were a kid, one of the best feelings in the world was waking up to a snow day, right? Sled races, snowball battles, and building larger-than-life snow people remain fond childhood memories for many of us who grew up in snow-dusted parts of the world. The not-so-fond memories? Wet mittens and soppy socks. Luckily, kids of today can have all of those good times without the soggy feet part, thanks to our collection of cozy, grippy, and waterproof winter boots for kids.
All of our insulated snow boots use KEEN.WARM insulation. It’s extremely compressible and light for the warmth it provides, plus retains its insulating ability, even when damp. We've added graphics of snowy friends to our snow boots, so it's easy to see what the warmth level is. There's a fox for 100g (rated to -4°F/-20°C), a moose for 200g (rated to -25°F/-32°C), and a penguin for 400g (rated to -40°F/-40°C).
Warmth is the #1 factor when shopping for snow boots, but there are other features to consider — like waterproofness, easy on/off, versatile style for Monday to Sunday wear, and a lightweight design that makes it easier for kiddos to plow through that powder. Here's some help to pick the pair that’s best for your little snow angel — from toddler to teen.
|WATERPROOF KIDS' SNOW BOOTS
Kids’ Snow Troll Waterproof Boot
The extra-warm, super-flexy boot for kids who want to stay outside on a snow day
The way we see it, winter fun goes best with winter warmth. We also think it's best without bulky boots that are hard to walk in. So we took our warmest and lightest snow boot for kids, and added KEEN.BELLOWS FLEX to the forefoot. It makes every step feel easier – from bending down to craft the perfect snowball to running up the sled hill – so kids can move more naturally and confidently in winter weather. It's also built with a removable (and washable) KEEN.WARM insulated liner that’s rated to a shivering -40°F/-40°C. When it's time for everyone to head inside for some hot cocoa, kids can get out of their boots more easily with our new "step-off" heel.
Kids’ Puffrider Waterproof Boot
It's a puffy jacket for their feet!
Whether you’re layering your kiddo up for a full day of sledding or some cold-weather hiking, Puffrider keeps them cozy. One part snow boot and one part puffy coat, these boots for big and little kids are snow-day ready. And they just may be the easiest boots they've ever put on and off, thanks to the new bungee-cinch opening in the back (!!!). Meanwhile, feet stay warm and dry with KEEN.WARM insulation rated to -25°F/-32°C and a KEEN.DRY waterproof bootie that seals out water from the inside.
Kids’ Kanibou Waterproof Boot
The winter sidewalk-to-sled-hill boot that's winter wonderland ready
Kids have a unique ability to see opportunities where grown-ups rarely do. Skidding across frozen puddles, burying each other in the snow, or stacking a leaning tower of icicles — kids need boots that don’t get in their way (but still look presentable when playtime is over). Designed to handle all of the opportunities that winter brings and then transition right into school or dinner out, the Kanibou comes outfitted with an environmentally preferred leather upper and a cozy fleece lining. The grippy traction and KEEN.WARM insulation rated to -25°F/-32°C keep little feet warm, dry, and stable (so kiddos can focus on having winter fun instead of on their feet).
Kids’ Kootenay IV Waterproof Boot
The easy-on boot for kids who need lightweight warmth
The evolution of one of our bestselling waterproof boots for kids, the Kootenay IV now comes equipped with lightweight KEEN.WARM insulation that keeps feet toasty in temperatures as low as -4°F/-20°C. Perfect for winter play, cold-weather errands, and everything in between, these cozy boots for big and little kids have a soft and fluffy fleece lining and a durable, environmentally preferred leather upper. Bonus points for the fact that your little one can easily get them on and off on their own. (Note: The Kootenay for toddlers is water-repellent (vs. waterproof) and insulation-free, making it extra comfy as an inside-outside shoe. It's a toddler fan-fave year after year.)
Kids’ Knotch Chukka
Like a sneaker for winter, for toddlers to teens
Winter isn't always white and fluffy. Most of the time, it's gray and slushy. What's a sneaker-loving kiddo to do? They can stay dry and cozy in the Knotch Chukka. The KEEN.WARM insulation and a fleece liner keep toes toasty in temps as low as -4°F/-20°C.
Kids sure know how to make the most out of cold and wet winter days. Make sure their little feet can keep up and stay warm no matter the weather in comfy KEEN boots for every activity.
Not sure what size your kiddo needs?
Download our printable, easy-peasy Kids' Sizing Chart (pdf).