Welcome to the Ultimate TopNotch Review of The Best Wellington Boots For Kids.
Looking for the best kids’ Wellies on the market for 2021?
We’re in the right place.
We field-tested the best-selling kids Wellington Boots on the market today, in a variety of tests…
In this review we will be covering:
- The comfort factor of each
- Design and durability
- The main features of all our top choices
- The level of waterproofing you can rely on
The iconic Wellington boots are a great choice not only for adults but also for kids.
And the truth is, the Wellington boots are a real lifesaver when it comes to protecting your kids from bad weather, muck and dirt at home, on days out – and at school.
We have all the details right here…
Let’s get started.
When it comes to iconic footwear, nothing beats a good old Wellington Boot.
From school, to home to a walk in the park – they’ll keep your kids’ feet toastie anywhere.
And Wellies aren’t just a rain boot.
Combined with the right pair of socks, they’ll keep the little feet dry and warm even on a winter day.
Now, picking the right rain footwear isn’t easy. But when it comes to the ever-growing feet of kiddos, you’re on really tricky terrain.
As usual, the TopNotch team went the whole nine yards to pick the top products from a variety of Wellies.
Obviously, when it comes to choosing wellies for kids, we needed to keep some important factors in mind: including a design that makes the kids want to “wear” them and the overall comfort levels.
For starters, we chose 18 different pairs of Wellies from the market.
I know what you’re thinking – what about the actual testers, right?
Getting the kids to jump (or not to jump) on puddles and walk on mud was a whole lot of fun.
Finally, we shortlisted the ten best kids Wellies and marked the top three TopNotch choices.
Stick with me here to learn all about them… and more.
Best Wellington Boots For Kids
1 – Hatley Boys’ Printed Rain Boots
- Colorful designs
- 100% rubber construction
- Cotton lining
- Good quality soles
- The sizing can be confusing
- Comfort levels are not the best
The first thing that caught our eyes about this boot was the vibrant look. The wide range of designs and colors come with a glossy finish – the kids will love them for sure.
In fact, it was hard to persuade one of our toddlers to take them off after the tests!
But the Hatley boy’s boots are more than colors and patterns.
They have a 100% rubber construction that provides excellent waterproofing. Keep this in mind though – they aren’t very long. So water might still get in the boots, and that’s not cool.
Now, the inner cotton lining adds to the overall comfort factor which makes them comfortable enough to wear right out of the box.
There’s a pull-on closure that makes the boot easy to put on.
The rubber soles are thick and give a good grip on wet surfaces. And with a removable insole, they’re also easy to wash.
We found the fit to be perfect, but some long-term users reported a few issues.
Actually, these boots are available in three categories – toddlers, small kids, and children.
What does this mean for you?
Watch out for the correct size while picking.
Hatley has done a great job in balancing the price to performance ratio.
In the end…
… they came out as our TopNotch Editor’s Choice in this segment.
Best Wellington Boots For School
2 – Crocs Kids Rain Boots
- Attractive colors
- Easy to put on
- Durable construction
- Good cushioning
- Fit can be a bit tight
- Not suitable for winters
While this offering from Crocs isn’t quite as exciting in terms of looks, they’re still pretty colorful.
That said, Crocs have really nailed the fun factor here.
The kids were super excited about wearing our yellow-colored test boot.
A bit too much perhaps – since we nearly came to blows when it was time to come inside!
… we weren’t overly keen on the giant Crocs logo on one side.
Then again, you might feel differently about it depending on your allegiance to the brand.
The oversize pull-on handles are the standout features. They make taking these boots on and off super easy and the kids loved them.
The reflective heel logos are another aspect that makes them a lot of fun and helps get your kids spotted on gloomy days.
As per the feedback we received from the ‘toddler zone,’ the comfort levels are excellent. No doubt the Croslite foam cushioning plays its role here.
We also found them to be flexible and extremely lightweight – perfect for long sessions of running around and puddle jumping.
… the beefy soles provide a lot of grip, preventing slips and falls.
Now, the Crocs kids boots have a seamless construction that prevents splitting.
This also makes them fully waterproof.
Based on feedback, they hold up pretty well even after regular use.
On the whole, the Crocs kids handle Wellies are a great choice for keeping those little feet warm and dry.
After the tests, we were unanimous about picking these as the TopNotch Top Pick.
Best Wellies For 6-8-Year-Olds
3 – Lonecone Rain Boots (For Kids)
- Comfortable fit
- Top-quality materials
- Excellent durability
- Affordable price
- A wider opening
- The weight is slightly high
If you haven’t heard of Lonecone as a brand, you’re not alone.
… let me tell you straight off the bat – their rain boots are great value for money.
Honestly, there was no better choice as the Best Value product in the best kids Wellington boots segment.
… you get a bright and colorful design – perfect for both girls and boys.
Monsters, fairies, unicorns, sharks – there are all kinds of creatures to choose from.
It turns out, these patterns were created by collaborating with local artists.
This type of design effort always get a thumbs up from our end.
There are reinforced pull-on handles to make putting on and taking off a breeze.
These boots are made from high-quality soft rubber. Not only that, they’re free from chemicals like BPA, cadmium, phthalates, and lead – perfect for keeping those little feet safe.
… there’s lex-sole technology to prevent slippage.
A soft cotton liner in it also delivers TopNotch comfort.
In terms of durability, the boots have been tested to withstand 100 hours of activity. If you need Wellies that won’t split or leak easily, then this is a great pair of boots to opt for.
Best Wellies For Young Teens
4 – Mountain Warehouse Plain Kids Wellies
- Light and flexible
- Bright colors
- A roomy fit
- Easy to clean
- Overall durability isn’t the best
- The synthetic sole isn’t the best
Perhaps you don’t want to spend a lot on Wellies your little one will only occasionally use.
If that’s the case, then these boots from Mountain Warehouse Store are a good option.
The design is simple and the colors look bright and attractive.
The outer material is PVC…
… so cleaning this rain boot after a dip in muddy puddles will be a breeze.
The soft jersey inner material makes them more comfortable for young feet.
Combine that with their feather-light weight, and they’re great for puddle jumping.
The good news?
… the synthetic sole comes with deep lugs.
That means there’s excellent traction on slippery surfaces.
… we found some mud sticking to the grooves, so make sure you clean them thoroughly after use.
What about waterproofing, you ask?
Well, in our tests, the outer body didn’t let water in. But the top opening is wide and susceptible to splashes – not really the best choice for wet environments.
The feedback we received from the long-term users also mentioned some durability issues.
On the whole though…
… t’s a good choice for those on a tight budget.
Best Wellington Boots For Snow
5 – Muck Boots Rugged Ll Rubber Kids Snow Boot
- Excellent insulation
- Top grade materials
- Slip-resistant outsole
- High comfort levels
- It’s pricey
- The weight is on the higher end
Looking for the best kids’ boots for tackling snow?
Take a look at this Wellie from The Original Muck Boot Company.
It’s specially designed with a 5mm-thick Neoprene lining backed by a fleece layer.
On top of that, there’s a stretch-fit topline keeping the fit snug around the calf.
A thoughtful touch to prevent heat loss from the opening.
As a result…
… you can rely on them to keep the kids feet warm even in temperatures as low as -40°C.
For extra comfort, there’s a layer of flex-foam and a top-quality EVA midsole.
Our team of toddler testers also demonstrated (after some persuasion) that they aren’t slippery on tricky surfaces – thanks to the aggressive grooves on the rubber outsole.
Muckboot has also done a good job with the styling.
The interesting choice of dual colors makes these rubber boots smart and attractive.
They’re also designed as unisex boots for tiny feet.
The fit is a bit narrow so be careful if one of your kids has wide feet.
… yes, they’re very well-designed, but this pair of boots are costly.
If you have the budget and you’re heading out to the snow – these are an excellent choice.
Best Wellington Boots For Dark Environments
6 – Outee Kids Light Up Wellies
- Cute looks
- Flashing heels
- Easy to pull on
- Detachable insole
- Durability issues
- A slight odor
Here’s a Wellie that’s specially designed for the little princesses out there.
The eye-catching glittery colors are what every aspiring diva needs.
To notch up the fun factor, the soles light-up.
Super flashy in the darkness.
Warning: You might run into trouble if the little one refuses to take them off!
I speak from experience.
The flip side of that is you’ll never have to persuade her to wear them!
The synthetic outer material is light and 100% waterproof. This means they’ll keep tiny feet dry in the rain and puddles.
The insole is designed for the right amount of cushioning and is detachable for easy cleaning.
These Wellies also come with pull-on handles for easy handling.
… the handles are attached to the body through slight pins so the long-term durability is a bit questionable.
We liked the lightweight design of the boot. But they tend to run a bit small – so pick the size carefully.
Oh, and another thing…
… the pair can emit a slight chemical smell.
Good news, though – the smell goes away with time.
Best Wellington Boots For Playing
7 – Toddler Rubber Rain Shoes
- High-quality PVC material
- Lightweight design
- Non-slip soles
- Affordable price
- Not for larger kids
- A wide top opening
If you want a classic Wellie for your little one, then you need to look no further than these.
Durable materials, good design, vibrant colors – all the basics needed for a good rain boot for kids are right here.
This Wellie is made from top-grade environment-friendly PVC which means solid waterproofing and a lightweight build.
The soft material is also marked as breathable.
There’s also a loop at the top to pull them on. However, our team of tiny experts was more fond of our boots with the large handles.
The wide top opening also makes these boots easy to take off.
On the other hand, we felt that the opening was a bit too wide.
Combined with the short height of the boot, it can mean that water gets in.
Keep this in mind: These Wellies are designed for 1 to 5-year-olds.
The PVC soles are designed with slip-preventing grooves.
They’re thick enough to prevent sharp objects from piercing the boot – a win for daddies and mommies out there who want to know their kids are protected.
In short… if you aren’t looking for the very best, then these are a pretty good pair of kids Wellies at a budget price.
Best Wellington Boots For Winter
8 – CIOR Winter Snow Boots For Kids
- Great for field use
- High durability
- Well designed outsoles
- Reinforced panel
- Waterproofing isn’t the best
- No temperature rating
This Wellie from CIOR is easy to tag – a winter boot at a great price.
The best part is, it’s available in a variety of colors and innovative designs. Honestly, we loved the combination of colors and patterns – so did the kids.
There’s a fur lining for insulation and a bungee cord at the top to tighten the opening. A very convenient arrangement for keeping the cold air out.
By and large, it can keep the feet warm and dry.
… CIOR doesn’t mention any temperature rating for the insulation.
The upper layer is also waterproof – for tackling rain. But it’s not the best choice for having fun in puddles.
We also loved the hoop-and-loop arrangement which makes it super easy to put this Wellie on. In fact, our guest testers liked it too!
The rubber soles are supposed to provide a good grip.
… we have seen better groove design in this category.
Considering the price, this pair of kids Wellies are a practical choice for tackling cold weather.
Best Wellington Boots For Boys
9 – Western Chief Kid’s Waterproof Printed Rain Boot
- Kid-friendly design
- Good material quality
- A rugged outer sole
- Easy to clean
- Minor issues with durability
- Some users reported a smell
Western Chief comes with 125 years of experience in the footwear industry so you can rely on their quality and craftsmanship.
This rain boot comes in a range of colorful prints.
Our team of tiny testers loved the ‘Dino Quest’ theme in particular.
The rubber upper means good waterproofing.
Also, the natural rubber has undergone a process of handmade vulcanization making it more durable.
… this Wellie is made of a unique blend of materials.
The sole is a mixture of leather and rubber and has deep grooves giving plenty of grip.
… durability might be an issue with that in the long run.
Some long-term users mentioned the soles cracking after prolonged use.
The inner lining is made from a combination of polyester and cotton. The material feels soft and plush.
However, if the lining gets wet, you might struggle to dry it out.
… these Wellies do run true to size.
However, the 10.75-inch opening comes out a bit on the large side.
… the large handles make them easy to put on.
We also found the handles sturdy enough that they’ll last over time.
To sum up, these Wellies are a very good choice for children.
Best Wellington Boots For Girls
10 – Joules Girls Wellington Boots
- Good quality materials
- Completely waterproof
- Full-length shoes
- Roomy fit
- Not the best comfort levels
- No handles
In the last few years, Joules has made a name for themselves designing traditional rain boots for children with a colorful touch.
… compared to the other designs in this category, this was the least colorful pair.
Still, it does add a lively touch to the classic Wellie design.
… when it came to keeping the kids’ feet dry, they did a really good job.
These full-height boots look nice and they feel sturdy.
The natural rubber material is durable, and the waterproofing TopNotch.
The only way water can enter into this pair of Wellies is from the top.
Note: the top opening is wide.
The material is also soft and flexible.
There’s no inner lining…
there’s a removable insole that adds some cushioning.
Moving on to the other features, the sole is synthetic.
It’ll fend off water and the grip is pretty good.
Joules has also added a reflective strip on the back of these Wellies.
But the kids did miss having a handle for pulling on the boots.
Also, the size is on the bigger side which makes them comfy to wear with thick socks.
All in all, this is a decent pair of welly boots from Joules.
But at this price point, we would have hoped for a few more features and a bit better comfort.
Why Trust Us?
Here at TopNotch we believe in earning trust by delivering the best reviews for all outdoor lovers.
Hence, we set up detailed processes and checklists to analyze the performance of each product in detail.
The secret is…
… we love the outdoors and anything related to it.
For the review of the best kids’ Wellington boots, we drafted in our own children to form a formidable team of intrepid young testers – we paid them in ice cream!
Never before did these Wellingtons face such an army of foot soldiers.
But it was great fun.
Now, when it comes to such closely-matched products, it’s the attention to detail that counts.
We check the smallest details in order to demonstrate the subtle differences that separate the ten Wellies.
At the end of the day, we deliver the best information to you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are wellies bad for toddlers’ feet?
There’s no specific evidence suggesting that Wellies are bad for children.
Basically, it’s important to choose shoes that provide the right fit and are designed fit for purpose. Choosing the wrong size or type of shoes – not just Wellies but footwear in general – can lead to various short and long-term problems. With wellies, better to buy slightly bigger, so that you can fit socks inside during colder weather.
Q. When should kids start wearing shoes?
Once your baby starts walking and moving in places where their feet need protection, they can start wearing shoes.
Q. Are hard bottom shoes good for babies?
Not really. Shoes with hard, inflexible outsoles restrict the movement of the feet. These designs also reduce the feedback received from the ground while walking. A flexible sole is perfect for the little one to develop the arch and get the proper sense of balance.
Conclusion: <br>10 Best Wellington Boots For Kids
So here we are at the end of our complete review of the best kids’ Wellies.
To keep those tiny feet as comfy as possible, these are the very best options.
Here are the highlights:
The rain boot from Hatley Boys’ is the Editor’s Choice as the best Wellington for rainy days. Great design, solid waterproofing, excellent comfort – you get a complete package with this pair.
Next, we have a big name as our Top Pick – the Crocs kids boots. If the fun design with those large handles doesn’t impress you, the performance most definitely will.
Finally, we come to the TopNotch Best Value pick. The Lonecone Wellies come with excellent durability and solid performance. And all of this comes at a price that’s quite simply unbeatable.
… each of these kids’ Wellies has plenty of great features that’ll keep the children dry and comfy while having fun splashing around.
That sums up our review for the best kids Wellingtons.
So, are you ready to get the best Wellie for your little one?
Over to you to make your choice…