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Best shoes for winter (kids' edition)

Group of wellies laying on frosty grass

Shoes have certainly been put to the test in the recent cold snap. Keeping toes warm in thick socks and sitting near a fire or radiator has been a very welcoming idea! Children that run around in the cold weather the chill better than those that are inactive, so many children might not have noticed the chill inside their shoes as they keep busy jumping and darting about.

In colder climates, we ask a lot of our children's shoes. We need them to prevent slipping and keep their feet warm when outside and dry in wet or snowy conditions. And, we need the shoes to keep this high level of protection, throughout the season.

We have a wide range of shoes for winter climates. Below is a collection of some of our favourites and best-sellers, to keep young toes and feet dry, protected and warm during these darker months.

Best shoes for cold weather

Blackcurrant patent kids Chelsea boot with floral gusset

Our classic Chelsea boot is a firm favourite with children and parents and has been a staple style in our collection for many years. Seen here in a striking blackcurrant glitter patent with a floral panel and brogue detailing, these boots cut a stylish silhouette, suitable for many occasions. The addition of an elastic panel means that the boots are easy for little ones to independently pull them on and fasten them with the side zip. Young feet will stay warm and dry surrounded by soft leather linings, while the durable soles ensure safe adventures in all terrains and weather conditions.

Keep patent in top condition by wiping away dirt after each use, wipe dry and do not keep them too close to a direct heat source such as a radiator or a fire.

This Chelsea boot style comes in a variety of colourways to appeal to girls and boys.

Black leather kids ankle boot

A variation on the classic Chelsea boot, here in black leather, our Energy boots feature a sole unit embedded with biomechanical flex grooves. These grooves are designed to help the foot move in its most natural way, to support healthy movement and development. In these boots, active feet will stay fresh due to the quality leather linings that absorb moisture and there is a removable footbed for a feel-good fit. An inside zip fastening makes this style super easy for little hands to take on and off.

Navy blue leather kids ankle boot

Energy is available in all black and this super stylish navy colourway complemented by a natural tan coloured sole unit. A super smart boot with a very simple design which appeals to children and adults. This classic navy leather style compliments most occasions and little ones will feel at home and stay fresh in the leather linings that absorb moisture. The design is based on Start-Rite’s bespoke child shaped shoe lasts, which are based on the changing physiology of the child’s foot. The removable footbed ensures a great fit for all foot shapes. Keep Energy boots clean by wiping away dirt after use and using polish to buff the leather and keep it in top condition.

Best shoes for snow and ice

Pink girls snow boot with elasticated top

The Mud Buster style is our much-loved staple welly, that will keep children warm and dry. With a fleece-lining and elasticated top, moisture is kept out for comfort while a lightweight and flexible sole allows natural movement and healthy foot development. The entire welly is waterproof and will protect even the most enthusiastic muddle jumper. Mud Buster comes in a variety of colourways to suit all tastes and adventurers.

Dino print kids welly with elasticated top

The Puddle style wellies are for our youngest adventurers who will be inspired by the choice of fun eye-catching prints and classic welly colourways. With this Jurassic design, the Triceratops detail will excite little imaginations and their feet will keep dry whatever the weather with the elasticated top and waterproof upper. A fleece collar adds extra comfort and the integrated heel piece enables independent little ones to kick their wellies off when they get back inside.

Yellow child's welly with elasticated top

For bigger feet, in a size small 9 to large 2, our Big Puddle welly boots come complete with fleece lining, to keep feet super warm and snug while the waterproof upper and elasticated top keeps the moisture and raindrops out. The added heel piece makes for easy removal when children come back indoors and the lightweight and flexible sole allows natural movement and healthy foot development. Our welly boots are built strong and robust, so need little care and attention, but cleaning mud off after use is always a great idea to protect the integrity of the material.