Winter Footwear For Your Kids To Go Rambling
Still carrying a little holiday weight? Get out with your kids for some fun winter walking. Stylish and practical, we have a great range of footwear for enjoying the outdoors, catering for boys and girls, both big and small
Aqua Gemstones Boot
With a dedication to kids feet for over 200 years, Startrite is one of the most trusted brands available for your children’s footwear. The aqua gemstones combine practicality with a fantastic design. The boots have a lightweight and flexible sole on the outside and waterproof breathable linings on the inside. The contrast of soft leather on the lower part and suede on the upper boot not only offer more comfort but also look fantastic.
There’s a long zip fastening for easy entry and the buckles and pattern detail oozes a new style that your girls will love. The development of your kid’s feet is extremely important and Startrite make fitting and comfort a priority with all their designs. If it’s good enough for Prince George, it’s should be good enough for your own royalty.
Startrite, www.startriteshoes.com, Size EUR28 to EUR40, £67
Girls Storm Waterproof Boot
If you’re unsure whether your kids would suit a trainer or a boot, North Face’s Storm boot has the benefits of both. Its suede and mesh cover ensure that it’s breathable and therefore comfortable for long walks and it also has a hydroseal waterproof element that makes it ideal for wet winter days.
The sole of the boot is made with non-marking rubber and has a good strong grip, which is great if you can get your kids hiking the hills with you. The heel and toecap are made with protective rubber, good for any hard climbing. Kids can sometimes find big hiking boots cumbersome to wear but the Storm boot’s lightweight trainer-style design, make it perfect for all year round.
North face, www.cotswoldoutdoor.com, Size Junior 13 – UK 5, £45
Neela Girls Boots
There are three different designs of Neela Winter Boots with various colours and features. This particular style is well thought out for winter with an artificial fur trim that looks fantastic and feels extremely comfortable. Your girls can think fashionable Snow Queen while you can tick your dad box with the Gore-Tex stamp of approval.
For those of you unfamiliar with the term, anything highlighted with the Gore-Tex brand, means waterproof and breathable fabric, suitable for all round weather use. The lining of these boots is Gore-Tex. Good grip outer sole and suede upper fabric make for a comfortable wear, and the lace up front allows easy adjustability for a personal fit. The Neela boots stand out as something special and are designed to take on even the coldest weather in style.
Ecco, www.amazon.co.uk, Size UK 1 to 7, from £53
Boys Aqua Trek Leather – Editor’s Choice
If you’re after a winter boot for your boys that will last the test of time or at least until their feet get bigger, then here it is. A well thought out design, the Aqua Trek’s are solid and really well made. Its inside lining is waterproof and breathable so is perfect for long hours of wear. The rubber sole has great grip but is flexible for comfort and the scuff resistant toe and suede fabric has continued to keep its colour, even after extensive wear.
The Velcro straps make it easy to put on and off and adjust to individual comfort, which is perfect for your younger boys, and the contrasting stitch detail adds a nice touch of style. Whether it’s for a walk to the park, rambling the woods or hiking in the hills, these boots tick a lot of boxes.
Startrite, www.startriteshoes.com, Size UK Junior 6 to 12.5, £49
Geox William Rip-Tape Boots
Although a relatively new company (20 years) compared to some of the long-standing kids footwear brands, Geox has been quick to become a worldwide name. Famous for its patented technology of creating ‘shoes that breathe’, Geox footwear have micro holes in their soles, lined with a special membrane that releases sweat out of the shoe, keeping feet dry - great for kids with hot sweaty feet.
In creating practical footwear, Geox has not forgotten the style aspect of its range. These William ankle boots come in a timeless chestnut colour with twin Velcro straps for ease and comfort. The main body of the boot is oiled leather and waterproof to tackle all types of weather and the soles are made from sturdy nonslip rubber. A good solid pair of boots.
Geox, www.johnlewis.com, Size Junior 9 to UK 3, £57.70, offer at £30
Syd Go GTX Leather Boys Boots
Perhaps more for the style conscious, these boy’s leather boots from Clarks speak more sporty city style than hiking up mountains. Its three Velcro straps make it easy to put on and can be easily adjusted for individual comfort. Clarks are great for their half sizing and width fittings so pop in store to get the best fit.
Although a simple design, a blend of different grey leathers and chunky white soles make these stand out from the crowd. A padded front tongue allows for additional comfort so your boys might never want to take these off. Don’t worry, its Gore-Tex waterproof material ensure breathability and its antimicrobial linings will help steer away those smelly feet odours.
Clarks, www.clarks.co.uk, Sizes Junior 7 to 10, £50
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