Whether you’re staying dry from the rain, preparing for snowfall or gearing up for a boisterous puddle-splashing session, every little explorer needs a pair of trusty wellington boots. As well as keeping feet dry, they also have a thick, textured tread to help children grip in the mud and stay upright.
We have rounded up some of our favourite wellington boot designs to help inspire your choices. From Winnie the Pooh toddler wellies to classic red Hunters, there are a range of styles, prices and sizes in our list. And we’ve put together a helpful guide on what to look for when choosing a pair of welly boots for toddlers or children.
Plus, if you’re looking for other protective clothing during the winter months, we’ve found some of the best baby snowsuits as well as the best kids’ thermals to help children stay warm and toasty during the colder months.
How to choose the best kids’ wellies
Size – Different designs will be suitable for various age ranges. If you are not able to try the boots on in-store, it is worth checking online reviews to see if other buyers have found the wellies especially tight or wide. Also see if they recommend selecting a size above or below, especially if your child is in between shoe sizes.
Price – While you may expect better quality and longevity from established footwear brands such as Crocs and Hunter, these boots are likely to be more expensive than high street versions. Many retailers offer affordable choices which last well and look great too.
Extra features – Some designs come fitted with a liner or would be suitable to fit with one you may already have, if your child prefers to use them. Additions such as tabs and handles can also make getting the boots on and off easier for little ones.
Design – It is all very well finding a well-priced, quality pair in the correct size but little ones are likely to be much more impressed if the boots are vibrant and fun.
Here’s our pick of the 10 best kids’ wellies to buy…
1. Kids’ Unicorn Wellies, £13
Sizes: 5 S to 12 S
These fun and bright wellies are unicorn themed and even feature 3D horns. They’re also practical with a ridged sole to offer better grip which is patterned with cloud shapes.
A pull-on tab at the back of each boot helps littles ones get their boots on and off more easily, too.
Reviewers on the M&S website described them as “good quality” and being “true size”.
“Perfect for puddle jumping,” said one parent, while one grandparent ” Our little granddaughter was very pleased with them and has already done a product test in muddy puddles.”
Available from: M&S
2. Crocs Unisex Kids Crocband Rain Boot, from £12.27
Sizes: 6 UK Child to 3 UK
Crocs are well-known for making long-lasting, comfortable footwear and these kids’ wellies should be no different. The wellington boots come in a choice of 6 colours including yellow, pink, blue and grey. And they come with handles, ideal for carrying and pulling them on.
Some reviewers noted that the boots were slim-fitting and recommended getting a size larger than usual. Overall, the wellies were rated highly with an average score of 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 3,000 reviews on Amazon.
This pair were described as “beautiful and very comfortable” which were “really lightweight and soft making them easier to put on.”
Available from: Amazon
3. Warm Lined Cuff Wellies, from £15
Sizes: 4 UK Child to 8 UK
These wellies from Next are lined with an adjustable cuff to help prevent rain and mud getting in through the open top of the boots, making them ideal for longer walks.
The boots are available in khaki, black and navy and received positive reviews on the Next website, particularly for the The “Thinsulate” lining. This helps to keep little feet warm and means you won’t need to purchase a separate wellington boot liner.
Available from: Next
4. Original Little Kids Wellington Boots, £45
Sizes: 7 to 11
These Hunter kids’ wellies are a classic choice and are available in 4 bold colours including red and pink. The natural rubber boots are a miniature version of the traditional adult boots and are made to last from the trusted brand.
There are reflective patches on the boots for better visibility in lower light and the specially designed tread underneath should help provide good grip on soggy days.
The wellies were rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars from over 150 reviews on the Hunter website.
Parents described them as “brilliant, strong and sturdy boots” which were “superb quality.” Another buyer who purchased a set for their son also praised their great quality and fit: “We went on a hike and he is 4 and he didn’t complain one bit.”
Available from: Hunter
5. Disney Frozen 2 Girls Light Up Wellington Boots, from £16.95
Sizes: 6 UK Child to 2 UK
These pull on wellies will be a big hit with any Frozen fans. We particularly like the deep tread soles, which should help kids keep a good grip on slippy ground.
Not only do this pair feature favourites Anna and Elsa, but they also light up at the heel when walked in.
The kids’ wellies received an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 180 Amazon reviews. Previous buyers described the pair as “comfortable and price great” as well as being “perfect for a little frozen fan.”
Available from: Amazon
6. Muddy Puddles Puddlestomper Wellies, £28
Sizes: 5 infant to 4 child
The proof is in the name – these Puddlestomper wellies are perfect for rainy day walks with their extra tall design to keep little legs and feet dry.
Soft padding and insoles also make these a comfy fit for kids and the reflective strip will come in handy for darker winter days.
Available from: Muddy Puddles
7. Mini Boden Junior Ladybird Wellington Boots, £25
Sizes: 22 to 27
These adorable kids’ wellies are designed to look just like ladybirds, complete with a little face on each toe and 3D spots over the rest of the boot.
Boden’s wellies for children are made from waterproof rubber to keep toes nice and dry.
They also include a jersey-lining to make sure kids stay warm and comfortable while wearing them too.
Available from: John Lewis
8. Wet Wednesdays Bubble Boots, £25
Sizes: 3 infant to 13 infant
Wellies can often be heavy and cumbersome for little feet, but these Bubble Boots from Wet Wednesdays have been designed to be light as well as durable.
Their clever design, with an inner removable liner, means they should fit for 2 shoe sizes according to the brand. As your child moves up a size, just remove the liner to accommodate their growing feet.
Available from: Wet Wednesdays
9. Kids’ Dinosaur Wellies, £13
Sizes: 5 S to 12 S
These funky kids’ wellies are inspired by fearsome dinosaurs. The spikes down the back of the boots add a striking 3D texture while the tab at the top helps kids get them on and off more smoothly.
The tread on the bottom of the shoe will also imprint a raincloud pattern as children walk, so they can recognise their own cool footprints as they walk in the mud or sand.
One reviewer on the M&S website described the wellies as as “sturdy wellington boots that fitted true to size.” Another added, “My son loves wearing these and splashing in muddy puddles.”
Available from: M&S
10. Disney Winnie The Pooh Blue Wellies, from £11
Sizes: 4 infant to 12 infant
If you’re looking for the best wellies for toddlers, these charming Winnie the Pooh are ideal for brightening up any rainy day. The traditional style wellington boots feature Pooh and his friends Tigger and Piglet along with a print of the bear and his trademark honey pot.
One parent who bought this pair for their toddler said they “fit her really well and feel very good quality for muddy and wet walks.” Another added, “my 21 month old loves them puts them on day and night.”
Available from: Sainsburys