Gear Review: Bogs Rain Boots for Kids

Closeup of children wearing bogs snow boots - Bogs kids winter snow boots

With all of our family travels, the weather of our destinations can vary wildly. Because of this, we were desperate for a children’s rain boot that could handle a wide variety of our children’s activities. We needed the best kids rain boot that would keep their feet dry during rainy days and warm during cooler weather activities. The kids rain boots we needed required slip-free soles for climbing, jumping and scrambling and all the other kidtastic adventures that our children get up to. Over our 9-years of adventure family travel, we’ve tried every brand of rain boots for kids. But all seemed to lack in one category or another. That is until we finally got around to trying Bogs rain boots for kids.

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Close up of boots and scooter of a young boy - Bogs kids winter snow boots

Why Did We Choose Bogs Kids Winter Boots?

We had frequently heard chatter on the parent boards about the quality of Bogs rainboot products. But we had been put off a bit by the higher price tag for a pair of the toddler Bogs galoshes. We tried a number of other brands, and after a few epic boot failures, we finally decided that we needed to bite the bullet and try Bogs for kids for ourselves. We may never look back.

There are two kinds of children’s rain boots from Bogs. Bogs Rain Boots and Bogs Kids Winter Boots. Both are excellent, although the Bogs Rain Boots offer a slightly lighter build that may be good for kids who are very active in hot weather locations. The Bog Kids Winter Boots have a heavier duty build and do an excellent job across all seasons.

Two young boys check out a pond while wearing their bog boots - Bogs kids winter snow boots

Bogs Rain Boots Have a High Quality of Build

When we first picked up the rain boots for toddlers, the quality of the build was immediately evident. There is no cheap plastic or rubber anywhere on these rain boots. The soles are built with excellent tread made with grippy non-marking rubber to avoid slips and slides while splashing through puddles. The upper part of the boot, rather than a continuous piece of low-grade rubber is actually a soft, flexible, waterproof fabric. This offers a huge advantage over almost all other kid’s rubber boots in the market. The fabric makes movement in the boots significantly better than any other boot we had tried, all while remaining 100% waterproof.


Another interesting feature of the Bogs rain and snow boots is the easy-grip handles built into the leg of the boot. While at first, this seems like it lowers the water fording depth of the boot, it actually serves a good purpose. By having the handles built into the strong fabric of the boot, you avoid the risk of tearing the boot handles off when pulling them up. This is something I’ve done too many times.

Closeup of the feet of two young boys splashing in a stream - Bogs kids winter snow boots

Bogs Rain Boots vs. Bogs Winter Boots

After first trying the Bogs Rain Boots, we next gave the Bogs Kids Winter Snow Boots a try. We ended up loving the insulated kids rain boots over the non-insulated Bogs rain boots since they seemed to be more versatile muck boots for toddlers. The light insulation in the winter boots was enough to keep them dry and warm in the winter. And the breathability made it comfortable while hiking in creeks and streams in the summertime. We had been concerned at first that the boots would be too warm in the summer. But that wasn’t the case at all. With most rainy days being on the cooler side, our boys found that they preferred the slightly warmer boots over the non-insulated rain boots for children.

Bogs Kids Winter Boots For the Winter

Bogs make excellent snow boots for kids. But when we took our boys dog-sledding in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, we opted for something a little warmer. We felt that the Bogs kid’s snow boots weren’t quite up to the deep freeze of Canada’s north. Instead, we opted for a boot with a single purpose in mind. The Kamik Snowbug is built for temperatures down to -40°F, and feel comfortable up to those temperatures. While the Bogs kids winter boots are rated down to -30°F, anyone who has hiked with cold toes knows that the risk just isn’t worth it. Below about -20°F they start to show their limitations. We’ve also had great luck with winter boots from Baffin during our winter Arctic travels in Norway and our crazy adventures in the high-north of Finland.


While Bogs may not be the perfect kid’s winter boots for those in the extreme north. They are still a very capable children’s boot for winter climates. And they are perfect for most kids’ rain gear needs. In fact, we still use Bogs as children’s snow boots quite often during the winter at our home near Toronto.

A young boy wearing a green Oakiwear caving outfit looks at the camera during a visit to Bonnechere Caves with kids

Features of the Bogs Kids Winter Boots

  • 100% Waterproof
  • Weight: ~2 lbs per pair
  • Comfort rated from temperate to -30°F
  • Durable hand-lasted rubber over a four-way stretch inner bootie
  • Constructed with 7mm waterproof Neo-Tech™ insulation
  • Non-marking and self-cleaning outsole
  • DuraFresh biotechnology activates to fight unwanted odors
  • Easy-on pull handles
  • Available in sizes 7-6

A young boy in a whole sweater, carrying a toy sword screams fiercely at a Viking village - Newfoundland Viking Trail

What We Love Most About Bogs Rain Boots for Toddlers

The reason we stand behind our Bogs rain gear is the versatility and quality. During our search for children’s rain boots, we hadn’t thought that a winter boot could offer year-round comfort and protection. But we have found that during 90% of our outings throughout the year, these toddler snow boots are up to the challenge.

Would we Buy Bogs Rain Boots for Kids again?

We have been very happy with our experience with the Bogs kid’s winter boots. Although they are pricey compared to other rain boots for toddlers, the quality of build is exceptional. And we have likely saved money due to the versatility and reliability of the boot. They are comfortable, practical, and offer a classic style that should fit the needs of most parents and children. If you are looking for a great all-season boot for kids. Bogs are definitely worth trying.

We began purchasing Bogs rain boots when our children were young. And at 8 and 6-years old, we continue to find great value in these children’s rain boots.

You can find the latest prices for the Bogs Winter Rain Boots here.

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Kevin Wagar is a professional traveler and family travel expert living in the Greater Toronto Area. His beautiful wife Christina impressed on him her love of travel and they have made exploring the world an integral part of their life. With the birth of their two boys, Kevin and Christina have made it their mission to show others that traveling with children isn't as scary as it sounds and that kids can benefit from experiencing the world outside of their front door and beyond.

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17 Comments

  1. I love these shoes. I am the kind of person who likes to have shoes that can “fit all weathers” be it rain, snow, mud etc. These look perfect for winter/snow and rains. I love how colorful they are – I bet the kids love em!

  2. I don’t have any children, but these look like they get the job done! My mom told me that when I was a kid I loved wearing rain boots. I probably would have loved these 🙂

  3. These are the types of reviews I like.

    An endorsement of a product that is not sponsored, so the opinion remains truly your own.

    So glad the boots have served your kids so wonderfully!

    Keep up the travels (with dry feet) 🙂

  4. This is so useful I’m linking it to a friend who lives in a snowy place. Glad you shared, we all want our money to be well spent and reduce waste when the product doesn’t do what it should, such detailed review helps!

  5. I really agree that in a product like rain boots or winter boots quality is number one. Thanks for your honest review of Bogs Kids boots. Sounds like they’re worth the price!

  6. The boots look perfect for kids. The right balance of comfort and toughness. The handles look really very convenient in helping kids get into the boots.

  7. Handles on boots for kids is a good idea. Makes things so much more easier. These boots look good on the kids. If I ever need to buy them, will be referring to this.

    1. Hi Cas,

      We regularly use the Bogs Winter Boots year-round. We find that they aren’t too warm for the summer days, and tend to transfer to a great year-round rain boot for kids. We’ve been using Bogs steadily for over 5-years and, although we’ve tried other kids rain boots, we haven’t found a brand that matches the comfort and build quality of the Bogs boots.

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