Best kids wellies 2023: 20 perfect pairs for muddy puddles

A collage of the Best Wellies for Kids
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Get ahead of the forecast with our pick of the best kids' wellies to shop now.

From splish-splashing in puddles to stomping on piles of crunchy leaves, a trip to the park can feel like a real adventure. And lucky for you, we’ve got the perfect footwear to keep your little one's feet warm and dry. Not only are the best kids' wellies waterproof, protective, and a doddle to slip on and off, they make a fun alternative to trainers and boots too.

Whether you’re looking for a shorter pair for everyday wear, or a calf-covering style to keep their trousers mud-free, we’ve got you, and your mini explorer, covered. There are even pairs with handles to make them easier for little hands to carry and take on and off too - genius.  

Best kids wellies 2023 to shop now:

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Essentials for jumping in muddy puddles and going on mini, messy adventures:

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Yellow Duck Wellies, £21 - JoJo Maman Bébe (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 3 infant -11

How adorable are these duck wellies? If only they did them in grown-up sizes too. Made using synthetic acrylate glue, they are vegan friendly and they’re flexible enough for little, active feet to move and grow healthily.

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Disney Stripe Mickey Mouse Wellies, from £11 - TU at Sainsbury's (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 4 Infant - 12 

These Mickey Mouse boots will be a hit with all Disney fans. They feature bold coloured stripes, printed Mickey's and a bright yellow sole; perfect for days when puddles are good for the soul.

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Kids' Handle It Rain Boot, £29.99 - Crocs (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 6 Infant - 3 

Crocs aren't just for summer. Incredibly light and fully waterproof, these wellies feature oversized handles to make them easy to put on and take off. Super light and available in five bold colour choices, they also have reflective heel logos to keep your little one safe on darker days.

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Cirrus Childrens Chelsea Wellington Boot, £23 - Totes (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 12 Junior - 4

For a classic, timeless pair of kids wellies, look to Totes. The brand's unique Everywear™ technology means they're beautifully lightweight, incredibly durable, permanently cushiony and seriously comfortable. Available in long or short lengths and an array of different colours, you're bound to find one to suit all the little ones in the family. These cropped, red beauties are our top pick for brightening dreary, rainy days.

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Bimbi MC Ankle Welly, £25 - Kidly (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 7 - 10 Infant

Great for tots that find longer wellies restrictive, this shorter style have a toggle drawstring cuff at the top to keep the rain out- it also makes them easy to pull on and off without touching the grippy, textured sole. Available in three different colours- although this gorgeous Petrol Blue is a standout choice, as far as we're concerned.

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Next Thermal Thinsulate™ Lined Cuff Wellies, from £19 - Next (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 3 Infant - 3 Junior

For little ones that can’t get enough of diggers and all things outdoors, say hello to these must-have Wellington boots. As well as the all important digger, they feature a warm cosy lining and an adjustable toggle fastening cuff.

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Original Little Kids Wellington Boots, £50 - Hunter (opens in new tab)

Sizes: Infant 7 - 11

A mini-me version of Hunter’s most iconic wellington style, it’s never been easier to let your tot match with mum or dad. Just like the original, they’re really hard wearing, helping to justify the higher price tag. 

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Kids' Disney Frozen™ Wellies, £15 - Marks & Spencer (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 4 Infant - 12

Frozen™ fans will love splashing around in these Elsa-themed wellies. A vegan, pull-on style, with a handy tab at the back for easy on and off, they're fully waterproof and feature a cleated sole for extra grip on slippery surfaces.

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Fleece Lined Colour-Changing Wellies, £23 - Grass & Air at Joules (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 3 Infant - 13

What's going to brighten up dull days? A pair of wellies that change colour when they get rained on! Made with technology that makes the raindrop pattern change from white to multicoloured when it gets wet, and featuring a fleece lining to keep toes toasty - little ones won't want to take them off.

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Liewood Jesse Thermo Rain Boots, £47 - Scandiborn (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 7 Infant - 2.5 Junior

The super-soft polyester teddy lining keeps little toes comfy and warm, while a non-slip, yet flexible grip sole has been tested out on both wet and dry surfaces to ensure good grip and healthy foot movement. These subtly, animal-inspired boots are available in five sweet but stylish shades, so you're sure to find one to match your little ones' preference.

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Rain Boot, £20 - Kidly (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 4 Infant - 12

With a cute face print, or in a range of sweet shades, little ones can get out there and stay dry and comfortable in these natural rubber wellies finished with a moisture-wicking cotton lining. With an easy-to-grab riveted tab, they’re simple to pull-on and the sturdy textured sole stands up to any adventure.

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Peppa Pig Puddle Wellies Dino Green, £27.95 - Regatta (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 4 Infant - 3 Junior

Waterproof, protective and fun - these Peppa wellies are the ultimate triple threat for keeping little feet happy in the muddy outdoors. The inner contains a comfortable, shock-absorbing EVA footbed. The outer is made from vulcanised natural rubber. The Wellingtons provide complete weather protection, with the handy gaiter stopping rain and puddle splashes getting through. The multi-directional cleated sole also provides reliable underfoot stability in slippery rainy conditions.

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Puddleflex Fleece Lined Wellies, £30 - Muddy Puddles (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 5 Infant - 5 Junior

These toasty, fleece-lined  and faux-fur trim wellies are perfect for the rainiest and coldest of days. The quilted upper and lace tie around the top ensure secure fastening and stop water and cold wind sneaking in. The soft insoles and gripped soles help make walks feel more comfortable and less slippery plus the reflective strip at the back ensures extra visibility on darker days.

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Squelch Wellies Package, £28 - Squelch (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 5 Infant - 1 Junior

Squelch wellies are boots with a clear difference. The boots themselves are transparent and don't have a lining- which means they dry in seconds after any overzealous puddle jumping. The package consists of the boots themselves, and 3 pairs of thick, cotton rich welly socks, which stretch with growing feet, and are available in a multitude of different colours and patterns, making the boots continually customisable. A supremely practical - you can even see when feet are getting too big for their boots - and fun choice.  

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Kids' Fairweather Shine Brite Light Wellies, £23.95 - Regatta (opens in new tab)

Size: 9 Infant - 6

These are wellies ready for any adventure and feature a torchlight embedded in each boot- which we think is pretty epic. As well as being fully waterproof, these practical boots will keep your little one safe as they adventure in the dark, or at least stop them from walking in something unmentionable! Also available in dark pimento peony pink, if navy isn't their favourite colour.

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Bogs Baby Otter Waterproof Boots, £55 - Spotty Otter (opens in new tab)

Sizes: Infant 3 - 9

For keen new walkers who want to get stuck in to outdoor adventures, these Bogs are ideal. Designed to be warm, waterproof, and flexible, they are easy to get on and off as well as being easier to walk in than standard rubber boots- and when the fun is over, and they are covered in mud, these boots are also machine washable.

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Kids Khaki Rubber Wellies, from £11 - Matalan (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 10 Infant - 6

For those who prefer a very classic boot, these wellies are great. Made from Khaki rubber, with a yellow cleated sole they are smart, practical and comfortable for little, and slightly bigger, feet.

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Glitter Unicorn Toddler Wellies, £29.99 - Mountain Warehouse (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 6 Infant - 13

If glitter and unicorns are what's required to get your little one outside in the rain, these rubber wellies bring the sparkle. With pull-on handles and a cotton lining, they are as practical as they are fun. 

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Tarri Dash Toddler Yellow, £18 - Clarks (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 4 - 6.5 Infant (in half sizes)

These are a great introduction to welly wearing. In a bold yellow, these durable boots have fantastic cut-out handles so your little one will be easily able to help get their boots on. A superb additional feature is the moulded trim at the back of the heel, so you can teach little feet how to remove their boots without having to touch mucky soles!

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KIDS WARM SHORT WELLIES, £19.99 - Decathlon (opens in new tab)

Sizes: 7.5 Infant - 1.5 Junior

These boots are very lightweight, have a removable fleece slipper and a pull tab to help get the boots on and off. They also feature a non-slip sole with studs for maximum grip in slippery conditions.

Are wellies bad for toddlers' feet?

Wellington boots may not be the most supportive shoe choice for toddlers who are still getting to grips with walking, but it’s all about moderation. For balance, make sure your child doesn't wear wellies every time they go outside so they know how to walk properly in everyday shoes or boots. Putting in a boot insole with a shock absorber will also help to make typically wide-fitting wellies more comfortable.

Should kids go up a size in wellies?

Sizing can vary from brand to brand, so it's always best to try footwear on first, as inappropriate shoes can harm children's feet. That being said, wellies do tend to be true to size and should be the same size as shoes. Of course, little ones quickly grow out of everything so if you want to make them last longer, grab them in a size up. Another reason to go a size bigger is to add welly socks to keep their tootsies extra snug. Hunter Original Tall Sock Boots, priced: £15 (opens in new tab) are great – but you can also just add any thick socks or double up on normal pairs.