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 after 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’s even pairs with handles on to make them easier to carry and take off too – genius.
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 the 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 are great – but you can also just add any thick socks or double up on normal pairs.
Best kids wellies to shop now
1. Jojo Maman Bébé Yellow Duck Wellies
How adorable are these duck wellies? If only they did them in grown-up sizes too. Made from natural rubber, they’re flexible enough for little feet.
2. Joules Roll Up Wellies
Practicality is key, and we love that these soft, flexible wellington’s can be easily folded down when they’re not being worn. For full peace of mind with your purchase, they’re covered by Joules’ 1 year guarantee too.
3. Boden Ladybird Wellies
Hello, ladybird booties. How cute are these? They’ll be the perfect friends to come along for a spot of exploring. Splash out on the coordinating jacket to make drizzly walks that little bit more exciting.
4. John Lewis & Partners Children’s Fleece Topper Wellington Boots
Cosy feet are just a click away, thanks to these stylish navy boots. Guaranteed to be a hit with older and younger children alike, they make a school-appropriate alternative to traditional green.
5. Next Toy Story Wellies
With a Woody cowboy design on the right foot and a Buzz Lightyear style on the left, Toy Story fans will be obsessed with these boots. The glowing reviews speak for themselves. ‘My 18 month old grandson loves them. I’m sure he would wear the wellies in bed if he could!’ said one shopper.
6. Crocs Kids’ Crocband Rain Boot
Crocs aren’t just for summer you know! Their rain boots are lightweight, sporty and fully waterproof. Putting safety first, the reflective logos on the heels increase visibility on dark, dreary days.
7. Totes Cirrus Toddler Chelsea Wellington Boot
For a classic, timeless pair of kids wellies, look to Totes. Available in long or short lengths and array of different colours, you’re bound to find one to suit all the little ones in the family. These cropped, sunshine-yellow beauties are our top pick.
8. Boden Short Wellies
Great for tots that find longer wellies restrictive, this shorter style can be worn in sunshine through to showers. Handy tabs at the back make them easy to pull on and off without touching the sole.
9. Jojo Maman Bébé Navy Tractor Wellies
For little ones that can’t get enough of tractors and all things outdoors, say hello these must-have Wellington boots. The grippy sole will help avoid any slips or tumbles, while the anti-sweat lining keeps their feet cool and comfortable.
10. Hunter Original Little Kids Wellington Boots
A mini-me version of Hunter’s most iconic wellington style, it’s never been easier to let your tot match with mum. Just like the original, they’re really hard wearing, helping to justify the higher price tag.
11. H&M Motif-Detail Wellingtons
Choose between honey-pot yellow stripes and an appearance from Winnie the Pooh, or a pastel pink design complete with Thumper the rabbit. Making online shopping easy, reviewers have commented that these kids wellies come up true to size.
12. Matalan Kids Paw Patrol Light Up Wellies
What could be cooler than a pair of Paw Patrol wellies? A pair that light up too, that’s what! Splashing in muddy puddles just got a whole lot more exciting.
13. CeLaVi Real Pink Glitter Short Wellies
These are the kind of wellies little princesses dream of. Alex and Alexa advise choosing a size that’s 20mm bigger than your child’s foot to make room for thick, snuggly socks or innersoles.
14. Joules Tall Printed Wellies
They might look like a plain pair of baby blue wellies from the front, but all the fun is at the back – with a bold flamingo design. ‘Easy to put on, lovely thick heels and a quirky, fun design…what’s not to love?’ commented one happy shopper.
15. Lindex Rubber Boots with Leopard Print
Waterproof on the outside, cosy fabric lining on the inside – these fashion-forward wellies have it all The European sizing is a little tricky to master, so check the easy-to-follow online size guide before ordering.
16. Regatta Kids’ Mudplay Dionosaur Wellingtons Prussian Blue Sap
If your tot has a tendency to end up with soaking wet legs even when they’re wearing wellies, Regatta are one step ahead of you. Use the drawcord at the top of the legs to keep cold and rain out, and the heat in.
17. John Lewis & Partners Children’s Rainbow Wellington Boots
Don’t just sing a rainbow, wear one too! Combining fun factor with practicality, the chunky gripped sole is a must-have for muddy days. ‘Great boots, roomy in size, my daughter loves them and wears them everywhere,’ commented a reviewer.
18. Shoezone Harry Potter Kids White Hedwig Welly
Shoezone’s Harry Potter themed owl wellies are sure to ruffle some feathers. A magical way to make the most of wet play.
19. Mountain Warehouse Glitter Unicorn Junior Wellies
One for the unicorn lovers, this pair are super easy to get on and off, all thanks to the built-in handles. ‘Well made and good quality,’ praised one online reviewer.
20. Next Warm Lined Ankle Wellies
Steering clear of cold-feet, these wellies have been thoughtfully lined with a plush layer of fuzzy fleece. The cropped shape and cosy fit makes them the perfect choice for toddlers.
We all know that clothes and shoes can easily pile up, so it could also be a good time to organize your kids closet.