We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. In our tests of Wellington boots, we asked children of preschool and school age to use the boots in their everyday lives. We then evaluated their experience of whether the boots kept them dry. In the test, we primarily examined the following characteristics:
Function: Are the Wellington boots watertight, do they let the foot breathe and do they have any type of lining so that they can also be used in winter?
Design: What do the Wellington boots look like, how tall or short is the shaft, are there reflectors, are there straps for pulling them on or other details that somehow stand out?
Performance: How durable are the wellies, are they easy to keep clean, are they sturdy enough to be resold or passed on to siblings when the first child grows too big for them?
The above factors have then been compared to the price of the Wellington boots, after which we have allocated a score.
Ultra-light boots that are flexible for all children and withstand water and wear very well
Price class: Medium Material: Croslite foam rubber Lined: No Reflectors: Yes
Croc's Handle It Boot is the model that stands out most from the range, as it isn’t made of the materials we’re used to. Nor does it look like a traditional Wellington boot. The shape is neither neat nor clumsy, but just right for a child's growing feet. The straps or handles on the boot are as functional as they look. For the child, it soon becomes natural to grab these when the boot is to be pulled on, and also when it’s time to take them off again. In terms of height, the Crocs Handle It Boot is just right. When the child jumps in deep puddles, their trouser knees tend to get a little wet, but if the boot had been taller, they would rightly have been perceived as clumsy to move around in.
The Handle It Boot is a fully moulded boot and it shows. Not a drop of water ever leaks into the boot. The downside is that when it’s sunny but wet out they do get a bit sweaty, but then so do most boots in the summer. We tested the Crocs Handle It Boot on children between 1 and 6 years old and what we like most is that it’s the boot that best allows the child to move around just like in other shoes. The Handle It Boot weighs so little that the risk of tripping up through heavy feet disappears completely. In these boots, playing and running can continue just like before the rain fell. Given the price, the Handle It Boot gives absolutely the most for the money and is our choice for best in test in 2016.
Price class: Medium Material: Rubber and wool Lined: Yes, removable lining Reflectors: No
The Kavat Gimo is a Wellington boot made of SEBS-moulded rubber and, according to Kavat, as for their other shoes, is free of substances such as PVC, PTFE and fluorinated hydrocarbons. The Gimo is an all-weather boot, which can be used during the autumn and spring as well as on a soaking wet winter’s day. The boot has a removable inner lining, made of wool, which keeps the child's feet warm in colder weather. The Gimo is small in size, which makes it extra important to try on the boots before purchasing. The boot model is quite tall, which is good for deep puddles but, at the same time, can make it a bit clumsy to wear for smaller children. The inner lining is soft and comfortable, and shaped to fit the inside of the boot. The lining is held in place by folding the upper edge over the boot shaft. After a long period of use, the lining becomes a little worn around the toes.
The boot is both watertight and durable. No water leaks in, and whether a child crawls around on the ground or rides a bike and brakes with the top of their toe, the boot doesn’t look worn. Just like other rubber boots, the Gimo's function is to stay watertight and dry, which also means that it doesn’t breathe. If the child's feet are sweaty, it’s a good idea to remove the linings and let them dry. The Kavat Gimo can also be used without the lining, but for comfort you should then use an insole. The fact that the boot can be used in both warmer and colder seasons gives the Gimo a longer lifetime and that, together with the wear resistance, makes the Kavat Gimo a very good value boot.
Good, affordable Wellington boots made of durable material and easy to put on or remove
Price class: Medium Material: Rubber Lined: No Reflectors: Yes
The Tretorn Gränna is a classic Wellington boot. The Gränna comes in a very wide range of styles and with a fun, playful design that your children will appreciate. The lighter shades are as attractive as the boots in darker colours, but of course dirt and dust shows up that much more clearly.
The boot isn’t insulated but has a thin inner lining of microfleece. This means the foot slides in without any resistance. For children who can put their shoes on themselves, the small flap at the back is very helpful for pulling the boot on. The Tretorn Gränna is also easy to put on even for slightly smaller children, and they don’t feel pinched or narrow.
In terms of weight, the Gränna is neither too heavy nor unusually light. The child can run and jump in them, although of course boots prevent that a little more than ordinary shoes. The Gränna has a good patterned undersole and doesn’t feel slippery when the ground’s wet and muddy. The Gränna gets an extra plus for the reflector on the back of the boot.
Both watertightness and abrasion resistance are very good. The surface of the boot only gets slightly roughened, on the sides. The slightly reinforced toe is still in good condition and the uppers of the boot have also survived being used fairly heavily. The fact that no water has seeped in is the very basis of a good Wellington boot. With the Tretorn Gränna, your kids will have dry feet and easy-to-use boots.
Durable and completely watertight Wellington boots with a wide fit and easy to clean
Price class: Medium Material: SEBS rubber Lined: No Reflectors: No
Wet weather and Kavat boots are two things that go hand in hand. The brand has long had a well-thought-out range of Wellington boots, and the Grytgöl model is a big favourite. From a child’s perspective, it’s a definite plus that the boot is available in many different colours. The boot has also become popular as children perceive it as easy to put on. These aren't the lightest boots, but at the same time nor are they unnecessarily clumsy to run around in.
The Kavat Grytgöl is made of PVC-free rubber that can be recycled. The boot isn’t thermal lined, but it does have a thin textile lining so there’s no rubber in direct contact with the skin. The boot is fully moulded and there’s no doubt that it can withstand water very well. Wearing the Kavat Grytgöl, our child testers have waded through deep puddles of water and even paddled in the sea. Not a drop of water penetrated the boots.
It’s inevitable that a Wellington boot becomes sweaty in warmer temperatures. The Kavat Grytgöl is neither better nor worse than others in that respect. The boots worked without problems in bad weather even during the summer. In the autumn and spring they were perfect.
And after a season of heavy use, the Grytgöl boots are still in very good condition. A faint hint of wear can be felt at the edge of the heel when examined carefully. The slightly reinforced toe looks untouched. Otherwise, the main impact on the boot is just a good layer of dirt. Fortunately these boots can be washed in the washing machine and then given to the next child who wants to splash in the rain. Because splashing is what you want to do when you’re wearing the Kavat Grytgöl.
Lightweight, flexible Wellington boot that’s easy to put on and sustainably manufactured
Price class: Medium Material: SEBS rubber Lined: No Reflectors: No
The Kavat Skur is a playful, lightweight Wellington boot, which feels really convenient. For the youngest preschool children above all, the Skur are seen as a quality model. The boot's shaft is wide, which makes it easier for small round kids’ feet to get in properly. The Skur is quite a thin boot overall, but without being unstable. The fact that it doesn’t weigh much means that small children aren't hampered in running and playing, which heavier Wellington boots can sometimes do.
Skur boots come in several different cheerful colours. This is a plus, because if your child gets to choose the colour themself, there’ll be less fuss about putting them on. Another plus is that, according to Kavat, the boot is to some extent made of renewable resources – from sugar cane.
The choice of material has in no way affected the quality. After a season of use, a pair of Kavat Skur boots barely looks worn. The toe isn’t reinforced, and that could be a weak point as children often sit on their knees on the ground. Or maybe use their toes to brake their bikes. But on the Skur, the top of the boot remains intact. The patterned underside, which provides a good grip in mud, is also unaffected by use.
The inside of Kavat Skur boots has a thin textile lining. There’s no insole in the boot, but one can easily be added. If you choose a light colour for the Skur boots, they will quickly look dirty. So it’s a plus that these boots can be machine washed. But the best thing of all about Kavat Skur boots is that while they fit well on the child's foot, they are also completely watertight. With the Kavat Skur you don’t have to worry about even the deepest puddles.
High quality Wellington boots with good fit and exclusive design
Price class: Premium Material: Rubber and nylon Lined: No Reflectors: Original: Yes Kids First: no
In addition to their popular women's boots, Hunter also makes Wellington boots for children. The first of the two models we tested was Kids First, a slightly simpler variant that was used in our test by the smaller children. The boot has a wide opening and was easy to get on and off the child's foot. The rubber feels thin and soft, which we see as a plus for small children who may move in a way that requires more give in their footwear. The durability of the rubber was good during our test period and the children's feet didn’t get wet. Unfortunately, the model lacks clearly visible reflectors.
The Hunter Original Kids was the second boot model, and this is actually pretty similar to the adult variant. The fit is on the narrow side, and the boot leg is tall, which has the advantage that legs and trousers are protected further up. The heel is a little raised and quite narrow, but children don’t seem to have been bothered by it. After a fair bit of use, the boot still looks good. One extra plus are the substantial reflectors at the back. Because the Hunter Kids Original are the most expensive boots in our test, we expected very good performance, and they didn’t disappoint. If you're just looking for boots to keep the kids’ feet dry, you can get cheaper boots. But if you’d like to spend a little extra money on children's boots with an attractive look, Hunters are by far the most stylish option.
Well-made Wellington boot that feels stable and withstands rain and puddles.
Price class: Medium Material: Rubber Lined: No Reflectors: Yes
Viking's Jolly Wellington boot feels and looks like a real classic. These are the types of boots you see in your mind’s eye when you think of a Wellington boot. The model is a slightly heavier variant, but that means that the Viking Jolly feels both stable and solid. This is a boot that gives a little extra stability to the foot, and one that should withstand a good bit of wear. After use, we’ve also found that the boot still looks good. There are no seams that have cracked or other wear of any kind. The Viking Jolly also has a small heel, and the sole has a deep tractor pattern for better grip on muddy and slippery surfaces.
The inside of the boots feels softer and more snug than most other Wellington boots. The model isn’t lined but the textile inside makes the boot feel cosier. The Viking Jolly is perceived as more or less normal in size, but in fact around the foot it’s slightly narrower – which may or may not matter, depending on the feet of the particular child. Some may feel this boot pinch a little. None of the children in our test had anything negative to say about Viking Jolly boots during use, but they weren’t the first choice either. Perhaps because they’re heavier, these boots do best in really rough weather or for children who are a little older and have stronger legs.
Cosy lined boots that are easy to put on
Price class: Premium Material: Fleece, neoprene, rubber Lined: Yes Reflectors: No
The Tretorn Baffle Hybrid are really cosy, lined boots. The boots go high enough on the calf to function as a regular Wellington boot, and keep the trousers dry when jumping in puddles. There’s no zip, but the Baffle Hybrid still feels flexible enough for the child to dress themself. Especially with the help of a shoehorn.
The inside of a Tretorn Baffle Hybrid boot is lined with a soft, fluffy fleece. When trying on boots for size, it’s worth bearing in mind that the lining will compact over time, so the boots will become a little bigger inside. According to Tretorn, these boots are 100% watertight and even on a really slushy, wet day, your children’s feet will remain dry.
Kids quickly fall in love with the Baffle Hybrid boots and they could have been a real hit. But we do have some doubts about them. The rubber strip that goes around the edge of the boot starts to come away after only a few months of use. No leakage has occurred but it looks bad, and mud and dirt often get stuck in the cracks.
For children who have even the slightest tendency to not putting their feet down straight, the Tretorn Baffle Hybrid provides far too little support for the foot. And once the foot has started to end up a little outside the sole, so the child partially steps on the inside of the boot shaft, the movement is reinforced more and more with time. The Baffle Hybrid is a boot you want to love, but after a short season of use they look several tough years old, and it’s not possible to justify the high price.
We’ve tested Wellington boots as well as other boots for children that are intended for use when it’s wet but not particularly cold. All of these boots are therefore unlined. Our test subjects were a number of children aged 1 to 6 years, and the boots were used by the children in their everyday lives. The boots have been worn at preschool and school, as well as at home and on trips away from home. We tested a number of pairs of each type, to ensure that the results we got didn’t depend on a single faulty pair.
Important parameters in our boot test are the shape of the boot, what the size is like and how easy it is for a child to put on and take off. We also tested to see how well the boot resists wear, both on the underside and on the top. Of course, we also checked to see whether the boot is waterproof, how easy the boots are to clean and how they are affected by wear and tear. As these tests are ongoing, we’ll keep an eye out for things like a tendency to crack where they crease when the child walks in them, or whether the rubber starts to dry out. We’ve also looked at how the colour resists sun bleaching and what the inside of the boot looks like after a period of use. In addition, we looked at the price of the boots in relation to function, as well as the general design and feeling of quality.
We carry out all our tests in real life, as the boots are intended to be used.
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