14 best children's wellies

Prepare the kids for April showers with a pair of waterproof boots

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You can get kids’ wellies for next to nothing, but if they’re not well made, they can leave little feet feeling hot and sticky and they often split within a matter of days. Our round-up reveals the best in all budgets so that little ones' feet are both dry and comfy, whatever the weather, with boots that are built to last.

1. Joules Printed Wellies: £24.95, joules.com

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These are made from particularly hard-wearing rubber and are super-grippy. They're no different, in fact, to the adult version, making these a really practical and durable option. There are plenty of designs to choose from, all of which suit older girls and boys, as well as little tots.
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2. Brantano Croc Wellies: £12, brantano.co.uk

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Your child will love stomping around in muddy puddles, pretending they’re a crocodile with these fun wellies that are easy to take on and off, thanks to the top handles. They’re lovely and fleecy inside too.
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3. Havaianas Aqua Kids Fashion Rainboots: £30, havaianas-store.com

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Havaianas are better known for their well-designed flip-flops, but that’s not where their talents end. Whether you want plain, military patterened, animal print or more, their kids’ wellies look fab and stand the test of time, too.
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4. Mothercare Pink Cat Wellies: £10, mothercare.com

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There are loads of wellies in this range, with each brightly coloured set featuring a different creature. Each pair has a fun face on the front and they’re easy to get on and off. For a budget pair of wellies that keep kids’ feet dry in the rain, these are just the job.
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5. Hunter Original Kids’ Wellington Boots: £45, hunterboots.com

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These are a smaller version of the iconic adult boots, which means they are nice and tall, incredibly durable and a great fit. In fact, they seem to withstand anything, making them suitable for hand-me-downs, often several times over. They look smart and the colour choices are gorgeous.
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6. Regatta Hamish Junior Wellies: £13, gooutdoors.co.uk

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Fed up of the likes of water, sand and mud slipping into the top of your child’s wellies, only to mean they can’t wear them again until they’re cleaned and dried out? These warm and comfy wellies have an adjustable draw cord for a secure and comfortable fit.
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7. Shoe Zone Out of Space Print Wellies: £4.99, shoezone.com

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This basic pair of wellies keep little feet dry, have a decent grip, and their out of space design will appeal to imaginative little minds. Great for anyone on a budget or as a second pair to keep at nursery or school.
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8. Muddy Puddles Puddlestompers: £16, muddypuddles.com

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Don’t be surprised if kids actually want it to rain when you give them these colourful wellies, whose designs include stripes and spots and patterns ranging from burnt orange tractor to yellow umbrella. They have soft-padded soles for extra comfort, gritty soles and reflective strips and there are matching raincoats available too.
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9. Brands 4 Kids Neoprene Wellies: £43.75, raindrops.co.uk

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Wellies don’t come toastier than this for little feet, making these a brilliant buy for particularly cold days and even snow. It’s all thanks to the neoprene, which is most commonly used in wetsuits because it has such a great ability to retain body heat.
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10. Clarks Jet Jump: £18, clarks.co.uk

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Available in both an infant and older child’s version, these retro-looking, well-detailed wellies have a handy elastic toggle around the top to keep out the rain. They’re lightweight, with a grippy sole, and they have a particularly good fit, with both full and half sizes available.
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11. Start-Rite Spider Riptape Boots: £28, startriteshoes.com 

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These have everything going for them to protect children from all kinds of weather, including snow. Kids will love the fun design, fleece lining and be able to manage the riptape fastening themselves. They wash well too.
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12. Helly Hansen JK Nansos: £30, shop.hellyhansen.com

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No child is going to mind the sound of pitter patter outside if they’ve got a pair of these to hand. Available in a wide range of primary colours, they are a great fit and come from the trusty name of Helly Hansen, which has been producing weather protective gear since the 1800s.
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13. Bobux Splashboots: £60, bobux.co.uk 

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An innovative boot that was two years in the making, this is robust enough to survive a day of adventure and muddy puddles, and still looks the part when the adventure continues indoors. It features patented water resistant splashtex leather, herringbone wool lining and five colour choices. These are pricey but will last for years.
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14. Chipmunks Patterned Wellingtons: £15, houseoffraser.co.uk

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Chipmunks have some of the nicest Wellington boot designs around and there’s no shortage on variation either. We love these easy-on, easy-off wellies with a charming pig design that little ones will love.
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Verdict: The Bobux Splashboot merges fashion with functionality, meaning your kids’ wellies can double up as normal boots too. For something more purse-friendly, the Mothercare Cat Wellies (and the wide range of other creatures featured in the range) are a great buy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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