The 10 Best children's wellies

Rain forecast? Keep your kids’ feet warm and dry during a Sunday afternoon amble with these colourful and practical boots

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1. Kozi Kidz

These 100 per cent rubber boots have a toasty fleece lining, which makes them ideal even when it’s snowing. Kids will love the two-tone vibrant colouring and the drawstring means you can keep feet dry and clean even when they’re jumping around in the muddiest of fields.


2. Joules

Joules make such good-looking wellies that boys and girls will be listening out for those first raindrops with eager anticipation. Made from particularly hard-wearing rubber and with an enhanced tread grip, they are practical, too.


3. Le Chameau Vierzon

These are expensive but if you live in the countryside, chances are they will be worn outside most of the winter. These ones, which are specifically made for children (as opposed to being mini-versions of adult ones) are handmade from natural rubber with a jersey lining, and are as durable, comfortable and long-lasting as boots come.


4. Hunter

Hunters have become a fashion item but they are also incredibly practical and particularly suitable for little people, whose energy can seem boundless, especially outdoors. This pair boasts a flat sole for all-day comfort and an adjustable gusset for the perfect fit.


5. Startrite

These delightful wellies are one of a number of great designs from Startrite’s collection, all of which have a lightweight rubber sole so kids don’t feel weighed down and fleece lining for extra warmth. The handles make them a lot easier to put on and take off, too.


6. Ali Oli

You can get kids’ wellies for as little as a few quid, but they tend to make little feet hot and sticky, while the cheap outer is prone to splitting and the soles to slipping. These, which come in red, yellow or navy, are made from all-rubber with ribbed soles and a fabric lining that keeps feet comfy and not too hot.


7. Mothercare

These colourful boots feature the irresistible Very Hungry Caterpillar design. And while themed wellies are often inferior when it comes to practicality, these have slip-resistant soles.


8. Splats

Splats were created by two London mothers who were fed up with children’s wellies being clumsy, bulky and ill-fitting, while hiking boots were too heavy-duty for urban adventures. The result is this genius, lightweight wellie with flexible soles, a great fit and a hi-tech design that keeps water out and feet dry.


9. Clarks

Leopard-print wellies are all the rage this year, but if that feels one step too far for your kids, then these animal boots might appeal instead. Designed with a pretty purple combination, they will add a splash of colour to rainy days.


10. JoJo Maman Bebe

These cheery wellies have a contrast trim, anti-sweat lining and rigid soles for grip. They are available in a range of patterns, including car, dinosaur, meadow and floral, all of which can be coordinated with JoJo’s delightful waterproofs in the same designs.


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