(photo credit: Vafa-Coffman Photography)
It dawned on me, last winter, that I hail from a place with extreme weather. Growing up, I always knew it was cold (40 below leaves no room for discussion) but it didn’t quite sink in – How extreme? VERY EXTREME – until I had kids of my own. Until Raines came in with blistered cheeks, just from playing outside for half an hour. Until I realized that going anywhere (grocery store, coffee shop, Nana & Grandpa’s house) required full snowgear just to get to the car. Or maybe the realization came as I was on that dogsled last winter, Pax in my lap, whipping through the most jaw-droppingly beautiful snow-covered path – in goggles and scarf and cursing the tiny sliver of skin showing between the two.
Yes, Pax. EXACTLY.
So as you might imagine, I have some strong opinions on winter snowboots. With the kind of extreme temperatures and conditions we’re talking about (have you ever seen snow piled higher than your head?)…winter boots are no joke. Here are our favorites:
(photo credit: Vafa-Coffman Photography)
Bogs have been our go-to winter boot for years. Even at four, Raines could get them on/off without help – love those easy-pull handles – and they have been FULLY TESTED in our extreme Upper MI climate (even when Raines’ cheeks were blistered, his toes were fine). If that wasn’t enough, Bogs are waterproof and have been R’s rainboots each Spring (meaning they’re comfortable on bare feet. The kid only wears socks in extreme conditions.). I’ve also been known to take the hose to his Bogs when the mud situation gets out of control. (They dry out nicely.)
The only downside of Bogs (which is often considered an upside in extreme weather) is clearly illustrated here:
They come up so darn high! If you have kiddos who wear skinny jeans or leggings this isn’t an issue, but the bunching pant drives R nuts. (Unless, of course, he wants to play outside. Then – miraculously – they’re fine. I’m talking about the wearing-to-school situation.) I wish Bogs would make a slightly lower boot for the older kiddos.
But Bogs does make some really cool designs. (Raines l-o-v-e-s the skull print.) Here are our favs (for both boys and girls).
Ugg Australia Butte II
Because of the height of the Bogs, Raines wanted to try a different boot this year. We ended up with Ugg’s Butte ii boot. It’s one of Ugg’s best sellers for adults, and so far, we’re thrilled. We got a chance to put these puppies to the test over Thanksgiving when we went home to MI.
These boots don’t come up as high as the Bogs, so Raines has been wearing these – happily!! – to school. They’re lined in Ugg’s signature shearling, but the leather & suede is completely waterproof (fist pump), and the lightweight rubber outsole gives him seriously good traction on the playground – even in icy Michigan.
Pax has always worn Kamiks. He’s always been a boot kid (Raines is more of a barefoot kid) so a boot with a soft upper that he can wear all day is key. They’re easy to get on/off (he needs some help) but I love that the liner comes right out (and can be easily washed). The warmth scale on these boots is off-the-charts. They’re like Sorels, but lighter.
Our fav Kamiks:
These guys. Aren’t kids the greatest?
wearing – Raines:
jacket: COLUMBIA Evo Fly Waterproof Winter jacket (sorry – originally had the wrong jacket in here!! We love this one, and it’s less than the previously mentioned NorthFace.)
pants: Appaman cords (we also like Tucker & Tate cords, and they happen to be on sale)
boots: Ugg’s Butte ii boot
hat & mits: hat is old…..North Face Waterproof Mittens (BEST EVER)
wearing – Pax:
pants: old….but Volcom’s banded bottom sweatpants are right up his alley (and on sale)
boots: Kamik Coaster 3 Snowboot
hat & mits: old H&M hat….North Face Toddler Mittens (BEST EVER)
Also? World’s saddest snowman. (WOP…WOP….WOP)
(I think he shot it.)
On that note, I’m outta here. At this time next week I’ll be packing again for Michigan….WOW. I’m both thrilled and panicked. (Christmas WHAT?)
A huge thank-you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. As always, all product choices, thoughts, and opinions are my own. (Or as Pax would say, “MINE OWN”.) Thank you for supporting the retailers who help support The Mom Edit.
photography credits: Mike Draugelis (unless otherwise specified)