Increasingly, we’re spending more time outdoors, both through social necessity and through needing to spend time out of the house. Rainy days should not mean cancelled plans though: armed with the right kids’ waterproof boots, there’s no reason not to get the whole family out for a walk.


We’ve road and track-tested a wide range of children’s wellington boots designed to keep little feet dry whether traipsing through shallow streams, squelching in muddy puddles and running through dewy grass. Of course, if you're looking for a pair for yourself, check out our guide to the best wellington boots for grown-ups.

Here’s our pick of the best children’s wellies for rainy day adventures.

Best kids wellies for 2023

Dunlop Kids Unisex 'dull' wellington boots

In an age where kids' wellies are becoming increasingly gimmicky in their aesthetic, leave it to a tyre company to stand apart in its simple, unchanged design. My sons are both on a pair of these classic Dunlop hand-me-downs, which have withstood heavy country wear for three solid years and remain solidly dependable. They're a great height for active kids, coming further up the legs and offering good protection for splashing in streams. They may not be fleece lined, have novelty shark's teeth on the side or come with a rain guard, but Dunlop wellies have stood the test of time and will probably still be standing for the next 100 years or so.

Reviewed by TJ

Frugi – The National Trust Puddle Buster wellies

These charming and comfy wellington boots are made from natural rubber, so stand out in the market. Frugi is known for its ecological ethos and cheerful patterns that are loved by kids. My five-year-old son loved the hedgehog pattern and matching snuggly fleece liner (available separately), and commented on how grippy the boots were as he climbed a wet tree in our local meadow.

National Trust supporters will enjoy the fact the boots are from Frugi's National Trust range, so you'll be donating to the charity when you buy a pair.

Reviewed by TJ

Spotty Otter Forest Leader fleece-lined wellies

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My seven-year-old son found these wellies so warm and comfortable that he wore them as slippers around the house for the first week of ownership. They’re fleece-lined, and have a thick padded drawstring rain guard around the top to keep the rain out. Reflective strips are useful for walking along roads, and a thick base offer extra padding from cold and wet surfaces. They size a little big, so match with a thick pair of socks or welly liners.

Reviewed by TJ

Muddy Puddles Puddlestomper wellies

Available in three attractive patterns, these puddlestompers are both comfortable and sturdy. They are a good height, too, helping to avoid splashes over the top and allowing for some deeper wading, much to my son’s delight. The wellies accommodate wide feet with ease, and have soft padded insoles for extra comfort. The good-quality rubber ensures durability and long life – good for handing down to younger siblings – while the grippy soles protect children from slipping. There are also reflective strips at the back for luminosity on darker days.

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Reviewed by MH

Mountain Warehouse plain Toddler Wellies

It’s hard to find fault with this design. The boots are fleece-lined, giving an extra layer of warmth, and have a simple but effective rain guard that protects young feet from the tidal splashback from those irresistibly deep puddles. They come in a series of bright colours, including a cheerful sunny yellow – always helpful when arguing the case for leaving the house with young children.

Reviewed by TJ

Hunter original Big Kids Gloss Wellington Boots

What's so special about Hunter wellies that Keira Knightly and Sandra Bullock pull them on at the first hint of rain? Why would you invest in a pair for a child when their feet grow so quickly? We were keen to find out the answers, and to see if Hunter boots live up to their celebrity kudos when put to the test by young kids under real countryside conditions.

On a practical level, the boots are well shaped and thickly cushioned, providing rub-free support to developing feet. They reach a healthy distance up the leg, have reflective patches on the back of the boots above the heel and at the top – handy for low light and country lanes – and the tapered design means it's easy to tuck in trousers at the top of the boots.

On an aesthetic level, Hunter boots come in a wide range of colours, which is a blessing for pre-teens who are becoming particular about what they wear. An investment that might just pay off for children of this age.


Reviewed by TJ


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Tanya JacksonDigital editor

Tanya Jackson is a digital editor and writer for She lives in Wiltshire and loves campfire cooking, swimming in the sea, rural folklore, barn owls and walking her Welsh collie in the misty hills. Tanya also has a passion for English food and drink – although nothing tastes as good as tomato soup out of a thermos on a crisp woodland walk.