Best Handle Boots for Kids Reviewed So They Can Dress Themselves
Part of what they never tell you when preparing for parenthood is just how hard it can be to get your kids dressed and out the door. Some kids are ultra independent and will fight to wear a fashion-forward combination of polka dots and plaid, and others won’t even get their coat on without a full audience. However, one fact remains, anything that makes this process even a little easier is a something to look out for.
Preparing your youngster for the elements is no exception, and outerwear needs to be fun and easy to grab on the way out or put on before heading out the door. Designs with elements that make wearing items more accessible are a great way to encourage independent dressing and self-sufficiency. Not only does that make less work for mom or dad, but also gives confidence to the child putting them on.
Thankfully, there are these lovely little handle boots! With a different look for every child’s taste, these boots will keep your child dry and happily splashing through puddles, while still letting them show off their unique personalities. Plus, with handles large enough to swoop up quickly and pull on easily, these are convenient for both parent and child.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 25 hrs of research
Super Unique Designs
- Lone Cone
- Bogs Classic
- Western Chief
- Crocs Handle It
- Bogs Skipper
- John Deere
- UGG Ludvig
- Bogs B-Moc
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
1. Lone Cone
Super Unique Designs
Hailing from Boise, Idaho, Lone Cone works with their panel of moms in developing every single shoe they sell. Each of their boots has an all-season guarantee, meaning you can purchase without the concern about whether they’re built to last. They test their products on high energy tots from 3-6, guaranteeing that the boot you decide on can withstand even the wildest wearer. Every style goes through rigorous testing and 100 hours of play before making it to the market. If Lone Cone somehow fails you within the first year of purchase, it will be replaced fully at no cost to you. Parents need all the help they can get, so alleviating some of the worries about their children’s clothes is a must!Read more
Not only is this handled boot super cute in any pattern you choose, but its large selection of designs are created by local artists! This means your purchase is going back to aid the community you are buying from, which is an important aspect when shopping responsibly. The reinforced handles on these make them a great transition for a child just learning to get shoes on and off. They can even help in the learning process! These also make for a quick getaway out the door for parents.
I am a huge fan of this ultra-hip sloth adorned stripe pattern, but there are endless options to personalize your child’s look with something they love. They are made with soft and flexible rubber, but as mentioned before are tested to withstand 100 hours of play, so there is no durability sacrificed here. The cotton lining makes them comfortable for even warm showers, and they are of course waterproof. BPA free just for a little extra peace of mind. Ultra-affordable and chic, plus there is no risk to the buyer, so purchasing these is an easy decision to make.
2. Bogs Classic
Built In Handles
A Bit Heavy
Bogs is a brand that understands footwear needs. They account for some of the best winter boots in the business, and their designs range from practical work boots, to fashionable lodge booties. Popular within the agriculture industry and beyond, as the seasons change one thing doesn’t falter, Bogs delivering dependable options for customers young and old.Read more
This pair of handle boots 9 inch shaft has the handles incorporated into the design rather than attached to the top of the boot. That makes for a much sturdier construction. The handles are sleek and cut out from the upper, which means there is no risk of tearing or falling apart no matter how rough you tug these on. Their round toe makes for a streamlined profile and sleek style parents will love. With an endless array of colors to choose from, these basic but sharp handle boots are a great pic for the particular child.
Nearly identical to the adult Classic, this boot could also be bought to have a matching pair with mom, dad, big brother, aunt, you name it! Completely waterproof and insulated, this is a great winter boot for mucking through the sludge and snow, or perfect for playing on a cold, rainy day. The Classic also features a patented Durafresh insole to keep even the stinkiest kids feet fresh. This option is a bit high end, and has a price tag that reflects that, but is also guaranteed satisfactory for the first year, and will not disappoint new customers or their parents.
3. Western Chief
Moisture Wicking Lining
Self Cleaning Outsole
Removable EVA Insole
Reinforced Toe Cap
A brand out of Seattle, Washington, Western Chief knows rainy days, and they know them well. Since 1891, and first providing shoes for the Alaskan Gold Rush, you can bet 130 years in business means they are doing one, or several things, right. Though they make cozy women’s styles and durable work boots, their quirky kids designs are the real standout. Designed with not so great weather conditions in mind, Western Chief wants you to remain whimsical in the wet.Read more
This boots latex is collected from rubber trees, this is a sustainable way to produce natural rubber shoes, which means it is a guilt-free purchase that is taking care of the natural resources that make it possible. This classic yellow and black style evokes the original rain boots, and they might as well have been with the long and rich history of this company! The sole is slip-resistant, ideal for little explorers. Western Chief also includes a self-cleaning outsole! So your child won’t track mud and grime into the house after a serious puddle session.
Including a toe cap for extra security and a mud-guard for extra protection, these will protect children’s feet, and also protect their parents from back breaking work trying to clean them. Just taking a warm, damp cloth to these boots will have them looking good as new. Priced about average for a rain boot of this sort, there are very few downsides to purchasing from Western Chief. The removable and cushioned EVA footbed allows for replacing the inserts, taking them out entirely for more foot room, and regular cleaning.
Moisture Control Lining
Slip Resistant Outsole
Natural Vulcanized Rubber
Beginning in California in 2014, Aleader paved the way with designs for exclusively water shoes. Whether you were heading to the beach or the caves, they wanted to have shoes that could take you from casual couture to performance. Their merchandise reflects a love of the outdoors and adventure. Aleader wants to equip you for your next life-changing journey, and they have just the shoes to do it.Read more
These super cute themed boots come in multiple animal styles that any child is sure to love. At least, I know my inner child is gaga over these designs. This dinosaur inspired pair is super cute and sassy, perfect for any little boy or girl with a budding fascination with paleontology. Attention to detail like the orange spikes on the dinosaurs “back” and the horn in front, as well as the silly face with the large smile, are just icing on the cake for the Aleader.
A handmade vulcanization process ensures that their rubber has no weak spots, and they use natural rubber which is waterproof and water friendly. There is a soft and absorbent polyester and cotton blend liner to absorb moisture and keep kids feet happy. Removable EVA insoles mean they’re easy to clean or remove for custom inserts or to give your child room to grow. The price on these is hard to beat, and they provide just as much rainy day fun as any other pull-on style.
Non Slip Soles
Easy to Clean
Without quality equipment, it can be hard to take in and truly experience what the world has to offer. At Oaki, they believe their gear makes setting out into the world a little easier. Vexed by the few choices available in quality outdoor gear for children, the brand began 40 years ago to change that. Providing head to toe apparel now in multiple for children all over the world, Oaki is a brand that will persist for years to come thanks to their painstaking love of what they do.Read more
This cute pair of handle boots with contrasting colors is precious and easy to rock. These Oakis are super breathable, but also provide a layer of insulation so they can withstand cold water or a chilly night of camping. Flat soles and low heels are designed to grip wet surfaces and provide a stable platform for your child to depend on. The cotton interior won’t hold in smells or moisture, and the durable upper will keep out the wet.
Oakis can just be hosed off, without any additional effort to clean them. This is huge for a kids shoe because it truly eliminates the maintenance most parents dread for weather-resistant items. These are designed for both girls and boys, and their standout yet androgynous color choices will accompany any outfit gracefully. Priced affordably, these are a great call for parents living in a not so wet environment who may not need to utilize rain boots for their children often.
6. Crocs Handle It
Cute, Sleek Style
Built In Handles
Practical Color Options
A company who loves comfort, and easy-going style, Crocs has been a smash hit thanks to their ultra-light materials and ultra soft footbeds. Providing all types of customers with consistent quality and a unique product, Crocs are unmistakable at this point in their company’s career. Selling globally, but with a small employee base that pays careful attention to each shoe sold, Crocs has the family business feel with the big brand security.Read more
This rain boot comes in multiple, simple colors, and its smooth all over design is super cute for children of all ages. Heck, this is probably the first time I actually love a Croc. Streamlined and practical, the handles are built in, but large enough for adult hands to pick up on the way out the door. These Handle Its outsoles are non-marking and incredibly textured, so you won’t have to worry about any slips or tumbles.
Made of the same insanely light material their other styles are created using, the Handle It serves up 360-degree comfort! Completely waterproof, these make Crocs comfort possible no matter the weather, which is sure to put a smile on one of their favorite customer's faces. These are moderately priced, and many recommend buying them with room to grow, to get more wear out of the classic style. Either way, the boot is cute and super practical for any little fashionista.
7. Bogs Skipper
Built In Handles
Large Color Selection
Reinforced All Around Outsole
We have mentioned Bogs a few times now, but they really are beloved boots to all those who wear them. When they first developed rain boots as part of their Urban Farmer line, they were well received and quickly trending. After trying a pair for yourself, why becomes increasingly clearer. Bogs want's to be there with you whenever you’re on an adventure, and there for you, whenever you need that extra push. This company wants you to succeed in their footwear, and with the Skipper, you will.Read more
The short rubber Skipper is similar to the Bogs Classic but slightly more current and casual. With a lower rise, these boots come off super chic and stylish, despite being able to hold up to both a figurative and literal storm. A very large selection of prints guarantees your child can pick shoes that are as unique as they are. Giving your child the freedom of choice is both empowering and confidence building. Just the boost they need to start getting in and out of these babies all their own.
Bogs Maxwick moves sweat away from the foot to keep it dry and regulate the temp and moisture inside the shoe. Also equipped with the signature Durafresh, these stay as odor-free as possible for a child’s weather resistant boots. The Skipper is reinforced all around the foot, which protects against splitting seams and detached uppers. Easy to put on and a very middle of the road price point, these Bogs are a high-performance option every kid who has a taste for the outdoors.
8. John Deere
Stylish Cowboy Look
Moisture Wicking Lining
Tabs and Handles
Not Weather Resistant
Integrity, quality, commitment, and innovation. These are qualities John Deere tries to embody as a company. Though widely known for their heavy machinery and farming equipment, they have branched out to provide these qualities in all their endeavors. In business for over 180 years, the company is dedicated to living up to their iconic status and providing durable products that stand up to even the toughest kids.Read more
This cowboy style is fully leather, and is a fashion forward, western inspired pull-on style that incorporates its function into the design. Round, keyhole like finger holes make for a subtle handle, so your kids footwear doesn’t look explicitly practical, but also smart and cool. Pink trim on this western camo style add a softer accent to the country look of this John Deere.
The incorporated finger holes also make this style hard to break, which is a great feature for anything that your children will literally be getting their hands into. Moisture wicking lining provides dry comfort to any moving kid. This reliable western style will have your child grinning from ear to ear and feeling like a real cowboy, or girl. The bottoms are a lightweight material that make these a great choice for really active children. This is one of the highest price points on the list, but it is completely leather, which is responsible for this price hike. There is no chance of this style getting destroyed before it is grown out of, and is as reliable as the brand itself.
9. UGG Ludvig
Barely There Tabs
Molded Rubber Outsole
Ugg began in 1978 when a surfer from Australia decided it was time for the world to share his love of sheepskin and comfortable shoes. Southern California loved the Aussie’s designs, and Uggs quickly became a staple all down the west coast. Once Oprah noticed the brand and declared it one of her “favorite things” they exploded onto the market. From their flagship store in SoHo, to partnerships with high fashion designers, Ugg has created a name and brand that is uniquely their own. Inspiring brand loyalty from many a boot lover, it is challenging to find any fuzzy style as iconic as these have become.Read more
The kids Ludvig is rated to -20 degrees Celsius, and people in increasingly cold climates will be grateful they have a trusted, insulated option for their little one’s feet. They have a duck boot style, but with no frills or laces. This straightforward double tabbed pull on is easy to get on and off but doesn’t have the appearance of large handles. The upper is suede but treated to be waterproof, so these are great snow boots, or just perfect for chilly weather in general.
The sheepskin insole on this Ludvig is warm and cozy, and your child is sure to love the cloud like the feeling of the interior. The outsole is molded rubber but exceedingly lightweight, so your child won’t be stomping around like a clumsily outfitted Godzilla every time they put them on. 200g of Thinsulate keeps the heat in and sealed seams really make sure it doesn’t go anywhere through snowy excursions. Heavy tread makes this a great option for even icy conditions. They are a tiny bit higher than the average price point for boots, but considering their cold weather rating and full sheepskin construction, these are well worth it.
10. Bogs B-Moc
Built In Handles
Eugene, Oregon was the birthplace of Bogs, and they were widely used specifically in the agricultural business. Though Bogs are still a staple in these circles, they have expanded quite a bit since their start in 2002. A short four years after the brand began, they started making children’s shoes that perform to the same level that their adult options do. Spreading to gardening options and then totally casual ones, Bogs now has a wide array of footwear for all practical wearers around the world.Read more
The B-Moc is absolutely adorable, first things first. Its short quilted design and built-in handles come together beautifully, and they’re super soft to boot, which appeases even the most particular of children. The outsole contains rebound technology which gives kids more support than they should ever need. With a -20 rating, these are also a warm choice to take you into fall and winter. Durafresh technology activates to fight odors, which is a favor to mostly you.
Machine washability makes this an even easier sell, because they’re no-nonsense, cute, and easily maintained. Featherlight and completely waterproof, the B-Moc has an insanely soft lining. The upper is soft and flexible but dense, you can really feel the insulation you’re getting as soon as you take the shoe out of the box. Bogs are a more expensive option, but the durable materials really do make all the difference in a child’s shoe. These won’t crumble under the expectations for a waterproof boot in their price range.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Ease of Use
The whole point of handle boots is to make the whole early morning or afternoon routine easier. Without ease of use, handle boots would honestly be a pretty pointless commodity. We chose mostly boots with large and easy to grab handles.
This is for two reasons. One: we want parents to have an easy time bringing along a pair of waterproof boots when they need to. Two: we want to empower kids to start learning how to do things on their own. A great way to do that has always been through allowing them freedom in how they dress and how they get dressed.
Unfortunately, it is not always that easy. With all the twists and ties and lollygagging of many other weather resistance boot options, kids can take forever out of disobedience, sure, but more often than not they can just get overwhelmed. So let's make it a little easier for everyone involved by adding handles that make boots simple to tug right on.
There are only so many reasons a child would need a boot, and most of them involve wet conditions or outdoor excursions. When a child wants to play outside in the rain, you don't want to coup them up and discourage their activity, but you also don't want to deal with the huge mess and aftermath that comes with it.
Most of these options are entirely rubber and seamless, which means nothing getting in or out of them once they are on. your child's feet should remain dry and comfortable! Not like they're weighed down with wet, squishy cinderblocks. There is only one thing we can do to guarantee a great experience start to end in handle boots. That is making sure that they are of a high quality that protect our little ones from the elements.
Whether it be a suede duck boot that received the waterproofing treatment, or a boot with mud flaps and a stain resistance outer sole, these choices are most weather and water proof, which is a great combination. Insulated options will take you into winter, and nothing is better than not needing a new shoe for every season.
It is absolutely integral our list is full of well constructed choices. When you're excessively pulling on a shoe, and with boots you will be, you don't want to worry about anything breaking. I mean, are they still handle boots if the handle falls off?
I would argue no. So let's avoid it. Reinforced attachments and built in handles make this an impossible occurrence. I especially love the Bog and Croc options on here, because if you really want to talk about shoes standing up to some heavy abuse, those can.
Stressing about replacing a broken handle or resoling a rainboot isn't necessary. Three items on this list even have a year satisfaction guarantee, where the manufacturer will send back and refund or replace the item that was ruined. Free replacements if the boots don't live up to the durable standard make the buying process hassle free.
Those handles aren't just for kids! Don't forget it! This list has some top picks for portability, and we measure that in a few ways.
Will they be damaged in transport? We are looking at ultra sturdy rubber constructions, but also soft and flexible enough for our kids. If we have to throw the boots in a bag momentarily, we don't want the integrity of the boot to be threatened.
We ensure this by checking the specific parameters of each individual option. Is there a guarded outsole? If yes, does it easily move when the shoe moves? Is the shape affected when off your childs feet? We don't want you to run into problems, so we think them through now. All of these handles are accessible enough for a rushed guardian to snag, but also fit for little hands ready to help mom or dad.
We are dealing with boots designed for mostly wed conditions. While there may be one less functional option on this list, such as the John Deere, most of these are all terrain shoes. From grip on the outsole surrounding the shoe to non-slip bottoms, you're guaranteed to find something worth bringing home to your little explorer.
Extreme traction leads to every step being secure, and heavy lugs with friction inducing rubber makes braving the elements a little less scary for a little one. Options like the Ugg could withstand a long, cold winter hike. Regardless of which style is your favorite, we made sure you'd be able to have some peace of mind about your kids in any of these designs.
Whether ice, sleet, or snow, we guarantee your child will be able to take on most terrain with any of these options. Vulcanized Rubber helps grip, and lots of lugs will grip the ground with every step. Since we also chose all relatively lightweight rubber boots, weight won't throw your child off balance while wandering.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
It relieves a LOT of frustration for children and parents alike when toddlers are able to dress themselves. It's a small bit of power and independence that they can have while they're first learning to navigate the world. That's why these designs are so great to have for your little one!
There are even more kid-friendly tips and tricks on Borncute.com. This is one of our personal favorites for parents looking for some guidance!
Other Factors to Consider
All we want in a handle boot is a little extra convenience for all parties involved. When children start dressing themselves, it takes a weight off the shoulders of parents, and not enough styles encourage ease much as the handle boot does.
Sure pull tabs can suffice, but little hands and big hands alike are both thankful for these great, timesaving style choices. Every kid should feel they can accomplish anything. If putting their shoes on by themselves is the first step to that why not? Empowerment for young people is an important and often forgotten value when it comes to kids. This is the first logical step, no pun intended, to help children gain more confidence.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: When did handle boots become popular?
I couldn't really track it down historically! However, in the past three years, they have emerged as a major frontrunner for rainy day wear with both kids and adults.
q: Is there anything I should look out for when purchasing a handle boot?
While some handles that are attached separately are reliable and reinforced, if you are looking for a sure thing upon purchase, choose something with built in rather than added on handles.
q: What is the best brand for water or weather resistant gear for kids?
Bogs seem to be a really reliable choice, but the Crocs boots due to their seamless construction seem like a sure best to keep water out. Their material also isn't very breathable, so it can help keep heat in during cooler months.
q: Are these shoes exclusive to boys or girls?
It may seem unusual, but everything on this list is gender non-specific. Just follow the size chart and get what best reflects your child's individualism.
q: Are waterproof and water resistant different?
Waterproof and water resistance do have different meanings, but in this write up they are used interchangeably. For the future, water resistance normally means it can get wet with little to no damage to the material. Waterproof generally means the material can be submerged without acquiring damage.