If you're looking for performance snow boots, read labels and product descriptions carefully. Brands and retailers use vague product descriptions, industry jargon, and style names like "Snow Plow" and "Flurry" that can mislead consumers to believe the boots will keep kids warm and dry. Here are the two biggest snow boot rip-offs:
1. Paying good money for a boot that doesn't actually have the features you want.
It's a brand with a good reputation, so you give the boot the benefit of the doubt. But it turns out only the outsole is waterproof -- not the upper. It has cinching at the top to keep snow out, but isn't officially cold-rated.
CONCLUSION: For $64 you can buy a certified waterproof boot that's officially cold rated.
2. Paying an inexpensive price, thinking you're getting a great deal on a boot with the features you want.
It looks like a great deal! A snow boot for $18! But look closely and you'll see that while the boot looks like it will be warm and dry , it's not cold-rated, has no special lining and isn't waterproof.
CONCLUSION: For a not-too-cold or snowy climate this boot should do the trick. But for real snow and freezing weather, you'll end up buying another pair later in the season after your child complains about cold, wet feet. That is, if you can find one in his size.