If you're on a tight budget, or simply want to save, spray less expensive boots with a water proof coating. This hack saves about $20 for every pair of kid's boots. Since one bottle will waterproof several pairs, this hack rates high in value, especially if you have more than one child.
If the boots will be worn in snow or icy conditions, make sure they still have these essential features: 1.) Cold weather insulation 2.) Cinching at the top to keep out snow
3.) Good traction....then add the waterproof feature yourself.
GoodHousekeeping.com recommends Revivex™, for leathers and fabrics, and Liquid Aquaseal™ for leather. These sprays were top performers in their laboratory tests, and had minimal effect on the color and feel of the upper materials (click to read full article). Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Use these sprays for any adult or children's shoes that could be ruined by snow, rain or salt and chemical-melt conditions -- and you'll add extra life to all of them. See below for four well designed, cold-rated boots that you can hack to be waterproof.