Who doesn’t love shoes or boots?
Ok…there’s a lot of folks out there that could careless about them and can get by with one or two pairs. I’m not that kinda gal and so that trickles down to J-Man and what he wears. I like him to have good quality footwear suitable for whatever adventure we may be on.
The key components for any good pair of boots in my opinion are:
1. Are they durable boots that are going to take a beating? We all know toddlers are rough and tumble and the boots get used.
2. Are they comfortable for J-Man to wear? Does he complain or want to take them off right away?
3. Can J-Man put them on and take them off himself? It always makes my life easier and gives him more independence if he can do little things like that.
Here’s the answers to my questions…
Are they durable?
The NoPo Mid WP boots are definitely durable. They are made of waterproof nubuck leather. J-Man stomped in water puddles, mud puddles and a wee bit of snow and his feet stayed completely dry. J-Man has put these boots to the test while hiking, climbing on boulders and just wearing them around town. The NoPo Mid’s provide great traction and ankle support on uneven terrain. The sole is grippy enough that he doesn’t slip when trying to climb up rocks. The lacing system stays tight without coming loose and there isn’t a lot of extra lace hanging down once tightened. The velcro strap is a cinch to use. Even after a month of beating them up they still look brand new and have a lot of life left in them.
Are they comfortable?
J-Man isn’t complaining and actually asks to wear them not only for playing outdoors but he likes to wear them to school. They have a breathable membrane allowing his feet to stay dry and comfortable but NOT allowing water to seep in. I was worried that the height of the shoe would cause pressure around his ankle and shin but there is no discomfort there. The mid top provides sufficient ankle support without being too stiff.
Are they easy to put on and take off?
This is the only con I have about the boots. I have to put the shoes on for J-Man and take them off. Being a mid top boot J-Man can’t easily slip them on. It’s a snug fit with a bit of manipulation. The bungee lace system doesn’t allow the shoe to open a whole lot to slip the foot in. With that said, it isn’t difficult. J-Man just can’t do it.
Would I recommend these boots?
I love the look of them and they are very durable. J-Man stays comfortable in them and they are easy to clean with a damp cloth. Being waterproof eases my mind of where J-Man might step and we always know he goes for the puddles.
If you are looking for an everyday winter boot for your tyke you won’t be disappointed with the Keen NoPo Mid WP. They come in both toddler and youth sizes.
They can be purchased at the following retailers:
The generous folks at Keen sponsored this review by providing J-Man with the boots. All the opinions expressed are my own. Affiliate links are provided in the review to help us continue to bring out the adventurers in all of us and most importantly our tykes.
I know the jumping photo has been used a couple times already but I just love it.