Gumboots, or rain boots, are essential footwear for toddlers in any Australian household. Great for jumping in puddles and playing in the rain, it’s also good for keeping little feet warm when heading out-and-about in winter.
Best of all, gumboots are the easiest types of enclosed shoes for little kids to put on by themselves. Some come with a drawstring design to tighten at the top so you don’t get water splashing into the boots, but they most commonly come with little handles or tabs on the sides for easy pull-on.
The best online shops in Australia to buy gumboots for kids:
Peppa Pig gumboots by Hunter
As a high-end boutique store, you wouldn’t expect Bloomingdales to have kids wellies. Their Peppa Pig kids rainboots are so popular that at the time of writing this, two out of the three colours are already sold out.
Admittedly, their boots are the most expensive ones on this list, but you’d expect nothing less from the British heritage brand, Hunter.
Although it is based in the US, Kidorable is now serving Australia via Amazon AU. Specialising in kids rain boots, raincoats, umbrellas and such, it offers delightful boots with cute details like fairy wings and mermaid tails.
As expected from one of Australia’s biggest shoe store, Shoes & Sox has a range of unique kids gumboots that I haven’t seen anywhere else. My kids love their Spider gumboots, it doesn’t specify on the website but the heels actually light up, which was a pleasant surprise.
I’m guessing that all their translucent boots are light-ups, like the shark gumboots. You can see the lightbox very faintly through the heels.
Their comprehensive kids’ shoe size conversion and measurement chart makes it a breeze to find the right size online. But the fact that they also have 71 brick-and-mortar stores located across Australia is even better if you want to try on sizes to be sure.
Rainy days mean gloomy skies and dark days. Add a little sparkle and light to your little one’s outings with light-up gumboots from Seed Heritage. Unlike other boots that usually only light up in one colour, these ones are rainbow coloured lights.
The pegasus gumboots even have added glitter in them which adds a lovely shimmer. The small loop at the back makes it easy for young kids to wear the boots.
Best&Less is a great alternative to Kmart if you’re looking for affordable clothes and shoes with decent quality. Their Emma Wiggles rain boots are a big hit with little girls, with the toddler sizes already sold out at the time of writing.
This appears to be an exclusive design only available at Best&Less, so if you have a little Wiggles fan at your home, be sure to add it to your wishlist so you can be notified when it’s back in stock!
I always thought of Cotton On Kids as a clothing store for little ones, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that they have a nice range of gumboots too. Their Fashion Golly gumboots are absolutely gorgeous in earthy colours like blush pink and mustard yellow. Perfect for minimalistic mums who like neutral colours.
For a more Paddington Bear look and feel, their Classic Golly wellingtons are really striking in its colours and design.
Their kids’ footwear size chart is a bit confusing and for some strange reason, the gumboot sizes come in ranges, e.g. size 3-4, instead of simply size 3 or size 4. Fortunately, there is no lack of Cotton On stores across Australia, so you can easily find a store near you to try on sizes.
Their children’s gumboots are made from lightweight EVA, only half the weight of standard kids gumboots. It comes with a removable pair of thermal sock insert that is machine washable.
Last but not least, Penny Scallan is an Australian kids brand known for its bright and colourful designs. For clothes and shoes, I like shopping at The Nile because they offer free returns, which is especially great on the rare occasion when I need a size exchange.
They also have an impressive 4.2 star rating on ProductReview, which is a solid effort for a fully online department store that relies on great customer service.
Why Kmart kids gumboots are not on this list
Yes, Kmart has amazing products at fantastic prices, but if you’ve read enough of my articles on this site, you’ll realise that I never recommend Kmart products. This is for one simple reason:
You get what you pay for – I personally love shopping at Kmart, it is my guilty pleasure, but it’s exactly because I’ve bought so much from Kmart that I am fully aware of its quality. 90% of the things I bought either don’t last very long or they have poor usability.
Kmart is great for buying short-lived, fairly cheap products that you won’t be too heartbroken if it breaks within a few months. But for more expensive things that you want to use for a considerable period of time, such as furniture, household appliances, and shoes, you really want to invest in quality products.
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