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STONZ Wear – Canadian Kidz Footwear At Its Best!

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There are a few items of clothing that are a must for anyone living through a long, cold, Canadian winter: a wind/waterproof jacket, a toque (love that word!), warm mittens or gloves…and warm, waterproof winter boots.

KICKING IT OLD SCHOOL WITH MUKLUKS

How many of you remember those mukluks with faux fur on them from the 1970’s? I sure do. I loved them at the time. One of my best friends had a pair and, darn it, I wanted a pair SO badly.  When I think back to those furry boots now, all I can remember is my friend having cold, wet feet when wearing them. The fake fur didn’t hold much warmth, and when that faux fur got soaked in those big puddles of dirty, melting snow…yuck! The weight of those cold, waterlogged boots weighed heavily on her small legs.

Anyone with kids knows how fast they can go through winter boots. Either they grow out of them, or wear them out, often in one season.

Two years ago, we were lucky enough to obtain great quality pair of winter boots for X-Man. Those boots got him through that winter in comfort and warmth. Unfortunately, by the next winter, his little feet had grown out of these great boots. We tried to track another pair down, only to find that the boot company had gone out of business.

That’s when we made the mistake of grabbing one of the first pairs of “nice looking” boots we found on the shelf of a local retailer. The boots looked great, seemed to be warm enough, and heck, they were a great deal!

Sold!

It didn’t take us long to discover that these boots were of poor quality. Not only weren’t the boots terribly warm, they weren’t exactly waterproof either (spring puddles made that clear to us). Then there was the issue with the felt boot lining. The felt was of such poor quality, that over the course of the winter, many of X-Man’s socks were destroyed thanks to rubbing against this felt. The felt boot liners literally disintegrated in front of our eyes, leaving small balls of felt clinging to all of X-Man’s socks.

What. A. Mess.

STONZ – CANADIAN KIDZ FOOTWEAR AT ITS BEST!

This winter, we are breathing a sigh of relief. We recently found another fabulous boot company that produces top quality boots – in baby, toddler and youth sizes. AND….they are Canadian!

Stonz Winter Bootz from STONZ on Vimeo.

Stonz Wear was born from the frustration that west-coast Canadian mom, Lisa Will, felt back in 2003 as she struggled with trying to keep her two young kids’ feet warm. Today, Stonz Wear is an award-winning footwear company with their successful line of Booties, Linerz, Mittz, Rain Bootz, and Winter Bootz, proudly sold at retailers like Nordstrom.com, Zappos.com, ShoeMe.com, and of course, Stonzwear.com.

To understand why I consider Stonz Winter Bootz to be quality winter boots, take a look at this:

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WINTER BOOTS: IMPORTANT FACTORS TO CONSIDER:

Warmth: With frigid Canadian winter temperatures that often hit minus 30 degrees celsius (or below!), Stonz Winter Bootz will keep your kids’ feet toasty in temperatures up to minus 50 degrees celsius!

Conditions: Ice, Wind, Rain & Snow. Let’s face it, from fall until spring, we Canadians face a lot of nasty weather. A quality winter boot needs to stand up to many different winter conditions. Stonz Winter Bootz can handle the nastiest of Canadian seasons. Their waterproof and wind-resistant Bootz will keep out the wet snow, slush, and rain, and keep your kids’ feet the way they should be – dry!

Boot Sole: Boot soles are an often over-looked feature of footwear but, they shouldn’t be. Soles are what help to keep you upright and on your feet. A good tread on a winter boot can mean the difference between making it to your front door, or taking an unexpected ride on your butt all the way to the end of your driveway. Trust me I know this (just ask my family members!). With Stonz Winter Bootz slip resistant XFS sole, kids have a better chance of staying upright on their feet – and only falling down when they choose to.

Weight: Remember how your parents used to make you walk 10 miles to school in minus 30 degree temperature, in a blinding snowstorm? Funny how we all remember stories like that. Whether it was 10 miles, or just a couple of blocks that we had to walk, heavy winter boots made walking through the snow that much harder. Super lightweight Stonz Winter Bootz, designed with kids in mind, solve that problem.

Ease Of Use: Those mukluks I spoke of at the beginning of my post? I was never “lucky” enough to get a pair of those myself, however, I did end up with another version of furry mukluks, ones with laces from top to bottom – with pom poms on the ends of the laces. I don’t need to tell you how impractical those boots were for a young child who had barely learned to tie their own sneaker. We are spoiled today, with boots like Stonz Winter Bootz. With their adjustable drawstring, easy buckle-closure, and Velcro-closure, Stonz Winter Bootz makes it easy for kids to slip into a customized, and comfortable fitting boot.

Durability: Kids are hard on their clothes and footwear. It’s a known fact. This can also be hard on mom and dad’s wallet if their clothing and footwear aren’t durable. Stonz understands kids. Stonz products are durable and machine washable. So the great thing is, if your first child grows out of their Stonz Winter Bootz, the boots may be tough enough to endure Round 2: Stonz Vs Kids.

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So now, as we await winter’s return, X-Man has been outfitted in a pair of Stonz Winter Bootz thanks to our friends at Stonz!

The most notable thing about X-Man’s Stonz Winter Bootz is how lightweight they are. X-Man says they are like walking on air. X-Man loves his new boots because they are so light and easy to walk in. We love his new boots because of their quality and durability. Stonz Winter Bootz have made us all happy!

Apparently, Stonz Bootz have made some celebrity parents happy too!

StonzWearWinterBootz

While I cannot yet speak to the warmth of these boots, I am placing my bets on Stonz, and I’m feeling pretty confident about this. The boots’ Radiantex inner liner feels amazing. I can feel the warmth just sticking my hand inside the boot. Not only is the Radiantex inner lining great quality, I don’t foresee any issues like we had last year with the felt lining in the last boots X-Man had. We also love that the liner is moisture-wicking. This helps keep little feet dry. This removable liner also allows us to properly dry out the inside of the boot  – when a certain young boy, playing in slushy puddles, allows water to pour inside the boots.

Yes, you heard me right.

Don’t forget. We are talking about a young boy. Young boys do crazy things like that. Things that are beyond the control of the fine folks at Stonz. Even the best technology can’t always keep a young boy’s boot dry. 

On a side note, because I love all things Canadian, check out these adorable Stonz Booties for younger kidz! Am I crazy to wish I could fit into a pair of these? Don’t answer that!

Stonz Winter Bootz are available in 4 great colours and they are suitable for children up to 14 years of age.

Shhh…don’t tell anyone but…I may just have to get a pair of Stonz Winter Boots for myself. X-Man’s boots ALMOST fit me. One size up and I’d be good to go! Only problem is…they may be a wee bit on the short side for my legs when I’m shoveling in knee-deep snow!

So tell us, Stonz, when are you moving into the adult footwear market? I’m waiting!

Thanks to our friends at Stonz, one lucky Canadian Blog House reader has the chance to win a pair of these fabulous kidz bootz! The winner will be able to select a pair of Stonz Winter Bootz in their choice of size and colour.

Be sure to like Stonz Wear on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all Stonz news and promotions!!

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Disclosure: Canadian Blog House was provided with the above product in exchange for this review. All opinions are our own.

 

  1. November 26, 2015

    Barb W

    Comfort!

  2. November 26, 2015

    Angelehm

    I look for 1) warmth and 2)durability

  3. November 25, 2015

    Shawna Chapman

    #1 is they have to perform in extremely low temperatures.

  4. November 25, 2015

    Nicole B

    I learned this year that while they need to be warm and weather proof. For my kindergartner it is key he can easily get them on and off himself!

  5. November 25, 2015

    Heather Lynne

    I want them to be totally waterproof as well as good in very cold temperatures!

  6. November 25, 2015

    melissa fowers

    Warm boots is the most important to me

  7. November 25, 2015

    Shari Fisher

    I look for warmth and durability. 🙂

  8. November 24, 2015

    mongupp

    Waterproof, warmth and slip-proof!

  9. November 23, 2015

    Tiffany Rotulo

    Must keep feet dry and warm

  10. November 23, 2015

    Jen S

    Always looking for quality boots made in Canada! These seem great!

  11. November 23, 2015

    Kellyyoshiko

    The #1 thing I look for is waterproofness… is that even a word?!?

  12. November 23, 2015

    Erinn Lishman

    My winter boots must be waterproof! Wet feet are never warm!

  13. November 22, 2015

    lisa neutel

    i look for good long lasting quality and that my kids will stay dry and warm

  14. November 22, 2015

    Rhonda W G.

    They need to be cozy warm and durable.

  15. November 21, 2015

    Doris H

    I look for waterproof first…

  16. November 21, 2015

    Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo

    They must keep my kids feet DRY. We have the Stonz Rain Boots and love them!

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  17. November 21, 2015

    dawn gordon

    warm and dry and comfortable is the most important thing to a boot

  18. November 21, 2015

    KellyPC

    They have to last the season & stay waterproof!

  19. November 20, 2015

    Carole Dube

    I look for waterproof and warm

  20. November 18, 2015

    nicolthepickle

    I look for waterproof. Nothing is worse than wet feet.

  21. November 17, 2015

    Bernice

    they have to be waterproof and warm

  22. November 17, 2015

    Laura

    Waterproof is a must for little feet.

  23. November 17, 2015

    heather sibley

    I look for warmth and grip

  24. November 17, 2015

    Juliee Fitze

    They have to be waterproof and warm.

  25. November 17, 2015

    Nate Fuller

    Waterproof or not, that’s the most important to me.

  26. November 17, 2015

    Tammy Dalley

    Warmth and waterproof

  27. November 17, 2015

    Tricia Hope

    I look for waterproof first as I live on Vancouver Island.

  28. November 17, 2015

    Maryanne

    For my little guy they must be easy to get on, hard to get off!

  29. November 17, 2015

    Melissa F

    Winter boots have to be warm, and for little kids easy to get on/off!

  30. November 17, 2015

    Margaret Hirst

    Warm liners and thick soles

  31. November 17, 2015

    NickyJ

    I look for boots that will keep feet dry while playing in the snow

  32. November 17, 2015

    Donna T

    Warmth is #2, water proof is #1
    If your feet are wet your not going to have warm feet

  33. November 17, 2015

    Lesley de la Salle

    These look like awesome boots for our long Edmonton winters, but maybe not as long this year:)

  34. November 17, 2015

    salexis

    Warmth and dryness… (okay that’w TWO things :)…)

  35. November 16, 2015

    LMJF

    WARM

  36. November 16, 2015

    nicole a

    I look for warmth and ease to get on/off.

  37. November 16, 2015

    Kristy

    I look for warmth. No point in wearing boots if they don’t keep your toes warm!

  38. November 16, 2015

    Jody Pass

    Waterproof. Boots have to be waterproof!

  39. November 16, 2015

    Jennpup

    I look for temperature rating – it sure gets cold out there! 🙂

  40. November 16, 2015

    ivy pluchinsky

    I look for a boot that will keep my feet warm and dry

  41. November 16, 2015

    Erin D

    We live in northern Ontario and spend a LOT of time outdoors, so I’d have to go with warmth!!!!

  42. November 16, 2015

    Lisa Smith

    I want them to be warm and last for the season

  43. November 16, 2015

    Michelle Armstrong

    I look to make sure they will be warm inside. We have quite a hike to school and -30 weather was the norm last year.

  44. November 15, 2015

    Jessica M walker

    Definitely look for warmth and if they will keep your feet dry

  45. November 15, 2015

    Cam T

    Must be warm and waterproof for winter play!

  46. November 15, 2015

    Christine

    Warmth!

  47. November 15, 2015

    missbobloblaw

    Warmth, durability and height!

  48. November 14, 2015

    Sarah Stickney

    warm and waterproof

  49. November 14, 2015

    Florence C

    I look for warmth and waterproof for our snow rain weather.

  50. November 14, 2015

    Dana Miller

    The #1 quality I look for in a quality boot is good tread. Safety is important on slippery surfaces in the winter. It also makes trudging through deep snow a little easier for little legs who want to play as long as they can in the fluffy white stuff! I’ve head nothing but rave reviews about Stonz and would love to win a pair of kidz bootz for my daughter.

  51. November 14, 2015

    Piroska

    They definitely have to keep snow out, and be warm. We live in NW Onario, and it can get brutally cold!

    • November 14, 2015

      Piroska

      NW Ontario. Forgot the “t”! Geez…

  52. November 13, 2015

    Tina L.

    Make sure that they are durable and warm.

  53. November 13, 2015

    Robyn Bellefleur

    Waterproof for sure!

  54. November 13, 2015

    jay nelson

    Warmth and weight.

  55. November 13, 2015

    angela m

    I look for them being warm ,durable and waterproof.

  56. November 13, 2015

    Karen C Hill

    Warmth mainly, but they also have to keep feet dry and fit right. If the top is to wide then snow gets inside and kind of defeats the purpose

  57. November 13, 2015

    Laurie P

    Durability….boots never last for my kids!

  58. November 13, 2015

    Brenda Penton

    I look for warmth primarily.

  59. November 13, 2015

    Brittany

    I want my kids boots to be durable! I don’t like having to buy multiple pairs in one season.

  60. November 13, 2015

    Mandy

    I look for boots that are waterproof. Its rainy here 6 months of the yr!

  61. November 12, 2015

    Tainan Lu

    Definitely is warmth!

  62. November 12, 2015

    Cheryl

    I look for warmth number one but waterproof is a must as well.

  63. November 12, 2015

    Amber Y

    I look for boots that are comfortable and well fitted. It doesn’t matter how warm a boot is if you can’t walk in it!

  64. November 12, 2015

    caryn s

    I want warm winter boots for our cold winters!

  65. November 12, 2015

    maria

    That they are water repelent!

  66. November 12, 2015

    Lisa bolduc

    Besides warmth i look for th weight of the boot. Nothing worse than having a really warm boot just weigh you down all day

  67. November 12, 2015

    Elizabeth Matthiesen

    In our freezing winters here warmth and waterproof are the two very important factors for me when choosing new winter boots. I’m all for them making adult boots too 🙂

  68. November 12, 2015

    Angie

    I like boots with a removable liner so I can easily dry them.

  69. November 12, 2015

    Darlene Demell

    I like boots to have warmth and keep the feet dry. I love a removable liner also.

  70. November 12, 2015

    loucheryl

    My number one thing I look for is that it’s weatherproof (waterproof and warm)!

  71. November 12, 2015

    Erika Letson

    The number one feature I look for in quality winter boots is being waterproof! Thanks for the chance!

  72. November 12, 2015

    Erin W

    My daughter is super active when we’re outside so the most important thing for her boots are the grips on the bottom! I need to be sure she won’t slip and fall.

  73. November 12, 2015

    Susan Patterson

    Winter boots have to be warm and stay dry!

  74. November 12, 2015

    Suzanne G

    #1 for me is they must be warm.

  75. November 12, 2015

    Wanda Bergman

    I look for warmth!!

  76. November 12, 2015

    lynn clayton

    warmth and water proof

  77. November 12, 2015

    Marilyn Legault

    I look for warmth and waterproof in my winter boot choice

  78. November 12, 2015

    jan

    it needs to keep their feet dry as well as warm

  79. November 12, 2015

    Shelley Hickey

    Winter boots must be waterproof and warm for these harsh Canadian winters eh?

  80. November 12, 2015

    Jennifer P.

    The number 1 feature I look for is warmth – if they don’t keep the feet warm, they aren’t doing their job!

  81. November 12, 2015

    Sabrina Tong

    The number one feature has to be, being waterproof. You can have all the warmth in the world but if your feet are wet you’re fighting a losing battle.

  82. November 12, 2015

    Brenda Lacourciere

    I look for warmth for our northern winters.

  83. November 12, 2015

    Jenn @youpinspireme

    Yes! I have heard AMAZING THINGS about these boots, but I’ve never actually seen them for sale anywhere! The No 1 thing I consider when purchasing winter footwear for myself OR the kiddos is WARMTH – my toes are ALWAYS freezing, and I want to make sure my kids don’t get frost bite! Second – weather proof!

  84. November 12, 2015

    Paula H

    The number one feature I look for in a winter boot is that it’s waterproof (and warm)! Kids love playing outside in the snow for hours so they need a quality boot that’s going to withstand all the ice, snow and slush winter can throw at it to keep those little feet dry and ultimately warm!

  85. November 12, 2015

    Angela Mitchell

    I make sure that they are comfortable. My son will refuse to wear anything unless it’s super comfortable.

  86. November 12, 2015

    Carey Hurst

    Have to be water proof and extremely warm

  87. November 12, 2015

    Silvia D

    First would be have to be waterproof!

  88. November 12, 2015

    paula schuck

    Excellent giveaway and boy I could use these. They look easy to whip on and off and that’s important for kids who are active especially. My daughter would like these I think. The most important factor to me is actually two things – warmth and waterproof ness if that’s a word and then of course ease of access. Boots that take hours to get on and off are a pain in the neck. Looks like this brand has solved that issue.

  89. November 12, 2015

    Darwin

    What I look for in winterboots is how easy it is to put on, waterproof and warmth.

  90. November 12, 2015

    Isabelle Simard

    being able to pull the inside out so i can dry them.

  91. November 12, 2015

    Brenda A

    I look for a few things: quality, durability and temperature rating. Gotta stay snug and warm!

  92. November 12, 2015

    AMotherhoodblog

    Winter boots have to be warm, weatherproof and durable (we’ve bought boots that didn’t even last a whole season!)! Great post thanks for the chance!

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