Rated 2 out of 5 by altinnova good fit, poor design
These boots do, indeed, run about a half to a whole size small, which should have worked out perfectly for us, as my small-for-age toddler usually wears a size 4 and no one else makes rain boots that small.
She loved being able to put them on and take them off by herself, and they seemed to fit well. Unfortunately, she just couldn't get the hang of walking with that weird raised heel. If the heel was took up the entire surface area of the sole of the boot she might have been OK, but these heels are narrower than the sole, and she kept tumbling.
Thank goodness for LL Bean's 100% satisfaction guarantee--they went back to the store.
July 14, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Fillintheblank Poor quality -- not durable!
My daughter loved these boots while they lasted, but they do not hold up! At least two things went badly wrong. The rubber cracked around the ankle -- in several spots on one boot and in just one spot on the other boot -- guaranteeing wet feet if we were doing any puddle stomping. The soft lining inside also wore down completely, which I discovered -- on a day when she had dry feet -- after she ended up with a pair of matching blisters on her heels!
We bought these boots new and my daughter is the only child who has worn them. It rains in the northeast, but not all the time, so it's not as if these were getting daily wear and tear. I certainly expected a better quality product from LLBean.
I will also concur with the other reviewers who have noted that these boots are narrow and that they have an unexpectedly big heel. I figured we could live with these imperfections because my daughter loved her boots -- but now we're definitely buying rain boots elsewhere!
March 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by YummyMummy Wonderful. Perhaps a bit small.
These are the perfect preschooler rain boot. However, I think they run small. Hard to say when it's not your foot in there. My child is just growing into a size 8 now. I was worried the size 8 boot might be too big. His toe goes to the end. Pretty snug, even with medium weight socks. I wish I'd bought the size 9, but I can't take them away to exchange now--he loves them!
February 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by TucsonGranny Beyond cute! But beware!
I ordered the yellow boots in size 5 and in size 6 for our granddaughter when she was an infant two years ago. But alas, she has not been able to wear either pair as her feet are too wide. This is a situation where Bean needs to offer wide sizes at least in the toddler styles for all shoes and boots.
January 2, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by mamaswears Kiddo loves them.
We're on our second pair of these rain boots, and my kiddo loves them. Unfortunately, both boots of this pair cracked at the ankle after eight months of wear. Our other pair lasted much longer, so I'm not sure if there was some change in the boot construction or if my son has gotten tougher on his boots as he's gotten older. Nevertheless, living in a place where it rains daily from October - April (the Pacific Northwest), I need a pair of boots that will last him the year. Overall, they're great, but they may not last as long as you'd like them too, and the description says they won't crack, and that isn't true.
April 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Prudentpurchaser Wishing for more gender-neutral options
I love these boots. My kids love these boots. We've bought many pairs of them in many sizes because they are one of the few products that are genuinely gender-neutral in design. My oldest daughter could pass the exact same boots along to her two younger brothers and we could get three kids' worth of wear out of them. I'm sad, though, that these only go up to Size 3. My daughter just grew out of hers this spring and I had to go and buy a different pair from a competitor (who carried standard yellow boots in larger sizes). I'm not going to buy floral patterns for her that her brothers won't wear. If you make a great durable product, make it in colors and styles that work for the whole family! (I would also love gender-neutral coats and other outer wear).
April 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by twinsgranny They love their new boots!
Thank you so much for the quick delivery, just in time for our rainy Canadian autumn. Evie and Vi love their new boots so much they want to wear them indoors!
September 26, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by CKJ1 A Heel for Toddlers???
This boots have a heel - a rather large heel for a toddler. Ridiculous. These shoes do not encourage or support healthy foot development at all. Returning them.
September 7, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by HenrisMama Clunky
I bought a size 7 in yellow for my two and a half year old daughter. It's incredibly difficult to tell whether these fit okay or not based solely on the fact that they are pretty clunky and thick. However, her foot slides into them easily so I think they're fine. Being thick, it's difficult for her to bend her ankle to climb up or down stairs, but she seems to manage. I'm pretty sure we'll be coming back in the spring to buy another pair then.
September 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by TassiliSanDiego Awesome Boots
I just ordered my granddaughter her second pair of these. We live in San Diego, CA, and while we don't get a lot of rain, we get enough but still like to go play outside. I could not find a good, affordable pair of boots out here to save my life. I have family Back East so I asked what they do for rain boots. "LL Bean!" So, I did too. And my granddaughter loved them enough to wear all the time with anything, even on sunny days. She is 2 this year, so I figured we better make sure we are ready for even more outdoor adventures! (By the way, we bought the Discovery rain pants as well.)
August 23, 2012