Top positive review
Great natural rubber boot for kids, and accommodates wide thick feet!
April 21, 2017
I try to find as non toxic footwear as I can for my young kids since their bodies are so young and developing. This includes natural rubber rain boots. (1 star removed because they don't say if their paints and dyes are lead and heavy metal free or if the glues are formaldehyde free). Very hard to find.
This is the third pair of Western chief boots we have owned. All different colors. I know they haven't held up for some reviewers but in the three pairs we have owned, they have been workhorse boots. My son loves wearing rain boots when working in the yard with his dad and they have done years of projects together and have kept his feet dry and clean. When he was really little like size 4, they were t bit on the heavier side but he walked ok in them, but they are heavier than say those big box store pvc ones for kids.
My kids have very wide feet and thick instep and it is hard to find footwear for them that accommodates their feet without being specifically for wide and xtra wide width. Western chief is a very generous cut apparently. Easy to slide wide thick feet into boot and there is some give on the sides so their feet are not vacuum packed into the boot.
I bought a frog gree size 9 and they have a great fit to grow into and comfortable fit width wise. They have so many cute designs to choose from too.
If your kid has very narrow feet, they might shift around a bit, I don't know. Try them at least.
I have also purchased Stonz boots and they are also good quality and openly non toxic, no odor....But they are about $10 a pair more expensive than Western chief unless u hit a deal. So Western chief it is right now!
Also, I can't obviously test the materials content of the boot but when I opened the box, there was a natural rubber smell that came out of the box. I purchased another brand of supposedly natural rubber boot and when I opened the box, there was a very strong brain cell cancelling reek of petroleum ...Kind of like gasoline? So I'm wondering just how natural rubber those were. I returned those.