These boots are made for splashing!

Though I have never visited, I think I really like Canada. Their prime minister seems more than capable and most of my favorite HGTV shows are shot there. And when it comes to products, well, I’ve had my Canada Goose jacket for eight years now (still going strong!) and I can’t deny that we really like maple syrup (especially if aged in a whiskey barrel) at our house.

But here’s something else from Canada that has caught my attention recently; super nice rain boots from Kamik.

GrayJ Boots-4-2

My friend just got a pair for her son that they both love so far. They’re sturdy, made in solid quality synthetic rubber with removable comfort felt insoles, and obviously waterproof (that’s kind of the point). She paid about 30 dollars for the kids’ style “Stomp”, while most women’s boots are around $60.

I’ve run into Kamik boots at DSW and West Marine before, but the best selection is, not surprisingly, online on their website. (Oooh, polka dots!) Shopping there also makes it easy to check which boots are indeed made in Canada and which (few) are not.

GrayJ Boots-2

Most of the styles are 100% recyclable and just like (my favorite brand) Oka-B takes back their worn shoes for recycling, Kamik gladly accepts their old boots back for that same reason. But before you go that route, they suggest that if you think your boots have a little kick left in them, you should just buy new liners and keep them going a while longer. Recycling is, as always, our last resort after reuse, repurpose, reinvigorate, relove and regift. Speaking of liners and recycling, their so-called Zylex liners are made from 77% – 97% recycled water bottles. Pretty good.

I do have one little beef with them. They have separated the boys’ and the girls’ boots into two different pages on their website, which I find very unnecessary and 1950s like. Kids should be allowed to pick their rain boots based on interests and color preference, not automatically be put in a gender box suggesting that girls like pink strawberries and boys like black. I for one would have loved the boys’ navy blue rain boots with coral soles. That’s like my perfect color combination!

Kamik’s men’s (or women’s!) game and work boots are built in the USA and range from $130 to $180.

GrayJ Boots-4

My friend took these beautiful pictures of her son making a splash and having a blast in his new boots. In Houston, we’re never short of puddles to play in and thanks to Kamik, we’re never short of made right (here) rain boots either.

Browse boots here but check your local stores first to save packaging and trucking :)

Check out my friend’s photography page here.

10 thoughts on “These boots are made for splashing!

  1. I have a plain black pair of Kamiks from my local DSW, but you are right about the selection being better online! And they really are an amazing pair of rain boots. It’s so refreshing to find companies like these!

    Like

  2. Love the photos! You can see the smile on the little boys face even if you actually only see his feet :)
    Sweden also has good locally made rubber boots! Which my son got from his granma. And I just bought a fancy pair made in Italy :)

    Like

  3. I love these boots as well, however my son’s ripped after just a few months, so I guess we’ll be taking advantage of the recycling program (which was a factor in my Near-O Waste purchasing decision). Granted he was climbing a mountain when they ripped, so I guess they were a little misused. I felt guilty buying them online (they weren’t available locally), but even if you buy them at a nearby store, they were packaged and shipped to the store, right? So I figured, in this case, the local *and* online options created comprabale waste.

    Like

    1. Oh no! Did you approach them at all about replacing your son’s pair under warranty?
      Of course, EVERYTHING is packaged at some point, but I assume the stores get one big box on one truck, instead of one little personal shipped box. I buy lots of things online that I can’t find anywhere else – that’s just the world we live in :) How was their packaging? Lots of plastic or pretty ok?

      Like

      1. Didn’t think of approaching them, great idea though! Not sure if there is a warranty (?). I’ll look into that. Packaging was good; minimal and mostly (or maybe all; can’t recall) recyclable.

        Like

  4. Why aren’t all companies like this? Using recycled materials and offering a recycling scheme?!? More companies like this please! (And I may have an answer to the gender seperation: mens/women sizes are different, although I’m with you on the gender difference in design for children, children’s sizes are the same so there’s no practical need as far as I can figure)

    Like

Something to say? Please leave me a comment :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s