Confession, I’ve never been a big “gear” person. We didn’t have a lot growing up, and I learned how to make due with less. Now, with children of my own, I still carry the sentiment and belief that, “necessity is the mother of invention.” That’s why, when the wet and rainy season came, I was determined to experiment and “enhance” my daughter’s regular muck boots. Here was my solution:
Those white things poking out of her boots – yep, plastic bags. Now, don’t get me wrong, they did help extend her range of motion and play but they still weren’t quite working. The fix for the warmer days is simple – we just ditch the boots all together, put on some old shorts and run wild barefoot in the water. But Spring in Michigan means 80 degrees one day and 50 the next.
One of the most stressful things for me was watching my daughter jump in puddles on those cooler days. I was constantly yelling, “don’t go too far in!” It felt horrible restraining her because there is nothing in this world that my daughter loves more than a muddy puddle (thank you Peppa Pig).
Also, we’re spending as much time in our forest as we can before the mosquito season. I use the word “forest” lightly, much of it is a swamp with huge flooded areas. Her muck boots were constantly getting stuck in the mud and coming off her feet. Ours was a a tall order. We needed boots that were:
- relatively tall
- built for moderate climbing and hiking
Enter MyMayu boots for kids. This lovely company provided me a pair of boots for testing, but I really didn’t know what to expect. First of all, these boots are incredible cute. Yes, that matters because let me tell you I have a picky little girl (maybe I entertained this trait a bit too much – my excuse is she’s my first :).
The boots are tall, going about 2 1/2 times higher up my toddlers legs than muck boots. There are two drawstrings on the top and bottom and flexible, rubber soles. I’d rather focus more on our experience than all the specs because you can read more about all that here.
We live a very active, varied outdoor life. These boots have been in our smallish driveway puddles, on our rainy/mucky hikes, through creek beds, deep in cow pies and in epic monster puddles. To be clear, in most of our adventures, we were also wearing a waterproof bib overalls from Oakies over the boots for added protection. But we also tested without those.
Here are our results:
Puddles: Perfect for smallish to mid-sized puddles. You don’t need anything extra to protect kids from the water. The boots are tall enough when jumping in these sized puddles that they probably won’t even get their regular pants wet.
Rain, Rain: These are amazing for rainy days. Even if the rain is heavier, the drawstrings will keep the water out.
Hiking: Perfect for muddy hikes. The bottoms of these boots are flexible and tough – making them idea for walking over downed trees, climbing on stumps, navigating the thicket and hopping shallow creeks. Again, because of the height you can probably get away with just wearing a regular pair of old pants.
Deep Water: Ok, we did hit a limit with these boots, but it took a lot. Even with water-proof pants down over the tops of the boots, if the water level goes above the top of the boots, the water will find a way inside. In that case, your child will need wadders (all in one pants that have shoes attached).
All in all, these boots are redonkulously awesome – yes, I said it. We love them and are never giving them back! At around $40.00 or under (depending on design) they are affordable. At $20.00-25.00, heavy duty muck boots aren’t too much cheaper. Plus, MyMayu is a family owned company and the boots are vegan, made in North America and contain BPA free plastic (all huge bonuses for us).
The biggest reason I even decided to write this review is because of how much these boots have increased my daughter’s threshold for active play in any weather. The boots really have transformed this whole “limbo” season into one wet and wild adventure for us.
If you want to find out more, or get a pair of your own, head on over the MyMayu site. I would love to hear how you are enhancing this rainy season in your neck of the flooded woods.
Your Woman Gone Wild,