Butler Classic Overboot Review
I know rain covers and/or overboots exist out in climates less fortunate than my 300 days of sunshine per year and beautiful State of Colorado! I picture a business man in a grey suit and fancy loafers trying to keep his shoes dry from the slush, snow, and rain by slipping on a rubbery shoe-like booty. I have never owned a pair, and I really don’t know anyone that does.
First Waterproof thoughts on the Butler Classic Overboot
The Butler Classic Overboot is in a completely different league altogether. This screams fun, playful, and excitement to go outside and play in the elements with your little ones. Colorful choices and a fairly easy to use product. I know my 2 little snow princesses are excited, because the day these boots arrived we received a good 4 inches of snow (on top of an already decent base). The sledding hill was calling and lucky for us, we were actually making some first tracks!
- Non-toxic and environmentally friendly fabrication
- Easy-on Puller
- Big Fan Entry
- Slip Resistant
- Four Season Overboot
- 100% waterproof
- Ultra Lightweight
- Made in the USA
- Super Duper Stretchtech
- Easy-off Support
Features of the Butler Classic OverBoot
The Butler Classic Overboot fits over any shoe – I tried it with a few different shoes for my little ones. Tennis shoes, casual sandals, and a pair of fancy Easter shoes. The make-up of the shoe plays a small role in the ease of slipping it on. If they are a bit bulkier or the shoe’s fabric doesn’t have a smooth surface, my girls needed my help to put them on. If they were slick and smooth, and a shoe with less material they were able to slide in all by myself. This obviously depends on your child’s motor skills, age, etc. My 5 year old didn’t have any trouble whereas my 2.5 year old needed my help most of the time
Big Fan Easy Entry – This is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak. It is a bit tricky to figure out the sizing because they are going through growth spurts, but size it appropriately (I went a little bigger to hopefully make it through the Spring). Taking all these variables into consideration, having the ability to open the front flap or tongue wide open is key to sliding your little one’s shoe in without difficulty.
100% waterproof – We have some gentle local creeks that provide plenty of water hijinx. Rock throwing, stick boats, and splashing are all part of the good times. Usually I have to be careful with them, so that they don’t get too close to the edge to not get wet. This time I encouraged a “river” crossing, and the girls proceeded with caution. When they figured out that they got the OK from me, and their feet stayed dry, it was no holds barred river fun and splashing.
Cool in Summer / Warm in Winter – First of all, let me preface that this review occurred pretty much in the middle of Winter, so extreme heat hasn’t been something we’ve been able to truly test. Having said that, with some decent winter shoes (not heavy snow boots), the rubber did seal in the body heat, and their ‘tootsies’ as my wife likes to call our girls’ toes were surprisingly warm. We went sledding with temperatures hovering around 15 degrees. The sun was out which made for a really nice time, and we stayed out for about an hour. I was wearing heavy waterproof snowboots and experienced a little bit of cold, but when we got back inside, the first thing we did was strip of their Butler Overboots, shoes, and socks. Their toes were nice and toasty. Partly, because they had to work pretty hard to climb back up the hill. Mostly it was the fact that the boots played a role in keeping their feet warm which was a comforting thought.
Slip resistant sole – The bottoms have a decent grip on them. For our use as a snow/sledding boot, we could have probably used a slightly deeper or aggressive lug pattern. The snow did fill the grooves at times to cause a bit of slippage trying to climb back up the sledding hill. As this is a year round boot, it is probably just fine to be able to use in rain, mud, and snow.
The penguin logo provides a fun little element and at least got my little ones excited about wearing these. They are now our ‘penguin boots’. As Butler states “our unique line of products is playful, lovable, and made for splashing about.”
Hot off the presses – The “all-weather inserts” are an awesome new and recently unveiled addition to the Butler Classic Overboot line of products. Now this really becomes a multi-use boot. Options galore, regular shoes for the little ones to use as a commuting to school bootie which they can take off to wear their indoor shoes. Going for a sledding outing, these are now the perfect snow boot to keep their feet warm and dry. Placing the inserts in does take a bit of effort and will need mommy or daddy’s help to get them properly in place.
We will definitely be using this as we go camping to aid in keeping their feet dry, and our tent free from mud. It can get messy at times, and since they can easily slide these on and off, it may become a requirement for wearing around the camp site.
Final Thoughts on The Butler Classic Overboot
I don’t care what you say! When you see these Butler Classic Overboots, you can’t help but smile. They are a cute and colorful option to keep your little ones’ feet dry and warm in winter, and dry and cool in summer. With the big fan entry and super duper stretch material these will be a handy item in the mudroom as an option for when the weather turns bad. We can now look at snow, rain, and slush with a fun and positive outlook. Take extra care when sizing, but other than that have some fun and let the little ones splash and play like they should.
Sizing. They have a handy sizing chart available, and you have to simply select one size larger than your child’s shoe size.
Colors: Yellow Sunshine, Classic Navy, Pink Passion, Teal Tales
Made in the USA – proudly displayed.
For more information and purchase please visit: https://thebutlerbrand.com/