It’s that time of year again: cozy sweatshirts, bonfires, blankets and boots! Can you smell the crisp air? The leaves burning? Caramel apples??? Can you smell caramel apples really? Maybe not. Anyway, I am not usually a huge fan of shopping, which is why I typically stay away from those types of posts. But boot shopping is fun for me, for some reason, and I have some places around Lake County where you can score some cool boots for all that bonfire watching, caramel apple eating you are going to be doing. Ooh! That’s the next post I could write! “Where to find Caramel Apples in Lake County.” But for now, enjoy your new boots.
Where to Find Boots for Kids (and YOU!) in Lake County
Green Kids Resale
833 E. Rollins Rd., Round Lake Beach | (847) 986-6232
I cannot say enough amazing things about Green Kids. I have continually shopped there for clothes, shoes, accessories, toys, books since my 17-year-old was in elementary school. When they get their boots in, run RUN to the store because they sell fast. I have gotten Sorel and North Face winter boots for less than 15 dollars, like new. They also have great fashion boots as well as rain boots. With all of that money you save, you can buy more caramel apples.
Read Holly’s guide to buying and selling at Green Kids before you go.
6170 W. Grand Ave. #625, Gurnee | (847) 855-2652
If your kids are anything like my nine-year old, they will love this place. Now, my daughter is in love with horses, horse riding, boots that you would possibly wear while horse riding and the smell of horses. Not that this place smells like horses, but something about leather makes me think of horse riding. They offer western boots, equestrian boots, casual boots and much more. But seriously go just for the leather smell alone.
Kid to Kid
700 N. Milwaukee Ave. #124, Vernon Hills | (224) 206-7922
This resale shop has lots of brand names and higher end clothing and boots to choose from. Lots of choices but as with most resale stores, get there early in the season for the best selection.
284 E. Market Square, Lake Forest | (847) 234-0201
525 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville | (847) 234-0201
I love a good old-fashioned shoe store for many reasons but the main reason is because they are very rare. Forest Bootery has been around since the 70’s and is only considered a chain because they opened a second location in the 90’s. You will find a large selection of boots here, some very expensive and some right at your price range but you pay for service and that is indeed what you will get here.
1420 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville | (847) 996-6644
If you have teenagers, most likely you’ve been to Plato’s Closet. Be warned, it is a tad overwhelming because they have so much in such a small space, but I love the thrill of the hunt. They have a huge selection of fashion boots to choose from all year-long, which is great since most places sell out long before winter even begins.
Locations vary throughout Lake County
I said to myself that I wasn’t going to include any big box stores because I wanted to keep this local-ish but the next two I am including because I feel like they can be good places for you to get great boots. Target is our go-to boot stop (when it isn’t Green Kids) but go early. They are already stocking those snow boots at most locations. What are you seriously waiting for? And since Target’s prices are usually pretty competitive, buy two pairs. One in the size you need and one in the next size up. Trust me on this.
Worth the trip
North Face Outlet
11601 108th St. Space # 577, Pleasant Prairie, WI| (262) 857-1188
If you’ve never had to buy kids winter gear before, let me offer this piece of advice: GET IT EARLY. Like, buy the snow pants in September, get the gloves in October (actually buy five pairs, trust me), and buy those boots even when it’s 80 degrees out. Because come January when you really need these things? Gone. Buh-bye. And you will have no other choice than to order them online with a 20 dollar shipping charge.
Tell me where you buy your boots in the comments section below.