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At 5'-0"/100 lbs, my S.O.had the the same problem. We found waders & boots for her when we visited Yellowstone. Seems people in that part of the country start their kids fly fishing at an early age. Have you tried Cabelas?
 

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He doesn't look to be suffering too much!

Don't you know, kids don't get cold! :wink2:
 

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Lol!.
I know I never got cold on the river when I was their age! Their enthusiasm and patience reminds me of when I first started being passionate about it. I dont know if encouraging this addiction is a good thing, but I know some of the happiest moments are the ones streamside with the ones you love. So I guess that's worth encouraging until they get older and lose interest. In the meantime, theyre learning that patience and perseverance brings rewards. Something that seems to be lacking in our busy, instant gratification, city lifetsyles.

Thanks for all the help fellas! I appreciate the PMs.

I should've been a little more specific about what I was looking for.
The trout rivers we have close to the cabin have areas with lots of algae. Felt bottoms are a must in some places. Paired with the quick current, those little legs and their overconfidence don't stand a chance!
I got them a pair of simms waders and am going to order a pair of felt booties. I then thought I'd ask the community here before I spent more $ on a new set, if any one had an old pair of waders and felt booties so they each had they're own set.
I'll shell out the $ for a new set if I have too but thought I'd try here first.

Again, thanks to all for taking the time to respond and for the offers!
This is a great place!
 

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I am on the same situation. Check cabelas, I got some great felt soled boot foot waders for my 9yr old on a pretty good deal. They are discontinuing the felts over environmental concerns, which is good, and could be a good deal for you.
 

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In the old days, before all this hi-tech, hi-dollar stuff, people would glue indoor/outdoor carpet to the bottoms of cheap Keds hi top tennis shoes & call it good. :) Years ago, I discovered felt doesn't do well when climbing up wet grass banks. I switched to the then "new" rubber soled boots by LL Bean.
 

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I couldn't find the felt bottoms on their site, but luckily, a member here came through!
Agree about grass. A few studs can help.
I agree about felt being an environmental issue.
I've got felt boots dedicated solely for my home river. And vibram soles when I travel. But I believe a good wash down after a trip is more important.
Laces and material can hold pathogens also.
 

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In the old days, before all this hi-tech, hi-dollar stuff, people would glue indoor/outdoor carpet to the bottoms of cheap Keds hi top tennis shoes & call it good. :) Years ago, I discovered felt doesn't do well when climbing up wet grass banks. I switched to the then "new" rubber soled boots by LL Bean.
JD - I was thinking the same thing. Buy some felt, glue it to some Keds, then put some ice screws in for traction in grass. For shallow wading, maybe get some of those neoprene socks that go knee high. If not dry, at least somewhat warm. :wink2:
 

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not sure what your budget is for kids waders but i have 2 girls ages 7yo and 9yo. got em both oaki waders and they used them this weekend. they loved em....kept em dry and happy. the waders are pretty thin so if you are wading in cold water, they should definitely be wearing pants underneath just to keep the waders off of the skin and knee high thick socks as the rubber boot does rub against the shin when walking. cant attest to durability as they havent been worn much but my girls were able to wade in 60 degree water for the better part of 6 hours comfortably in them while the air temp was ~ 65-75 for the day.
 

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In the old days, before all this hi-tech, hi-dollar stuff, people would glue indoor/outdoor carpet to the bottoms of cheap Keds hi top tennis shoes & call it good. :) Years ago, I discovered felt doesn't do well when climbing up wet grass banks. I switched to the then "new" rubber soled boots by LL Bean.
We were poor growing up so we would glue or epoxy new green scouring pads to the bottoms of our hikers. It worked like a charm.
 

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Ghalliday, I was doing the dishes the other nite and was using one of those green scouring pads and was wondering how they would perform glued on the bottom of my daughters boots!!! They felt like they would work great for slick river bottoms. My big concern was them wearing out really quickly and if I could get them to hold on treaded rubber boots.
 
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