UGG boots have a specific look and comfort which — despite other questionable qualities — makes them quite desirable in the realm of footwear. In terms of animal cruelty, however, UGGs are... not the best. UGG boots are made with sheepskin, fur, suede, and wool, and although they technically comply with ethical standards, they are far from a vegan product. That said, if you’re looking for all the comfort with none of the cruelty, try these 8 vegan UGG boots on for size.
Vegan alternatives for UGG boots:
Besides the eight brands highlighted below, many retailers do sell their own store-brand versions of the popular UGG boots. Target and Costco (Kirkland) all have some options, though not all of them are actually animal-free, even if they are advertised as faux fur. If you’re unsure or looking for something more sustainable overall, try one of the brands below, instead.
If the name wasn’t enough of a clue for you, Vegetarian Shoes is all about that vegan style. Its Snugge boots are made of a type of fleece rather than wool or shearing. Manufactured and shipped from Europe, these boots are naturally water-resistant, available in a number of different sizes, and will run you around $117 U.S. for a pair.
Fourever Funky sells an UGG boot alternative that looks almost exactly like the real thing, only with a little touch of animal print on the cuff. Thankfully, these boots are completely synthetic, made of vegan suede and faux fur, so no animal had to suffer in the production process. For about $20, you can get a sweet pair of mid-calf or ankle booties.
Sleepy Squirrel is all about cruelty-free style. Its vegan UGG boots come in a variety of fun and unique colors and styles, including fluffy, open-toed slippers, all made from a blend of faux suede, faux fur, and vegan wool. Shoes start at around $20 a pair but go up to $30 for most of the UGG-liest styles.
Sanuk Puff Booties
Mostly famous for making the casual flip flops you see sold at CVS, Sanuk isn’t exactly known for making boots. Nevertheless, this recognizable brand’s line of cozy-looking puff booties offers shoe lovers a unique and comfy style of UGG-like shoe, made of entirely sustainable, vegan materials. A pair should run you for about $50.
PAWJ boots are quite similar to UGGs, especially when it comes to price. There is one major exception, however, these boots are made of entirely vegan ingredients like faux wool and faux suede. Starting at a hefty $150 a pair, PAWJ boots come in tall and short varieties. They are soft, warm, and breathable despite how warm they are.
As it turns out, not all UGGs are made from animal products. UGG recently released a line of different shoes made from sustainable and vegan materials like Hevea rubber hemp, TENCEL, and even sugarcane! Still, while these new product offerings are a step in the right direction, most of UGG’s traditional products are still made using animal products. We’d just be remiss if we didn’t mention it.