Over the last decade in particular alternative diets and lifestyles have become more acceptable and more accessible. Included among these are vegan winter boots options – from food to clothing, going vegan is easier than ever.
The market has opened up to allow products made of various synthetic materials to replace common leather goods. Vegan products are usually made of PU (polyurethane) or other synthetic blends, which mimic the texture and appearance of leather, but at less cost both financially and ethically.
With so many possibilities out there, it’s possible to expand your wardrobe to include vegan-friendly clothing, including footwear. As we come into the colder months we can pause to take a look at vegan winter boots and their assets.
BEARPAW Elle Short Vegan Boot
Bearpaw has produced an UGG-like boot for women who like the slightly slouchy, comfortable style. Made from microsuede (faux suede), these boots run true to size and come with a bulked up vinyl acetate sole. It’s a pull-on design with slimmer construction and three color options as well as that seamed design along the sides.
Remember to wear a pair of stylish vegan leather gloves when going outside in the cold!
Pros: Heavy, durable sole and stylish design
Cons: Not recommended for outdoor use
Sizes: Women’s 5-12 (no half sizes)
Colors: Black, Beet, Hickory
CAMEL CROWN Warm winter Boots Ankle High
Camel Crown’s ankle-high boots are another UGG comparison vegan product, though they’re slightly shorter than Bearpaw’s option. These boots use vegan suede and faux sheepskin. The faux nu-buck fur is extra warm and provides comfortable cushioning.
Pros: Sturdy stitching, easy pull-on design, light weight
Cons: Not recommended for outdoor use, limited sizing
Sizes: Women’s 6-9.5
Colors: Coffee, Grey, Black
COUGAR Canuck Vegan Winter Snow Boot
The Canuck boot looks like it was made for the outdoors, and the warmth rating of -22 degrees – 14 degrees F proves it. On the more expensive side, these knee-high boots are worth the money if you’re looking for stability. The outer soul is non-slip with removable insoles for a more comfortable fit.
You may also want to buy a pair of vegan ugg slippers, for the cold days inside. It’s not only cold outside, so make sure you are prepared!
Pros: Waterproof, reflective insulation
Cons: Boots run small, limited sizing
Sizes: Women’s 7-11
LANYANI Vegan Winter Boots
Another pull-on, mid-calf boot, Lanyani stepped it up with this UGG look-alike by waterproofing the vegan material and adding a non-slip TPR sole. The interior lining is faux-fur and provides all-day comfort.
Pros: Waterproof, mdi-calf pull-on
Cons: Run small
Sizes: Women’s 8-11
Colors: Charcoal, Black, Chestnut, Chocolate
DREAM PAIRS Faux Fur Lined Mid-Calf Boots
Available in a variety of colors, Dream Pairs stuns with their vegan winter boots that come with 200g Thermolite insulation. The zipper closure provides ease of use. These boots also have some added height to the heel for a stylish look.
Pros: Rated to -25 degrees F, all-weather proof
Cons: Only available in full size, run a little big
Sizes: Women’s 5-12
Colors: Beige White, Black, Brown, Grey, Taupe, with two different insulation options
GLOBALWIN Liza Winter Boots
These Globalwin Winter Boots definitely draw the eye with their simple but intimidating design. They’re made with premium synthetic leather, a rubber sole, and faux fur that wraps over the collar of the book for style as well as added warmth.
This is the perfect vegan leather boots for those that want to look good, and follow the lifestyle of being both eco-friendly and humane.
Pros: Quilted design, durable rubber traction, D-ring laces
Cons: More for style than durability
Sizes: Women’s 6-11
Colors: Black, Grey, Black/Beige, Black/Grey
ALEADER Warm Winter Snow Boots
Aleader has turned out an impressive vegan winter boot with rubber soles, waterproof upper, waterproof shell booties, D-ring lacing, and certified 200g Thermolite rating. These boots are definitely made for walking, and are available in gorgeous colors.
They are also quite tall, giving additional warmth. These will definitely provide much more warmth than a pair of vegan ankle boots.
Pros: Waterproof material, mid-height boot for winter weather
Cons: Run large in the heel
Sizes: Women’s 6-12
Colors: Black, Purple, Grey
DREAM PAIRS Vegan Winter Boots
Made from PU (polyurethane vegan alternative leather), these boots are fully lined with faux fur. They have a synthetic sole with a 1 inch heel for added style and a side zipper for easy on/off access. Dream Pairs has definitely made a name for themselves as a company that provides high-quality and stylish boots in the vegan market.
Pros: A variety of colors available, high-quality design, thick heel
Cons: No cold weather rating, skinny fit (order a size up for thick socks)
Sizes: Women’s 5-9
Colors: Black, Brown, Camel, Grey, Siberian, Rabbit
What to Look For in a Vegan Winter Boot
When it comes to finding the perfect vegan winter boot, it’s important to keep in mind that you’re looking for quality as well as design. Just as with any other winter boot, if you’re someone who enjoys spending time outside, you’ll most likely want to find a boot with a proven cold weather rating (such as Thermolite).
Boots made for style – with thicker heels, extra buckles, and thinner insulation – will differ greatly and serve a very different purpose than boots made for the outdoors. In the latter, you’ll want to be on the lookout for non-slip soles and faux-fur, fully lined insulation.
Keep in mind that sizing, as always, matters. Wearing thick socks in the colder months means you might have to order up a half size or so to have room for keeping your toes warm. Unfortunately, many of the products on the market come in only limited and/or full sizes.
No matter what you’re planning on putting your boots through you’re bound to find a wide variety of vegan friendly products with high-quality looks. You will easily be able to match any of these with your vegan ski clothing.