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Vegan Uggs: The 5 Top Cruelty-Free and Animal-Free Alternatives

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Vegan Uggs: if it sounds like an oxymoron, that’s because it is — Uggs are made of sheepskin and very not vegan, and the brand has no plans to veganize their iconic boots. Thankfully, other brands have stepped up to the challenge and created vegan Ugg type boots.

As a long-term ethical vegan since 2008, I understand (and have experience of!) how tricky it can be wandering around your local shoe store, looking for shoes made of vegan synthetic materials when they’re not clearly labelled. Finding a specific style, like Uggs, in vegan form can be even trickier. So I’ve put together this list to help you!

Here are the best lookalike vegan Ugg boots:


Uggs vegan alternative: Bearpaw Elle tall vegan boots

While Ugg might not offer their boots in vegan form (though they do now offer some fluffy slippers that are vegan), alternative brand Bearpaw has a selection of vegan boots such as this vegan Ugg type boot.

Do look closely as not all Bearpaw boots are vegan, but this vegan-friendly brand does have some vegan boots like this cruelty-free option. These tall black boots are done in the style of vegan Uggs boots.

These Bearpaw vegan Ugg boots are made from vegan microsuede and a vegan faux fur lining.

They have a 14 inch circumference and the boot upper is 12 inches long.

The cruelty-free boots are treated with NeverWet for resistance to rain and snow.

As a vegan alternative to Uggs, these are my top choice for best vegan Uggs in a classic, tall boot style. Do double check them upon arrival (Bearpaw’s vegan boots always have a vegan tag) as one Amazon reviewer stated they received the non-vegan version of the boots.

Vegan Uggs slippers alternative: Pawj vegan fur lined slippers

Pawj California is an all-vegan brand that makes alternatives to Uggs.

These vegan Ugg slippers look like Uggs, but made with entirely vegan materials. They come in black or tan faux suede and are lined with a cosy faux-fur lining.

This vegan Uggs alternative is perfect for lounging around the house in comfort, and my top pick of vegan Ugg alternative slippers.

Vegan Uggs boots alternative: Bearpaw Alyssa short boots

These Ugg vegan boots are cruelty free dupes for Uggs shorter boots. They’re ankle length and made from a vegan microsuede upper

These vegan Ugg dupes come with a cosy faux fur lining and footbed and can be worn as boots or as slippers in the house.

Looking for an Ugg alternative? Vegan brand Pawj makes these dupes. Unfortunately when it comes to vegan boots, Uggs don’t make any vegan ones. They do have some vegan faux fur slippers, but no vegan boots.

Thankfully, Pawj make a range of Ugg-style boots, such as these tall, faux fur-lined tan boots.

They’re made from vegan suede uppers with faux fur and vegan shearling lining and an EVA sole.

You can wear them rolled down (showing the faux fur lining) or rolled up completely for a taller boot.

Pawj’s full range of boots and slippers are vegan and cruelty-free.

If you’re looking for vegan slippers like Uggs, these vegan alternatives to Uggs are cosy and comfy.

They’re made in the style of Ugg. Vegan slippers like these ones are ideal for winter, though they might not suit if you live in a hot climate due to the warmth of the faux fur lining.

The upper is vegan suede, while they’re lined with vegan faux fur. The footbed is also faux fur, providing warmth and softness and reducing fatigue in your feet.

The outsole is a lightweight EVA rubber, allowing you to wear them outdoors or indoors.

They’re available in a range of colours: black, brown, grey and black with grey trim.

Black tall vegan faux shearling and vegan fur Snugge boots (vegan ugg style boots) from Vegetarian Shoes

Vegetarian Shoes Snugge boots

I love the name of these vegan Uggs style boots – “Snugge” boots.

Oozing vegan style, they’re made with high-quality synthetic suede uppers with faux shearling and have cork and rubber insoles. You can use regular “proof” sprays on the vegan suede (for example, to waterproof them).

The soles are grippy (handy for winter!). They do mention the sizing can be a bit snug but they loosen up over time.

Be sure to follow their instructions on wearing them with the uppers all the way up (not rolled down) the first few times you wear them to help them stretch out.

Vegetarian Shoes are one of the oldest manufacturers of vegan shoes. They’ve been making cruelty-free footwear for decades; originally the founder made shoes himself out of a workshop in Brighton and now they have a shop in Brighton as well as selling their cruelty-free shoes online.


Do vegans wear Uggs?

Classic-style Ugg boots are not vegan – they are made from sheepskin!

However, there are a few brands that make vegan alternatives to Uggs, such as all-vegan brands Pawj and Vegetarian Shoes. Bearpaw (not a vegan company) also makes some vegan options.

So, vegans who like the look and comfort of Uggs, don’t despair – there are plenty of vegan Ugg alternatives.

Do they make vegan Uggs? Are Uggs cruelty free?

Uggs do make some vegan faux fur slippers now, but they don’t have ANY vegan boots, and their boots are certain not cruelty free — they’re made of sheepskin!

Thankfully, other brands like Pawj (100% vegan company) and Bearpaw (not a fully vegan company) have some vegan Ugg-type boots.

Are Ugg boots vegan? Are Ugg slippers vegan?

No, Ugg boots are not vegan! They are made of sheepskin and at present, Ugg don’t offer any vegan versions of their boots.

They do have a couple of vegan faux fur slippers, but personally I’m not a big fan of how they look and would instead recommend Pawj vegan Ugg style slippers.

Are Uggs vegan? Are Uggs animal cruelty free? Can you get vegan Uggs?

You cannot get vegan Ugg boots from Ugg brand (all their boots are made of sheepskin), but you can get vegan Ugg style boots from other brands.

Pawj is a 100% vegan brand that has these Ugg-style vegan boots and these vegan slippers.

Vegetarian Shoes is a 100% vegan brand that makes “Snugge” boots, which mimic the look of Uggs.

Bearpaw is not a vegan brand, but they have some vegan options, such as these vegan Ugg-like boots and slippers.

Are vegan Uggs good for winter?

Uggs definitely look like a winter boot – cosy and warm. Vegan Uggs often have a vegan faux fur lining, making them a good choice to keep you warm in winter.

Just bear in mind that the upper might not cope well if it gets very wet in rain or snow, so you may want to spray them with waterproofing spray (Vegetarian Shoes sells vegan waterproofing spray, for example).

Another consideration with winter boots, if you live somewhere very cold, is how they perform in icy conditions. You may want boots with good traction, or you might wish to add ice and snow grippers.

If you’re looking for the best vegan winter boots, check out my guide to vegan winter boots.

What colour boots should I get?

That depends on your style! Brown or black are not only classic choices, but as neutral colours, they work with a wide variety of outfits. Personally, I usually go for black because I prefer it and I have a lot of black clothes, but that’s down to you.

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Looking for more vegan slippers? Check out my full guide to vegan slippers.

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Hi, I’m Caitlin and I’ve been vegan since 2008 and vegetarian my whole life. Since going vegan, I’ve lived in 4 countries and travelled to over 30! I’ve also published two bestselling vegan books (The Essential Vegan Travel Guide and The Barcelona Vegan Guide) and had my work featured in The New York Times, Vegetarian Food & Living and Vegan Life magazine. I’ve veganised my life and I’m here to help you design your life around your vegan values. 


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