When the first cold front hits, there’s one pair of boots that dethrones all others: the infamous Ugg. These shearling superstars are so impossibly cozy and warm that they’ve developed a cult following; even their thick silhouette has become iconic. But it’s the price that gives some potential buyers cold feet. Fortunately, many shoe brands sell affordable Ugg doppelgängers that are perfect for the dead of winter. Amazon has created a slew of options using genuine sheepskin, suede, and wool — and backed by thousands of five-star reviews. Most are $50 or less!
Ready to sink your toes into the toasty satisfaction of sheepskin boots that won’t break your budget? Try this custom.
The most popular Ugg alternative on Amazon is by far the Bearpaw Emma boot. It’s made from 100 percent suede with a sheepskin lining, so it’s as close to the popular brand name as you can get, but for a much smaller piece of change. These beauties start at just $28 and come in a few dozen colors. Prices vary for different colors and sizes, so click around to see the full range of sale prices.
One satisfied reviewer says: “I bought these after a lot of research. I know people who love their Uggs and recommend them, but I thought the price of Uggs was too high. I read reviews of different brands of boots, looking for warm boots that would be good for football games in cold weather (such as Midwest in December and January).I have worn them while running errands and also at several football games when it was cold.My feet stayed warm and they were very comfortable when walking and sitting .”
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If you always seem to be in between sizes, these Ausland boots are the pair for you as they only come in half sizes. They’re made with a cowhide upper with sheepskin on the inside, and they’re designed for superior breathability (goodbye, sweaty dogs!). In addition, they have a lightweight, shock-absorbing sole and are pre-treated for water resistance.
“Wow! Much more comfortable than my Uggs and softer on the inside!” wrote one fan of these boots that start at just $69.
Looking for real suede and wool? Check out these lookalikes. The waterproof beauties have a non-slip sole and come in five colours, so you’ll be warm, dry and stylish.
“I found it laughable when the item description stated that the boot was waterproof until my daughter wore them outside for over an hour in the muddy snow and rain mix and her feet were bone dry and toasty when she came in,” wrote one five-star reviewer.
Vepose winter boots
These classic mid-height snow boots are lightweight, comfortable and soft. The thick fur lining keeps your feet warm and dry in winter.
$41 at Amazon
Opt for an ultra-warm mid-cut bootie that won’t break the bank for under $50, at Vepose. They’re made from cowhide suede leather, which is incredibly soft and warm, while still being breathable. The soles are also provided with rubber and extra strong steps so that you do not slip in the snow.
One five-star reviewer says, “I took a risk and bought two pairs and all I can say is I’m so glad I did. I was a little skeptical because of the price, but the quality of these boots is amazing. .similar to the Uggs. They run true to size, but if you have to wear thick socks with them, I recommend going up a size.”
These mid-height snow boots are perfect if you’re looking for Ugg dead ringers with some extra detail. The back features a woven panel and two adjustable buckles, while the inside features a faux fur lining to keep you feeling cozy at all times. You also get durable EVA rubber outsoles that feature treads to give you more traction in slippery conditions.
“Really love this one,” says one reviewer. “I was looking for new warm winter boots. I was going to buy a pair of Bearpaws that I used to buy when they were the cheap version of UGGs but now they are almost as much! I looked around and found these, same style same quality but for a small price tag!”
There are no better Ugg slipper twinsies than these incredibly cozy shearling slip-ons from Dearfoams. Made in Australia, they feature dyed sheepskin inside and out, as well as an EVA rubber sole that allows you to wear them indoors and outdoors. Need to run an errand? No problem – you can put these on and get to work.
“If you like Ugg’s but don’t want to spend the money get these, they are cute, comfortable and high quality,” says one five-star reviewer. “I’ve worn these slippers almost every day, all day for several weeks now and they are still just as soft and fluffy and still look brand new!”
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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