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The CF Guide to UGG Boot Alternatives


To complement The CF Guide to Stylish Rain Boots, over the next few weeks I will be writing about stylish rainy day outfits and stylish alternatives to UGG boots. See, I’ve struggled with the idea of cold weather fashion for months — after deciding to attend school in New York City in April, I knew that my California-suited wardrobe would need to be revamped.

Some family friends told me that UGG boots were a necessity for the cold weather — and to be honest, I do have a pair from freshman year of high school. Admittedly, despite the fashionista stigma against these boots, these are the comfiest and warmest pair of shoes I have ever owned. There is practicality behind these boots, and I would certainly take chunky boots over frostbitten toes any day.

UGG Classic Metallic Boot in Pewter
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I also have a confession: I really want a pair of UGG Classic Metallic Boots in Pewter. I had to leave my UGG boots behind in California because I didn’t have enough room in my suitcases, but I desperately crave a pair of boots with plush lining on those chilly lazy days when I head to the library in a cotton t-shirt and stirrup leggings. I also love shiny. Anything shiny.

But y’know, some of you cooler gals probably want something other than clunky UGG boots to keep your feet warm in the winter, so I’ve compiled a list of my favorite snow-friendly cold weather boots (at reasonable prices!) for you — not including those metallic UGGs.

5 Cold Weather UGG Alternatives

Aigle Jumping Boots

Aigle Jumping Boots

One can never go wrong with riding boots — especially when they this adorable pair from J.Crew! These boots are not only adorable but also waterproof, which is more than I can say about a pair of UGGs. They are also lined with soft and absorbent material, which means you should not have any trouble wearing these on cold, lazy winter mornings when comfort is key.

Nike ‘Valenka’ Boots

Nike 'Valenka'

Really, you can’t go wrong with a brand like Nike. If you miss the shearling lining on your pair of UGG boots, you will be happy to learn that these boots also have plush lining to keep your toes comfortable and warm. In addition to having great sole tread for those icy days, the button-and-loop closures create a rugged, outdoorsy look.

Juicy Couture Knee High Puffer Boots

Juicy Couture

Ah yes, Juicy Couture — the college girl’s staple brand. I like these boots (in spite of my hatred of flashy logos) because they are perfect if you want to have the “snow bunny” look. UGG boot haters might hate these puffy boots too, but I bet they’d work well in the snow!

Rocket Dog ‘Honeydew’ Boots

Rocket Dog

I adore the ruffled fringing on these boots — they’re definitely very girlie looking with their satiny nylon finish and polished brass buttons. Additionally, these vegan-friendly boots (rejoice!) have faux shearling lining, so your feet can stay toasty in a cruelty-free manner.

Muk Luk Ombre Stripe Boots

Muk Luk Boots

These knit faux fur boots are once again both warm and vegan-friendly. I love ombre on anything, and these boots look like something you’d throw on without a second thought — without looking like everyone else.

What about you?

What boots do you wear to combat the cold? Do you wear UGGs? What do you think of them?

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46 Responses to “The CF Guide to UGG Boot Alternatives”

  1. 1
    November 24th, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Boots… what a problem. I live in the tropicals, so don´t really know what a boot needs to do LOL I bought a Columbia one at ebay last month, I hope it´s fine for NYC winter weather lol

    The first one is the only waterproof? And, btw, do they need to be waterproof to survive NYC winter? haha

  2. 2
    November 24th, 2009 at 8:29 am

    I love my Ugg boots! most comfortable winter shoes everrrr! <3
    was wondering if you can write up an article on how outfits can be worn to suit uggs? :D

  3. 3
    November 24th, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I’ve got a pair of Frye 8R harness boots. With some wool socks, they’re quite toasty. With some care and waterproofing, they’ve never gone wrong in the rain. They look great under all bootcut jeans and look effortlessly badass with a pair of skinnies tucked into them and a black sweater or grungy tee.

  4. 4
    November 24th, 2009 at 9:19 am

    i’ve gotten flack for my ugg boots from mostly all of my friends. but i will never throw them away! they are so comfortable! besides i figure if i wear them with skinnies, scarves, baggy tees, or different hats i won’t look like everyone else :)

  5. 5
    November 24th, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Definitely love the Uggs! But its a very college look and will probably not work out in the real professional world.
    I agree with Natasha. An article on Uggs and outifts would definitely be interesting

  6. 6
    November 24th, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Wow it’s amazing that there is an article about uggs on CF :D I definetly love uggs I have 1 pair of them which is camel and last winter I nearly wore it everywhere but this year there are too much girls wearing it so it’s kind of boring in here :) I still wear them but I mostly wear my other boots nowadays..

    I also agree with Natasha ! bcuz when you wear uggs you mostly look same with others so it will be great to see different styles to try with uggs :)

  7. 7
    November 24th, 2009 at 9:36 am

    The first pair of boots are cute, but the rest are just as bad as Uggs!!

  8. 8
    November 24th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    i agree with lindsay!!

  9. 9
    November 24th, 2009 at 10:10 am

    I’d have to disagree with Linsday and Megan. I really don’t like the first pair, the rest are okay. The last pair is super cute. :)

  10. 10
    November 24th, 2009 at 10:11 am

    i hate uggs. they look dumb and everyoneee has them. I like the first pair-riding boots, but the others are just ugly.

  11. 11
    November 24th, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I live in the tropicals, so I don’t really have to use boots… but I have this crazy obsession over them! I just like boots so much! lol. i love the juicy couture one and the nikes. i wish I can go over to the 4-season country in the winter so i know how winter feels like… :)

  12. 12
    November 24th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I haven’t really been a fan of Uggs at all. They might be growing on me but I totally am not going to wear them.

  13. 13
    November 24th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Because I go to college New England, Uggs are coveted for their function, regardless of how fashionable they are. The only alternative I see people using are the LL Bean Duck boots.

    The Muk Luk, the Rocketdog, and Juicy boots look cute, but durable they are not.

  14. 14
    November 24th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Uggs are awful and have always been awful. DO NOT write an article about how to wear uggs with outfits…not if you still want to be taken seriously as a fashion blog please.

    Uggs may be warm and comfortable, but come on, so are hundreds of other more practicle boots. How warm are uggs really when they are not waterproof or water resistent whatsoever, and your feet are soaking wet? Uggs aren’t even that warm. they’re medium warm.

    Try Les Canadiens boots for expensive but beautiful waterproof investment pieces… Pajar makes a fabulous winter boot, not to mention the affordable and WATERPROOF sorels…. Snow joggers are also very cute, veerry comfortable, and water resistent.

    There is no excuse for uggs. theyre ugly. theyre not trendy. theyre not original. theyre not warm. theyre not practical. If you want to look like a stupid follower with no individuality or fashion sense, wear uggs.

    Yes, I hate them that much.

  15. 15
    November 24th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    I live in Florida, so I don’t have a real need for cold-weather boots. I do love the J. Crew boots. I’m obsessed with anything J. Crew, though it’s kinda out of my broke-college-student budget at the moment. I’m an Uggs hater myself, but most of the boots in this post made the Uggs look cute, in my opinion.

  16. 16
    November 24th, 2009 at 11:49 am

    None of them except maybe the Juicy ones (but even those seem only appropriate for going on a ski/snowboarding trip).

    One will always look like everyone else no matter what they wear with their Uggs, quite honestly.

    YES to riding boots or street style kicks instead!

  17. 17
    November 24th, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    I LOVE my Uggs, would not be without them, I have 3 pairs and they are amazing. I do also have other boots, like a black leather pair and a gray suede. So I’m not all Uggs.

    The options you gave are uglier than Uggs! I’d say get the Uggs!

  18. 18
    November 24th, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    the only pair that weren’t more hideous than the uggs were the J.Crew ones. mehh.

  19. 19
    November 24th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I like the ones from J Crew and the Rocket Dogs. Uggs make my legs look huge, so they’re a no-no.

  20. 20
    November 24th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I think the only difference between the UGGs and the boots you feature here is the brand, but that’s completely logical and sensible: super warm boots or water proof boots are not chic, luxurious styles, they’re functional. Some of them are cute, I actually like the UGG look; but for those super stylish girls who can’t live their houses without looking like runway models, it’s not going to work (with the possible exception of the first ones).

    I personally like all the pairs except for the JC ones, I hate logos. The last ones might be too weird, but I can see them working with a cute and cozy outfit. I actually don’t need this kind of boots, here in South America you’re good to go with a pair of dressy ones and plastic ones for rainy days; but this article seems really useful for girls living in colder places.

  21. 21
    November 24th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    agree with #14!

  22. 22
    November 24th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I consider myself fashion savvy and absolutely LOOOOOVE me some Ugg Boots. I wear mine with leggings, a cute t-shirt dress, long cardigan, cute scarf and accessories. You cant go wrong. Comfy, Practical & cute =].

    And by the way, Ugg Boots are way cuter than any of these recommendations. Just sayin =]

  23. 23
    November 24th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I like the Muk Luk Ombre Stripe Boots. They look like UGGS(kinda) but yet they are not like the ones everyone else is wearing.
    I don’t think all the boots are hideous. They are different and again people these are just suggestions. There are many other and better looking boots then UGGs.
    For fashion, I believe you should be a little open minded. Like the Juicy Couture Knee High Puffer Boots, they are not the kind of boots you can wear everyday (unless it snows a whole lot where you live) but I do see myself wearing them if I go to Aspen or something.
    I am not saying UGGs are bad, trust me I was the one wearing them all through high school when it was freezing, I am just saying to think outside your high school fashion mentality and look at different alternatives.
    You don’t have to like all these boots, but you should look at other options.
    I hope this makes scenes and I am in no way trying to attack anyone. Just giving my two cents here.

    Anyways great article. :)

  24. 24
    November 24th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    i’m from Chicago, and would never bother to wear UGGs here. Forget about the uglyness, they aren’t functional! Winter boots are meant for walking through snow, period. It’s great that UGGs are so warm, but honestly, warm+wet=athlete’s foot.

    I have a pair of black, waterproof boots that are warm and pretty cute- too bad they’re a couple years old, so I can’t give you guys a link, but it is possible!

  25. 25
    November 24th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Carol, I live in NYC so I can answer your question. :) When it snows in the city, it gets VERY slushy. All those cars passing by and all those pedestrians results in slushy, watery, brown snow. Not nice. But for days when it doesn’t snow (which is most of the winter), then you’re fine with a non-waterproof boot. However, you’ll want to wear warm socks if you will be waking around the city in the winter.

  26. 26
    November 24th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I have to admit, my sister’s UGG boots are the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve slid my shoes in, BUT that being the case (no matter how ridiculously comfortable they are)
    1. They aren’t practical at all for where I live, the suede material will no doubt get DRENCHED where I live
    2. I don’t like the look
    And I don’t like looking like everyone else with their UGG boots. Fuzzy socks, and some good insoles work just fine for me with my leather boots.

  27. 27
    November 24th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    you definiately shouldve included some boots from aldo or similiar sites..these boots are pretty much the same as uggs. not that there is anything wrong with running out to grab coffee in a pair, but for going out at night and to clubs/shows what not, another pair of stylish, possibly almond toe boots? would be way better

  28. 28
    November 24th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I love the J.Crew riding boots!!!! The Juicy boots…eh not a fan. But I love the suggestions! Great post =)

  29. 29
    November 24th, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    I’d love to see a post where pairs of boots are ranked in order of how well they “stand up” to harsh weather from someone who has actually worn them in rain/snow/etc. I’m from NE Ohio & I swear EVERY pair I buy can’t handle the weather here.

  30. 30
    November 24th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    This actually helps me a lot, I go to college in South Dakota, and the winter’s here are just terribly cold, wet, and windy. And the college is sprawled out, so I get to do a lot of walking during the winter. I have a horrible problem with boots though, I can never ever find a pair that will fit over my muscular calves!! If you make another post about boots, can you include some cute ankle boots too? :) And maybe even some warm cozy socks, scarves, or gloves!

  31. 31
    November 24th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    I want the Ugg Mayfair boots, anyone have these? I wish they didn’t have the Classic Ugg like edge and looked more sleek, but I like that they are more fitted.

    I have a pair of Frye’s and they were so NOT worth it. I may be the only person in the world to day this, haha.

  32. 32
    November 25th, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Omg i have a pair of the mayfair uggs and they are actually so much better than normal ones! and the soles are pretty good too cause were we are is pretty wet and slippy and there going good so far! all ugg’s should have soles like that!

  33. 33
    November 25th, 2009 at 10:07 am

    I love the rocket dog boots! They are so cute. I live in my Uggs during the winter, but I really need something more waterproof, especially when I go to London and Paris in January. These boots will be perfect! Can you post what to wear with boots? I always end up just wearing them with jeans but I would love tips about how to wear them with dresses, skirts, leggings, etc. Thanks!

  34. 34
    November 25th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I wear Uggs to combat the cold. I wear Uggs a lot, I actually think they’re the shoes that I wear the most and I have two pairs. This website always says that Ugg boots are like the pinicle of fashion mishaps but where I live, almost everybody lives in a good pair of Uggs all winter long and I think they’re pretty cute.

  35. 35
    November 25th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    I personally have never been a fan of Uggs. My 2 favorite pairs of winter boats are a pair by Kamik and a pair by St. Johns Bay. They’re cute, warm, waterproof, comfortable, and functional. & they were affordable.

  36. 36
    November 25th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    all of those boots are super cute but i will always choose uggs. I think they are cute, comfy, and super warm!! My heart belongs to uggs =)

  37. 37
    November 26th, 2009 at 6:30 pm


  38. 38
    December 3rd, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    I have lived in Hawaii most of my life so boots were not a shoe option. I took a pair of Bear Claws to Russia and they were very warm as long as they were dry. Dreamed of owning a tall pair of chocolate UGGS but by the time I moved to the east coast it seemed as though everyone in the city owned a pair. ( My Aussie friend thinks that it is just silly that Americans wear UGGS outside and what is the deal with the copper and bronze sheep?!) Today I purchased a pair of black Juicy Couture UGG like boots with the Juicy logo in black ( it is not so obvious and gives a bit of shape to the boot) They are much more fitted than UGGS which is good for a small calf and they seem to have a sturdier sole with some tread. I think that they will suit me well during the dry days of NYC winter. ( They were difficult to find though. EBay people wanted $200, they were $99 at TJMAXX) Check them out, they also come in light brown.

  39. 39
    December 11th, 2009 at 3:17 am

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  40. 40
    January 18th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Andrew, your comment is inappropriate for this forum. I would just like to add that I found a very nice boot made by Juicy, styled like and UGG but more form fitting to the ankle and calf. This boot comes in Tan and black with the word JUICY embroidered on the boot. The embroidery is very discreet on the black boot. ( I purchased this one as I did not want to advertise for JUICY and would appear clean for much longer)) The boot fits true to size and is warm with a single pair of socks. Definitely not waterproof but comfortable ad warm for cold, clear, dry days where you need to do a lot of walking in the city. It was difficult to find, currently a few pair at TJMAX, and selling for well over retail on EBay. Do not pay over $100. There are no markings or tags sewn on to the boot but I believe that they are JUICY LOGO BOOT.

  41. 41
    November 2nd, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I love uggs. I think it is funny because people fail to realize that they have other options. I have the classics and the knit for cold but not wet days in the fall because I live in chicago and the lining in the boot is perfect for the weather. Then I also have some that are more chic and fashionable and no one even knows that they are by ugg. Take a look at the site because the classic ones everyone are wearing aren’t the only pair.

  42. 42
    October 24th, 2011 at 6:29 am

    I really really wish CF would do an article on how to wear uggs and make them look stylish :D..that would really help :)

  43. 43
    October 28th, 2012 at 5:27 am

    I think they’re the.ugliest footwear ever. They don’t seem to offer any support either as the broken ankle look tends to go with them hand-in-hand.

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