Vegan uggs and vegan moccasins used to be a little hard to find, but as the vegan movement continues to build momentum, so too does the number of options for comfy, cruelty-free boots. A number of brands now make faux uggs in vegan materials that include faux suede, vegan leather, and microfiber. Plus, there are now more options for vegan moccasins, such as those made with eco-friendly hemp.
The History of Uggs
Where did ugg-style boots originate? Some might think it all started with the moon boots of the 1980s. They do bear an uncanny resemblance. However, more likely, these types of boots date back much further to moccasins, the original boots. And moccasins date back to the original shoes, which were likely sandals made with sagebrush and vines. You heard that right – the original shoes were vegan!
Thousands of years ago, as our hunter gatherer ancestors sought out ways to protect their feet, once the weather got cold, sagebrush sandals just wouldn’t do. So, they turned to wrapping their feet and legs in animal skin or woven cloth.
Moccasin-style boots have been worn by ancient cultures all over the world. If you look at Eskimo boots or other styles of Native American moccasins, you can definitely see the uggs in them.
While I can’t fault Indigenous cultures for making their boots with animal skin, the good news is there are now plenty of options for comfy and warm ugg- and moccasin-style boots that are made with vegan-friendly materials.
The Problem with Uggs and Other Boots Made with Animal Skin
I realize that a lot of visitors to UniGuide are already aware of why we want to avoid Uggs and other boots that are made with real leather and suede. Essentially, animals who we exploit for their fur and wool live lives of torture, loneliness, and misery. There’s no excuse for this. If you’d like more information on why real Uggs are cruel, you can read this article from PETA, or check out my post on the problem with leather.
If you like the comfy warmth of ugg-style boots but hate the idea of animals suffering, check out these vegan uggs by Fourever Funky. They offer a variety of styles in vegan faux suede that have faux fur linings, including mid-calf and ankle bootie styles.
Available colors: tan, gray, black, white, pink, and turquoise
Dawgs is another company that makes vegan uggs. These comfy Eskimo-style boots are made with cruelty-free microfiber and faux shearling. They have 1” heels and come with different shaft heights, from 5” to 11”, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect pair. Plus, they’ll keep your feet toasty warm and comfortable with their memory foam insoles and slip-resistant rubber soles.
Available colors: taupe, tan, brown, faux leopard print, plum, blue, gray, natural, and black
Available colors: black, brown, gray, natural, and dark charcoal gray
Bearpaw is not a 100% vegan brand, as most of their boots are made with real leather and suede. However, any time an established brand finds the “vegan way,” I am going to give them a shout out. They even use the word “vegan” in the name of the boot. The world is changing!
Willowbee designs a few different styles of fake uggs with a textile microfiber. (They also make styles with real suede, so be sure to read the product details.) Whether you’re looking for a cute, just-above-the-ankle bootie or a taller shaft, check out Willowbee.
Available colors: black, gray, brown, and ivory
Lanyani makes some really cute, comfy vegan ugg boots and booties that have thick rubber soles, so they’ll keep your feet toasty even on snowy days. They’re also waterproof. There are tall and ankle boot styles.
Available colors: black, gray, tan, and brown.
Show the world that you’re an animal lover in these cute, artistic ugg-style booties by Animal LuvrZ. They’re made with textile and have a cozy faux fur lining. Plus, they have a rubber outsole. There are a few different designs, including a chakra style.
True to their name, Animal LuvrZ donates 10% of their profits to animal welfare and wildlife conservation charities.
These 100% vegan moccasins are handmade with cotton canvas in Bali, Indonesia. They’re embellished with unique designs and brass hardware. Chintamani Alchemi makes Bohemian clothes and accessories in their workshop in Denpasar. Be sure to visit their Etsy store to see more of their unique, hippie chic designs.
Available colors: white, gray, green, black, and brown
Hand-appliquéd flowers make these vegan moccasins real standouts. They’re made with eco-friendly and sustainable hemp. See Ukrainian Tradition OK’s Etsy store to see more of their handmade boots and shoes made of eco-friendly hemp.
Available colors: off-white and multiple other colors
Visit my post about hemp shoes to see more footwear made with sustainable hemp.
Siam Tip brings exotic boho chic style to your wardrobe. These cute vegan moccasins are handmade. The textiles are hand woven by the Naga People, who are Indigenous to north eastern India and northwestern Myanmar.
These eco-friendly and vegan moccasins are lined with cotton and the soles are made with natural rubber and jute. The shafts measures about 12”, hitting just at mid-calf.
Available colors: multiple colors and patterns
They’ve got a textile upper and thick rubber soles with 1.25” heels. The shaft measures 12” from the arch and the boot opening measures 14” around.
Available colors: brown, red, and gray