Vegan Boots For Wet Winter Weather

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Vegan fashion: it’s all fun and games until your toes get chilly! Fortunately for the animals, synthetic materials are often more waterproof than leather, so it’s actually not too tough to find vegan winter boots. With outerwear companies spending more time and money on advancing thermal technology, it’s easier than ever to keep your feet warm and dry without harming animals. Below are some of my top vegan winter boots picks for men and women!

PS: If you’re looking for less “weather hardy” boots and prefer a more high fashion fall/winter boot, head over to my post on Vegan Fall Boots for 2018!

*Note: Some companies are hesitant to claim any of their boots are vegan because they don’t know the breakdown of all glue/adhesive materials used by their manufacturers. I consider this to be a minimal risk, especially given how many adhesive companies have stopped using animal byproducts, so I have still included those options on this list. 

*I do have affiliate relationships with some of the retailers listed in this post; if you make a purchase through my links, I may make a commission (at no extra cost to you). I donate 10% of any commissions to animal rescues! 


WOMEN


Ilse Jacobsen (vegan brand)

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Scandinavian fashion house Ilse Jacobsen offers a wide range of vegan winter boots! While they’re labeled as rain boots, the cozy cotton fleece lining makes me think they’d also do pretty well on a mild snow day. Made with sustainably harvested rubber (no PVC!), these boots are described by the designer to contain “no animal byproducts”, which makes them extra exciting. Citizens of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden can order directly from Ilse Jacobsen, but international buyers should look to Nordstrom for the best selection.

Current prices range from $169 – $199 USD


Hunter (vegan-friendly brand)

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Hunter rose to national popularity with their extremely durable, waterproof, and stylish rain boots, and last year they added vegan snow boots to match! Their boots are almost all vegan, but they do have a couple leather options, so be sure to double check the materials. These boots are crafted to provide extra cold weather insulation without sacrificing comfort or aesthetics. Shop vegan winter boots at Hunter and Nordstrom.

Current prices vary from $122 – $245 USD


Tretorn (vegan-friendly brand)

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I own and love the Tretorn Harriet boots (pictured above in the center)- I can’t recommend them highly enough! Waterproof snow boots aren’t always fashionable and functional, but these fit into both categories! Tretorn isn’t a completely vegan brand, but it appears most (if not all) of their rain and snow boots are animal-free! Tretorn uses an EcoOrtholite high performance sock to provide sustainable warmth and comfort. Find it at Tretorn or Amazon.

Current retail prices range from $115 to $165 USD, but as of right now (Oct 8, 2018), most styles are majorly discounted!


Sorel (has some vegan options)

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(confirmed vegan styles pictured above are the Tofino, the Snowlion, and the Winter Carnival)

Sorel is known for their high-quality, extremely warm boots, and fortunately they have a few vegan options! I happen to love the moonboot-style “Snowlion” boot (pictured above in the center) the most! Sorel does sell quite a few boots made with cow skin, so be sure to read the materials! Shop vegan winter boots at Sorel.

Current prices range from $100 – $200 USD


Columbia (has some vegan options)

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(confirmed vegan styles pictured above are the Heavenly Lace Up Boot, the Minx Mid III Boot, and the Heavenly Slip On Boot.

Columbia uses a wide range of materials, and quite a few of them are animal-friendly! The boots with OMNI-HEAT™ technology (using thermal warmth) seem to be the most vegan-friendly options, but don’t assume they’re all vegan without reading the materials list. Shop vegan winter boots at Columbia!

Current prices range from $100 – $150 USD


Jambu (vegan-friendly brand)

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(confirmed vegan styles pictured above are the Bristol, the Ontario, and the Brenda.

Jambu is amazing (and rare!), because they actually label their vegan options! They tend to be more affordable than other brands, so if you’re on a budget, start with these.

Shop vegan winter boots at Amazon and Jambu.

Current prices range from $47- $89 USD


Kamik (vegan-friendly brand)

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(confirmed vegan styles above are the Plateau, the Canuk, and the Shellback.

Kamik makes quite a few vegan winter boots (and they’re labeled as such!). The drawstring snow collar provides an extra layer of protection from moisture, ensuring that your feet stay dry. Please note, many reviewers mentioned that the sizing runs small, so consider going a full size up when ordering. Available from Kamik and Amazon.

Current prices range from $90 – $130 USD


MEN


Hunter (vegan-friendly brand)

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(confirmed vegan styles above are the Original Short Rain Boot, the Original Waterproof Snow Boots, and the Balmoral 3mm Neoprene Side Adjustable Commando Boots.

Hunter rose to national popularity with their extremely durable, waterproof, and stylish rain boots, and last year they added vegan snow boots to match! Their boots are almost all vegan, but they do have a couple leather options, so be sure to double check the materials. These boots are crafted to provide extra cold weather insulation without sacrificing comfort or aesthetics. Shop vegan winter boots at Hunter and Nordstrom.

Current prices range from $115 to $275 USD.


Sorel (some vegan options)

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(confirmed vegan styles pictured above are the Caribou XT Boot, the Intrepid Explorer Boot, and the Blizzard XT Boot)

Sorel is known for their high-quality, extremely warm boots, and fortunately they have a few vegan options! Sorel does sell quite a few boots made with cow skin, so be sure to read the materials.

Shop vegan winter boots at Sorel or Amazon.

Current prices range from $110 – $250 USD


Kamik (vegan-friendly brand)

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Kamik makes quite a few vegan winter boots (and they’re labeled as such!). The drawstring snow collar on the Canuck and Greenbay styles provides an extra layer of protection from moisture, ensuring that your feet stay dry. Please note, many reviewers mentioned that the sizing runs small, so consider going a full size up when ordering. Available from Kamik and Amazon.

Current prices range from $90 – $130 USD


BOGS (vegan-friendly brand)

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(confirmed vegan boots pictured above are The Classic High Insulated Work BootsThe Classic Ultra High Boots, and The Classic Boseman.

Rated the #1 Winter Boot by Outside Magazine, Bogs’ sturdy boots will let you stay comfortable in the cold for hours! My husband is currently on his second pair (the first didn’t fall apart, he just lost them) and he constantly recommends them to people. Bogs does use leather in some styles, but the majority are made with Neo-Tech rubber. Shop vegan winter boots at BOGS and Amazon.

Current prices range from $110 – $190 USD

*PLEASE NOTE: On Dec 4, 2018, it was brought to my attention that some Bogs boots contain latex, which is sometimes (but not always) made with casein (a dairy-derived substance). I’ve contacted Bogs, and they are checking the ingredients with their manufacturer. I will update immediately once I get a final answer!


 

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9 thoughts

    1. How certain are you about the Bogs boots being vegan as I’ve had this answer from Bogs tech support just yesterday.

      Hello,

      Yes to my understand they are indeed made with latex for the stretch and comfort.

      Regards
      James

      From:
      Sent: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 3:53 PM
      To: James Stavrides
      Cc: BOGS Customer Care (Canada)
      Subject: Re: Question about Bogs Classic Mid men’s boots

      Can you confirm do all of them contain latex because I’ve seen certain sites where they are listed as vegan which wouldn’t be the case if they contain latex. Do all of your boots contain latex?

      Regards,
      Felix

      1. Hi Felix,

        Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention. In my ten years of living vegan, I had never heard that some latex is made with casein- but a quick Google search just educated me. I’m truly shocked! Unfortunately I’m running out the door to a meeting, but will be looking into this (and trying to get more specifics from Bogs) immediately when I get home within the next few hours. I appreciate the education!

  1. I’m starting to doubt myself a bit because most references to latex not being vegan have been specifically related to condoms. I’ve followed up wtih Bogs to ask if their latex used in boots contains animal products but haven’t yet received a response.

    1. Thanks for looking into it! I emailed them yesterday but didn’t hear back, so I also wrote them on Instagram. I just got a message from them there, saying they are reaching out to their product development team and expect to get back to me in the next day or two. I’ll edit the post with a note in the meantime, and I’ll definitely let you know when I hear back!

  2. Hello i just wanted to let you know that the Sorel Winter Carnival boots for women are NOT vegan. The little details on the back and the eyes are made from cow leather. I was going to buy them but thankfully i found labels online. The 1964 Premium CVS for women IS VEGAN! I was so happy to find out. I saw the details looked a little “cheap” so I thought this has to be fake leather and indeed, found the labels online and they’re 100% vegan. Xo

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