Looking for some gorgeous vegan boots for winter? We’ve found a huge variety, for all budgets!
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Often, they’re a bit frumpy looking. Or maybe they’re made from material that doesn’t ‘breathe’ well, making them either far from snuggly (read: freezing cold). Or if they’re lined, they can be nastily sweaty. The eternal winter fashion conundrum for vegans is usually: where can I find a decent pair of vegan boots for winter? But there are other questions we need to ask, too. Like, what makes a boot vegan?
What are vegan winter boots, exactly?
Vegan winter boots are made with 100% animal free materials. In the best case scenario, they’re made from plant-based fabrics. But that’s not all.
Truly vegan winter boots will ensure every single part of the item is 100% free of animal products. That means no animal-based glues, dyes or waxes.
While some believe it’s only ethical to buy clothing and accessories from certified vegan companies, others have no problem buying cruelty-free options from non-vegan brands. If that’s the case, you’ll need to ask questions to confirm the whole shoe is truly vegan. For example, you might have to confirm the source of the glues and dyes, for example. Remember: synthetic doesn’t mean vegan!
And while we’re on that topic – why not go for an eco-friendly boot? Go for those made from recycled materials or plant-based leathers.
What should you look for in a vegan winter boot?
This is a pretty personal question. Your vegan winter boots should, of course, match your style. But they should also match your climate.
For example, if you live in a place like London, where winters are generally mild and it rarely snows, you’ll still have to get something that’s waterproof, since winters are quite wet. If you’re in a country like Canada, you’ll obviously need sturdy winter boots that can brave the snow. They should, of course, be flat styles. If you absolutely must have a heel, it should be super chunky so you don’t slip. On the other hand, if you live somewhere like Northern California, you might just want a pair of chic ankle boots for the cooler climes.
Are vegan boots warm and waterproof?
There are plenty of vegan winter boots that are both warm and waterproof! You just need to know where to look. That being said, there are also loads of styles these days that are made from recycled plastic bottles, which means they’re a bit on the thin side. This could be fine for climates that don’t experience huge amounts of snow, but are probably inappropriate for those in say, the north eastern United States.
Chelsea cuts, ankle boots and chunky heels are just a few of the on-trend characteristics all fashionistas are looking for in footwear this season. Fortunately, these styles feature in all of the beautiful vegan boots for winter we’ve found for you here.
Our vegan winter boots edit is not only chic, but it’s luxurious too. And in most cases, these boots are even eco-friendly. In fact, the new winter problem facing vegans now could well be: which pair of boots should I choose?
Great Vegan Boots For Winter 2022
NAE’s ethics can be found in its name: No Animal Exploitation. This Portuguese vegan footwear brand offers a fair and animal-friendly alternative against human exploitation. They also respect the environment by making many of their styles with recycled materials. These could be anything from plastic bottles to car windshields!
We love their midi length Ruth boots. They’re made out of ecological and water resistant microfibre, and are OEKO-TEX certified.
Price Around $120
Upside: Sturdy enough for rain and slush. The low heel allows you to walk in snow
Downside: Though these are find for winter if you wear them with thick socks, these boots are not warm enough for seriously sub-zero weather
We. Are. In. LOVE! Just look at these ultra chic, block heeled ankle boots! I mean, how could you not adore? Even if their geometric-inspired style doesn’t win you over immediately, this will: the boots are totally green! They boast apple leather vegan uppers, recycled rubber soles and a vegan lining made from renewable plant-based resources. Handmade in Italy, these are some of the most eco-friendly vegan boots for winter around.
Upside: People are bound to stop and ask you where you got these. They’re ideal for everyday glam.
Downside: They’re not weatherproof, and the heel is high. But you know what? We’re wearing these a LOT this winter!
Chunky soled boots are everywhere this season! And so Stella McCartney presents us with these gorgeous faux leather Chelsea boots. Honestly, you’ll want to live in these all winter long and beyond. They feature elasticated inserts, making them easy to pull on. Their rubberised panels and gum gripped soles are perfect for wet weather.
Upside: Great for the rain! Plus, the thick sole makes them easy to walk in.
Downside: Their lightweight fabric means they’re not ideal for freezing weather. And while they’re washable, the light colour will get dirty pretty fast if you live in an area with a lot of mud and slush in winter.
These PU, pebble-textured combat boots come from Matt and Nat. They’ve got a touch of the ’60’s about them, don’t you think? They’re kind of go-go boots gone vegan! But if you’re worried the white will get dirty too fast, they come in black, too.
Upside: They’re warm enough for cold weather, and are waterproof, too. Plus at under $150, these are reasonably priced vegan boots for winter.
Downside: Since they’re cropped, and since the trend for jeans this year is also cropped, you might get cold ankles!
How gorgeous are these caramel-hued boots? Combat styles have been around since last season, and they’ve morphed into lots of variations for this year. Sturdy, practical and chic, these boots from Monki will be a staple part of any winter wardrobe.
Price: Around $70
Upside: These are some of the cheapest vegan boots for winter that you’ll find! They’re also appropriate for winter weather, and have thick treads to conquer ice. They’re wide around the calf, allowing most sizes to fit.
Downside: The colour might not be for everyone
Rain or shine, snow or sleet – you can wear these flexible rubber rain boots! They’re are easy to clean and designed for thick, comfy socks to keep your toes warm no matter the weather. They also feature a slip-resistant tread so they’re perfect for winter walks.
Price: Around $98
Upside: They’re great for any season, and are some of the most reasonably priced vegan boots for winter.
Downside: They’re cropped at the ankle, so you’ll need warm socks and/or long pants to keep your ankles warm! (what’s up with this cropped trend, people?!)
Looking for a sweet pair of combat boots you can throw on whenever? Beffon’s Doc Marten-like booties are as stylish as they are snug to wear. Made from PCU with a thick, padded lower, these are perfect for daily commutes or a spot of shopping.
Price: Around $98
Upside: Super warm and comfy. They go with all your casual clothes.
Downside: Not made from the most eco-friendly materials.
Sometimes, you just need to throw on your knee-high boots and go for it! And if you don’t already own a pair, these boots from Bhava are sexy and stylish! They’ll boost your confidence, and can be worn in a multitude of ways. In fact, these are two boots in one! For example, you can snap on the long upper part to create knee high boots in winter to keep your legs warm. Or, you can remove that part and simply wear the vegan ankle boots in warmer weather. Looking for a super-warm, insulated boot? Bhava makes those, too! Check out the pic above (girl in the faux fur coat) to see what they have to offer.
Price: Around $99
Upside: Versatile and super sexy!
Downside: Not the ideal style if you’re not great at walking in heels.
Prefer your boots with a bit of a point? VIVAIA’s Yedda boots make feet look slender and legs longer thanks to their sharp pointed toe, while the square heel offers comfort all day. They’re made from knitted fibres created from recycled bottles, and have a flexible fit, making them feel more like socks than shoes. The classic black style is perfect for everything from shopping to after work cocktails.
Price: Around $139
Upside: Since these are elasticised, they’re super easy to pull on and off. They’re fitted with anti-slip soles, so you can stride with pride, even in the rainiest weather.
Downside: You’ll need thick socks to winterise these in most colder climates.
Looking for a classic boot that will serve you for the seasons to come? Matt & Nat can always be relied on to provide gorgeous vegan boots for winter, and these Kalista boots are no exception! The elastic trim makes them easy to pull on while the mid-block heel sculpts to your heel, making them super comfy.
Price: Around $150
Upside: A classic Western style that will look fresh in your closet for decades to come. These are warm, and will match everything in your wardrobe, from jeans to dresses.
Downside: Materials could be more eco-friendly.
First and second images: Bhava