3 More UGG Alternatives: Real Snow Boots for the Winter Season

December 22, 2009 • By Erika

Last week, we featured the top selling UGG boots for the 2009 holiday season. We also wrote about some UGG alternatives that look just like UGGs but are selling at a much cheaper price.

This week, we’re featuring even more UGG alternatives but this time, they’re real snow boots that are actually made for walking on snow and ice.

UGGs may be dominating the snow boot market right now, but let’s face it: you can’t really use them in the snow. Most if not all of their styles are made of leather or suede uppers and we know that these two materials don’t hold up well against the wet ice or even against the salt sprayed on the roads.

Relegate your UGGs to the indoors. You owe it to yourself to protect your feet from the wet and the cold. Check out these real snow boots, our top 3 alternatives to UGG “snow boots”:

1. The Keen Betty Boot

Keen Betty Boot

Keen started out as a company that was dedicated to creating a sandal that could fully protect toes.  So when they applied their patented Toe Protection technology to snow boots, they gave us one of the warmest, safest, and comfiest snow boots ever made. We like that these Betty Boots look sturdy enough to wear for hiking trips but are sleek and light enough to wear on everyday errand duties. This Beet Red/Dark Shadow combination is a subdued color but if you like the snow bunny look, try the brighter Madder Brown/Black Olive or the Slate Black/Grayed Jade color combinations. And no, they’re not glaringly bright-colored but in fact look really cool. This boot retails for $110.00.

2. The North Face Women’s Nuptse Fur III

The North Face Women's Nuptse Fur III

The North Face has always been a respected and trusted brand when it comes to high performance outdoor gear, so how can they go wrong with their snow boots? They didn’t. That’s why we have one of the best snow boots available, these Nuptse Fur III Boots. They’re warm, they’ll keep your feet dry, and they actually look kind of stylish. Even more features: they’re insulated with 600 Fill down insulation, they’re already waterproof coated, and the plush faux fur lining is anti-bacterial. What more could you want? These boots are priced at $119.95.

3. The Sorel Joan of Arctic

Sorel Joan Of Arctic

We wrote about these Sorel boots before, when we noted how Vogue said it was okay to wear these in a club. The faux fur cuff and the vulcanized rubber shell may be a little bit too much for any nightclub, but they’re just the things you need for bitingly cold temperatures.  They’re big, they’re clunky, but in an unexplicably cute way. Clomping and stomping around in these Sorels, especially when they’re endorsed by Vogue, wouldn’t be so much a fashion faux pas as wearing UGGs from years ago. Get these Sorels for $129.95.

Wow. All these boots are at least 10 dollars cheaper than the cheapest pair of UGGs. And those UGGs aren’t even the made-for-snow kind.