The Best Vegan Leather Boots for Cold Weather and Wet Conditions
The temperature has finally started to drop, and if you’re shopping for a new pair of boots to rock this season, it’s easier than ever to find a perfectly fitted pair to keep you warm in style. But if you are looking for the best vegan leather boots to buy online, more and more brands have started offering sustainable and better options for the environment – without missing out on style.
Vegan leather boots can appear under other names like synthetic leather, synthetic leather, polyurethane (or PU leather) and leatherette. But the goal is the same: no animal parts or products are used, resulting in a more sustainably made pair of shoes. Different brands have different approaches, as well as how far they will go to be completely animal-free, as some still use renewable resources like wool where no animals are harmed. Looking for a new pair? Consider this your new boot buying guide for the year.
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Vegan Leather Boots Buying Guide
Here’s what to consider when looking for new vegan or leather-free fall and winter shoes.
Material: The leather is tough, but it’s also heavy, and on long hikes your feet will feel it. But it also affects your entire body in a chain reaction, from ankles to neck. Synthetic or vegan leather boots are noticeably lighter, and while both have varying strengths and weaknesses, faux leather can still hold up to normal everyday use.
Conditions: This is an important element when choosing the right boot – where will you be using it and in what types of weather? A boot that can handle plodding through the city on snowy winter walks is very different from icy and off-grid hiking. Unless they’re lined with Gore-Tex, they’re probably not waterevidence, so it’s always best to check. Vegan and synthetic leather boots tend to be best for mild autumns and winters.
Water resistance level: Another buying factor to consider when shopping for the best vegan leather boots is whether your boots will be fully submerged in water, such as crossing rivers and streams. While waterproof leather can keep your feet dry, you’ll need to deal with the moisture in genuine leather right away, drying it quickly and properly. Vegans and synthetics, on the other hand, can avoid this completely and continue even after getting soaked. Check ahead to make sure your boots have a sturdy, water-resistant design. Our picks in this guide can handle wet conditions overall.
Breathability: Leather boots don’t tend to breathe as easily as other materials, and this can prove to be a real problem, especially in hot weather, leading to things like sweaty feet and wet socks. Vegan leather tends to be more breathable in extreme cold conditions, so keep that in mind when shopping for your next pair.
The Best Vegan Leather Boots
We picked our favorite pairs of vegan leather and faux leather boots to rock this season and into the colder months.
Native Shoes Johnny TrekLite Boots
These boots from Native are incredibly vegan: the upper is made of water-resistant Sustera corn-based polyurethane, with a two-piece algae-infused outsole that provides traction and grip (while still being flexible for your feet). Up front, flat laces with metal eyelets hold on tight and ensure your heel doesn’t slip, with a secure fit you can customize, plus colored laces.
Inside, they keep feet warm and dry with their microfleece lining, providing a cushioned foam footbed that’s comfortable with every step. They are stiff and sturdy and hold up well in rain or snow. And when you’ve finally used them up, the company can recycle them into gaming materials.
Native Shoes Johnny Treklite Boots
Spring Step Vegan Winter Boots
Spring Step’s boot ticks all the cool and stylish boxes, but this pair can hold up in wet weather too. The flexible synthetic outsole absorbs shock with every step, with an interior zipper for a snug fit that keeps water out. The opening at the top is wide enough to slip easily over your feet, and the boot extends all the way past your ankles, with still a few inches of extra heel height.
Kamik Momentum Boots
Kamik has been making boots for over a century. These boots are not only 100% synthetic, but are designed to retain heat to -25 degrees Fahrenheit and feature 200g Thinsulate insulation. There’s room inside for extra thick socks, and traction on the rubber soles remains stable in slippery conditions. In addition to creating this excellent vegan leather boot, the Canadian company’s factories are also hydro-powered, relying on smaller amounts of fossil fuels over time.
Kamik Momentum Boots
Bogs Bozeman Waterproof Boots
As the name suggests, Bogs Boots are ready to get muddy, while being 100% synthetic. They are also designed to withstand extremely cold temperatures, down to -72 degrees Fahrenheit. These also reach a tall height, about 13 inches from the arch, with a 15 inch opening for easy on and off. The interiors are also lined with sweat-wicking material to keep your feet comfortable all day long.
Bogs Bozeman Waterproof Boots
Comfort foam boot from the Journee collections
These are armed for colder temperatures and can plow through snow, slush and mud while keeping your feet dry. The two-tone duck-foot design and cozy fleece lining inside are super comfortable, and the smooth, all-vegan leather upper locks in extra warmth, slipping moisture from the rubber outsole.
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