Helping you take on the cold months with the perfect vegan winter boots

When it comes to winter adventures, footwear can make or break your time outside.

On a cold day and with the wrong shoes, the chill comes straight up through your soles. If you’re even considering hiking in the snow or wet winter conditions, the moment freezing moisture hits your foot can be panic-inducing.

The right vegan snow boots or winter options keep you warm, dry and stable, so you can embrace the season.

But I’ll be honest, finding cruelty-free winter footwear is tough.

It’s pretty easy to find the likes of vegan trail runners and vegan climbing shoes, but winter boots have a way to go.

On our ethical adventure mission, we’ve scoured the web and contacted the manufacturers to find all the vegan-friendly winter boots and snow boots available.

Keep reading to find some of the best outdoor options and how to pick the perfect boot for you

In this guide you’ll find:

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1. Why go for winter boots?

Winter and snow boots are best when it’s important to stay warm and dry, whether that’s in winter or other seasons, and you’re not looking to travel particularly far or fast.

Most options are well-insulated, highly waterproof and have thick soles so they’re ace for wet, snowy and cold conditions, like:

  • Ski/winter sports trips
  • Winter dog walking
  • Winter outdoor work
  • Easier winter hikes
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowball fights
  • Warm throw-around shoes for winter

Typically, they’re designed with comfort in mind and work well for more casual adventures. If you’re planning on covering longer distances or need something technical for the mountains, vegan hiking boots or mountaineering options might be better.

OUR CHOICE: If it’s snowy or very cold and we’re going to be hiking comfortably less than 10km, we opt for snowshoes/pac boots. For faster or longer adventures, we go with waterproof hiking boots.

If you’re new to cold-weather adventures, I’d advise checking out our Winter Hiking Guide too. It’s got all the info you need to stay safe out in the snow!

2. The different styles of vegan winter boots (and which is best for you)

These are heaps of different boot options. For vegans, some are easier to find than others. Take a read through the styles below and see which works best for you.

  • Snow boots – designed specifically for snowy conditions. Generally high-ankle, waterproof, with thick soles, thermal lining and easy to get on/off. Not as comfortable over distance or suited to technical terrain. Might not work with gaiters/crampons.
  • Pac Boots – like a more technical snowboot, that’s heavier, more durable and with better grip. Might not work with gaiters/crampons either.
  • Winter hiking boots/mountaineering boots – typically mid-height ankle and with more ankle support and mobility. Not as much insulation but the best option for technical or longer stints. Well-suited to crampons and gaiters but can be expensive.
  • Wellies – up to knee-height waterproof boots, designed for wet weather but not great for bitter cold as lots of air gets. Super easy to get on/off and normally the most affordable.
  • Work/Timberland-style boots – comfortable and hard-wearing, designed to be worn for long periods of time in winter conditions.
A pair of winter hiking boots with gaiters, standing in mud
Gaiters can add weather protection to more mobile boots – a really handy option for hard winter hiking

3. What makes boots not vegan

As with most footwear, leather winter boots are still the most common.

Any shoes made with leather, nubuck leather, suede or anything similar uses animal materials – not vegan-friendly.

Some boots may also use fur in the thermal lining, which can be from a variety of different animals – also not vegan-friendly.

Normally, both leather and fur are clearly stated on boots as it’s considered a ‘luxury’ material (I’m sure the animals thought so too…).

As with most footwear, it’s easy to find fur and leather-free boots but many companies might use animal products in things like the glues and dyes. 100% vegan winter boots are much harder to find, which sucks.

4. How to find vegan winter boots

Whether you’re looking online or in-store, most companies clearly label leather and fur in the product materials.

To find winter boots that use vegan glues and dyes is tricky and normally requires contacting the manufacturers to check.

In our experience, many did not know the origin of the smaller materials or could not confirm it.

Below are awesome options from completely vegan clothing companies and outdoor brands that could confirm their boots were 100% cruelty-free!

Girl hiking in the snow
Here are our favourite cruelty-free options

5. The Best Vegan Winter Boots and Snowboots

Take a browse through or jump to our top picks below

*Disclaimer* all images have been taken from the manufacturer’s website

Vegetarian Shoes ICe Patrol MK2 vegan boots for winter

Vegetarian Shoes Ice Patrol MK2 (Unisex)

Style: vegan work boots
Pros: brilliant in icy condition, hard-wearing
Cons: not waterproof, slow to get on and off
Cost: around £100

Vegetarian Shoes are an all-vegan company who’ve been creating vegan-friendly footwear for more than 30 years.

The Ice Patrol boots are specifically designed for winter conditions, with great comfort and durability. Deep lugs make it brill in snow or ice and they even come with integrated ice spikes that can be folded in or out.

Tough boots for warmth and security in winter and frozen conditions. They run large, so opt for a size down.

Check out the latest Ice Patrol price here

Wills WVSport vegan winter hiking boots

Wills WVSport Snow Boots (Unisex)

Style: vegan pac boots
Pros: ankle support, comfort, gaiter/spike friendly
Cons: only water-resistant
Cost: around £125

Another 100% vegan company, Wills are fan-favourites and have a huge variety of footwear options.

Their WVSport Snow Boots are our top pick for higher-intensity winter adventures.

These guys are tough, with ballistic welded construction, rubber injection outsoles and a vegan wool collar to lock in warmth.

Designed to keep you warm and dry, they can go down to -22°C and work with gaiters or ice spikes.

Adventure-ready vegan outdoor shoes that are ethically made and delivered plastic-free!

Check latest prices here

Wills women's vegan winter boots

Wills Insulated Dock Boots (Unisex)

Style: vegan dock boots
Pros: casual style and versatile
Cons: not waterproof or suited to high activity
Cost: around £100

Cool-looking vegan leather boots that are best-suited to more casual escapades.

Impressively, the dock boots have Primaloft synthetic insulation (that’s 90% recycled!), vegan fur lining to keep you warm way below into the minuses and vegan suede outers.

They’ve got a slightly wider fit and deep lugs for good traction. A sweet choice for afternoon winter strolls and dog walks in cold temperatures.

Check prices for Wills dock boots

Men / Women

Kamik Momentum Women's vegan winter boots mid-01

Kamik Momentum Hi (Women)

Style: snow boots
Pros: fully waterproof, 3m insulated lining, super warm
Cons: heavy
Cost: around £90

Kamik are a regular outdoor footwear company with an impressive variety of vegan options. They label their products as vegan-friendly too, which is mighty helpful!

First up, we’ve got the Momentum, an awesome vegan snow boot that comes in high options (like the photo) and also mid-height.

These women’s boots are seem-sealed, completely waterproof and are built for the cold (down to -40°C!). The faux fur and bungee lacing will help you keep the warmth in too.

Perfect for alpine conditions and snowshoeing but too bulky for fast-paced adventures.

Check Kamik Momentum prices

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Kamik Greenbay (Men & Women)

Style: Serious winter snow boots
Pros: really warm and waterproof, great for snow
Cons: heavy
Cost: around £95

Kamik also have a neat vegan snow boot for men and women: the Greenbay!

These guys are also completely waterproof and suitable down to -40°C but have a slightly different lacing system, making them easier to get on and off.

You get an adjustable snow collar, it’s unique sole is super light and 100% recyclable too.

Check Kamik Greenbay prices

Men / Women

Nae Timberland vegan winter boots women

NAE Etna (Unisex)

Style: vegan timberland boots
Pros: cool style
Cons: better for casual adventures
Cost: around £100

NAE (standing for No Animals Exploited) are a Portuguese footwear brand who make only vegan-friendly shoes. Though most are more casual-styled, the Etnas are a cool everyday option for the winter months.

These Timberland-style boots have a durable sole and thick uppers to keep you warm, so if you do fancy some winter walking, they’l hold up fine.

They come in a range of colours too, take a peep on the link below.

Check Nae Etna prices

Native Save the Duck Lhotse snowboot-01

Native/Save the Duck Lhotse Boot (Unisex)

Style: casual snow boot
Pros: super comfy and warm
Cons: little ankle support or fastening
Cost: around £120

Native, the all-vegan shoe company, teamed up with Save the Duck, the vegan clothing company who helped the first 100% vegan summit of Everest. Together they made this awesome vegan ugg boot style snowshoe which could be perfect if you’re looking for trendy comfort and warmth.

It’s a seriously plush option, with warm faux fur lining and water-resistant outer material. Their slip-on design makes them handy for short trips and they’re comfortable straight from the box.

Oh, and they also come in an amazing electric yellow version too!

Check Native/Save the Duck Lhotse Prices

Hunter Mens Insulated Snow Short Vegan Waterproof Boots

Hunter Insulated Snow Boots (Men & Women)

Style: mobile snow boots
Pros: super versatile, comfy and warm
Cons: not designed for hard/technical hiking
Cost: around £115

Despite the name, Hunter have a massive range of vegan-friendly winter boots and wellies.

These boots are handmade, 100% waterproof and certified vegan. For winter adventures, they’ll kick ass on ice or snow, down to almost arctic temperatures and hold their own in rain.

The design makes them easy to get on and off but the drawstring topline will help you trap in warmth.

Click on the link for both men’s and women’s boots, as well as lower and taller ankle options.

Check Hunter Insulated Winter Boot Prices

Men / Women

Bogs Women's vegan wellies-01

Bogs Whiteout Fleck (Women)

Style: vegan wellies
Pros: perfect for seriously mucky walks
Cons: not great for long distances or serious cold
Cost: around £125

Bogs are famous for cool-looking and reliable outdoor work boots. They’ve also got a number of vegan options – nice one Bogs!

Their Whiteout Fleck are the perfect vegan rain boots – 100% waterproof and with good insulating. They’ve got a tough, grippy sole for traction and would work a treat for seriously wet and boggy strolls in muddy conditions.

Check Bogs Whiteout prices

Bogs Workman Warm Vegan Boots for Work

Bogs Workman 17″ Comp Toe

Style: tough vegan work boots w. steel toe
Pros: super hardy and protective
Cons: not so comfortable
Cost: around £150

The Workman are one bad-ass pair of boots with composite toes, keeping your tootsies safe in case of any heavy drops. They’re 100% waterproof and surprisingly light too.

If you’re looking for real solid vegan work boots, this could be your ticket. For wintery farm work or countryside maintenance, they have everything you’d need.

Check Bogs Workman prices

6. Winter Boots FAQ

Do you need waterproof winter boots?

It depends on the conditions you’ll be in. If you’re going to be in severe wintery conditions, hiking into remote areas, it would be sensible to go for waterproof options.

What’s the difference between PU leather and real leather

Real leather is typically taken from cows. PU leather is made from polyurethane, a synthetic material which is cruelty-free.

Are Sorel boots vegan?

Though a number of other online sources recommend Sorel vegan boots, when we contacted, they couldn’t confirm all their materials were cruelty-free. We’d love to find some vegan Sorel boots and will update this article if we hear of any changes.

What’s the difference between vegan winter boots for men and women?

Typically, vegan winter boots for women have less volume and space for the top of the foot. They may be narrower and have different colour schemes. As always, opt for the best fitting pair of boots and don’t worry about the sex.

Can you wear snowshoes for hiking long distances?

You can, however, they are not as well fitted as hiking boots. Over long distances, they may rub and become uncomfortable.

7. Brands with no vegan footwear options

First off, this is not meant as a smear to the companies listed below. This is so you can save yourself some time if you’re looking for other vegan boots in the future.

At the time of publishing this article, these are the vegan companies who didn’t have vegan options:

  • Sorel
  • Columbia
  • Trespass
  • Jack Wolfskin
  • Decathlon
  • Keen
  • Salomon
  • Oboz – did not respond
  • Adidas – did not respond

Do you know of any other outdoor vegan boots for winter? Share in the comments below!

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  1. I just want to say that I am going to travel the Himalayas and really confuse about Vegan boots and then I landed here and my problem was resolved. Thanks for sharing this informative and valuable post with us.

  2. Our pleasure. Your trip to the Himalayas sounds very exciting. Are you planning lots of hiking?

  3. Hello,
    Thanks for the helpful review. I’ve been considering a vegan walking boot made by Altberg. (Altberg makes predominantly leather walking boots and combat boots (for the military) – does that put it too far beyond the pale for your review? On the plus side the boots are made in Yorkshire.)

  4. Hey Lip, we’ve heard very good things about Altberg boots and know their vegan Dalesway seems to be very popular. We’d be keen to check them out if we got the chance and definitely kudos for them being built in Yorkshire!! I believe they also do foot sizing and modifications which is handy. Would be great to know how you got along with them if you check them out.

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