14 best vegan boots for winter

Author: Molly Pickering

Read Time:   |  4th January 2023

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Keeping your feet warm and dry in the winter months is essential. Forget leather, suede, and sheep's wool and find comfy and stylish vegan boots here.

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The winter months are well and truly here. When the ground is icy and wet, we want a good pair of boots that will give us stability and grip whilst at the same time protecting our feet from the elements, and yet still looking good.

When searching for a suitable winter shoe, we are often presented with ones made from leather or suede and told that these are the only boots that will stand up to the weather, but that’s not the truth.

There are so many innovative animal-free materials that offer the same durable protection as leather or suede that are both sustainable and ethical.

To help you find your perfect winter boot, we’ve rounded up some of the best vegan-friendly boots on the market. From iconic brands such as Dr Martens to Rocket Dog, Blowfish and more, keep reading to find your dream pair!

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What are vegan boots made from?

Typically, vegan shoes are made from Polyurethane (PU), which is a plastic polymer used to create vegan leather.

Although PU is classed as plastic, it is more eco-friendly than most other types of plastic.

According to Matmatch, the material doesn’t contain any chemicals that interfere with the endocrine and hormone systems, nor does it contribute to PH change in soil or water.

Other materials include vegan leather made from pineapple skin or mushrooms, cork, and even apple fibres.

Do vegan boots last long?

Many people believe vegan shoes to be less durable than shoes made from traditional materials.

This isn’t necessarily true. Boots made from animal-free materials still have a lifespan of two to five years or more.

Iconic for their durability, Dr Martens confirmed their vegan shoes are built to last just as long as their traditional range.

Best vegan Dr. Martens

1. Dr. Martens Unisex’s Vegan 1460

Price from £114.99

Dr. Martens vegan boots

Perhaps one of the most iconic and recognisable shoes of our time.

Dr. Martens’ signature 8-eye hole boots are loved by all, especially now there’s a vegan-friendly alternative.

These unisex boots feature the brand’s trademark Goodyear welt stitching and are made from synthetic leather that promises to have the same durability as Dr. Martens’ traditional shoes.

2. Dr. Martens Unisex-Adult Vegan 101

Price: £139.00

Dr. Martens Vegan 101 boot

If too many laces aren’t your thing, then Dr. Martens’ 6-eye hole vegan boots are perfect for you!

Made in the same style as the brand’s 8-eye hole shoe, these leather-free shoes feature a durable sole and a soft breathable textile lining!

3. Dr. Martens Women’s Vegan Sinclair Combat Boot

Price: £187.05

Dr. Martens Jadon Sinclair boot

Step out in style this winter with these Dr. Martens vegan Sinclar combat boots.

Made with a high-shine premium vegan leather, these combat boots feature the brand’s double sole to add extra stomp to your step.

What’s more, the central zip makes it easier to slip the shoes on and off.

4. Dr. Martens Vegan 2976 Chelsea Boots

Price: £156.51

Dr. Martens vegan Chelsea boot

Chelsea boots are the perfect winter boot for us. They look good for any occasion whether it be a Saturday morning stroll or dinner with friends.

Treat yourself to a pair of Dr. Martens vegan Chelsea boots this winter. The synthetic leather is durable and will keep your feet looking fashionable and most importantly, protected.

Best vegan boots for women

5. Rocket Dog Women’s Igloo Fashion Boot

Price from £50.74

Rocket Dog Igloo boot

When the temperature drops during the winter months, you want a shoe that will keep your feet cosy and protected from the elements. Enter Rocket Dog’s Igloo boot!

Lined with a soft vegan wool material for extra comfort, the strong sole with added grips helps to keep you on two feet throughout the icy period.

6. Blowfish Malibu Women’s Roben Chelsea Boot

Price: £70.00

Blowfish Chelsea boot

Keep your feet warm, dry and in style with Blowfish Malibu’s vegan Chelsea boots.

Featuring a back zipper, making it easy to slide the shoe on and off, and a rubber lug outsole, these shoes are partially made from recycled plastic bottles.

In addition, the insole is made from an algae-based material called BLOOM Foam.

7. Heavenly Feet Robyn Women’s Vegan Boots

Price: £59.95

Heavenly Feet robyn boot

If you’re looking for comfort and style, Heavenly Boots have you covered with their Robyn vegan boots.

The shoes feature a soft textured lining and a removable memory foam insole to support your feet.

A full-length side zip and pulling tab allow for ease of fitting, while the hard-wearing low wedge sole gives extra grip.

8. HUNTER Women’s Play Neoprene Boot Short

Price from £79.38

Hunter Neoprene wellies

Hunter boots are perhaps one of the most recognisable and trusted brand of shoes for many. While we love a wellington boot, we can’t resist Hunter’s Play Neoprene short boots.

These lightweight boots are made from vegan-friendly rubber and fitted with a neoprene sleeve for added warmth and protection.

Best vegan boots for men

9. Blundstone Men’s Vegan Chelsea Boot

Price from £129.49

Blundstrone vegan Chelsea boot

Finding waterproof shoes for men that are both stylish and comfortable may seem like a challenge, but Blundstone’s vegan Chelsea boots tick all of the boxes.

The outer layer of the shoe is fitted with waterproof microfibre OnMicro material while the inside features a lightweight breathable material, making these the ideal outdoor shoe.

10. Vivobarefoot Scott III ECO

Price from £145.00

VIVOBAREFOOT vegan shoes

Brave the weather with Vivobarefoot water-resistant shoes. The Scott III Eco lace-up shoes are perfect for city life or muddy winter walks.

Made from 100% recycled materials, Vivobarefoot’s shoes are flexible to enable natural movement.

What’s more, they come with a removable thermal insole for added warmth.

11. TOP STAKA Men’s Boots Lace Up Winter Shoes Fur Warm Ankle Boots

Price: £44.99

Top Staka fur boot

Nestle your feet into something cosy this winter with Top Staka’s vegan fur ankle boots.

These boots are made with PU leather for added comfort and protection during long walks. The inside is lined with vegan-friendly wool for extra insulation and the durable sole of the shoe is cushioned and features anti-slip grips.

Best vegan hiking boots

12. XPETI Thermator Women’s Waterproof Hiking Boots

Price from £62.04

Xpeti vegan hiking boots

The XPETI women’s hiking boots feature special technology to protect your feet plus moulding rubber toe caps. Its innovative design provides durability, stability, and of course, comfort.

The upper of the shoe is fitted with a waterproof mesh to keep your feet dry whilst the 200-gram Thinsulate insulation keeps your feet warm in temperatures as cold as -25℃.

These shoes are also available in men’s sizes.

13. Regatta Women’s Holcombe IEP Isotex Waterproof Mid

Price from £41.50

Regatta Holcombe IEP Isotex boots

Go on an adventure this winter with the Regatta Holcombe women’s walking boots. Regatta’s boots are made from the highest quality animal-free material that promises to keep your feet dry.

The Isotex waterproof and breathable shoes feature a deep padded neoprene collar and mesh tongue, and rubberised toe and heel bumper.

These shoes are also available in men’s sizes.

 14. Inov-8 Roclite G 345 Mid Gore-TEX Men’s Boots Black

Price: £116.95

Inov 8 Roclite hiking boot

Winner of The Great Outdoors Magazine gold award in the footwear category for 2019, the Inov-8 Roclite Mid Gore-TEX walking shoe features a Powerflow midsole for added cushioning and energy return.

These lightweight shoes are made with Gore-TEX for waterproof protection. The footbed is fitted with 6MM deep lugs for an uncompromising grip.

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Written by

Molly Pickering

Molly is the Digital Executive and Podcast host at Anthem's Vegan Food & Living, she also works across other titles including Women's Running and Classic Pop to create affiliate content for the website. Starting out as a Digital Marketing Apprentice at Vegan Food & Living in 2021, within 14 months Molly was shortlisted for ‘Best Editorial Assistant’ at the BSME Talent Awards 2022 and won the BCS Special Recognition award for Digital Marketing Apprentice of the Year in 2022

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