YES. It’s getting cold and we need to keep our footsies warm and snuggly, but guess what? Our feet can stay just as warm, comfy and cute WITHOUT wearing UGGs! But what’s wrong with UGGs you ask? In a word, the truth about UGGs is very UGGLY.

UGGs are made in Australia, where the wool industry is known for forcing lambs to endure “mulesing,” in which chunks of skin and flesh (the size of dinner plates) are cut from the animals’ backsides using gardening shears, often without any painkillers. Yes, gardening shears. WTF?! Also, wool shearers are paid by volume, not by the hour, which often results in frightened sheep getting kicked and punched with shears to get them to “cooperate”.

Like the reality of factory farming, once you see it with your own eyes, you can ignore no longer. So if you need more convincing, watch this.

Buying sheepskin products from Australia directly supports their cruel wool industry. For a pair of boots that can easily be made with alternative, NON-bloody materials? Come on now.

Here are some of my fave warm vegan boots sans the UGGly-ness.

Faux Shearling Furry Lined Vegan Boot from Alternative Outfitters: Warm and comfy? Check. Cute? Check. Most importantly, cruelty-free? CHECK.

If you wanna mix it up, hop on the sweater boot.  These are also super comfy and warm. Just make sure the inside is faux as well. 😉 Try Old Navy’s appropriately named “Adoraboots“.

Don’t want to blend with the trend? Kick it up a notch with Sugar Women’s super cute patterned Cardigan Boots.

With all of these options, it’s no wonder everyone’s giving UGGs the boot. Show the world you, too, can stay warm with compassion by steppin’ out in these vegan boots!

Be the change,