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Take a Stand Against UGG in These Cute Cruelty-Free Boots

UGG boots are made of shearling—yep, that’s skin with the fleece still attached, people! Every year, millions of sheep are castrated and parts of their tails are cut off—often without any painkillers—before they’re finally slaughtered for their skin, which is what UGG boots are made of. They endure all that cruelty just for a pair of boots.

It’s also considered “normal” in the Australian wool industry for approximately 3 million young lambs to die every spring.

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Not only are wool and sheepskin items cruelly produced, they’re also bad for the environment. The Environmental Working Group found that sheep are the worst greenhouse-gas polluters—even worse than cows—which is why they’re often referred to as the “Humvees” of animals. Wool production also degrades land and pollutes the water supply.

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Every purchase of UGG boots and other wool products supports extreme animal abuse. If you want to keep your feet warm and snuggly without the cruelty, check out these comfy, stylish options instead:

1. The Malibu, available at Pammies Life

Pamela Anderson’s line of vegan boots includes four styles and multiple colors. Get your compassionate hands on a pair through the Pammies Life website.

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2. Short Boot, available at PAWJ

PAWJ is a 100 percent vegan shop with a great selection of ultra-cozy boots. This style comes in four colors.

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3. Marge Shearling Style Boots, available at Target

These fuzzy vegan numbers are also available in black.

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4. Love Moschino Pull On Boot, available at ASOS

These cruelty-free, bejeweled boots from Moschino’s diffusion line couldn’t get any cuter.

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5. Milan Boot, available at MooShoes

The faux-fur upper on this pair is great for fending off the winter chill.

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6. Vegan Shearling Mid Calf Boot, available at Fourever Funky

At such an affordable price, you should add these to your online shopping cart ASAP and never look back.

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7. Myra Tall Boot, available at Payless

These vegan beauties by Airwalk are also available in brown with white trim.

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8. Snug Boot, available at MooShoes

Featuring a thick cruelty-free fleece lining and water-resistant outer material, these boots are prepared for whatever winter may dish out.

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In the mood for more boot shopping? Check out this list of additional vegan options.

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