So you just bought a new pair of Classic UGGs and you have been wearing them everywhere around town.
And, hey, why not? They are stylish, cozy and keep your feet nice and warm. They are the perfect boot for the fall or wintertime, not only are they cute and chic, but comfy as well.
However, as your alarm went off this morning and you jumped out of bed to get that french press on, you look outside to a winter wonderland! Yes, it’s happened, the first snowfall is here!
Excitedly you grab your hat, gloves, and jacket to go experience it all in person. But as you’re about to run out the front door, you see a pair of rain boots and your favorite classic UGGs.
Since the snow was unexpected, you haven’t yet taken your designated snow boots out of the closet from last winter.
So what should you do? Can you wear UGG boots in the snow? Are they waterproof for snow?
In this post, we are going to answer these common questions as well as take a closer look the very popular at the waterproof UGG classics.
Can You Wear UGG Boots In The Snow?
The simple answer is: NO!
UGG boots were not made with the intention of being worn in harsh weather conditions at all. I mean, if you do a little research, (basically just check out the ‘about’ section on their website) you can see that they initially served a very different purpose than being a snowshoe.
They were first made by an Australian surfer who wanted to ensure your feet would stay warm after a morning of surfing. In other words, they were made to slip on right after you caught a few waves and wanted to take a short rest on the sand, but stay warm in the process.
Primarily influenced by the surf in southern California, the idea of ‘snow’ was not even a thought when the classic UGG boot was made.
Thus, as you can see, these popular boots, though great for staying warm, should not be worn in the snow, even today.
In what temperatures can I wear my UGG boots?
Though classic UGGs are not intended for snow, you certainly can (and should) wear them in cold weather temperatures, including the fall and wintertime.
The classic boot is made from real suede and has a sheepskin insole, keeping your toes nice and toasty while out and about on those chilly days. They are not only very comfortable with increased cushioning in the sole, but the real sheep or lambskin fur will do its job, and do it well!
What will happen to my boots if I decide to wear them in the snow?
So you may think “I’m willing to take the chance,” but I’m giving you an early warning, don’t do it!
If you end up sporting these beauties in the snow, you will only end up regretting it. And your wallet won’t be too pleased either. They are made from suede, and if you’ve seen what has happened to any other suede items when they got wet, you don’t need any further explanation.
Classic UGGs are not waterproof, thus they will get ruined.
Your UGGs will basically soak in the snow, causing your feet to not only get wet, but your boots to become more like sponges than protective footwear. They will leave stain marks as well, as they are not suited snow.
Not to mention that the boots are obviously dyed and can start to leak color when they get wet. So instead of wasting your money, better to leave these babies at home on a snow day.
(You may also enjoy reading: How Do I Clean My UGGS Without Ruining Them?)
If I use a waterproofing spray, can I still wear them?
Waterproofing (or water-repelling treatment) is definitely a possibility and one that many UGG owners have taken.
The problem is, waterproofing your own boots can not only take a lot of time (if you want to do it right, that is) but it can be messy as well. And if you happen to miss a spot, you might as well never have started the process in the first place.
If you do though decide to try this method, I would be leery when you wear them out in the rain or snow for the first time. I’m not saying it won’t work, but the truth is, it’s a bit more of a gamble with these boots, as the materials themselves are some of the hardest to waterproof without ruining the boot.
But as I mentioned before, if you do want to give it a try, I would recommend using the UGG brand care kit, which comes with a water and stain repellent spray.
It comes with a few other goodies and is one of the best options for maintaining your boots. If you choose to use one of these options, make sure you apply it to all necessary areas, and apply it before you wear the boots for the first time. It’s crucial to apply it beforehand, otherwise, stains can set-in and become permanent.
Also, unlike what some may say, do not blow dry or take a heater to the boots afterward. It is best to let them dry overnight.
Are there any UGGs that are waterproof for snow?
Yes, there are!
Though I haven’t personally had the opportunity to test these, UGG has come out with a waterproof version of their classic UGG boot.
Now they may be waterproof, but are they snow-proof?
Some have said yes, others still no. Personally, I would be cautious about wearing them for the first time in the snow. Snow generally gets mixed in with salt, and that just creates a painful consequence to anything suede.
So if you are going to test them in the snow, use caution.
The company does, however, rave about the Vibram sole, which is said to give you a serious grip on those icy sidewalks and parking lots, things you will certainly encounter on a wintery day.
If you are interested in trying out their waterproof version of their classic short boot, check them out here!
Learn more about these waterproof UGGS in the following video:
Why do you love UGG boots so much? Let me know in the comments below.