Winter: the season in which finding fashionable footwear that can withstand the elements is a real challenge. But just because the weather outside is frightful doesn’t mean you can’t still look delightful. If you’re in the market for a pair of boots that will both keep your feet nice and warm as well as look fab while doing it, then you’re probably going to end up trying to decide between two brands: Ugg and Bearpaw.
Uggs are probably the most popular high-end winter boot on the market. If you walk around any mall or downtown area during a chilly day, you are bound to see a lot of people wearing them. Bearpaw boots fill a similar niche, and have become increasingly popular over the past few years. But which brand is right for you? To help you figure out the answer, we’ve compared Ugg and Bearpaw boots on 4 of the most important qualities you’ll need to consider before making your decision.
One of the first things to think about when comparing the two boots is durability. If I buy these boots and wear them often, how long are they going to last me?
Both Ugg and Bearpaw boots are known for being made of sheepskin. There are a lot of benefits to using sheepskin material to make winter boots, and one of them is that they are pretty durable.
Bearpaw boots usually have a sheepskin lining on the inside and a suede cow leather exterior, with a rubber sole. This is a pretty durable construction and should last for 1.5 to 2.5 years of regular wear (mostly in the winter). The first thing to wear down is usually the sheepskin upper, while the sole is very durable and long-lasting.
Ugg boots, on the other hand, are made with a twin-faced sheepskin and fleece-lined interior, a tanned outer surface, and a synthetic rubberized foam sole. This solid construction should last about 2 to 2.5 years of regular wear. While the upper is much more durable than that of the Bearpaw, the heel of the sole does tend to wear a bit more quickly.
As far as durability and material quality, Ugg boots have a slight upper hand. They can be expected to last a bit longer, and are made of higher quality materials.
The next quality that you will find important, should you find yourself doing a lot of walking in your winter boots, is comfort. Are my feet going to get cold? How far can I really walk in these?
Bearpaw boots are designed for comfort and are generally quite soft. They also do a great job of keeping your feet warm. However, they can be a bit heavy and clunky, which makes walking a bit more awkward. And the fact that they lack the extra layer of fleece inside the boot makes them a little less comfortable.
Ugg boots are generally considered to be the softer of the two. The extra lining of fleece goes a long way, and they are also lighter and less unwieldy to walk in.
Of the two, the more comfortable pair of boots will be the Uggs. They will keep your feet just as warm (or more), while providing a less cumbersome and much softer wearing experience.
Another important piece of the puzzle that will impact your decision is the style and design. If you’re going to spring for designer boots, they better look good, right?
The first thing to note is that the traditional, original style of both Bearpaw and Ugg boots is a pull-on type meant to be worn without socks. One big difference between the looks is that Bearpaw boots have a visible stitching, while Uggs have a more smooth design. This can be a matter of preference, as some people like the character of Bearpaws while others prefer the sleek look of the Ugg boots.
Ugg boots can come in their classic tan color, or in a wide variety of colors and designs. There is guaranteed to be a color scheme or print that works for your particular style. In addition to this, there are many different shoe styles to choose from so there’s a wide range of flexibility on what your look will be.
Bearpaw boots traditionally come in a few different colors: tan, dark brown, white, beige, black, green, pink, and blue. Aside from this, there is still a decent variety of styles and colors to fit your fashion.
Overall, the award for design goes to Uggs. They have a wider variety of colors, styles, and prints to choose from and the smooth exterior tends to look a bit better with more outfits.
Finally, we come to what is sometimes the most important quality of all: the price tag. If you can’t make up your mind between the two boots, sometimes it’s best to save a few bucks and go with the cheaper brand.
You can find Bearpaw boots at a pretty wide variety of discount stores, department stores, and shoe stores, as well as online marketplaces like Amazon. They tend to range in price from about $70 to $180 depending on the style and retailer.
Ugg boots are found pretty exclusively in department stores and sporting goods stores, and will generally cost from $120 to $200 per pair. This makes them considerably more expensive than Bearpaws, and harder to find.
When it comes to comparing price tags, the choice is clear. Bearpaw boots are much cheaper and easier to find in a wider variety of shops than Ugg boots. If you’re on a budget but you still wanna look fab this winter, you’ll probably want to snag a pair of Bearpaws.
All things considered, the better pair of boots in terms of quality will be the Uggs. They have a better design, are more fashionable, more durable, and more comfortable. And while Ugg boots are much more expensive than Bearpaws, sometimes you get what you pay for.