If you were around for the first wave of the Ugg shoe craze, then there’s a good chance you already know the answer to the question are Ugg boots waterproof, from personal experience.
But if you’re new to the shoes, you’re probably wondering if there popular winter boots are OK to wear outside in the snow and rain.
As someone who stomped around the city of Boston in Ugg boots in the early 2000s, I’m here to enlighten you on the durability of these cozy shoes.
Are Ugg Boots Waterproof?
I learned the hard way the first time I stepped off a city sidewalk into a puddle of water that was far deeper than it looked that, no, Ugg boots are not waterproof. The sheepskin-lined boots are known for wicking away moisture from the inside (i.e. if your feet are sweaty), but from the outside, they’re about as waterproof as a good pair of wool socks.
A walk down a snowy street, or from the parking lot into the grocery store can be enough to start to feel water seeping in through the boots.
However! That doesn’t mean they can’t be a practical footwear choice in damp weather. There are a number of options for making your Ugg boots water-resistant (I wouldn’t go as far as to say they’ll ever be as durable in the rain as, say, a pair of wellies or duck boots).
How to make Ugg boots water resistant
If you’re looking to protect your Uggs (and your feet) from the rain and snow, you’ve got a few strategies.
The first is to use Ugg boot protectors, which are the Ugg brand’s solution to the soggy boot problem.
These boot covers are made of waterproof silicone rubber, and slip over the base of your Uggs to create a waterproof barrier. Bonus: It’s more slip-resistant, too.
Ugg markets the boot covers as a way to personalize your Uggs, too, though the jury is out on how stylish they are. Social media compared the Ugg and Ugg-cover combo to the look of stuffed doll feet. Still, when it comes to practicality and protecting your Uggs, this is arguably the best way to go, since it’s the only way to get a true waterproof barrier around your shoes.
The second way to make Uggs more water resistant is to spray them with a waterproofing spray. This will make the outside fabric resistant to spills and light mist (i.e. if you drop a drink on your shoe or spend a couple of minutes in light rain), but it won’t protect your feet if you, for example, step off the sidewalk into a deceptively deep puddle.
The final option for waterproof Uggs is simply to buy one of the brand’s waterproof shoes. In addition to its classic sheepskin boots, Ugg offers a range of boots specifically designed for the elements like rain and snow. If you’re looking for a boot that can stand up to a snowstorm, or commutes in any kind of weather, try one of these options in lieu of the classic boot.
What to Spray on Uggs to Protect Them?
Whether or not you’re looking to make your Ugg boots waterproof, it’s a good idea to spray them with a protectant. Ugg boots are easily stained, and an extra layer of protection will make them last much longer.
Ugg makes its own line of care and cleaning products, including a dedicated UGG protectant spray, that is designed to block stains. The high demand product is often out of stock, but if you can’t get your hands on it, it’s not your only option.
A simple suede and nubuck waterproofing spray can also protect your UGG boots from stains while improving their water resistance. You can find these widely available sprays at most grocery stores, Targets, etc.
Whatever method you choose, be sure to read the directions first. Ugg suggest cleaning your boots with their cleaning kit before applying a waterproofing spray to ensure the best results.
You’ll also need to spray your boots again regularly. Kiwi, a popular brand of waterproofing spray, suggests re-spraying shoes every time they get wet for best results.