My husband brought these suede and leather lace-up boots home for me about 4 years ago. I was more than a little surprised to find out that You by Crocs made them! After a short-lived moment of label snobbery (couldn’t get brightly-colored, plastic children shoes out of my head), I Scotchgarded them and have worn them throughout every snowy, slushy, frigid New York winter since. I get more compliments on these boots from friends and strangers than on any other item I own. I like that they have more structure and have a sleeker silhouette than the Ugg. While still casual and super comfortable, they seem a little more sophisticated and a little less dorm-roomy than their slouchy brethren. Since so many people have asked me about these boots over the years (Crocs doesn’t seem to make them anymore), and so many of my friends love how warm their Uggs are but don’t love how they look, I decided to see what else was out there. While I didn’t find the exact boot that I have, here are some alternatives for when you want to feel like you’re wearing slippers but don’t really want to look like it.
The Bean Boots by L.L.Bean. These are water-proof leather and have more structure than a suede boot, but if you keep the laces loosely double-knotted, you can use them as a slip-on. The shearling lining kicks up the cozy factor. They have a nice shape and are $150–a good deal since they double as a rain boot and you’re getting L.L. Bean’s insane customer service and satisfaction policy.
The Quoddy double-ring boots in suede. These probably have similar feel to the Ugg but the stitching and the rings break up the plane and won’t give you Flintstone feet. They’re $400, which, honestly, is more than I ideally want to spend on a kick-around shoe. But, they’re handmade in Maine and I don’t think I would get sick of them. I could see my daughter wearing these in 2020. I think that the quality and the price per wear might justify the cost.