Sheepskin boots came onto the international fashion scene in the mid-2000s and have remained a mainstay ever since. These boots are defined mainly by their interior fleece lining supported by a synthetic sole and tanned outer surface. The stitching is often visible on the outside of the boot. These boots are usually covered with a protective spray that creates a sort of seal around the boot. While this doesn’t waterproof them, it helps prevent stains and keeps water from soaking into the sheepskin. This, in turn, will prevent water stains, discoloration, and fading. The colors and design of sheepskin boots have expanded considerably since they first became popular, so you have a greater choice of styles and designs than ever before.
What to Consider in Women’s Sheepskin Boots
Look at these factors before making a boot purchase:
- Height: Like most types of boots, sheepskin boots are available in several different heights. There are mini boots that reach the ankle, standard ones that reach up to around the calf, and taller ones that stretch above the calf. Consider which height is right for you, whether you want the protection of a taller boot or not.
- Design: Though sheepskin boots were originally designed as classic and fairly simple with a fleece interior, the designs and colors have expanded considerably since they first became popular. Some models now have fur or fleece somewhere on the exterior as well as interior, or extra details like tassels or bows. Some will even combine these two factors. Though traditionally slide-on boots, there are now zip-up, buckle, strap, button-up, and lace-up sheepskin boots as well. Consider if you’re looking for a more classic boot or something a bit more decorative.
- Fit: Sheepskin boots were designed to be on the snug side. Not to the point of discomfort or pinching, of course, but your foot should feel snug against its bridge, and your heel should be held firmly in place, not moving up and down as you walk. Also keep in mind that the sheepskin boots may stretch up to half a size in some cases, thanks to pressure applied to your feet and legs through daily use. Follow any provided size guides carefully when you’re ordering your boots.
Best Classic Design: UGG Women’s Classic Boot
A pair of quintessential sheepskin boots with the classic build, look, and trappings for which they’ve become known, now with new and improved features. Make of dyed sheepskin and suede with nylon binding that is raised and visible on the exterior of the boots. They’re also lined with fur and have a sheepskin insole and leather heel label. These boots have been pretreated to repel moisture and stains better than ever before. The newly designed Treadlite rubber sole provides increased traction, improves the boots’ durability, and gives you more cushioning while you walk. These boots have a slight, 1/2-inch platform with a 1-inch high heel and an opening of 14 inches for roomy and easy sliding on and off. They’re available in six timeless colors.
UGG Women's Classic Short II Boot, Chestnut, 8 M US
A classic pair of sheepskin boots with a new and improved sole and water resistance.
Best Tall Boots: BEARPAW Women’s Emma Tall Fashion Boot
Tall boots are a handy way to provide some extra warmth and protection not only to your feet but your ankles and calves as well. These tall boots stylishly offer that warmth and protection. They have a wool blend lining and a sheepskin footbed for lovely comfort. The outer soles are rubber for good traction and durability, and the outside is suede. You can buy them in eight different colors. The short platform makes them easy to walk in, and they’re easy to slide on and off at will.
BEARPAW Women's Emma Tall Fashion Boot Charcoal 7.5 M US
Tall boots that provide optimal warmth and coziness.
Best Mini Boots: UGG Women’s Classic Mini Boot
If you’re in the market for a pair of warm but short boots, these mini boots are an excellent option. Like all classic UGG boots, they’re made of sheepskin leather with a raised exterior seam and have a fully fur-lined interior. The leather is dyed to give you a wider range of color options than many sheepskin boots, 14 different shades in total, from classic browns and grays to a bright turquoise and pink and everything in between. The new rubber Treadlite outsole, with its 1-inch heel and 1/2-inch platform, provides the boots with excellent traction and durability. The boots are also pretreated to help repel stains and moisture.
UGG Women's Classic Mini II Boot, Black, 7
A mini boot with all the quintessential features and style you'll want.
Most Stylish Design: Koolaburra Women’s Fashion Boot
While a boot doesn’t need to be stylish to provide protection and warmth, there’s no reason they can’t be both, as these boots prove. They have all the standard sheepskin boot features, 100% dyed leather make, with a cow suede upper portion and sheepskin and faux fur lining and raised outer seams. They’re lightweight with a molded EVA midsole and outsole. The sole is synthetic and patterned for traction purposes with a 3/4-inch platform. The outward bows running up the outside edge of each boot gives them a little extra flair for a more decorative and fashionable silhouette than standard sheepskin boots. The three stylish colors (elegant black, classic chestnut, and subtly chic cinder brown) make the boots look even more fashionable.
Koolaburra by UGG Women's Victoria Short Fashion Boot, Black/Black/Black, 9 US
Sheepskin boots that provide warmth, protection, and a stylish silhouette all in one.