UGG boots are unisex boots made of sheepskin that are very comfortable to wear. My wife recently got a pair of UGG boots and since we’re living in Ireland at the moment, we had to look for ways to make her UGGs waterproof — or, at least, try to.
Of course, there are also ready-made waterproof UGGs on the market but we bought the standard version. If you’re also planning to make your UGG boots waterproof, read this guide to learn how we did that and what products we used.
Steps to make your UGGs waterproof
Step 1: Buy a waterproofing spray for UGGs
We used the Stain & Water Repellent Spray from UGG and we’re very happy about the results. This spray protects your boots and the best part is that it’s non toxic and biodegradable.
As advised, we also cleaned the boots with the UGG Cleaner and Conditioner before applying the waterproofing spray.
Step 2: Apply a generous coat of waterproofing spray on your boots
Make sure to apply enough spray on the area where the sole and the boot surface come into contact. This will prevent water from seeping in through the seams.
Step 3: Wait for 30 minutes for the first coat to dry completely
Don’t use any heat source, such as a hairdryer to dry the spray coat. This may burn the boot’s surface.
Step 4: Apply a second coat of water repellent spray
Wait for another 40 minutes for the second coat to dry as well. Now take your boots to a well ventilated place and let them air dry overnight. The next morning, you can wear your waterproof UGGs without any problems.
This solution will protect your UGG boots from rain, snow and other liquids. However, keep in mind that UGG were primarily designed for comfort and warmth. They were not designed for walking through puddles, so please try to avoid intentionally stepping into puddles or hiking in UGGs.
UGGs are made of suede leather which is soft, smooth and flexible. But the main disadvantage is that suede is not waterproof and tends to stain quite frequently. Applying a generous coat of waterproofing spray not only helps you make your boots waterproof, but it also protects them against stains.
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Alternative solution: Buy weatherproof UGG boots
Instead of trying to make your UGG boots waterproof, you can buy a pair of weatherproof UGGs. The company has an entire collection of cold weather boots. You can buy rain boots and weatherproof boots that will keep your feet warm when it’s raining.
Frequently asked questions about UGGs
1. Do waterproof UGGs need to be treated?
UGG boots are already pretreated to repel water and other liquids. However, keep in mind that UGGs are not meant for wearing them in rain or snow over long periods of time. Extended exposure to rain, snow and other liquids will eventually lead to your boots getting wet. The initial waterproof coat will wear off over time so you’ll need to treat your UGGs with water repellent sprays every few months.
2. Are waterproof UGGs really waterproof?
UGG Classic II are waterproof to a certain extent. The boots can repel moisture, water and other liquids so as to stay dry and keep stain away. However, the Classic II boots weren’t designed to be used in heavy rain or snow. As long as you wear your boots just to go to the nearby shop or go to and from your car, you should be fine. But if it’s raining cats and dogs, leave your UGGs at home and wear a pair or rubber boots instead.
UGG Classic II can repel moisture for up to 6 months of wear. Over time, the water repellent coat wears off and you need to apply a new coat of waterproofing spray.
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3. Can I wear UGGs in the rain?
It is not recommended to wear UGGs in the rain. The boots should be okay if a few drops of water splash on them but water will soak through if you walk through rain for more than 5 minutes. The best solution is to simply wear a pair of waterproof boots when it rains.
UGG shoes are not fully waterproof. Rain and snow will seep through after a few minutes of direct exposure.
4. Can I wear my UGGs out in snow?
Yes, you can wear your UGGs when it’s snowing lightly and you don’t have to walk through inches of snow. However, it is not recommended to wear UGGs when hiking or when there’s a blizzard outside.
UGG boots are fall and winter footwear but they are not snow boots. Avoid wearing UGGs in rain or snow as the shoes may quickly become ruined when wet.
5. How long do UGGs last?
Depending on how well you take care of your UGGs, they can last 3-4 years without any problems. If you don’t get them wet, you don’t wear them everyday and you use a spray every few months to recondition the leather, you can expect your UGGs to last for at least 3 years.
Of course, if you wear your UGGs on a semi daily basis and you also add bad weather conditions to that, then expect your boots to last 1-2 years.
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6. Can I put my UGGs in the washing machine?
No, it is not recommended to clean your UGGs in the washing machine. UGG footwear is made of sheepskin or leather and machine washing or dry cleaning will only ruin the leather.
Instead, use a special UGG cleaner and conditioner solution to restore your boots if necessary.
UGGs are not waterproof, but you can make your your boots waterproof to a certain extent. Apply a generous coat of waterproofing spray on your UGG boots, and let them dry for 30 minutes. Then apply a second coat of water repellent spray.
Wearing your UGGs in bad weather conditions is not recommended. Avoid getting your UGGs wet in the first place and they should last you for years.
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Last updated in October 2021 to add additional information.