Crimes of Fashion: Ugly Fur Boots Take Over For Fall 2011

Today, we want to talk to you about boots. Specifically furry boots. Now, we know you probably don’t want to think about furry boots in July. Or possibly AT ALL: we know we’d prefer to never have to think about fur boots, but the fact is, we’re The Fashion Police, we have to think of these things.

This year, we have a particular interest in the issue of fur boots, because, as Fall/Winter 2011 approaches, and the new season stock starts to appear on retail website, we’ve been noticing an alarming amount of boots that look like this:

Suspect #1: Faux fur boots, Prada: click here to buy them

Or like this:

Suspect # 2: Miu Miu Mongolian fur boots, $750: click here to buy them

The Prada boots are faux fur, while the Miu Miu ones are real. They’re both ugly, as far as we’re concerned, so we don’t know why they couldn’t have just used faux fur all the way and saved a few furry lives, but that’s another debate, for another time. For now, we just want to know why things like this have to exist:

Suspect # 3: Yeti style faux fur boots, £65, Dune: click here to buy

We mean, OK, sure, if you live in a place that’s colder than Anna Wintour’s heart, fine: wear your Yeti boots with pride, and tell us it’s a purely practical thing, and that you just don’t want your feet to be cold. The thing is, though, all of the boots above would be pretty useless in the snow – just imagine all that wet, bedraggled fur drying by the fire after a long winter walk, with snow clinging to every last strand – so we ask again: why do they exist? Why do people want their legs to look like they belong in The Child’s Book of Monsters?

Suspect # 4: See by Chloe Eco fur boots, £257: click here to buy them

These ones look like you could enter them in Crufts if you wanted to. Is anyone else getting the urge to tie a couple of pink ribbons into each side and create pigtails? Just us?

“Yeti” boots, however, are just one part of the furry boots trend. We also found these:

Suspect # 5: Diego Dolcini fur-collar booties, $825: click here to buy them

The fur-collar “bootie”. WE KNOW.

Suspect # 6: Viktor & Rolf shearling bootie, $995: click here to buy

This suspect isn’t so much a fur boot as a woolly one. If you’re thinking it looks a bit like a sheep, that’s because it used to be one. Yeah.

Shoes are not exempt from the scourge of the fur either:

Suspect # 7: Alexander Wang rabbit fur shoes, $895: click here to buy them

On the plus side, these will come in really useful when you need to clean your floors. In fact, you’ll clean every surface you ever walk on in them. On the minus side, however… we don’t really need to finish that sentence, do we?

What say you, Fashion Police Jury? Are these suspects innocent or guilty of committing crimes of fashion?


  • July 26, 2011


    I live in a country that is not as much cold as it is wet during winter. Ok, we have some real chilly weeks, but nothing so epic that I would ever consider splurging 600 pounds on a pair of furry boots. Most of the sidewalks in the cities are slushy mess of salt, mud and snow, so all those pretty suede boots are completely useless as well. If I could choose, I would emigrate during the winter time to someplace less cold and annoying and I would never have to think about furry boots ever again.

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  • July 26, 2011


    fur boots are ugly!! i cannot believe they are using real fur for this mess.
    but i think the shearling boots are OK. Now that I’ve seen Dune Fur boots I’m scared that Topshop, New Look, H&M, and other fast fashion brands take that trend seriously and make theirs. This trend is just not for me!! ugh

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    • December 29, 2011


      Not all Boots are Made of real fur and the ones that are not made of real fur Are 1k-2k$!

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  • July 26, 2011

    Skint in the City

    Every pair are horrors! Surely too they’d only be good for dry days – one sniff of snow would render them as bedraggled as a Shetland collie in the rain. The Chloe boots actually look like my old Shetland collie.

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  • Scary, isn’t it?

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  • July 26, 2011


    I like my feet to be warm in the winter, but those are ridiculous. I think I’ll just stick to wearing 2 pairs of socks with my shoes.

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  • July 26, 2011


    I am deeply, deeply disappointed that so few of these have peep-toes.
    You could paint little eyes on your toes and scare people.

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  • July 27, 2011


    I will admit that I myself own a pair of furry boots….furry ugg boots/slippers in fact. I do feel the need to clarify that they are never worn outside of the house, are not made with real fur, and are purple, glittery and have claws on the ends of them.

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  • July 28, 2011


    I actually quite like the shearling bootie, but I can’t really explain why. The rest are hideous, though.

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  • July 29, 2011


    Turn them inside out, cover them in leather with a waffle sole, and I would buy them. If we ever have another 2m (yes, 2 meters) of snow, I’ll be liable to find a fur jumpsuit to do the same to. The weather in my area has been bloody ridiculous. Right now it’s hot and stormy. 4 months from now, it’ll be -0C.

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  • August 5, 2011


    Maybe I’m a total Philistine, but why would women go to the trouble of shaving their legs and then wear boots that make them look like mama bears?

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  • November 28, 2011


    Those who wear furry boots not only look like mama bear they are wearing mama bear or maybe another innocent animal that was skinned alive to make those ugly furry boots and other items made of fur.

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  • July 22, 2013


    All these boots are hideous except the shearling booties from Viktor & Rolf. The key to implementing fur on ANY article of clothing is to keep it short. If the fur is too long and or bushy, it looks plain hideous. Obviously I’m about two years late on this post, but I’m really liking the fur pieces from Louis Vuitton this fall. I never knew fur could look so appealing.

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