Bearpaw and Ugg cold-weather boots are known for their comfort and warmth. Although not cheap, Bearpaw boots are available in discount and low-end stores, while Uggs are mostly only available in high-end stores that are more expensive and brand conscious.
Bearpaw boots, first made in 2001, are sold in discount stores similar to TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls; in department stores, like Macy's and J.C. Penny's; and in shoe stores, like Famous Footwear and their flagship store in California, The Summit. Bearpaw boots retail for $70 to $180.
Ugg boots, made in 1978, are sold in department stores such as Nordstrom and Journey's, sporting goods stores like REI and Ugg product stores. Uggs retail for $120 to $200.
The price for both Bearpaw and Uggs depends on the styling. The classic pull-on boot is the cheapest model for both lines. Fashionable shoes or those made with exotic leather cost more. Bearpaw boots last between 1.5 and 2.5 years with regular wearing, whereas Uggs last between 2 and 2.5 years.
Both Bearpaw and Uggs are known for the use of sheepskin. However, Bearpaw generally uses a suede cow leather outer with a sheepskin lining. The traditional style pull-on Bearpaws come in dark brown, tan, white, beige, black, pink, blue and green. In addition to the pull-on shoes, Bearpaw makes slippers, high heels, moccasins, sandals and modern styled boots such as motorcycle and rider boots. Outside boots, Bearpaw also makes socks, scarves and T-shirts. Watch this video for an inside tour of Bearpaw:
Traditional Uggs are made of twin-faced sheepskin, meaning one large piece of sheepskin instead of two fused together. They also come in kangaroo fur and other leather. Tan is the classic color, but the pull-ons come in a wide variety of colors, even metallics and patterns. In addition to the slip-on shoes, Uggs makes slippers, high heeled boots, modern styles such as motorcycle and rider boots, moccasins, Oxfords and snow boots. Uggs makes purses, scarves, vests, jackets, clothing and loungewear in addition to boots.
Look and Feel
Both Bearpaws and Uggs are designed for comfort. Both are soft inside due to the fleece lining. However, customers in general state that Uggs are "very soft." Uggs are also lighter weight than Bearpaws. Bearpaws have visible stitching unlike Ugg's smooth stitching. Most reviewers think Bearpaws hold their upright shape better while Uggs tend to slouch, but both are very warm.
The traditional pull-on styles of both Bearpaws and Uggs are designed to be worn without socks. Uggs have achieved cult status, meaning people wear them all the time. However, both Bearpaws and Uggs are meant only for the cold weather. Either brand can be worn with jeans or corduroy pants, either tucked in or with a bootcut to fit over the boot. Either could be worn with tights or leggings as well. This trendyswag video talks about when and how to wear Uggs:
Customers regularly compare the two brands of boots. Both brands make styles for men, women and children. One difference is that Bearpaw customers tend to be price-conscious while Uggs wearers tend toward brand loyalty. One reviewer even stated that people always say they're wearing Uggs, even when they're actually wearing Bearpaws.
User reviews mention that Bearpaw boots are heavier and the sole sturdier. Some reviewers state that the sheepskin upper doesn't last as long as Uggs. Others say Bearpaws do not have an extra layer of fleece inside, making them less comfortable. However, there are several customers who maintain that Bearpaws feel just as comfortable as Uggs.
Uggs are said to be lighter. Some reviewers state that the heel wears more quickly because it is softer and lighter. However, other users say the sole is sturdy. Uggs are warmer and that the sheepskin upper lasts longer. Reviewers felt an extra layer of fleece makes them more comfortable. One reviewer remarked that wearing Uggs with socks compacts the fleece inside.