Contrary to popular belief, staying toasty warm in winter doesn’t have to come at the expense of furry, feathery creatures. Because for every goose-down-stuffed
parka and shearling boot, there’s a cozy, cute, and compassionate alternative.
And that’s a comfort beyond warmth once you learn that even the most innocuous-seeming animal product, like wool, is born from harm — with no way to sugarcoat the fact that sheep are routinely abused and injured for the sake of sweaters and scarves; geese are suffocated and plucked alive before being traded in for their foie gras; and coyotes suffer in traps (not to mention the
plight of minks, rabbits, foxes, raccoons, chinchillas, and more) before being skinned of fur that’s used as trim on the hoods of those ever-popular Canadian Goose parkas.
So if the thought of sacrificing creatures for your personal comfort leaves you cold, scroll through the slideshow for vegan items that will keep you toasty from head to toe.
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This fluffy, weightless puffer, shown in charcoal, is just one of a slew of styles offering superior warmth and water-resistance with Plumtech filling, from the company whose motto is “Respect animals, respect environment, respect people.” (
$298, Save the Duck)
This water-repellent, insulated bomber hat is made of polyester poplin filled with Primaloft and lined with supersoft faux fur. (
$45, L.L. Bean)
These soft acrylic-knit mittens can convert from fingerless texting accessories to toasty hand warmers thanks to the faux-fur-lined flip top. (
$38, Muk Luks)
This wool-free, unisex peacoat, show in cobalt, is from Vaute, the Brooklyn-based company that’s been leading the charge toward vegan winter warmth since its 2008 founding by Chicago native Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart. Cruelty-free fabric coats are constructed from recycled fibers, Primaloft insulation, and high-tech satin liners, and have been tested in “blizzards and snowstorms around the world.” (
Pajar, based in Montreal, has several nylon and faux fur styles that not only are superwarm but also come equipped with retractable cleats on the soles (as in this case) for battling slippery ice patches in style. (
Vaute offers a range of not only wool-alternative dress coats but also down-free jackets and parkas, such as this long and cozy stunner in Shiny Cloud, featuring a high collar, assymetrical zipper, and Primaloft insulation. (
As any committed vegan knows, one of the biggest challenges is keeping your feet warm through snowy, bitter winters. This range of socks — for women, men, and children, and in thicknesses ranging from regular (shown) to lite and ultra-lite — is the answer. The thermal knit is a blend of nylon, polyester, acrylic, and elastane, and is almost impossibly soft and cozy. (
$16, Heat Holders)
This slouchy beanie, shown in indigo, is made from an extrasoft and nubby acrylic yarn, and topped with a faux fur pompom dyed to match. (
This shiny, stylish, quilted jacket is weather tested and water-resistant, from a Canadian company dedicated to animal rights, fair labor, and low environmental impact, and with a goal to “deliver products that leave you feeling warm — both inside and out.” (
$400, Wully Outerwear)
This “vegan cashmere” tunic-length sweater, in fine microfiber, has snug sleeves, incredible softness, and an oversized cut that makes it perfect for pairing with leggings and a fitted base layer. And its beautifully wintry silkscreen design is exclusively from NYC-based designer Ava Hu, who sells her wares at local boutiques and, thankfully for everyone else, online. (
Be forewarned: These cool-girl, cushiony booties are elusive. Made in Denmark, they are often sold out online, are found only in a rare and random smattering of brick-and-mortar stores, and go in and out of stock on various retail sites, including Amazon. But their nylon-microfiber combo of cuteness and comfort (shown in bronze) makes it worth going to extra mile to nab yourself a pair. (
$130, Rubber Duck)
This warm, water-resistant parka made from a durable blend of hemp and cotton comes from an Amsterdam-based company that’s committed to compassion — for animals and workers alike. Even better, everything is currently on sale. (
This superthick and cozy polyester-knit neck warmer is courtesy of a San Francisco-based company committed to cruelty-free fashion. (
$13.50, Bohemian Vegan)
No simple sweatshirt, this impossibly cozy vegan sweater from NYC-based vegan fashion company Vaute is from a fleece blend of hemp, polyester, cotton, and spandex (fabric blends vary by color, including navy, gray, and black), offering an addictable blend of warmth and style. The pockets rock. (
A blend of faux fur and quilted fabric makes these basic slip-ons a no-brainer for those avoiding leather and other animal-sourced footwear materials. Available in gray (shown), black, blue, and dark raspberry. (