Bear Paw vs Uggs
The general discussion when it comes to boots is UGGs vs Bear Paws. What are the differences, if any? Well first we have to look into the history of Uggs.
Sheepskin boots became well known in rural Australia during the 1920′s. The first company to manufacture them, in 1933, was Blue Mountain Ugg Boots of New South Wales. Another company named Mortels Sheepskin Factory began manufacturing them in the late 1950′s.
The term “ugg boots” was used in Australia and New Zealand to describe sheepskin boots. It is also possible that the term morphed into ugg, from the early “fug boots” worn by pilots during WWI. Frank Mortel says he named his boots “ugg boots” in 1973 because his wife said the first pair he made were ugly.
Ugg boots made their way into the United States in the 1960′s, when surfers brought them back from Australia. The ugg boots were used to keep their feet warm after exiting the water. Ugg boots were also banned in Australian theaters in Sydney, which made them very popular among the young.
Although you can refer to sheepskin boots as uggs, it is important to note that we are talking about the products from the company UGG in this comparison.
Bearpaw is a brand of footwear founded in 2001 by Tom Romeo. Their products are made from sheepskin and they are best known for their ugg boots. They use cheaper materials to achieve a cheaper price than UGG products. UGG has two twin faced sheepskins, while Bearpaws glue or sew sheepskin lining on a leather outer.
The Bearpaw company itself doesn’t have as rich of a history; and has probably been created to serve as a cheaper competitor to UGGS.
So Which is Better?
There are people out there who will vouch for Bearpaws as much as someone else would vouch for UGGs. The average price for Bearpaws is $79.99 while the average price for UGGs are around $140-$160. In this case there is in fact a noticeable quality difference. If you’re looking to save money you could buy a pair of Bearpaws. But if you are buying for the brand, history, and popularity, you would go with UGGs. UGGs use Eva Foam soles while Bearpaws use rubber. In the end it is up to you, whether you want to buy for the brand, or for sheepskins boots that function as boots.
Some consumers have even reported that Bearpaws soles wore within 6 weeks. The sole and leather seam started to wear away, and the leather at the base of the ankle became very stiff. These reports are very popular with Bearpaws, so paying the extra $50-$70 is worth it if you are looking for durable boots.