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UGG Shaye Review

A stylish rain boot that still covers all the basics.
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Price:  $85 List | $84.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Elegant, sufficient weather protection, wide circumference
Cons:  No insulation, run a bit large
Manufacturer:   UGG
By Sara Aranda ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 4, 2018
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#3 of 12
  • Weather Protection - 30% 7
  • Comfort - 20% 6
  • Style - 20% 9
  • Traction - 20% 6
  • Warmth - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The UGG Shaye could have certainly won an award for a great combination of style and functionality. They are fashionable, of decent height, and are also reasonably comfortable. While they were outperformed in weather protection, traction, and warmth, they are still a high-quality competitor. Made in the U.S., they are classically UGG, complete with a sheepskin and lambswool insole. We were very fond of the glossy color choices.

Color Updates

The green Shaye boot we tested is no longer made, but you can still get the classic glossy black pictured above.

July 2019


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Pros Elegant, sufficient weather protection, wide circumferenceTall flexible shaft, comfortable, adjustable boot circumferenceMid-height shaft, fashionable, substantial tractionGreat foot support, flexible rubber, sufficient tractionStylish, easy to carry, insulated
Cons No insulation, run a bit largeHigh cost, no insulationBasic foot support, minimal insulationOily sheen out of the box, rubber changes color when wet, lack of insulationPlush lining comes off, not as tactile
Bottom Line A stylish rain boot that still covers all the basics.The best of the best, this model is a high-quality, stylish boot.A very straightforward, elegant boot that is highly affordable.A techy rain boot made for the hardworking outdoorist.For those who wish to add extra warmth and style to the wardrobe.
Rating Categories UGG Shaye Original Back Adjustable Kamik Heidi Xtratuf Legacy 15" - Women's Bogs Amanda Plush
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Specs UGG Shaye Original Back... Kamik Heidi Xtratuf Legacy 15"... Bogs Amanda Plush
Shaft Height (from ground to top of shaft) 13.75 in 16 in 12 in 15 in 10.5 in
Weight (for pair tested) 3.1 lbs 3.6 lbs 2.7 lbs 3.6 lbs 3.3 lbs
Width Options Regular Regular Regular Regular Regular
Mouth Circumference 15.5 in 14-19 in 13.75 in 14.75 in 13-14 in
Upper Rubber Vulcanized Natural Rubber Phthalate-free Synthetic Rubber Triple-dipped chemical resistant latex neoprene Rubber
Lining/Insulation Nylon Knitted Nylon Nylon Nylon Wool
Outsole Rubber Natural Rubber Synthetic Rubber Blend Non-Marking Chevron Rubber Rubber
Insole Removeable Lamb wool, sheepskin insole Multilayered Sponge Insole Removeable Kamik(R) Comfort Footbed Breathe-O-Prene Insole Removeable EVA Insole
Sizing info True to Size Runs large True to Size Runs Small Runs large
Size we tested 8 7 8 8 8

Our Analysis and Test Results

The UGG Shaye is a block-color rain boot with a glossy finish. In traditional UGG fashion, the footbed and removable insole are lined with imported sheepskin and lambswool that has been artificially dyed and treated. On the distal side of the shaft, there is a metal UGG emblem. Of simple, molded construction, there aren't any other added features to these boots. The lining of the main shaft is textile and both the upper and outsole are apparently made from PVC — a thermoplastic that is often lighter and more affordable than rubber. While PVC as a material is not as durable as rubber, it may be a case where rubber has been added to the PVC, although UGG does not specify on their website. Other sites, like Amazon, label the material as synthetic rubber.

Performance Comparison


The elegant Shaye  made by UGG.
The elegant Shaye, made by UGG.

Weather Protection


While not the tallest, weather protection is still highly sufficient. We would label these boots as a mid-calf-height, measuring only 13.75 inches from the ground. UGG does label them as a tall rain boot, however. But since they did not rise to our knees, they did not receive the same weather protection scores as the competitors that did. In addition, the UGG had the biggest non-adjustable circumference of all the boots, at 15.5 inches. This provided a large gap between the leg and the rim of the boot, potentially allowing for sideways rain, snow, or puddles to splash into the boot. If you have wider calves, this would actually be a plus and it would fit more snugly to your leg, preventing weather from sneaking in.

The very thin lining and the decorative elements of the Shaye.
The very thin lining and the decorative elements of the Shaye.

Comfort


They ranked above average in comfort and ran slightly large, which did allow for heel slippage and hot spots for our lead tester. Even with the PVC upper being fairly flexible, the boots were noticeably stiffer than many of the others we tested. The footbox was low-volume, which could be an issue if you have high-volume feet. Either way, their comfort landed them pretty much in the middle of the pack, despite the enticing fur-lined footbed.

Confidently carrying tomatoes from the geodesic dome to the house in the Shaye.
Confidently carrying tomatoes from the geodesic dome to the house in the Shaye.

Style


The Shaye is available in quite a few different glossy colors. There is a metal UGG emblem on the distal side of the shaft, and the uppers are of molded construction. They are elegant and high scoring when it comes to being both fashionable and versatile. From running errands to dressing up, our lead tester wore these to a Thanksgiving dinner and received many compliments. Easy to pair with a variety of wardrobe and to fit pants into with the wider circumference, we were very pleased.

The fashionable  pine-colored Shaye.
The fashionable, pine-colored Shaye.

Traction


While they didn't offer the best performance in traction, they performed above average when it came to our snow and river tests. They did well on wet grass and with incline. They, of course, fared the best on flat surfaces. It was encouraging to know that such a high-style boot still had traction functionality across a variety of terrain, but it's important to keep in mind that they were designed for casual use.

The sturdy tread of the Shaye.
The sturdy tread of the Shaye.

Warmth


Warmth is the metric in which they scored the lowest. In our below-freezing tests, they failed to maintain heat for extended periods in the snow or river. They are not designed for cold climates and are ideal for temperatures above 50F. Nonetheless, the lambswool footbed and insole noticeably helped them score consistently the same for all our tests, no matter the temperature.

In addition to scoring high across the board  this model was a top scorer for style. The Shaye in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon  CO.
In addition to scoring high across the board, this model was a top scorer for style. The Shaye in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon, CO.

Fit


The Shaye is available in whole sizes ranging from 5-12. Running true to size, we purchased an 8. Our lead tester, a size 7.5, found that sizing up was a good choice. With room for thicker socks, heel slippage did happen regularly and brought about hot spots, but when using thicker socks, that concern was resolved to an extent. The shaft is wider than the other models, allowing for easier wear over pants, but it also means a noticeably noisier slap of the shaft into the calf.

Confidently wearing the Shaye while carrying tomatoes from the geodesic dome to the house in a light snow storm.
Confidently wearing the Shaye while carrying tomatoes from the geodesic dome to the house in a light snow storm.

Value


Manufactured in the United States, it's always a pleasure to support "local" businesses. They do import sheepskin and lambswool from Australia, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, but sometimes these materials do come from the U.S. This model is an exceptional value. With high style and reliable weather protection, comfort, and traction, they are certainly worth the moderate price.

Conclusion


A growing favorite, the UGG Shaye combines style and function all in an affordable package. While slightly outperformed in certain cases, they are high-quality and finished near the top in overall rankings.

The Shaye in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon  CO.
The Shaye in an icy river at the bottom of Dream Canyon, CO.


Sara Aranda