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