Just weeks ago, a reader wrote to us asking for help finding some shearling-lined boots that aren’t UGGs. More than one of the dozen-plus styles we recommended are from L.L.Bean. The Maine-based retailer’s winter boots are what our own staff members wear, and its rain boots appear on our lists of the best styles for men, women, and kids. While not on our list of the best UGG alternatives, this pair of L.L.Bean Mountainside Boots would be another worthy option: Lined in fleece, they have a grippy rubber sole that will be just as supportive when you’re navigating slippery sidewalks during errands as when you’re standing in front of the oven during an afternoon of baking. In our humble opinion, the mix of leather upper and fleece topper makes these boots look a little cooler than your standard pair of UGGs. Best of all, at their deeply discounted price of $50, they’re a heck of a lot cheaper than UGGs (and other L.L.Bean boots), too.
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