I prefer suede boots like this.
Not only are they nicer looking than Uggs, but they also actually keep you warm. However, wearing either type of shoe with shorts will look trashy. Sadly, I see this all the time here in Texas.
Miranda, do you mean capes like this?
If so, I agree that they look entirely unflattering. Especially the example on the far right. They don't even look like they keep you warm at all!