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Old 12-01-2007, 07:07 PM   #1
 
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The UGGly truth: They're hot, smelly and bad for your feet so why are Ugg boots so popular?
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Well, Ugg boots are not in any danger from the Trades Description Act, are they?


If there's one thing in favour of the world's most hideous boots (and there is only one thing), it is the breathtaking honesty of the manufacturer.


In Australia, where they were invented, 'Ugg boot' appears in the dictionary with a little footnote: "Derivation: ugly."


Devotees: (from left) Kate Moss, Eva Longoria and Jennifer Aniston are fans of the Ugg boot



As the man from Ronseal would say, it does what it says on the tin.


This week it was revealed that so many pairs of Ugg boots are still flying off the shelves that stores regularly sell out.


There's certainly something quite magical about the Ugg boot - and I mean that in a literal sense. It has an unexplainable power to change the world.


With a wave of the wand, it can instantly transform the prettiest woman in the slinkiest skirt or clingiest jeans into a clomping elephant barging across the savannah.


It can miraculously unite chic and chav, two tribes who would normally want nothing to do with each other (except when they bump into each other in the tattooist's queue).


Is there any less dainty way to finish off an outfit?


The Ugg boot's problem is fundamental. Sheepskin. It may be hardwearing and warm, but ask any bloke of a certain age what sheepskin says to him and I'm afraid you won't like the answer.


It transports us back to the freezing cold football terraces of the 1970s - a world of mullet haircuts, ludicrous sideburns and nasty meat pies.


And who is at the centre of this vision of Valhalla? A sheepskin-clad John Motson. Some fashion icon, ladies.


Sheep are, of course, renowned for more than their skins. They are best known for brainlessly following the creature in front.


This is probably why my lips curl up into a cruel smile when I read that no sooner have a few paparazzi pictures appeared of Jennifer Aniston, Kate Moss and Eva Longoria wearing their treasured sheepskin boots than thousands of women have stripped the shelves bare of the ghastly things.


"We have sold around 7,000 pairs since August, take 200 to 300 orders on waiting lists each week and have been known to sell up to 600 pairs within hours of a new delivery," says Cos Constantinou, managing director of Kate Kuba, the largest stockists of the boot in this country.


She can't believe her luck.


"No one ever expected Uggs to be so popular," Cos adds.


And with good reason. Look at a pair closely. They are really not boots at all but slippers with ideas above their station. (You can pay 280 for a pair.)


Ask any Ugg owner what makes her boots special and you'll hear the same words over and over again.


They're comfy, they're warm, they feel so lovely on your feet.


The same words you'll hear from your elderly uncle as he politely unwraps his latest pair of carpet slippers on Christmas Day.


None of this scares off the true convert.


"I'm an absolute believer in the Ugg boot. I don't wear them for the impact or the style, it's because they're so comfortable and warm," says Katie Melville, 25, who works for an advertising agency and is now on her fifth pair.


Her friend Lexi Serebro, 21, a trainee chef, has also been won over by 'how practical and comfortable they are'.


Well, hold on a moment. Apart from the romantic notion that one is supposed to suffer for one's fashion (isn't that why God invented the stiletto?), let's examine the comfort of the things.


It would take me a lifetime to persuade Katie or Lexi out of their addiction, but it only takes a moment to learn that, actually, these fashion outrages are not even as practical as they're made out to be.


"I wore them in the snow last year," says Lexi. Well, you would, wouldn't you because they're so warm - except Ugg boots are not waterproof.


"My feet were soaking. It was a nightmare."


Oh, and if it's not below freezing outside, 'they are quite warm. Sometimes my feet are rather too hot,' Lexi admits.


Meanwhile, Katie says: "On the box it says you should wear them without socks. But if you do that they really get quite smelly."


On a more aesthetic note, she adds: "My boyfriend thinks they're very un-ladylike. He doesn't like the look of them - he'd prefer me in a nice pair of heels, I think."


The reason why the Australian manufacturers recommend you don't wear socks is because Down Under the Ugg boot is not worn outdoors. (Hence the lack of waterproofing.)


It was only when the boot arrived in America - and was given a huge boost by Oprah Winfrey in 2000, who spent more than $50,000 buying pairs for her 350 staff and included them on her Oprah's Favourite Things show - that it occurred to anyone to wear them in a place where strangers might see them.


My work colleague Katherine still shudders at the memory of her mother, an early addict who bought a pair on holiday in Australia in 1990, turning up to collect her at school in her new boots.


"Me and my brother were mortified," she recalls. "Why was our mum the only person standing in the rain in clunky slippers?"


It was, of course, only a matter of time before they arrived in the shops over here.


When they came, in the summer of 2003, they were an instant hit, despite the fact that Geri Halliwell was a prominent fan.


The fact that Vogue magazine went mad for them - as did Kate Moss - probably explains why they took off so quickly.


Meanwhile, don't get too carried away by the idea that - just because they're not stilettos, and just because they don't look glam - Uggs are an unmitigated blessing for your feet.


Michael O'Neill, from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, says that though he'd much rather women wore them than high heels, Uggs do come with their dangers - because the foot is not very well supported.


"I saw a young woman last week who had completely wrecked the boot at the back - the sole is a very soft material and it hadn't held her foot in position.


"This can cause a lowering of the arch, which can cause tendon strain. Her sole had just worn through, like you'd find on the slippers of an old lady hobbling around a nursing home."


So, they look awful, they're not as comfortable as you've been told and they're not even terribly good for your feet.

Oh, and one other thing: Tesco now sells a pair of lookalike Ugg boots for 8.

When this year's fashion must-have goes on sale a few aisles away from Toilet Duck and Oxo cubes, you know it's time to move on. Ugg? Ugh!
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Scarlet- you're bad.
I always associate these with the girls on my campus. Our school uniform = a northface fleece, either too snug jeans or Pj pants with something like PINK emblazoned across the butt, and UGG boots. I just don't get it.
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And with good reason. Look at a pair closely. They are really not boots at all but slippers with ideas above their station. (You can pay 280 for a pair.)
Too much!
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I always associate these with the girls on my campus. Our school uniform = a northface fleece, either too snug jeans or Pj pants with something like PINK emblazoned across the butt, and UGG boots. I just don't get it.
Ha... except for the writing on the butt, sounds like university dress style has not changed at all in the past decade or two...
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I always associate these with the girls on my campus. Our school uniform = a northface fleece, either too snug jeans or Pj pants with something like PINK emblazoned across the butt, and UGG boots. I just don't get it.
You forgot to mention the North Face book bags and ugly messy ponytails (you know, the I-just-woke-up chic ponytail). It's the exact same with us right down the road.
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I always associate these with the girls on my campus. Our school uniform = a northface fleece, either too snug jeans or Pj pants with something like PINK emblazoned across the butt, and UGG boots. I just don't get it.
You forgot to mention the North Face book bags and ugly messy ponytails (you know, the I-just-woke-up chic ponytail). It's the exact same with us right down the road.
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I CARE WHAT SHOES PEOPLE WEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



No, wait. I don't. Except for crocs. Those things are ugly. Okay, and I hate Uggs when they're worn with shorts or a skirt.
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I'm sitting here with cold feet and I want a pair. It's supposed to snow tonight and we're gonna be out and I have no warm shoes...I want a pair. I see them EVERYWHERE up here!
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I always associate these with the girls on my campus. Our school uniform = a northface fleece, either too snug jeans or Pj pants with something like PINK emblazoned across the butt, and UGG boots. I just don't get it.
Have you been spying on my campus?
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I always associate these with the girls on my campus. Our school uniform = a northface fleece, either too snug jeans or Pj pants with something like PINK emblazoned across the butt, and UGG boots. I just don't get it.
Have you been spying on my campus?

Too bad that's my uniform sometimes too :-P
I'll break mine down. Mine is a Columbia jacket, not a northface fleece. I have 80 bajillion different pairs of pink sweats since I work at VS AND UGGs are crazy warm especially with sweats that stop at mid-calf lol. I'll end this with.. I'll NEVER wear uggs with shorts or a skirt, that is just odd.
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I always associate these with the girls on my campus. Our school uniform = a northface fleece, either too snug jeans or Pj pants with something like PINK emblazoned across the butt, and UGG boots. I just don't get it.
Have you been spying on my campus?

Too bad that's my uniform sometimes too :-P
I'll break mine down. Mine is a Columbia jacket, not a northface fleece. I have 80 bajillion different pairs of pink sweats since I work at VS AND UGGs are crazy warm especially with sweats that stop at mid-calf lol. I'll end this with.. I'll NEVER wear uggs with shorts or a skirt, that is just odd.
I'm with you Fearnotsomuch. I'm with you.

My thing is, as a college student, I go to school comfortable since I don't have to go to work afterward and my classes are ridiculously early.

And, most sweats that they sell nowadays stop mid-calf. What am I supposed to do in the wintertime? Wear tennis shoes with 6 inches of my bare leg exposed? And if you do have the longer sweats, they're going to drag the ground and rip and get disgusting. No thanks. So I'll just tuck them neatly into my sweats.

I think those of you who don't like the boots with sweats/jeans look should just try it. One time. And post pictures.

C'mon. C'mon.
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I'm gonna be honest with you - while I can conceive of an excuse to wear uggs, I cannot conceive of any excuse to wear sweats out in public. Ever. And the thought of sweats TUCKED INTO uggs is enough to almost make me ill!
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I cannot conceive of any excuse to wear sweats out in public. Ever.
Is that what it is? I think that's the root of this whole "sweats tucked in" thing. It's that some people are appalled at the thought of wearing sweats in public. Others (such as myself) are not.

I think that comes with maturity. I used to wear pajama pants outside all the time in high school and it pissed my dad off to no end. I couldn't figure out why. And now, I wouldn't dream of wearing pajama pants outside and I used to rip on my ex all the time for doing it.

But at $40.00 a pop, I don't consider VS sweats to be pajamas! I'm sure I'll grow out of this someday.
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I can't conceive of wearnig sweats out in public when you need to wear Uggs to keep your feet warm!


No one on my campus wore tight jeans. We wore jeans loose enough for varying thicknesses of long underwear or double layers of pants to keep ourselves warm! And flannel. There was a lot of flannel. Though I tended to only wear flannel as PJs, a lot of people wore it.


On Fridays when I would go to services, I'd either wear tights or tight stretchy black pants under my long skirts, with heavy sweaters, and combat-ish boots - heavy with lug soles, because there was ALWAYS ice, and this warm weather girl can't walk on ice!

All winter I wore my heavy down, puke brown/green, Columbia. Loved it!
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Meh, I think wearing sweatpants on campus is just part of college life. I usually don't wear sweatpants to class, but will sometimes change into them later in the day when I want to go to the student center to study. It seems like every other girl on campus wears sweatpants daily, though. I usually try to look a little nicer because with my schedule I usually go straight through the entire day-- class, work, meetings, etc.-- and don't want to look like I just got out of bed for the entire day. I think I've worn sweatpants to class enough times to count on one hand, and most of those were probably last February when I got REALLY sick and went to class anyway!

I think once people get out of college they cease wearing sweatpants all the time. I would probably still wear them to the grocery, though.

But to bring it back to the topic, I would never wear Uggs. Yuck!
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I always associate these with the girls on my campus. Our school uniform = a northface fleece, either too snug jeans or Pj pants with something like PINK emblazoned across the butt, and UGG boots. I just don't get it.
You forgot to mention the North Face book bags and ugly messy ponytails (you know, the I-just-woke-up chic ponytail). It's the exact same with us right down the road.
same thing- one state over
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I'd either wear tights or tight stretchy black pants under my long skirts, with heavy sweaters, and combat-ish boots - heavy with lug soles

Survival wear!

The pants/tights didn't show. They were just a layer of warmth. Or long underwear, too, of course.


And the boots were because they tended to not de-ice the road to Hillel. EVERYONE wore footwear with clunky soles because otherwise you couldn't make it there.
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Scarlet- you're bad.
I always associate these with the girls on my campus. Our school uniform = a northface fleece, either too snug jeans or Pj pants with something like PINK emblazoned across the butt, and UGG boots. I just don't get it.
You forgot to mention the North Face book bags and ugly messy ponytails (you know, the I-just-woke-up chic ponytail). It's the exact same with us right down the road.
same thing- one state over
Plus the Burberry plaid scarf-- most likely the baby pink one.
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I always associate these with the girls on my campus. Our school uniform = a northface fleece, either too snug jeans or Pj pants with something like PINK emblazoned across the butt, and UGG boots. I just don't get it.
Yeah, my SO makes fun of me for having the "uniform." I do have a North Face fleece, but I don't wear super tight or skinny jeans, just your average AE jeans. I never wear PJs or sweats to class, ad I never tuck whatever pants into Uggs.

I also waterproof my Uggs so I can wear them when it's wet out. They are warm (my feet never get too hot, and I always wear socks with them) and comfy and fairly practical on a campus or for low-key days.

My faves are the leggings (in freezing temperatures) with the big, furry, poofy Uggs -- then you've gone beyond practicality and have become a slave to the "fashion" aspect. That always makes me laugh. Lately, I've seen this getup on women older than 50. That's snicker-worthy.

I did see at least two girls yesterday who collapsed the back of their Uggs and when they walked, the sides of their feet were on the ground - like the sheepskin made contact with the floor - they were no longer on the soles because they had just destroyed whatever structure there was.

AND THE GIRLS WHO DRAG THEIR FEET IN UGGS - give me a BREAK. Just because they FEEL like slippers does not mean you can shuffle around outside, making everyone else cringe at the sound of you dragging your soles across pavement. You're 18+. C'mon now. You should've figured out how to walk by now.

That was long, for a whole lot of nothing.
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