Who thought a boot could be so controversial. Much like the “Crocs” today, Ugg boots are thought of as a bad fashion faux pas of the past. However, author David Malan has other ideas:
What do Oprah, Drew Barrymore, Keanu Reaves, Kate Hudson, Sienna Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Pamela Anderson, Victoria Beckham, Cat Deeley, Minnie Driver, Danni Minogue, Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Shawn Wayans, the Spielberg family, and plenty more celebrities have in common? Aside from the obvious, they, and millions of Australians, all own a pair of the most comfortable footwear in the world – sheepskin ugg boots.
Oprah loves her ugg boots so much that she featured them on an episode of her popular show entitled Oprah’s Favourite Things 2005. Kate Hudson wore a pair of trendy ugg boots on the poster for the movie Raising Helen. Pamela Anderson is said to have started a Californian ugg boots craze when she wore her ugg boots on the set of Baywatch. The list of celebrities bitten by the ugg boot craze goes on and on.
So, of course, the question is, are ugg boots a short-lived fad that will pass like platform-heeled footwear, flared pants, big hair and other fashionable boots, or are they here to stay? The fact of the matter is that those who buy ugg boots to be seen as part of the latest sheepskin-inspired fashion craze will probably move on when the next footwear fashion, sheepskin or otherwise, comes along.
The majority however, will likely grow so attached to their ugg boots’ perfect fit, comfortable sheepskin warmth in winter, and practical usefulness as around-the-house footwear in summer, that they will regard their ugg boots as essential to their wardrobe as their pair of trusty denims.
Like denim jeans, sheepskin ugg boots had their beginnings many years ago, long before they became fashion accessories. Originating down under in Australia, Australian surfers have worn ugg boots on cold mornings heading out to catch an early wave for as far back as any can remember. Known for generations by many names — ugg boots, ugh boots, ug boots, uggys, uggs, winter sheepskin boots, or simply as sheepskin footwear, Australians still regard the trusty ugg boot to be as much a part of Australian history and culture as Vegemite, AC/DC and a slab of beers slung over the shoulder on the way to a barbie at a mate’s house.
Now that sheepskin ugg boots are a fashion statement as much as they are winter sheepskin footwear, they’re available in many new and trendy variations. In addition to the original sheepskin leather, you can now buy ugg boots in blue, pink, beige, sand, black and chestnut, to match your personality, outfit, or fashion statement objective. Not just Aussie souvenir gifts anymore, ugg boots are personal comfort and fashion essentials.
If you follow the care instructions, your ugg boots could well outlast your favourite denims. The ugg boot’s soft sheepskin fleece molds to the shape of its wearer’s foot, making for a perfect fit. When you put on your own uggs, you know it’s your pair of ugg boots, because the sheepskin inside the boot shapes to fit your own foot perfectly, just the same as your denim jeans shape to your body. Look after your sheepskin ugg boots, and they will remain your favourite item of clothing, long after winter is past, and the next big footwear fashion has arrived.
David Malan is an expert author and business owner. He owns and runs RealmSurfer Consulting, an internet marketing and web design, development and consulting business based in Perth, Western Australia. Website: Web Design Perth
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