Shoes define us. We are known and judged by the friends we keep and the shoes we wear. For many men and women, the shoe that they wear will tell the whole story of the person. Do you value heels and elegance? Do you value comfort and loafers? Are you a boater who always can be found wearing deck shoes? Or do you value the comfort of a natural sheepskin? Do you love the look and feel of the sheepskin boot that we have grown to love and wear everywhere? If you do, you are in for a treat. From weddings to surfing to military combat to toddlers and dolls and even star football quarterbacks now famously support and wear these classic shoes. Join as we explore the best and the worst, from outlandish to outstanding and join with us in our poll about UGGs. Explore the brave new world of sheepskin boots and what these boots can do for you and your wardrobe.
"UGG Australia (or simply UGG) is an American footwear company and is a division of the Deckers Outdoor Corporation. UGG is a registered trademark."
Magical Material - Sheepskin
All UGGs are made of sheepskin. Like all items in life there are fakes and there are synthetic shoes that mimic this design.
Is it UGGs or Uggs? Or Just Ugly?
The origin of the name has some controversy but this story shared by wikipedia appears to have allot of validity to me:
"Frank Mortel of Mortels Sheepskin Factory has stated that he began manufacturing the boots in the late 1950s, and named his company's sheepskin boots "ugg boots" in 1958 after his wife commented that the first pair he made were "ugly.""
UGGs and Our Culture
Casual Shoe Style at the Wedding?
I would definitely want a pair of Jimmy Choo's UGG designs but I draw the line with wearing UGGs at a wedding. Of course, it is all about friendship and if the bride so desires to wear boots at her wedding, she is Queen for the day and I would gracefully comply but I would never encourage this unorthodox use of a boot. No boot belongs at a wedding - personal opinion only!
From Sporting Shoes to Wedding Shoes
Surfers know this is a fantastic shoe for the water and the sand. It was the surfers who discovered the Uggs and brought this great shoe into its own.
Yes, I know you would have logically assumed it would have been the military men and women who needed a shoe that breathes and moves with you and adds comfort during stressful situations but no, while the military can be found wearing Uggs, it was the surfers who first recognized this great comfort item that millions of us enjoy daily.
Military Men in Uggs
Military Combat and Outdoor Use
The surfers brought this boot to us and yet we can find in the archives where the military used these boots. I can see more use today for our military - especially with the dessert camoflague but later on we will see UGGs in the classic military green so who knows maybe someday the armed forces will see the benefit of real sheepskin shoes (but with the added orthopedics but of course!).
Sheep Skin Is Worth It!
Not made for snow. Remember they originated in Australia. Since these shoes have no traction, there is no grip for the icy, snowy surfaces. What is great is these shoes have great airflow which works great for both the winter and for the summer. If you think a duck and have ever tried a down comforter, you will understand the natural worth that only Mother Nature can provide.
Even though there is no arch support and no support for your ankle, the best of the both world's is adding orthodontics to your boots.
The video at the right a great product review that compares the different boots side by side.
Not for Just Women Any More
With the addition of quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots to help launch the men's line, UGGs is no longer just for the surfers, or women in sundresses and jeans, UGGs is truly a unisex boot.
Mothers Wearing Uggs (and Sometimes Daughter Too!)
Mother's Wearing Uggs
Uggs are perfect for young Mothers who are busy with their families. From celebrity Moms and more, we see where Uggs work perfectly in their busy lifestyles.
I would have thought that camoflague Uggs would be at the top of my never list but yet at the photo shown to the right showcases, the carefully pulled together pieces on this model work exceptionally well. I have a natural affinity to green anyway (sorry for the pun I just wasn't able to help myself!). The camoflague uggs adds a new dimension to this casual boot and for those of us who love the fall colors and relish in green will delight in this (OK, I promise I will stop with my puns!).
Uggs with Sweat Pants Walking the Dog
Beyond the wedding Uggs, the fashion statement that doesn't work under any condition is Uggs with sweat pants. Even the beautiful Barbie doll like model, I believe she is a famous personality is not able to make this pairing work.
Where These Shoes Won't Work
It doesn't belong with your workout attire. Sweat pants and natural sheepskin boots do not pair fashionably well.
Blue Jean UGGs and Fur
Favorite Fashion Statement - Pairing Uggs With Jeans and Fur
My favorite fashion statement is Uggs with jeans and fur. It is simply a natural. Sorry I had to hit this pun. The Uggs are made of shearling, a natural fiber, the added jacket with fur trim or the full fur vest I believe continues the casual but elegant tone of the Uggs and creates an enduring fashion statement.
UGGs with Shorts
UGGs with Ripped Blue Jeans
Jennifer Lopez Sporting Fur Vest Jeans and UGGs
Royal Uggs and Black Jeans and Uggs and More!
Jeans and Royalty with Uggs
You don't have to be a true princess to wear Uggs and Uggs pairs very nicely with almost any pair of jeans. From black jeans to white jeans, Uggs works well with the clothing you already have in your closet. Check out the many versions of Uggs with jeans showcased to the right. Who wears jeans and Uggs the best - the Princess but of course! But many would contend that Kelly Ripa was Queen of this contest! What do you think?
Dolls Wearing UGGs
Dolls Now Offer Uggs
The true testament to a fashion statement, style icon or famous person is the recreation in the form of a doll. Uggs have graduated and now proudly are apart of the toy industry, appearing proudly on dolls.
Matching Doll with the Outfit
One of the great items today for children is matching the outfit with the child's outfit. A little bit of a vanity and little bit of minnie me but delightful. Imagine your child or better you back in your youth with a doll with your same hair style and the very same outfit. This is a little girl's dream.
Dolls Need More UGGs
The Barbie doll world could use more Uggs. Sadly there are not many choices with Barbie donning a pair of Uggs. Barbie is always a mirror of our society and somehow Mattel is missing an important part of our culture. Of course, we could buy a doll size pair of Uggs and add them to any wedding Barbie but that defeats the purpose of Barbie being the mirror of our fashionistas.
Uggs Are Timeless
Uggs have firmly cemented a place forever in our history. I don't foresee them going by the wayside of other shoes. Why? Because they are made of a natural material. Anything from Mother Nature has an enduring quality because we admire nature. A natural material will forever be the fashion statement for our shoes. And while the surfers who are perhaps the most connected to nature have shown us the importance of this simple boot. Uggs are timeless and will be forever loved, generations to come - mark my words.
Are Uggs Ugly to You?
Share Your Opinion
Uggs More Than a Style a Lifestyle
Uggs are more than a style, they are a lifestyle. They permeate every part of our culture and our life. With the exception of the sweatpants, I feel all of these choices are great. Well, I must be truthful would draw the line with the wedding Uggs. I am progressive but weddings are sacred and the casual sneaker or Ugg should be reserved for the reception.
The item that surprised me the most is the origins in surfing. I have researched surfing and have never before come across this. The military, the sweatpants - none of those were a surprise and even the sundresses I am grown accostumed to.
Uggs are appropriate for all ages - toddlers through seniors. And while we didn't touch upon any seniors, I can see us all growing old in these shoes that have natural materials. After all, isn't that how we as humans started out - living off the land and co-dependent upon fur and sheepskin?
The final question - the most important question - would you own a pair of Uggs? If so, how do you wear your Uggs?
© 2013 Ken Kline