Fuggs and Where to Find Them
Fake Uggs - A Way of Life
I know some of you may read the title and wonder, "What are Fuggs?" Quite simply, they are "fake Uggs." Uggs are the boots that are... well... kind of ugly. They are basically a type of sheepskin boot. Many would say they are a fashion faux pas at this point. However, in many areas of the U.S., women are still wearing their Uggs with great pride. Thrifty people in these same regions of the county are wearing fake versions of the Ugg boots... Fuggs. And yes, we are cheap and we wear our Fuggs with pride, too!
At first glance, one might wonder what the appeal would be for the boots. They are not that pretty. They kind of make your feet look big. Fuggs and Uggs alike can look rather awkward. Yet many people wear them. I will be the first person to say I rejected wearing these shoes for years. I thought they were horrifically ugly and I wanted to wear feminine looking boots. After years of looking at these boots, they rather grow on you. Let me tell you why.
A good pair of Uggs or Fuggs are extremely warm. We've had some nasty winters lately. Those boots can easily survive frigid winter weater. Besides being extremely warm, the best Uggs and Fuggs are very comfortable. The inside of these boots are pretty much lined with some type of fluffy material. The material used to line the boots depends on whether you are getting real Uggs or Fuggs. Stepping into my first pair of Fuggs, I felt like I was walking on a cloud. That was it... I was sold.
Considering I never buy real Uggs because I find them ridiculously overpriced, I have become somewhat of an expert at the lower priced fake Uggs. Since I am a Fuggs expert, I would like to let everyone know where you can buy the good, the bad, and the ugly versions of these boots.
Claire's and Wet Seal
Two mall stores that start loading up on Fuggs in the fall are Claire's and Wet Seal. To be perfectly honest, the quality and price of their fake Uggs are relatively the same, so I felt no reason to separate the two stores while reviewing them.
Both stores carry adorable boots with cute options like fuzzy balls or sweater like material. Claire's and Wet Seal both offer their boots at an extremely low price; usually around $20 a pair. Around the time spring rolls around, you can easily buy their boots on clearance for around $5 a pair. That is when I will buy these boots because that is just about what they are worth.
Claire's and Wet Seal's boots are super cute. They do certainly have a lot of personality. However, the appeal stops there. They are not terribly well-made. The boots are actually quite thin and would be better suited for spring weather. Also, there really isn't a lot of traction. I've been know to go slipping across the floor while wearing either brand. As far as Fuggs go, these are far from the best option.
I love Walmart for many reasons. They sell dirt cheap groceries. There are awesome holiday decorations available for different seasons. They even sell onesie pajamas for adults during the winter. For that matter, you might even see some adult shoppers WEARING those onesie pajamas while wheeling a cart around the store. For a store with that much awesomeness, what is not to love?
Well, their Fuggs are something I cannot love. Their Fuggs are only about $15. Yes, this is a reasonable price. In this case, you'd be better off going to a store that sells boots at a slightly higher price because Walmart has some thin fake Uggs. The material lining the boots are not so great either. To top it all off, Walmart Fuggs are not even that cute.
If you are interested in buying something at a low price because you do not intend to wear it often, Walmart is a good choice. If you want boots that are comfortable and durable, you need to keep looking.
Payless Shoe Source
A good mid-quality brand to consider when buying Fuggs is Airwalk, which is available at Payless Shoe Source. Airwalk makes a fairly sturdy pair of boots. As far as Fuggs go, these are not a far cry from looking like real Uggs. Unfortunately, they do not feel like you are wearing Uggs. The lining is not that soft. The boots are fairly comfortable, but still not the most comfortable Fuggs out there.
What the Airwalk Fuggs have going for them is they are well-made and sturdy. From a distance, someone would probably assume you are wearing actual Uggs. Also, one of the colors available is a tan color that is slightly darker than what many of the other brands offer. Due to the great color choice (tan, but not easily stained), I would recommend these boots. The typical price is around $35 - $45, depending on the type of boot style you buy. Never forget the Payless bogo sales either - you can get these Fuggs for much less!
Macy's sells a number of different brands in their boots department. Two of their most popular fake Uggs are Bearpaw and Style & Co. Both brands make very suitable Fuggs that are comfortable and well-made. They can range in price from $40 on up to a price range I would like to call "real Ugg" territory. My personal philosophy is, if they cost as much as real Uggs, you might as well go somewhere else in the mall and buy real Uggs.
Since Style & Co is the brand I actually own, I can say they are relatively inexpensive. On sale, you can get a decent pair for even less that $40. If they are having a good sale and you've got coupons, you could walk away with an excellent deal. The variety of colors are good. The quality of the Fuggs are pretty decent. The lining is really soft and pleasant.
My one problem with the Style & Co fake Uggs is how huge my feet look when I wear them. Although they are comfortable, they are kind of fat and clunky. I've even tripped over my own feet more than once while wearing them. If you already have feet that are a little larger than average, you are probably not going to want these shoes, I have small feet, and they actually make my feet look big. In girl world, that is just a big no-no.
I have saved the best Fuggs for last. The clear winner in the fake Uggs department is Target. I have owned different pairs of Fuggs from Target and all of them have been wonderful. First of all, you may wonder how they compare to real Uggs. In my opinion, there isn't even a significant difference except for the price tag. My friend owns Uggs and I own Target Xhilaration boots. We've tried out each other's boots and guess what? There is no real difference except the price and I am sure the lining in the Target boots is fake fur. For animal lovers, that is a plus anyway.
Xhilaration boots from Target are extremely comfortable, durable, warm, well-made, and fuzzy on the inside. It feels like little sheep are curling up around your feet and napping. There is such warmth and fuzziness! I feel completely invincible in these boots. Once they get a little dirty, I think nothing of stomping through puddles of rain and snow. They can really take some abuse. Best of all, they sell for about $30 to $40 depending on what type you buy.
The only downside to these Fuggs is they are no longer available in all the great colors. I've had black, chocolate brown, and light tan. Now, just the black with the sweater look are available at the store. Online, you do have a few more options, including some sequined boots in vibrant colors. No matter what color you get, buy these boots rather than Uggs if you are short on money. Even if you are not short of money, just buy these Fuggs! They are amazing!
On a side note, I was attempting to post an Amazon ad on this hub for these very shoes in a nice tan color. When I realized they were my size and there was only one pair left... well, sorry guys. Those shoes are sold!
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