Fuggs and Where to Find Them

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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.

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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.

Walmart

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.

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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

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.

5 stars for Xhilaration Boots from Target
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Target

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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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Thanks Jeannie for sharing where to get good fake Uggs or Fuggs. My husband has always said Uggs are short for ugly, but seriously I love my Uggs and you just totally shared some great cheap alternatives, totally appreciate that. Hope you enjoy your brand new pair by the way and thanks again. Have of course voted up and shared all over!!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks so much for your comment, for sharing, and for the vote up! I have a great love of Fuggs, especially the Target kind. A dog drooled on my last pair of tan Fuggs (don't even ask!) and ruined them. So I am happy to find a replacement. :-)


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

There is not too large a market for either Uggs or Fuggs in semi-tropical south Florida, Jeannie, but if you get a line on a bargain in Manolo Blahniks, just give me a call.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I will let you know. :-) I imagine Uggs are not too popular in hot climates. Thanks for checking out my hub!


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HoneyBB 4 years ago from Illinois

I do need to get some boots for winter. I will definitely be checking out Target for the Xhilaration Fuggs! thanks for the tips. Voted+++


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teaches12345 4 years ago

$20 dollars is a lot more affordable than the $180 my friend paid for Uggs. These to look like the real thing, not a bad choice!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

HoneyBB - Target Fuggs are definitely the best of all the fake uggs. :-) Thanks for the vote up!

teaches12345 - I can't believe how much people pay for Uggs! If I had a lot of money, I might be willing to pay $100 for the pink kind though. I really like the pink Uggs and I wish Target would make them. I am still not sure I could go as high as $180 even if I won the lottery! Thanks for your comment!


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

I never realized that my favorite foot apparel was referred to as Fuggs! I love mine and wear them all the time. They especially come in handy with the heavy snow fall associated with Upstate NY.


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yes, I don't know if Fuggs are an official term or just something my friends and I made up, but I use the term so often I accept it as an actual term. And oh yes, they do help so much in the snow. Thanks for your comment!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jeannie......1st. let me compliment you on a very interesting and well-written hub.......now I need only to repeat what I told my good friend, Tillie (hubber--tilsontitan) when she wrote a hub on the authentic Uggs...........Real or knock -off......."Uggs," is a good name for them.....they are, indeed.....UGly!! ....But you are cute!....UP+++


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks so much for your comment and the vote up. Hahaha... I must admit, they are rather ugly. You just wouldn't believe how warm and wonderful they make your feet feel! :-)


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

I used to think I should only buy brand names. Not anymore. Most of the time the cheaper versions of shoes, or other things, hold up just as well as the brand names. Good hub!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks so much! I just love my Fuggs. There is no reason to pay high prices for items that are the same quality and much cheaper.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I don't buy named brand boots- I buy what's nice. Even though I don't own uggs or fuggs- at least I'm glad I know I have options should I decide to purchase them. Great hub Jeannie!


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

I had a pair of Bearpaws, but I wore them out. Now I've got the Payless brand Fuggs. I got them when I was recovering from a broken foot, and none of my other shoes fit. They're nice for the cold, but I'd stay out of puddles in them. Good overview of all the Fugg options.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Oh, Lord, I hope my feet are never cold enough to wear these shoes. I can't stand cold feet, but they look great for keeping one's feel nice and toasty.

Good review on Fugg, Uggs, or whatever you call them!

I voted this Hub up, and shared.


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ComfortB 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

My teenage daughter and her friends can't get enough of these 'uuggghh', sorry, Uggs.

I too, like fpherj48 said, think they are ugly, but then so were those 4x4 heels we wore in the 70's. Anyone remember those? You could kill a mole with those.

Great hub. Detailed, and useful. Voted up too.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Jeannie, useful hub. My daughter has had 2 pairs of Uggs, both of which I bought at malls in Florida. I wish I had known about Fubbs and would have headed to Target instead ans saved a bundle of cash :o(


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Alecia Murphy - If you buy one pair of Fuggs, you might become addicted like me. I can't stop myself. There is even an ad for pink Uggs on this page. Gasp! I am trying to stay in control and not buy them, but it is really tough. Thanks for your comment!

Sherry Hewins - I have one payless pair of Fuggs right now. I have about 4 pairs of the Target kind. They are still my favorite! All of them are good options for keeping warm... I won't try to go near puddles until my Fuggs are older and ugly. I don't like to discolor them! Thanks for the comment!

mary615 - Hahahaha... I used to avoid Fuggs and Uggs, but now I love them. I still think they are rather ugly, but they are so comfortable. If you ever try on a pair, you might change your mind, too! :-) Thanks for the vote up and for sharing!

ComfortB - One definitely has to get used to looking at Uggs and Fuggs. They are not the cutest shoes on the planet. However, they are the warmest and really comfortable. There were some horrifically ugly shoes out in the 70s, too. I guess every decade has its own look to be embarrassed about. Thanks for the vote up!

Jools99 - The Target Fuggs are really great. I just saw on their web site they now have a furry kind with colors like purple and aqua... I am trying to hold back and not buy them. It is tough. They are on sale. ;-) Thanks for your comment! Keep in mind - Target next time!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Buy them! If you don't , you will only regret it later.....


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Maybe I will give in to temptation. Sigh. Thanks for your support!


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Trish89 4 years ago

Nice post! I love my Yggdrasil and I love saving money even more!


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Trish89 4 years ago

Uggs* lol not sure why it auto corrected to that!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Hahaha... I wondered what Yggdrasil was. Thanks for your comment!


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emilybee 3 years ago

I like my Bear Paws but they are much too worn out by the inside of the heel now...not so comfortable. I need a new pair. Used to think they were so ugly back in the day. You are right...they grow on you!


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Yes, they sure do grow on you! Target is having a big sale on boots this weekend. Plenty of Fuggs are on clearance if you are interested. Thanks for checking out my hub and thanks for the comment!


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helenehou 3 years ago

I had got two pairs of Fuggs, one pair from khol's and one from Macy's. Really useful in the deep snow of CT. I love them being so inexpensive that I can wear them going sledging with son.


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I have a pair of Fuggs from Macy's, too. My favorite is still Target's Fuggs, but the Macy's pair is a nice color. They are so warm! Thanks for checking out my hub.

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