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One Person's Review of UGG Boots
Ugg Australia Trademark
There was a time when I heard people refer to "Uggs" boots I thought they just meant those boots were ugly. Obviously I was very, very wrong. Everyone loves them. Apparently Australia and New Zealand claim that Uggs boots started there. According to Wikipedia;
"...sheepskin boots were manufactured in Australia in 1933 by Blue Mountains Ugg Boots of New South Wales.
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."
Lifelong surfer Shane Stedman of Australia has stated in interviews that he invented the ugg boot in 1971.Stedman registered the trademark "UGH-BOOTS" in Australia in 1971, and in 1982 registered a logo containing a stylised Sun with the words "UGG AUSTRALIA". Perth sheepskin boot manufacturers Bruce and Bronwyn McDougall of Uggs and Rugs have manufactured the boots since the late 1970s."
So what seems quite clear is it isn't clear how these boots really started but they are thriving now and by the way, the original Uggs boots are really UGG not UGGS but to make it easy I will refer to them as Uggs throughout this hub.
UGG Owners or Interested Readers
Uggs first came to the United States in the 1970s. It seems a gentleman named "Brian Smith registered US trademark for these Boots. Smith once said he called his boots uggs before there was even a trademark in America.
Well in spite of or because of their history they are now American as well. Let's leave the history behind and take a look at the boots themselves. The boots are made of sheepskin. The inside is the soft, fleecy part of the sheep, and the outside is the tanned skin of the sheep, ie leather. The amazing thing about Uggs (I'll use that name to keep it simple) is the sheepskin. The sheepskin has a thermostatic quality - that means it automatically responds to temperature change. That's why you see girls wearing them in the summer....sheepskin lined boots when its ninety degrees. I still find that hard to understand and so do my feet, they sweat if I wear my them in warm weather.
Hollywood stars have been seen wearing Uggs everywhere, and with the comfort they provide its no wonder. They're pretty versatile though I don't think I'd wear them with an evening gown. You can wear them with the tops straight up or turned down. You can wear them with your pant leg tucked inside so you can see the whole boot, or you can wear them with the pant leg outside covering the boot.
Uggs are not waterproof so it is not advisable to wear them in wet weather. You can buy products to spray on that will protect them somewhat but not from deep puddles or really wet weather. Also, most people wear them without socks because they are so comfortable.
They are now being made in other materials such as corduroy, wool blend knits, and side lacing...that is for women. They come in different colors, heights and styles. Men's Uggs have pretty much stayed the same with just the color choices available. Yes, there is a babies and kids collection (I knew you were thinking about it).
Speaking of men, Uggs has recruited Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady to do ads to get try to convince men its okay to wear them. Part of the reason for this campaign is to show men that they make men's shoes and not just women's boots. Of course having a football player wear them makes them macho....but I must admit, this is one good looking young football player that will have lots of girls buying Uggs for their man!
Doctor's are finding women who wear Uggs on a regular basis are developing foot problems.One of the reasons the Uggs are so comfortable is they are roomy and don't constrict your foot. This lack of constriction is also a lack of support. While walking in Uggs your foot has the ability to slide around and may cause your arch to fall. It may also cause heel and foot pain.
Remember 'thermostatic'? Well, your foot can still sweat and prolonged wear with your foot sweating can cause skin problems.
No heels, no edges to cut your feet
There are many colors to choose from to match your outfits
No need to wear socks
Lining keeps feet warm
If cared for you can have them for years
Made of sheepskin
Animals used to make Uggs
Flat and 'sloppy'
Feet move around in boot causing foor to 'splay' and other foot problems
Not performance wear
Not meant for hiking or long walks
So what's the bottom line? Common sense. Uggs are comfortable, now fashionable and just easy to wear. Like anything else, however, moderation is key. Wear them one day and wear sneakers or other shoes the next. Wear them around the house but not out shopping....use your head and keep your Uggs.
My ultimate opinion is I love my Uggs and wouldn't trade them for anything. How do you feel? Why not add your comment below so we can see what the general consensus is on the UGG boot.