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I am fortunate to have the same sized feet as my daughter, so when her grandma treats her to expensive boots and shoes that I wouldn't buy, much to her annoyance I get to test them out! Her latest indulgence has been a pair of purple cardi Ugg boots at a cost of £180! Maybe it's me but it doesn't matter how much I loved a pair of boots, I would never in a million years spend this amount of money on footwear (unless it's diamond encrusted!)
The boots, however, do look beautiful. They look so warm, comfortable and stylish. They have 3 large buttons for decoration down the side. The boots can either be worn as ankle length boots, or the top section can be unfolded to make the boots look longer. They are designed to look and feel great both ways.
This makes the boot extra versatile and I think they look great with most clothing - my daughter wears them with tight jeans, leggings, shorts and even skirts and they look great with all.
They are so cosy and comfortable it feels like wearing a slipper outdoors. Everyone has their own preferences regarding heel size, but for me the fact that they are completely flat is a bonus too, and great for my daughter to charge about in.
Despite being made out of soft, woollen material, the footwear has been worn in all weather and have seen their fair share of the bottom of puddles. Even so they have not suffered in the slightest. The material still looks as good as new and even the purple colour is as bright as it always has been. She (we!) has had the boots for a good year now at least and no holes have appeared and wear and tear is virtually non-existant after almost daily wear.
They do have a very high price tag, but they are obviously made to a very high standard. I'm still not sure that this superior quality warrants such a high price, but if people are prepared to pay this amount for them then fair enough, they are lovely, lovely boots.
OK I know we are having a heatwave in the UK and probably the last thing on people's minds is thinking about winter boots, but I am bursting to tell as many people as possible that I actually own my very first GENUINE Ugg boots!! I have bought imitation ones and have been pleased with them but I have to admit that I was green with envy when passing women sporting the genuine article.
I would normally never dream of wearing anything but brand new footwear but when I saw these (almost new/ barely worn) charcoal grey Uggs donated to our local church shop where I volunteer, my heart skipped a beat and I gazed at them longingly. I quickly grabbed them and decided I would have to try them on for fit but at the back of my mind envisaging a Cinderella-type scenario.... but they fit like a pair of gloves and I am now a happy bunny who cannot wait until the colder weather is upon us so I can wear them outdoors wiithout folk giving me funny looks (which has happened in the last 2 weeks since I got them!)
It is a long story but last year I was in a women's refuge and left home with just my imitation boots as footwear so I guess I was the only person who was glad it was a bad summer. These lasted through the past 12 months despite being glued together but I promised myself that one day I would actually own the genuine ones. Fast forward a year and here I am wearing them and feeling the lovely thick lining and admiring the pure simplicity of the design. Walking is now a treat as they are soooooo unbelievably comfortable. I love the style too and think they look great with leggings or skinny jeans. I do not have money to spend on cllothes these days but at least my feet look good so I do not care.
I am leaving the best news until last - they only cost me a fiver - how great is that??? For those who may be cringing at the thought of buying pre-warned footwear let me tell you so was I - until I found myself homeless last year. These Ugg boots mean more than just being boots - they have shown me how bad things have been but how much better my life has become.....
We bought a pair of these for our oldest daughter last autumn as now she is getting a little older (and wears the same size shoes as me - always very useful) we needed to get her something which was both fashionable and would keep her feet warm in the winter.
She already had several pairs of Uggs, and so she wanted to try these ones and I must say I was very impressed with both the quality and durability of these boots. The boots have wooden buttons on the side which you can open if you choose to wear them a different way, inside they have a fleece lining so you can wear without socks however my daughter always wore socks with them and they were still just as comfortable, and they did keep her feet very warm. I dont recommend wearing these in water or snow as I made the mistake of 'lending' them (Im only in my thirties - I can still get away with wearing my daughters clothes.... just) and nearly ruined them as we had a lot of snow here in the North West last winter and I assumed they would keep my feet warm as they did during the dry weather but the water seeps in, and left my feet feeling really cold so they dont offer much protection there.
We purchased ours from Cheshire Oaks outlet village and paid £125.00 for them and we certainly have had our money worth from them, you can now find these ones for a little cheaper but you do need to be aware because there are some fakes out there. They look nice with a pair of skinny jeans or over a pair of leggings and are very easy to put on when in a rush. The only downside is the woolly fabric can catch on things as I noticed my daughter has a pull in them which has left a sort of loop sticking out, this does blend in but if you look closely you can see it and this was caused by the velcro fastening on her coat sticking to it.
We liked these boots so much we bought her another pair of the same style but in a different colour however as with all trends she has now changed her style (keep up mum) and has just advised me she wont be needing a pair this Autumn.
I love Uggs boots. I love their style, I love their sheepskin and I love their range. I just don't love their price... but they ARE worth it!
Ugg boots are warm, comfy and very very cosy. They come in all sorts of different styles and they're VERY well made. Each boot is made with precision and knowledge. These beat all of the other sheepskin boots on the market. You can pay up to £250 for a pair of Uggs but they are usually cheaper when bought via Amazon.co.uk. I managed to get two pairs for under £100 (these were the Cardy ones) which was a bargain!
I love the classic tall Uggs. You can buy them in various different colours but I love the chocolate ones. I have had my pair of tall Uggs for just under three years and they're still like new. I would recommend using a suede protector on your Uggs to prolong the life of them as they can get damaged in the rain. I managed to get one from Clarks for £3.99. It is worth protecting the boots as they aren't cheap.
Uggs are extremely comfy and cosy. I wear them everyday for simple tasks such as visiting family and nipping to the shops. They're also ideal for day trips as the boots can be worn for HOURS without causing your feet to ache. They don't create any odour either as the sheepskin lining wicks away moisture, leaving your feet warm and dry. Uggs use 100% genuine sheepskin unlike Bearpaw boots that use a sheepskin and wool mix. Uggs are the REAL deal.
I would recommend these boots to EVERYONE. Uggs rock!
I have previously written reviews on ugg boots being bailey buttons, ugg classic and my more recent ugly ugg slippers that have been added to my collection. I have a real love for ugg boots. I wanted to write a quick review ugg boots for those thinking about buying a pair or those who have never heard off them or for the people that want to know what all the fuss is about.
Australian ugg boots cost a fortune around £100 and up depending on what style you want. Australian ugg boots can be bought at recommended retailers across the uk, its always best to check on the australian ugg website what shops stock genuine uggs due to the many fakes going around. Its safe to purchase the boots online from ugg australia but i always recommend going to the shop and trying them on because i always have to buy a size 4 instead of a 5 my normal shoe size however some people feel the uggs are small made and need a size bigger.
Australian ugg boots first started in australia, these boots are made from real sheepskin inside and out with synthetic foam sole. The ugg boots were made for surfers originally in australia and were like slippers for when surfers come out the water to keep their feet nice and warm. It was interesting to know when my cousin from australia was visiting me during christmas says that i would be laugh at in australia for walking about in ugg boots outside because they class them as slippers and no one wears them out around town. I found it funny that she had strange views on my expensive, cool, fashionable, popular ugg boots but later my aunty confirmed it, these really are indoor wear in australia.
It actually makes a bit of sense, ugg boots cant be worn on ice, snow or in the rain because they are not water proof nor are the treads on the sole that great hence slipping on ice is very possible however i do wear my boots in all this weather because to me they are winter boots. It has caused my boots no damage but i do know the boots are not waterproof as mine have been soaked right through. You can buy a spray for ugg boots to make them waterproof it costs £25.00 from the ugg website worth an investment.
Uggs to me are very classy, trendy and go with everything. I live in my uggs from october to march and were leggings and jeans with them. Its so easy to pull the boots on and go.
I find the boots so comfortable and warm to wear. From this point i highly recommend ugg boots and i think if you haven't got a pair then try them you will be sold on uggs straight away. I personally started liking ugg boots due to the many celebs spotted in magazines with the boots on and was desperate to try a pair hence my addiction started. I should add that my very first pair are four years old and i have still got them, only this year have the soles gone on them and look scruffy now but have lasted very well.
With every pro there is a con.
One of the things i didn't like about ugg boots is the sheep that get shaved to make these luxury boot and i cant help feel the more popular the boots are the more shaved bald sheep there are although i cling to the thought that the sheep will only be shaved in the summer months i hope.
I don't agree with animal fur coats yet here i am with sheep on my feet.
The more serious problems related to ugg boots are the health problems like the soft sole has been linked to posture problems, ankle injuries and even back problems. Because the boots are so warm and fluffy inside they can also make your feet sweat causing athletes foot and nail infections yuk.
I guess if you wear the boots in moderation and not all day long everyday that would be ok. As i haven't suffered any off the above problems i cant comment yet however i will look into getting a pair of normal boots this winter and chop and change between them.
Are these boots made for walk? I guess the answer is NO but i will not be giving up my ugg boots even if the australians laugh at me.
Ugg boots yes i recommend.
Some of my friends have the Ugg Australia branded sheepskin boots .They bought them locally and love them .I would love a pair too but I cant afford the prices they charge .Ive had a couple of £15 pairs from a cheap High St chain but theyre not real sheepskin and they fall apart in a few weeks .Its really false economy .I bought a pair of " original " Ugg Australia for £75 included postage ,bargain ! Not ! In a few weeks the heels collapsed .There was no phone number on the website from where I bought them and they didnt reply to my emails . Another not so well off friend told me she had bought a pair of real sheepskin boots called Shepherd's Life from shop in Farnham ,Surrey .They were £95 for a pair of tall classic boots.She'd had them a few months and loved them. I checked out their website and bought the same ones as my friends,they arrived next day! I love them ! Hubbys just bought me a pair of their lovely Uxbridge style for my birthday .Lucky girl ! Check out Shepherd's Life ,they rock !
I have the Cardy Ugg boots - short boots made out of knitted wool. They are really comfy and can be worn with anything from leggins to jeans to dresses. They make any outfit look relaxed. It is important to get Ugg boots from a trusted supplier particularly if you are buying over the internet because there ae a lot of fakes about. It is easy to spot the real ones if you are able to see them before you buy them because the quality it not there with the fake ones. Expect to pay about £120 for the Cardy Ugg boots - anything much less would indicate the boots are fake.
One thing to note is that there is no way you could wear the Cardy Ugg Boots in the rain. Once you step anywhere near a puddle you will find that your feet are soaking and once the boots are dried out the smell horrible - sort of musty. Spray them with Febreze and leave them out to air for a few hours and they'll be ok.
I have two pairs of Ugg boots. One is a classic pair just like the ones depicted in the picture above (but in black) and I have another pair of grey Uggs with pink stripes that are in the style of baseball boots. I've had both pairs over a year and, to be honest, they are rarely off my feet!
Okay.....I get that they are not the most flattering boot on the planet. They are not sexy or sensual - and they do nothing to make a girls feet look small and petite. They can look big and clumpy and the classic boots are generally in muted colours and don't really stand out in any "wow!" way......but, this aside, I LOVE THEM!!
When I say I love them, I mean I really love them! Not in any weird boot fetish way, but in the way that you might love a favourite pair of jeans or the old pair of pyjamas that youT just can't bring yourself to throw away.
So, why do I love them so much?
Well, COMFORT. Seriously, these are the most comfortable boots I have ever come across. They have a gorgeous sheepskin lining inside of them which, despite wearing them A LOT is still as intact as the day I bought them. The lining has not worn or flattened over the year - and still feels incredibly soft and fluffy - and keeps my feet feeling like they're being treated to a little bit of luxury! What's more, as the website suggests, I do not wear socks with my Uggs - and against everything I believed possible, these boots still smell clean and fresh. Despite the fact that they are woolen on the outside and fleecy on the inside, quite literally, my feet do not sweat when I'm wearing my Ugg's, no matter what the temperature is outside.
I did twist my ankle about 4 months ago and following the twist I did decide not to wear my Uggs for a while (yes, I did miss them!). The problem is that one of the things that makes them so comfortable is the fact that they have no structure as such and so you can slop about in them.....but equally this means that when your feet (or ankle in my case) could benefit from some structure to give support, then these boots are not for you. Within a few weeks, I was back to wearing them - and in the meantime I wore my other Uggs which are slightly more conventional in style (like baseball boots) and did provide some support.
The one drawback about these boots is the fact that, because they are woolen with furry lining, they are not waterproof and so if you splash through a puddle (or get caught in a severe storm as I did in San Fransisco recently), your feet will get wet. The remedy to this is obviously to not go out when its raining! Problem solved.
I would recommend that you get a size smaller than you normally would because they do tend to stretch.
Overall, as you can probably guess, I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Uggs to anyone. Its true that they are expensive (in excess of £100), but you will get so much wear out of them that I feel its more than justified to spend this on them.
I have always been a fan of Ugg boots but one thing I was not a fan of is the price and the amount of websites selling copies, so I was always wary of buying them in case they wasn't the real deal!
I have wanted a pair for over a year now and really wanted the tall triplet Bailey button Ugg's but these were over £200, now I do like them but not that much so I settled for the short Bailey button which cost me £130 from Schuh which I have to say did hurt for a week after unlike the boots!!
The first thing I was told whilst trying my boots on was once I had purchased my boots there is no need to wear socks as apparently there are natural fibres in the boots which absorb the sweat but doesn't leave the boots smelling! I have to admit once I was told this I didn't quite believe this but so far 7 weeks on and still no smell!
The second thing I learnt whilst buying my Uggs was the sizes. I am usually a very comfortable size 6 but I was advised to try them first as the sizes come up different and that I did find out ot be true when I felt like my toe was going to burst through the front of the boots! So my advice to you is to go a size bigger.
I found with my boots that by 3 weeks they had really stretched as well so if you have wide legs or feet I should think these would be the ideal boots for you.
Now that I have my Uggs after a year's wait, I live and die in them because the comfort is something I have never had from another pair of boots/shoes like I have had with these boots.
My boots were put to the test. Before Christmas we had terrible snow and when it started I was driving on my way home and got stuck on the motorway. I had to abandon my car and walk the 2 hours home. Thing was I had my Uggs on and I could have cried. I had only brought them the week before and I was sure this was going to be £130 ruined. Well I was wrong firstly the sole is very thick and it obviously helped as I didn't slip once. Also although the boots were drenched my feet were still toasty warm and dry. When I got home I placed them under the radiator and two days later I just brushed them over with the ugg care kit brush and they looked as good as new, you can imagine the relief I felt!
I have heard people have found with the Bailey button boots that within the first few days the button has come off. I have still got my button in place and it doesnt look like it is going to budge so I do wonder if maybe that is a fault on the fake Uggs?
So in my opinion yes they are expensive but they are worth it as it is a high quality boot so the old saying you get what you pay for I think is true when it comes to these.
I am going to rate these boots a 4 star and it is only the price which is taking away the 5th star.
For those of you who don't know, I've just spent the last four months in the city of Valencia on the east coast of Spain as part of my university degree. I've been having a really good time at the university there and going out with the friends I've made, but possibly my favourite part of it was completely missing all the freezing and awkward weather that Britain has been getting for the last month or so. My parents were talking to me about how they hadn't been able to leave our house in the northeast of England for about 3 days due to the snow on the same day that several of my friends in Valencia had ventured down to enjoy the glorious sun and 25 degree warmth. I had almost forgotten what winter was and up until early December I found that even in the evening I never had to wear more than ballerina pumps, leggings, t shirt and a hoody to feel warm enough. I'd got so used to Spain being temperate that I completely forgot that back up in more northern Europe that would not be the case at all until I was about to go to visit friends in Belgium and France for a few days and realised that I had no warm clothes. Buying a winter coat wasn't a problem but I was completely stuck for warm footwear. I hadn't thought to bring the pair of Ugg boots which I got for my birthday last winter or indeed any boots at all, but knew that I would die in Mons and Paris in the snow wearing only flats. I therefore decided that the money my grandma had sent me for my recent birthday would be best spent on a new pair of boots from Ugg Australia.
While you may think that buying a new pair of boots costing close to £200 is a bit excessive when I still have a perfectly good pair at home and you can get shop own brand ugh for a much lower price, I definitely consider my second purchase to be money well spent. The pair that I got for my birthday last year kept my feet happy and warm throughout a cold winter in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle last year as well as being really beautiful footwear. My first pair of Ugg boots were the black version of the Bailey Button design (which you can see by going to http://www.uggaustralia.com/index.aspx and searching for Bailey Button then selecting the black colour option) which I chose because I thought they were more interesting and attractive than the classic Ugg boots that everyone else had. I had also only recently started to like the look of Uggs at all, as up until university the only people I had really seen wearing them were girls at my school who would accompany them with tracksuit or velour bottoms (which, to me anyway, looked awful). The soft, sheepy insides as well as the outside of the boot are dyed black and look particularly nice with black leggings, tights or jeans as well as light blue jeans tucked into them. Despite wearing them for about 3 months non-stop they still were in great condition even though they'd been dragged through rain, thick snow and even the odd bit of mud and so I had complete trust in the Ugg Australia brand when deciding to buy another pair.
My original pair being in good condition and me being guaranteed to wear them again on returning home for Christmas, I decided to go for a different colour and style when getting a second pair of the boots, as I thought it would be nicer to have a bit more variety in my footwear. Finding a decent selection in Valencia, however, was fairly difficult, so I was lucky that the style I had decided I wanted were the original and potentially most popular of the Ugg brand: Classic Short boots in chestnut (search for classic short on http://www.uggaustralia.com/index.aspx and select chestnut to see a picture). I think that these tan coloured, calf high boots are what most people picture when they think of Ugg boots as, along with the Classic Tall boots in this colour, brown and black these were the only ones you ever saw when they became popular a few years ago. I fortunately found and bought my pair of these boots and was delighted that they kept my feet warm and comfortable during my stay in Belgium and France despite the rest of me turning an unpleasant shade of blue.
My experience with my two pairs of Uggs has been nothing but good, but it is important that you look after them well or you may be disappointed when they get ruined by snow, rain or other acts of god. Before wearing the boots outside for the first time you should purchase an Ugg Care Kit, which includes a Sheepskin Protector spray along with a brush, a freshener spray (which you spray into the boots after wearing to stop them getting smelly from your feet) and a cleaner and conditioner you can use to wash your Uggs should they get dirty. The Sheepskin Protector is probably the most important in the kit as, if applied correctly, it prevents the sheepskin exterior of the Uggs from being stained or damaged by the elements. I followed the instructions on the spray and protected my Uggs before wearing them and, despite trailing through snow and having a pint of beer spilt on them on the first day of wearing them, they hardly look as though they've been worn. A lot of people are put off buying Uggs as they can be damaged by water and subsequently look awful, but using the protector spray and washing them with the cleaner and conditioner if they get dirty can really help to extend the life of your boots.
Using the freshener spray included in the same care kit as the protector spray is also pretty important, especially if you choose to wear the boots without socks. Ugg recommend that you have bare feet inside the boots in order to better appreciate the softness of the sheepskin as well as to enjoy the way that it keeps your feet warm to a greater extent, and since I prefer how it feels I do do this, but unfortunately it does mean that they would start to smell if you have any foot odour at all as sweat gets into the fur. The freshener spray recommends spraying it once into each shoe after wearing to keep odours at bay, and although I usually do it twice each for good measure, I've found that my first pair of Uggs still have no smell despite having been worn almost to excess.
So far my experience of owning both my pairs of Ugg boots has been nothing but good, as they keep your feet warm, look great and have a long life, so I would not hesitate to buy more in the future once my two pairs are past their prime or if I fancy a change. There is a large selection to choose from in the brand, which can be seen best on the American version of the official site here http://www.uggaustralia.com/ (as they have more styles than those available on the British site, unfortunately) but they are also sold at a variety of high street shops, including Schuh. There is now a massive selection to choose from, from variations on the classic design that I have, to ones that look more like walking boots or ones even made of cardigan or with heels. I have to say that while at the moment I am really only a fan of the more classic Ugg styles and haven't completely gotten over my original disgust at the Cardy ones, I'm sure it'll only be a matter of time before I've added some of the more adventurous ones to my collection. In any case, the wide selection means that if you want a pair of Uggs but don't want the same as your friends then you have a lot to choose from without compromising on quality.
So, in conclusion, I cannot recommend Ugg boots enough if you want a nice way to keep your feet warm in the cold while still looking nice. The insides are so amazingly soft and my feet have never been somewhere so nice, although the sheepskin on the inside sole does flatten with frequent wear and doesn't feel quite as wonderful as on first purchase, it's still perfect on the rest of the insides and still feels nice and soft. I know that a lot of people are put off by the high price of these boots (they range between £150 and £200 for the classic styles, while cardigan varieties are cheaper and some new designs cost up to £300, plus £25 for the Care Kit) and obviously if you physically can't afford them then store brand own varieties or other cheaper boots are a better option for winter footwear. If you can afford them, however, then I would say that they are definitely worth the money and have actually been good value considering how much wear I've gotten out of them. Your feet will thank you.
I Was always one that said I would never own a pair of UGGS that they were over priced and now I am the proud owner of 3 pairs. Chestnut classics, Bailey button and argyles.So when my partner finally brought me my first pair I got to see what all the fuss was about as I couldn't throw them back at him could I.
The first thing you notice about your UGG boots when you buy them is the comfort. As soon as your foot reaches the soft and cosey lining of the boots its heaven. Full and soft you feet mould into the wool and sit ever so snugly. The quality of the boots is perfect not yet have I found a fault with any of mine having owned my first pair for over a year now and basicly living in them last winter they are still in perfect condition maybe a little dirty and in need of some care. The soles are thick and practical adding even more comfort to the experience of wearing UGGS.
The only problem with my UGGS is the sizing. Some people say to size down others say to size up and to be honest I think it is just pot luck. My chestnut classics I had to go a size down with and they fit perfect so I followed suit with my bailey buttons and found these to be really tight. After a few weeks of wear they have now stretched to a comfortable fit but ideally I would have gone up a size. I decided to go up a size with my Argyles and they seem to be fine but I have yet to wear them much so I am not sure if they will stretch and become to big. All 3 of mine were purchased on line but if possible I would now go to a shop to try them on to make sure I get the perfect fit.
Most UGG boots cost anything from £100 plus but if you shop around like I have and make sure the seller is on the registered sellers list on the official UGG page with voucher codes you can get them a little cheaper. They are well worth the money that they cost and I'm sure I will continue to get years of wear out of my boots. With the many colours and styles that are available any body can be converted to UGGS!
I finally bit the bullet, and bought a pair of Uggs last winter during the heavy snow! For practical reasons I chose the bomber finish which looks more like leather, as i felt these would be easier to look after and could be worn without fear of ruining them in wet weather!
The style i settled on was the Bailey Buttons, as i liked the button detail on the side, and the fact that you could see some of the sheepskin peeping through! I initially bought a pair in my size, and being in a hurry i didn't try them on, when i got home i realised the pair i had bought were HUGE! So i had to return them and get the size smaller than i wear in normal shoes.
The next thing i noticed, was that although the button on the side of the boots does allow the boots to open, it does not give hugely you still have to wiggle your foot into the boot as they are quite firm around the ankle (unlike the cheap imitations!) - this maybe something to consider if you are of limited mobility around your ankles.
Wearing them was great, instantly it was noticeable that your feet were not only cushioned by the softness of sheepskin, but also there is a fair amount of support to your ankle and foot, more like you would expect from a proper shoe. This meant wearing the boots all day was not a problem, and infact at the end of a day i was reluctant to take them off! In order to get the best comfort while wearing them, i found it best to wear them without socks, as then my feet did not over heat!
It is well worth investing in the official UGG care kit, although it is somewhat more expensive than other protector sprays and care kits, it appears to work better on the boots, and you don't need to worry about ruining your boots as the product is recommended. It only takes a couple of minutes to look after them, and it is worth it!
When buying Uggs only buy from authorised stockists - you can find a list on the Ugg Website.
Try the size smaller than your normal shoe size!
Wear them bare foot!
Buy the care kit to prolong the boots life and your enjoyment of them!
Invest in them, and you will be converted!
I never used to like Ugg's. I especially hated the horrible beige colour of them, and I always associated them with teenage girls who I would see walking around our city centre, dragging their feet in cheaper imitation versions covered in dirt from wearing them in the rain. It wasn't until last winter when I was handed a pair of cheap imitation ones from a friend who bought new ones, did I actually grow to like them. You see, having cold feet in winter has also been a huge hate of mine, especially my toes. I'm not sure if I have bad circulation in my toes or something because as long as I can remember I've always suffered from them, and I remember being younger and crying in school because my toes were so cold and painful! This completely changed wearing these boots though, I went out into the snow wearing a cheap imitation version of Ugg boots and my feet were so warm, and the snow didn't affect them as badly as I thought. They also provided good grip when walking in the snow, and I'm usually the type hanging onto walls as I walk along the street in the snow looking rather unglamorous.
I was still put off by the price tag. For the type of Ugg boots I would want, they cost a whopping £150, so I was going to buy a cheaper version except I never got around to it. A few weeks ago however I was going to New York, and over there you can get Ugg boots for considerably cheaper. In fact the very same Ugg Boots that cost £150 over here, cost around £95 over there depending on the current currency conversion rate, and with that price my mind was made up.
I've heard everywhere that you should always get a size below your usually foot size in Uggs, and also Uggs only run in half sizes. I'm a size 5 so I knew this meant having to get a size 4.5. I bought my Uggs from Bloomingdales and I was advised the same thing in there, to get the size 4.5. There are many different styles of Ugg boots now aside from the famous classic versions, including ones with huge buttons on which I absolutely hate due to my phobia of plastic buttons (I do have the world's strangest phobia, I know!) and they come in all sorts of colours. I originally wanted the chocolate shade however they had sold out and so I opted for my second favourite shade of grey, and a friendly American woman trying on every pair of Uggs in the shop next to me kindly informed me that greay is 'so in this season, and it goes with everything' so I was reassured I would blend in with the fashion world...
I've worn my Uggs a good few times now, and I have no complaints at all. I wore them towards the end of my New York holiday as my feet were aching so much in my normal shoes, and wearing these really helped me feet! I can't wait for winter to set in and keep my feet nice and warm in these. I am very careful not to wear them in the rain however, especially as I haven't bought any of the sprays that Ugg make designed to clean or give protection for your boots.
If you are planning on buying any pair of Ugg boots, then I highly recommend shopping around online (but make sure it is a genuine Ugg seller!) and look out for discount codes! For example you can often get money off on ASOS.com which can really make a difference as Ugg's don't come cheap.
(This is primarily a review for branded footwear made by Ugg of the flip-flop, rather than boot, variety.)
I didn't quite understand the great pro- / anti- Ugg boot fashion debate that's raged on over recent years. Ugg boots, which look a bit like a basic clumpy moccasin-type shoe placed on top of a chunky synthetic sole, I think originally came from Australia. They're made of /lined with sheepskin and though I'm sure they're fine a snugly on the feet, in practical terms I always thought they were a bit of a non-starter for the British wintertime climate, because the outer part is made of soft, absorbent suede. They do come in a nice range of earth-tone colours though.
In Australia, they say surfers originally made them popular as the sheepskin lining was comfy / nice and warm when they came out of the water (and presumably, if an Ugg boot gets wet on an Australian beach, it'll dry out in no time). Exported to the British high-street and selling for upwards of £80 for a pair of the original article, I think you'd be a bit heart-broken if your super-expensive fashion boots got all soaked with slush / mud, wouldn't you....
I can certainly appreciate the comfort angle of the Uggs brand now though, for now I am the proud owner of pair of sheepskin-lined suede Ugg flip-flops - which might well sound like / be the most stupid thing ever -
(flip-flops = summer time footwear; sheepskin liner = NOT designed for the summer)
- but they are terribly comfy to wear.
Mine are a nice shade of burnt orange, with approximately inch-wide nubuck-type suede straps in a 'traditional flip-flop' configuration; the same arrangement of straps (only the straps themselves are much wider) as you'd get on a generic plastic pair of flip-flops as worn by any random person you might meet in South-east Asia. The wool fleece typical 'Ugg' lining in these flip-flops is off-white, and restricted to lining the inside of the upper / foot-strap parts only - the 'sock' part of the foot-bed (the part you stand on) is mid-brown nubuck-type suede. A little of the fleece shows a little round the edges of the straps and illustrates to everyone that you've been stupid enough to buy a winter-weight pair of flip-flops. (I wonder if I could get away with wearing them in dry winter weather, in fact). The sole's not very thick - not much more than a centimetre or so, so they're a bit less chunky than the flip flops I usually like myself.
This type of flip flop sells for around the £50 mark but there are 'mock-Ugg' slightly cheaper versions (eg. Emu) out there too. This is a very nicely made pair of flip flops indeed - so nice in fact, that they almost tempt me to try out a pair of 'classic' Ugg boots. Almost.
I have wanted a pair of Ugg boots for the past 3 years, but I have always opted for cheap versions from elsewhere because of the price tag of the official ones. However, this year I decided to treat myself and get some 'official' Uggs as friends who also have them have told me they last well over a year and are definitely worth the money.
As soon as I put them on my feet in the shop I wanted them. They felt much comfier and softer than others that I have bought in the past. I can confirm having bought them that they also keep my feet much warmer and I have very cold feet all the time, especially in winter.
I liked the chocolate colour the best so I purchased them, I got mine for £120 instead of £150 with 20% student discount from USC.
The guy in the shop told me that it was best to get the size below what you actually are with Ugg boots because you wear into them. I am a size 5, the sizes were 4.5 and 5.5 so I tried the 4.5 on. I struggled to even get my feet in them and was scared I wouldn't be able to get them back off when I did, so I got size 5.5 which are perfect for me.
So I'm not sure if getting a size below really matters, but try them on before you buy them like I did to make sure.
I have never regretted purchasing these since! They feel much tougher than the cheaper imitations I have owned and I am certain they will last a few years.
There is also an Ugg boot cleaning kit that you can buy if they get dirty, which I'm guessing they will especially if they are worn in the snow. I will probably purchase this when needed, as hopefully it will also help them last a long time too.
Overall I give these boots 4 out of 5 stars, deducting one star simply because of the price tag. I am pleased I saved £30 for being a student, but not everybody will be able to do this of course. I don't regret paying that much for a pair of boots though because I love these, and the fact that they should last a long time like my friends' have, makes them worth the money in my opinion. The other cheaper imitations of these which I have bought in the past, have not lasted longer than one winter season.
Cult boots from Oz.