On Trial: Ugg Boots

Ugg boots Of all the fashion questions we’re asked, there’s one that comes up time and time again: Are Ugg boots still fashionable? Well, are they? Let’s take a look at the evidence…

First of all, let’s make one thing clear: it doesn’t actually matter whether or not Uggs are fashionable. If you like ‘em, wear ‘em. Don’t listen to what The Fashion Police has to say on the subject – I mean, no one else does. A better question, then, would be “Are Uggs nice?” So, what do The Fashion Police have to say about that?

Britneypost02 Exhibit A: Britney Spears in Ugg boots. Now, I think you’ll agree that no, this does not look nice. Then again, at this stage on the downward spiral, nothing Britney wore was nice. And actually? It may seem strange to wear sheepskin boots with a sun dress, but this is the way Uggs were meant to be worn. (We’re sure Britney didn’t know that at the time, though).

Uggs, you see, are not winter boots. They were designed in Australia, for surfers to wear when they came out of the water. When you think about it, this makes sense: Uggs just aren’t practical in the winter. Yes, they’re cosy and warm, but in terms of practicality? Well, who the hell wears pale-coloured suede on their feet in the winter? (Other than Britney, we mean.)

Uggs don’t look nice in the winter. They get all soggy and stained, and yes, they’re still cosy and warm – no one’s denying them that – but if cosy and warm’s all you’re worried about then you’re on the wrong blog. Sorry.

But of course, poor old beleaguered Britney isn’t the best example of Ugg wearing. And other celebrities wear Uggs too. Like Kate Hudson, for instance. And even little Eva Longoria, although I think she may be on set here, and being paid to wear Uggs doesn’t really count…

Kate

What does all this prove? Well, nothing really. The fact is that Uggs are here to stay. They’re not quite “in fashion” in the way they were two or three years ago, when every second person was wearing them, but they’re not going anywhere fast, either. While I’d hesitate to call them a fashion classic, Uggs can look OK depending on how you wear them. Do they ever look more than OK? Well, not really, no. They’re designed for comfort, not style, and with the wrong kind of outfit they can go disastrously wrong.

Uggs will probably always be controversial – they’re the kind of footwear that people either love or loathe, and it’s up to you to decide which camp you’re in.

One word of advice, though: don’t wear them like this:

kate Winslet

Our verdict: Not quite a crime of fashion – but almost.

Give your verdict in the comments box…

Crime of Fashion: Ugg’s Castello Shoes

Uggs

My eyes, my eyes! Oh, sweet Jesus – and to think here was I prepared to give Uggs the benefit of the doubt, too… Well, the jury may be out on whether or not Ugg boots are a true crime of fashion or not, but I think we can all agree that these offerings just put the “Ugg” back into “ugly”, mmmhhm? Just think: people are actually paying $200 to put these on their feet. TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS, people! Has the world gone mad?

23 Comments

  • July 23, 2007

    jo

    they suck! and in my opinion the have always sucked! i h8 them and i always will, everyone looks so FAT with them!

  • August 7, 2007

    Olivia

    ugg boots are hott! i love them, and i always wear them! so comfy and cute. a must have for every fashionista out there :)

  • August 7, 2007

    Jennifer

    uggs are great. They look good in the winter and in the summer. I don’t understand how they can say they aren’t for winter when they have all of that furr inside it’s almost obvious they’re meant to keep your feet warm. That’s why so many people wear them in the winter, right or wrong, it does the job. Whoever says people look fat in them are just shallow and for someone to actually judge peoples weight by there shoes are senseless and make me sick, anyway, i love uggs and think everyone should wear them. They’re a great fashion statement!!

  • August 18, 2007

    emz

    i luv ugg boots will they b in fashion this winter 2007 tuh 2008?

  • August 22, 2007

    Lara

    I have just bought a pair actually :]
    Back when they were big a couple of years ago i had a pair then.
    I think they are cute with jeans or shorts :]
    They are in all the shops at the miniute like topshop,peacocks,Primark etc so i reckon they are definatly having a comeback :] woowoooo

  • September 16, 2007

    me

    i think uggs are really cute. I want ot get them but i dont know if i should. The shprt classic ones are better and they dont make your legs look big.

  • September 24, 2007

    uggs

    ok, seems that they still are in the fashion biz at this kind of year and they have also increased their collection with some new more casual or western look styles.

  • September 25, 2007

    Chariss

    Here in Holland it’s definitely UGG revival fest. They’re in all the shops and there’s even a waiting list in certain shops. For winter ’07/’08 they are a must have (once again).

  • September 25, 2007

    Chariss

    Here in Holland it’s definitely UGG revival fest. They’re in all the shops and there’s even a waiting list in certain shops. For winter ’07/’08 they are a must have (once again).

  • October 1, 2007

    Cat

    I just bought a pair and I love them. But I can see both points of view, they can look like Mr Blobby feet- except when they’re on kate moss, who wears them wonderfully! Man are they expensive though. Mine cost $160

  • October 4, 2007

    linDee

    Last year half the world was saying uggs are dead while the other half was buying new pairs. I think the complaining has peaked, and more people are just enjoying warm comfy boots.

  • October 12, 2007

    Stephanie

    I LOVE Ugg boots! No better way to make an outfit than throwing on a pair! I dont care what people say Uggs are HOT!

  • October 13, 2007

    Anonymous

    I’ve always hated uggs and refused to buy any when everyone went crazy about them. However, I was just shopping and had really sore feet so I tried some on out of curiosity and OH My God, they feel sooooo good. I’m just about to order some online. I don’t think I can go on living without them.

  • October 14, 2007

    Vicky

    I’ve alwayys loved Uggs soo much. They rock! Im buying some when I go home to England this Christmas, because right now Im staying with my dad in USA, and then going back with my mom in the UK. Woopie, Uggs here I come!!

  • October 24, 2007

    Mimi

    i love uggs people who dont uggs are people who either cant afford them or their parents wont let them have them so their just jelous so stuff them uggs are the best! xx

  • October 24, 2007

    Anonymous

    HATE THEM

  • October 26, 2007

    Fashionista no.1

    Ugg boots are my fav thing to wear this year(well 4 now anyway) and i wear my pair under everything! and it looks hot!!!! Uggs r the best and that will never change (this week) lol!
    xxxx

  • October 29, 2007

    Anonymous

    UGGS are the best ever, i bought some the other day and am so glad i did, i wasn’t sure that they’d stay in fashion for long, but now ive got a pair who cares?
    I love them xxx

  • October 30, 2007

    My

    I love my 7,50 euros fake-uggs <3

  • November 28, 2007

    Gishelle

    I like my Uggs i didnt just get them to be cool either…i got them b/c they are warm and fuzzy and comfy…so who cares if they are in or not, they are still “in” for my feet!!! And will be for as long as they fit!!!

  • December 3, 2007

    Sean

    i’m actually a guy and i wear my mens Ugg Tasman out all the time, i dont think i could wear the mens boots though (being a guy and all…)

  • February 3, 2008

    Ray

    Actually to clarify, Ugg boots where not designed for surfers but where invented in Australia by sheep shearers to keep thier feet warm. They have been in production for over 200 years!
    And Ugg comes from the Aboriginal word Gougougga. In the 1930’s they where used by fighter pilots and where known as fugg boots.

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