Ugg boots were the most searched-for “fashion” item on Black Friday

Ugg boots

Ugg boots have long been considered a crime of fashion here at TFP HQ, but there are plenty of people out there who disagree with us, as evidenced by the fact that the stumpy sheepskin boots were the most searched-for women’s “fashion” item on black Friday, according to Google.

We’re using the word “fashion” in inverted commas here because we refuse to take Ugg boots seriously as “fashion” items. Sure, we can see how they’d come in handy on a cold (but dry: soggy Ugg boots made it on to our own list of winter fashion crimes just last month, remember) winter day: they’d keep your feet warm while you were out walking the dog, say, or doing some other necessary-but-not-necessarily-stylish chore, but that puts them into the same category as running shoes and rain boots – it doesn’t make them stylish.

Still, people keep on buying them, and we think it’s fair to say they’re not doing it for purely practical reasons: in fact, many people ARE buying Uggs (or Ugg-alikes, which can be even worse) purely because they like the way they look, and they ARE wearing them as “fashion statements” of sorts. We’re probably never going to understand the reasons for this, but this is a world in which adult onesies not only exist, but are considered a valid clothing choice, so we’re pretty used to being permanently confused by what passes for “fashion” these days. Actually, when we really think about it, there are so many crimes of fashion out there that Uggs almost seem stylish in comparison to some of them. ALMOST.*

What do you think of UGGs, style sleuths? Do you own a pair? Would you wear them? Were you one of the people Googling for great deals on Ugg boots last Friday, or do you agree that that they may be practical in certain circumstances, but they’ll never, ever be “stylish”?

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*Not really.

6 Comments

  • December 5, 2013

    Claire

    I do own a pair of knockoffs, but I’m always a little embarrassed to wear them. I slink around with my pants pulled over them so they look less Ugg-like. I got them back in high school when my decision-making capabilities were not as well-honed, and they’ve lasted surprisingly well. They’re just … Uggly.

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  • December 5, 2013

    Claudia

    Have you noticed that men never seem to wear them? Which must mean they are not bought for practicality, they have nothing other shoes don’t offer, they are just a fashion statement. Just not a becoming one.

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    • December 5, 2013

      The Fashion Police

      Very good point – so many people speak about them as if there’s NO OTHER OPTION if you want to be comfortable!

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  • December 5, 2013

    egon

    I am a man and I own a pair of true australian Koolaburra UGGs (not the US ripoffs made in china). They are wonderful for their purpose: keeping your feet warm.
    Of course they are not a fashion item.
    Also: did you notice how the majority of girls spend an insane sum buying those chinese ripoffs by Dockers without even knowing what they buy?
    First: they wear them with socks or tights, negating the reason for they are made for. The barefoot Ugg experience is what keeps your feet dry and warm!
    Second: they wear them when it rains or snows! You can see cadboard-like wet Uggs all around…

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  • December 6, 2013

    Lenandrea

    Appearance-wise, I hate them. As for comfort, the flat sole makes me think they wouldn’t be comfortable, so I haven’t tried them. With sneakers, rainboots, snowboots, slippers and slipper-socks out there (and already in my shoe collection), Uggs just seem unnecessary. One of the many things that baffle me about my sister, though, is that she loves them. She’s had a pair for a long time now. I think it looks like her feet are being eaten by a mammalian Blob each.

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  • December 6, 2013

    Erika

    Ugg boots are necessary, but so Not Stylish. The only excuse for wearing them out is that they were on my feet when my back seized. True story, don’t think the ambos cared either. Best ever pair I had were from the local tannery, sadly they don’t make them anymore and I have to check thoroughly to make sure I get proper Australian ones.

    They do get heavy use as my feet get very cold, particularly when I’m working (ie stuck in front of the computer for the day).

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