The “Ugly buy Comfortable” War Rages On, With Ugg Boots Stuffed Inside Shoes

Uggmaryjanes

Sigh. Why is it that some designers persist in believing that footwear can only be comfortable, warm and practical if it’s 100% butt-ugly? We’ve seen it happen with Crocs, we’ve seen it happen with Uggs, we’ve seen it happen with Snowjoggers…. Always the excuse is the same: "But they’re SO COMFY! And warm!" Yes, yes, we KNOW they’re comfortable and warm. We just don’t care, because lots of shoes are comfortable and warm, without being made of plastic or making you look like you’re wearing a couple of sleeping bags on your feet.

But I digress. And actually, I quite like Uggs myself. I also like Mary Janes. What I don’t like, and can’t even begin to understand, is why on earth someone at Faith thought it would be a good idea to stuff an Ugg boot inside a Mary Jane. Because that’s just wrong. It’s a blatant contravention of the "Boots That Look Like Shoes" rule, for one, and for two…. well, it’s an Ugg boot inside a Mary Jane. Do I really need to say more?    

5 Comments

  • January 17, 2008

    Tiara

    The better question to ask is why the fashion industry insists on pushing supposedly attractive shoes to us that are really a pain (literally) and can be harmful to your body, while more sensible choices comfort- and health-wise are villified as “but they’re UGLY!!!!!”? So what if they’re ugly! At least I’m not going to have back issues!
    (though while Uggs are comfy as heck, I must have bought a dud pair, because I still have feet issues. They’re not very useful for walking longer than 5 minutes; my feet hurt after a while. If I could afford them, I’ll definitely get Crocs – they remind me of my UWP crew, who wore them ALL THE TIME in 2005, and I need a proper utility shoe that won’t break down like my other 3 did.)

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  • January 17, 2008

    The Fashion Police

    Tiara,
    You’re completely missing the point, which is that there are plenty of shoes out there which are comfortable AND stylish. The choice is not beautiful-but-uncomfortable OR ugly-but-comfy: it’s really not that hard to find comfortable shoes that don’t make you look like a clown. For some reason, though, there are an awful lot of people out there who seem to be labouring under the impression that if they want to be comfortable then they MUST wear ugly shoes, and this is just not true.
    And I have no idea what a UWP crew is, but if they love their Crocs, well, good for them 🙂

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  • January 18, 2008

    Beth

    …actually, I really like these. Uggs are quite possibly the ugliest shoes known to mankind, but these I would wear. Especially the orange ones.

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  • January 18, 2008

    suz

    I don’t mind these ones myself

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  • January 20, 2008

    Tiara

    Could you recommend some comfy+stylish shoes then? I have size 9 feet with wide toes and bad ankles and it’s really difficult to find shoes that fit well and look nice. I can’t wear heels because they hurt me, but apparently (in Malaysia anyway) if you’re larger than a very narrow size 7 you’re a guy. 😛

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