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When this style of boot first came out, it wasn't something I want mad about. Firstly, the look I felt was alittle chunky and had no real defining shape to it. The cost of the proper original Ugg boots seemed high and very expensive to me. But I think what really put me off was seeing everyone and anyone wearing them, whether it was the authentic pair or cheap, poor quality ones. If fashion dictates I should wear something just because everyone else is and I feel its being rammed down my throat, chances are Ill do the opposite.
So what changed my mind?
I had heard of Emu before and bought some from ASOS afew years ago at a ridiculous price of £35.00. I bought them because I loved the style of them ( very different to this one ), and knew I would wear them all the time. Problem I had with these boots were, as lovely as they were and comfortable, they didn't fit me well. The style itself requires laces to be tied down the side, which when they were looked cute, but found the lace would come out of their holes regularly and found it very irritating. Never worn since and were later given away.
Knowing they were decent quality and needed to look at a different more simplistic style and one that was better fitting for me, I came across these on Amazon and paid £60.00. This was very low in price compared to the UGG version, so I gave it ago.
Who are EMU
EMU was first established in 1948 in Geelong, Australia, right in the middle of Australia's prime wool growing district. A family run business that was one of Australia's largest sheepskin tanneries, it employed local people so it all stayed within their community. And with their knowledge and expertise in boots meant that they capitalized in the up and coming trend showcased in the 1970/80s where surfers found a comfortable and fashionable sheepskin boot to wear while out and about on the beach. Something that kept their feet cool when warm yet something that could also keep their feet warm when cold.
Emu today produce many different styles of sheepskin and leather boots, which brings diversity and choice to the consumer. They are more so available online ( Amazon, Javari etc ) in certain department stores ( they were stocked in Debenhams at one point but unsure if they are still sold there ) and also QVC the shopping channel.
How do these boots look?
Very much like the picture here on Dooyoo but I bought the black version, as I felt they would go with everything. They are very simple in style and height wise, they sit in the middle of the mini boot and the hi stinger ranges, being roughly 4inches in height from where your ankle is to the top of the boot. The boot has a flat heel but the bottom of the shoe itself has some thickness to it ( around 0.5 inches ), so not only do you feel a springiness from the inside, but also directly underneath the boot as well. The bottom of the shoe itself has the 'EMU ' logo embossed into it, which provides a good grip on surfaces and long wearing tread.
The boot itself is soft to touch but has a slight suede look to it, so if you brush past something, you may have to adjust the ' pile ' by gently brushing with hand to ensure it all has the same colour way ( hope that makes sense! ). These are pull on boots, so no zip, toggles, buttons etc. You can see the stitching around the boot which is down the side of the boot, around the heel and close to the ankle. Stitching is same colour as the boot so doesn't look ' broken up', quite continuous really.
Right on the back is a the' EMU ' logo in brown which appears to be in leather and sewn on.
Inside the boot is black sheepskin. Not only around the leg area, but also around the foot area and on the sole also.
How do I find them?
These have got to be the most comfortable things I have ever worn and converted me to this style of boot and also this brand. They feel comfortable in afew different ways. One being the fact it so soft inside the boot, and after awhile actually moulds around the foot area so works completely with your own foot. Also, despite the fact they are pull on, I don't feel as if the bit around the leg is tight or loose, just right. So feel as if I have enough but not too much room.
Despite the sheepskin element, Im surprised I can wear these in all weather types as they keep my feet warm when cold, and cool when warm.
They actually go with a lot of what I wear, such as jeans, trousers even some dresses. Fantastic when Im out and about and are walking a lot ( which is everyday ). Feet feel just as comfortable and reasonably fresh as they did when they were first put on hours before.
The most recent version of this boot is water resistant, so water runs directly off them. This is impregnanted into the boot itself rather than having to spray some solution on it.I wouldn't go out of my way to get them wet though as despite this feature they arent wellies!
Easy to clean-just needs a wipe with a damp cloth.
Sheepskin inside the boot wicks away a lot of moisture in the boot so can help in regards to smells and dampness.
Recent versions you can take out the sole and buy replacements if needed.
Sizing is alittle weird for me.Im a size 7 but have to go to a 6 for the right fit, so most people would need to go down one.
Comes in a variety of colours such as grey, chocolate brown, purple, aubergine and many more.
Like UGG, people do experience a lot of sellers selling fake versions of EMU so ensure your buying the genuine article.
Every few months they are on sale on Amazon. The cheapest I have seen them for ( after finding a discount code ) was £40.00.
Negative-not in every shoe shop like UGG so may have to search abit more.
Would I buy again?
Saving up as we speak. Just as good if not better than the UGG version for me. Converted.
Current price on Amazon, depending on colour, ranges between £80-172.00.
I've had my Emu Stinger Lo boots for around a year now. I wore them all last winter and just recently they have been brought back out as the weather has started to become much cooler.
For years I would buy very cheap versions of these sort of boots, from places such as Primark and New Look, but they would only ever last a couple of months before the soles wore down or they began letting in water. I decided to spend a bit more on a good quality pair in the hope that they would last. I was toying between Emu and Ugg boots, but eventually decided on the Emu ones as not only were they the cheaper of the two options, but they were being sold by QVC, who have a 30 day, no questions, money back guarantee. I thought at least that way if I found I didn't like them I could send them back.
The boots come in seven different colours - chestnut, mushroom, grey, black, chocolate, cobalt and berry, a pinkish red colour. I toyed between chestnut - a mid brown and mushroom which is a lighter brown, before deciding on the chestnut as I felt they would be more forgiving when it came to stains.
My boots arrived along with a spare pair of insoles which was the offer at the time. I had expected that I would have needed to replace the insoles by now, but after a year I am still using the original ones, as they are still fluffy and hardly worn.
The first thing I noticed about the boots was that they had quite a bit of weight to them. They were certainly heavier than the cheap pairs I was used to - not in a over the top way - but the soles, which are rubber, are quite thick, which is where the weight comes from.
The boots are made from water resistant sheepskin, which is both warm and keeps your feet dry. The warmth factor was my main reason behind the purchase, my feet get unbearably cold in winter, so although these sorts of boots are not particularly attractive, the warmth factor makes up for it in my opinion. They have also shown absolutely no signs of letting in water and the soles - which are textured with the emu logo - have virtually no signs of wear, which is amazing considering how often I have worn them.
Another thing I love about these boots is that they have a reinforced heel, with an extra piece of material, so the backs of them don't collapse - a problem I've frequently had with cheaper versions. They are double stitched too, so all the seams are strong.
They are available in sizes 3-8. I wear size 5 and have found them to be true to size.
These boots are not cheap, but you can get a better deal on them if you shop around. The Emu website is currently charging £150, as mentioned I bought mine from QVC, where they are currently selling at £138, although I'm sure I paid closer to £120.
Overall, I'm very pleased with these boots and think they were a good investment. I am impressed with how well they have worn, they are comfortable to walk in, very warm and keep my feet dry, so they get a big thumbs up from me.
I recieved these boots as a christmas present and really couldn't be happier with them. After years of seeing these boots and thinking how ugly they are I really didn't understand the big deal. To anyone else that feels this way I have one thing to say - go and try a pair on! They are absolutely wonderful! They're so warm and comfortable and the best bit - they go with everything! I can wear them with baggy jeans, tight jeans, tights , leggings and anything else you could think of! Also, they're waterproof! I can drop anything on these boots and I always think I've stained them but it just comes straight off! Another thing I was worrying about was wearing them in winter, I had heard that Ugg boots had rubbish grip but I have to say that the Emu boots are fantastic. The only negative is that the sheepskin inside is a bit too thick and you cant really feel where you're feet are when you're driving.
These boots are so comfy and warm. They are made really well and the stitching is done with precision as it is stitched perfectly, not messy like the ones from Primark. There are no glue marks and the boots are made to a high standard. They keep their shape well but I would recommend using a suede protector spray as they can get marked in rain and/ or snow. Once marked they will need professional cleaning to remove the marks and/ or scuffs. You can buy Emu Care Kits for £20.00 via Amazon.co.uk. These help to remove scuffs and keep your boots in pristine condition.
The boots are like walking on air, that's the only way I can describe them. You can wear them with or without socks, it doesn't really matter. The genuine sheepskin lining helps to wick away excess moisture, keeping your feet clean and dry all day (or all night!) long. The boots are simply pull on boots. They are easy to put on and they are easy to remove (just give them a gentle tug). They don't mark your feet during use. They certainly don't cause blisters either!
These are great quality boots that are suitable for use all year round and their modern shape will remain in fashion for years to come. They're suitable for adults and children and they make great walking boots as my feet NEVER ache when wearing these boots. They are perfect boots for everyday use.
I bought these boots from Amazon as a cheaper alternative to Ugg boots. They cost around £95 at present on Amazon, which is quite a good compared to the price of Ugg boots. However, the price goes up and down and you may be able to get them cheaper than this. They come in lots of different colours such as black, sand, aubergine, and olive for example. I bought them in the Chesnut colour which I really like.
I am a size 7.5 and I bought the 8 which I found to be a bit too big, even with socks. The 7 fitted but only just, and I would have liked a little bit more room in them to be honest. However they are quite wide also so I would recommend going down a size in these boots.
They are made of sheepskin leather and a manmade sole. The lining is also sheepskin and is nice on your feet; however, I feel it could be softer. They feature branding on the heel, sole and on the top side of the boot which adds a nice touch. They are good quality, and feel nice to wear and last well.
The only disadvantage is the clumpy sole of the boots which I found quite disappointing. I found that when walking, you were conscious of the sole and had to be careful not to trip up.
Although these are cheaper than Uggs and are nice quality; I still prefer Ugg boots due to the softness and the fact they are a lot less clumpy. However, I know some people prefer these EMU boots, so I suppose it is ultimately down to personal preference.
Being the rather unfortunate owner of a pair of wide feet with high insteps, and fairly wide calves (thanks Mum and Dad!), means that my choices when it comes to footwear are rather limited. However, I still like to remain somewhat fashionable! I was pretty gutted when I tried Uggs and found them too narrow on the leg for me, but someone suggested Emus instead, which look identical and are cheaper than Uggs, so decided to give them a go. I can honestly say they are the most comfortable boot I have ever worn, and the only things I will wear in Winter (or any cool days in the year).
They have a very thick sturdy sole, which in my opinion wears much better than Uggs - they also don't stretch out of shape like Uggs do, so look newer for longer. I am actually quite pleased that my "fat feet" drove me towards these, as I think they are superior to Uggs in many ways - the price, the sole, the durability to name a few.
Ok, so Emu boots - and other similar styles - are not the prettiest looking footwear, if you compare them to a high heeled, pointed toed, glossy leather little numbers. But they are still fashionable and by no means ugly, and sometimes comfort is the order of the day - especially on the morning after a night dancing away in the high heels! What other footwear could you spend a whole day walking in without wanting to take them off and throw them against the wall as soon as you get home?? Emus don't pinch, rub, cause blisters or bunions! They are just as comfortable as slippers.
I could not live without mine now, and will be replacing mine with another pair the same as soon as they wear out - which probably won't be for a while as they still look great after 2 years of heavy use! I think everyone should own a pair of these wonderfully comfy, warm boots. Do make sure you treat them with a protector of some sort though, so that rain or snow doesn't ruin them!
I didn't' get the obsession my friends had with the Ugg and Emu brands, in fact it drove me crazy with their need to own a pair. However that all changed one day when I had to borrow a pair because I can't drive in heels. They are without doubt the most comfortable boots I have ever worn, and I now own the shorter ones as well. I've had this pair for well over three years and they are still going strong.
One of the main plus points is that they can be worn all year round. During the summer I like to rock mine with a little skirt or dress / leggings combo, and during the winter they look amazing with skinny jeans or the old trusty skirt / tights combo.
They can also double up as slippers, as the fur lining keeps my feet warm when hanging at home. The fur is really soft and I'm amazed that after all this time both of my pairs are still really soft inside.
They're cheaper then the Ugg brand but just as good. In fact some of my friends have moved to the Emu brand for this reason. They say the only thing that separates the boots are the brand name.
The only one I can think of is the cost. But then they last so if you'll wear the boot often it's well worth the outlay.
In short, I highly recommend these boots.
Emu Australia Women's Stinger Lo Boot
After buying a few cheaper pairs of 'UGG style' boots I decided to look around for a better alternative. I wanted to get a pair that would stand up to a bit of wear and tear, while being cosier and comfier to wear than the cheaper options available. I wasn't convinced I wanted to part with as much money as UGG boots wanted, but I did want a nice pair of real sheepskin short ankle boots. That is when I stumbled across the Emu brand range and all the products that they had to offer.
I have what they call a yellow coloured pair of women's stinger lo boots. I was first attracted to these boots because they offered real sheepskin, a quality sole and insole, while they looked really nice. These are quite chunky and thick, while they do make my feet look a bit bigger they really are cosy and comfortable to wear. These boots unlike all the cheaper pairs that I have feel soft, sturdy and they look great.
These aren't really that yellow they are more like a light beige with a hint of yellow. They also have a slightly yellowy tinged woolly coloured inside. Personally, if I had to describe the colour I would probably say it was something closer to sand than yellow. This variety of boots is also available in a large range of colours, so even if you don't fancy a lighter pair like mine you can easily get a darker chocolate brown, grey or black pair.
The majority of time I prefer to wear these with no socks, because I wear them mostly indoors I don't need any extra warmth than what the boot itself provides. It is also one of my favourite sensations, the boots interior wool is so soft and so cosy that it is a pleasure to wear next to your skin. Despite being warm my feet never feel sweaty or uncomfortable in these boots, the natural sheepskin is meant to keep your feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
The soles of these have the emu logo all over them, in a rather nice pattern. It leaves a nice trail behind you if you walk in the rain. The boots also have an emu logo located on the heel of the boot. It is worth checking that these things are there to make sure you are buying the real thing rather than a fake.
The soles are also quite thick and they feel like quite good quality. I suspect that these will last for quite a while even with daily use. I have a stone tiled kitchen floor which I do like, but even with some slippers on my feet still get horribly cold while standing around in there. These boots are great the cold just doesn't come through the soles.
Although you can wear these outside I would be wary about wearing them out in bad weather, I think that the sheepskin might be easily stained or damaged. Mine have been exposed to some water and although they look lived in they still look in pretty good condition.
When I was looking at getting a pair of these I had read several reviews about how it can be quite tricky buying the correct size if you don't get the chance to try them on first. I am a size six, maybe a small size six but definitely a six and when these arrived they were a tad tight to begin with but even after only a couple of hours of wear they had moulded to my feet. I would suggest that the sizing for these emu stinger lo boots is pretty accurate.
These boots have a typical retail price of £125, personally, I think this is expensive. I bought mine from Amazon for around £60. These boots are a bargain at £60 because the quality of the product is good, having owned these now I would be tempted to pay the full asking price for another pair or I will be watching out for any future bargains.
I love wearing these, I mostly wear them around the house and occasionally for a short trip out or around the garden. I didn't buy them to be a fashion accessory but instead a comfy and cosy pair of house boots. These are the best pair of boots I own and personally I think that these are worth every penny.
These get a full five out of five stars from me, in fact I would give them more if that were an option. I love these boots and my feet have practically lived in these since I have owned them. I don't doubt that in the future I will just bite the bullet and pay more for an excellent pair of cosy boots than spend little but often on cheaper alternatives.
When I first came across sheepskin boots I could not understand the fascination. All the celebs seemed to be wearing them, but I thought they were the ugliest things ever created. This was a few years ago now, and the fashion did not die down. Gradually I started to like the idea of them, they looked really warm, and easy to wear, looking good with almost anything.
In 2008 I bought some 'Ugg style' boots from Primark. They were very cosy, but as I expected for the cost, didn't last two seconds.
At the beginning of this winter, I decided I was going to invest in a decent pair of sheepskin boots. Normally I am not one for expensive shoes but I decided these would be a worthwhile investment. I did a huge amount of research before buying, especially into the Ugg brand of boots. These are very expensive, and reviews are not great. It's also easy to end up with fakes as there are so many about. I then heard about a brand called Emu.
Emu is an Australia brand, founded in 1994. They offer a wide range of footwear, obviously including sheepskin boots, but also flip flops and sandals. At the minute, they are a cheaper alternative compared to Ugg, and are not as well known.
So, I had finally decided on the brand I was going to go for, now I just had to decide on the boot. To my surprise, not all the Emu boots were actually sheepskin. The two most popular boots seem to be the Bronte and the Stinger, with the Bronte coming out slightly cheaper. The Bronte lining is made up of micron 20 100% merino wool. Reviews for Brontes are not great. However, the Stinger's sounded much better, with the full sheepskin.
I purchased a pair of Stinger Lo's from M&M direct. I paid £59.99. I decided on the chestnut colour, but they are readily available in sand, black and chocolate, as well as a few other less common colours. I read beforehand that it was best to buy a size down from what I get normally, but I decided to ignore this and buy the size I normally get, a size 7.
The boots arrived quickly and I was immediately very impressed. The colour was lovely, and exactly how it looked in the pictures. There was the Emu logo on the back at the bottom of the boot, as well as a 'Emu' tag on the side of the boot. The Emu name is also written on the soles, so a few things to look out for if you are worried about fakes.
As soon as I put my boots on I was amazed by how warm they were, I could not believe it... and I thought my Primark ones were cosy! The sizing was perfect, there is no way I would have squeezed into a smaller size.
Before wearing the boots outdoors, I purchased a can on waterproofing spray from Clarks which cost a couple of pounds. This is to prevent rain damage, and was very easy to use. I highly recommend waterproofing boots before wearing them outdoors.
I have now been wearing my boots since October. Until January, they remained in perfect condition, despite the hammer I gave them. The outside of the boots remained in great condition, as did the shape. Then came the awful, awful snow. This really marked my boots. I made an awful mistake of wiping them with a damp cloth...DO NOT DO THIS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. The stain turned into a huge brown mark which looked awful. Diluted Woolite appears to have done the job, and they do look much better. I really didn't expect them to mark so much from the snow, surely these are the conditions the boots are made for, and I had used a waterproofing spray as recommended.
The other problem I have noticed in the last few weeks is sagging. The boots have started to sag inwards, which is something that seems to happen with all the sheepskin boots. I am disappointed with this, but I have not had the shoes off my feet since buying them, so have most definitely got my wear out of them. They are not completely unwearable, but I can no longer wear them for a day out shopping for example, as they do not support my ankles and it does get a bit painful to walk.
I have been pretty impressed overall. The boots lasted 3-4 months of been worn daily until they started to lose their shape, and obviously the stains from the snow. They remain extremely warm, and are just so easy to slip on when nipping out. I bought them especially for when I am at the football on a freezing cold Saturday afternoon. I shove them on with a couple of pairs of socks and my toes remain snugly and warm for hours, it's brilliant.
Yes, they have sagged, but whether that is to do with the salt in the snow getting to them, who knows. For the price, I am chuffed to bits with them. I would have probably gone through 4 or 5 pairs of the cheaper boots by now had I not gone for the Emu's, so it would not have been more cost effective. I am hoping to get the rest of winter out of my Emu's, and I think I will. They are a little bit worse for wear now, but still as warm as ever.