“ Brand: F&F / Type: Ankle Boots „
I was looking for a cheap pair of Boots for a caravan holiday a few months ago. I decided to buy these in the chocolate brown shade and they cost me £8 new. I didn't want to ruin my Uggs.
The boots are based on the Bailey Button design by Ugg. I purchased these in a size 7 and they were a perfect fit for me. The boots are sadly NOT in the same league as the original Ugg boots. Firstly, these are VERY thin and they're not very well made if i'm being honest. There were a few glue marks on mine and the fur was thicker on one side. Talking of fur, the fur is also extremely thin and you can hardly feel it. If you usually wear genuine Ugg boots then these will be a huge disappointment. You can definitely feel the difference.
The sole is also poor quality. After wearing these daily for a week the sole started to wear away on one side, leaving me unable to walk properly as my feet were being dragged to one side constantly. As the boots dragged me to one side they got caught on everything and in the end they ended up with a hole on the side. The hole was situated on the left boot towards the sole. The hole was big enough for me to put my little finger through and water ended up getting into the boots.
You can probably guess that I threw these away after two months. They're extremely poor quality and not worth the money at all. Pay a little extra for Uggs or Emus, you won't be disappointed!
I am not the kind of girl to spend £200 on a pair of shoes. I'll happily spend it on a handbag because my logic is that I will get years of daily service out of it. No matter how good a pair of shoes are, though, if you wear them every single day you will be lucky to get more than 6 months to a year out of them. Thus, my average for day-to-day shoes and boots is £40-£50. My absolute upper limit is £70. And, for that price, there bloody well better be sparkles, bows and prettiness aplenty.
By that price chart, these boots were a bargain. The kids I teach refer to them as 'Fuggs' which translates to 'Fake Uggs' or Fecking Ugly Uggs' depending on potty-mouthed you are. From the latter description you'll have deduced that these are not a thing of beauty. They are, however, a thing of warmth and with the kind of winter we're having that matters to me a lot more. The fact that they only cost twelve quid from Tesco also swung the balance in their favour.
~*~The sole truth~*~
The soles are made of a material which feels almost like compressed polystyrene. It's very spongy to walk on, which feels nice, but it's not at all solid and will offer little protection if you walk on a nail or a particularly sharp stone. There are some half-hearted wavy lines on the bottom in lieu of grips. They look a bit feeble and they're not very grippy on wet or slick surfaces, although they seem to do alright on both snow and ice.
~*~On your uppers~*~
The outer material feels like suede and attracts dust and animal hair like it as well. It's easily cleaned off with a damp cloth although serious mud and grime will probably signal the end for these boots. I was foolish enough to take the dog for a walk through muddy, boggy fields wearing a pair and they held out for a few hundred yards and then just started absorbing mud and water like a sponge. This made them very weighty and clingy on my feet with the unfortunate side-effect that my socks concertinaed round my toes like they used to when I was a little wellies-wearing kid. It was a most unpleasant walk and the boots did not come out of it well. I tried putting them through the wash but the soles started to come apart and the fur lining went all weird.
The bit that goes around your ankle is decorated with a button and loop and, whilst this is purely decorative, it does offer a bit of give so you can wear them with massive thick woolly socks if needs be. The button is also what indicates which is the left and right boot; like most boots of this ilk they're pretty much interchangeable apart from that.
The inner part of the boots is synthetic sheepskin. Whilst it's clearly not the real stuff, it hasn't shed at all and it is pretty warm; certainly they kept my tootsies cosy throughout the fortnight that there was snow on the ground before Christmas. Unfortunately, though, if this fake sheepskin gets wet it smells pungently like wet dog, so these are not boots to go tramping through swampy ground in. They'll withstand rain and wet pavements, but any more of a dousing than that and you'll start to smell like you just walked in a poodle rather than a puddle.
~*~These boots were made for walking~*~
These are very comfy boots indeed. Because they're quite a generous fit it's worth trying them on as sometimes a smaller size than you normally take will fit perfectly. I wear these as my work shoes whenever the weather's cold and they stay comfortable all day, even if I've gone for a trot round the shops after work. It's worth noting that they are completely flat with not even a tiny heel so people with very high or flat arches might find they make their leg muscles ache.
I've been wearing mine at least 3 days a week for the last month and a half and they still look good. I doubt they'd last much longer than one winter but, at such a reasonable price, I don't mind replacing them with something similar next year.