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I am a big lover of UGG boots well the brand actually and don't just own boots. But with a big love for them comes quite a large addiction which of course doesn't exactly come cheap. However, I never just splurge for a pair all in one go I tend to have put money aside each month for various things such as items I have seen that I'd like but can't quite justify paying for them all in one go as I may have expensive taste but I don't have a ridiculously high wage to go with it!
One pair of UGGs that I saw this time last year was the Plumdale boots and as soon as I saw them I knew I'd love a pair. If you haven't heard of UGGs then they are an Australian brand which pride themselves in using only the best sheepskin for the products which of course comes with a high price tag. They go footwear (and accessories) for men, women and children and are available nationwide. Despite being quite expensive their items do actually last unlike the cheap imitations.
UGG Plumdale are no longer on the official UGG UK website but are still widely available through stores but mainly on the internet so I am guessing that these were not such a big hit in the UK which is a real shame as I love my pair! I own the chestnut coloured pair and unsure whether they do come in other colours as at the time the chestnut was the only colour available which was fine for me as it was what I wanted. The boots come up just over 2/3 of your leg so just a bit below your knee which is about the same height as the UGG Tall Classic boots so ideal for those cold winter days when you want to wear something warm over your jeans.
Compared to the UGG Tall Classics the Plumdale are a little firmer in shape around the front and rather than being completely round at the front they have a little more shape to them. However, they are made from exactly the same soft, felt like material which like all UGGs needs to be taken care of or they can become completely ruined. Therefore, in order to keep your UGGs in the best possible condition then you should invest in a protector which can be easily sprayed onto the boots to keep them in good condition.
The boots main design feature is the gorgeous cream sheepskin cuff which goes around the top of the boot and has two chestnut coloured suede tassles which for me give then quite a winter feel to them for some reason! The sheepskin completely lines these boots which of course manage to keep your feet incredibly warm in the cold months yet it is designed to also keep your feet cool in the warmer months should you want to wear them but of course this only applies if you wear your UGGs without socks which applies to all UGG boots. UGG only use the purest of sheepskins and they do go through a vigorous checking process to ensure you get the best quality.
To get the boots on and off there is an inside half zip which is colour co-ordinated with the boots so it doesn't look too out of place and it is actually quite concealed so you can't really see it easily. You cannot get these boots on without undoing the zip so I have found as they go become quite narrow around the ankle area as they seem a bit more fitted than other UGG boots I own. The sole is the typical hard wearing UGG material which again is cleverly colour co-ordinated with the boots themselves and features a pattern on the underneath together with the UGG logo. At the back of the boots just by the heel there is the UGG label which unlike some this is a small metal plate attached instead of fabric labels which have been stitched on.
I have had my pair of UGG Plumdale's for about a year now and I find them incredibly comfortable to wear, the sheepskin is incredibly soft and really does keep your feet lovely and warm but never lets them overheat and become sweaty as the sheepskin can wick away moisture. The only thing that although I love but which get in the way are the tassles I find after a while they become a bit tatty. However, they are all still intact I do find them a little annoying!
My Plumdales have been treated with a fabric protector to ensure they are looked after as if you end up walking in them and it rains the rain will leave water stains on the fabric material which then ruins them. But as mine are protected they really do look in perfect condition still and although I am incredibly careful when I use them they look like they have had hardly any wear, the sole and heel are still in perfect condition so I can't complain about them whatsoever. Yes, they are expensive but I'm hoping they should last me quite a few years (one pair of UGGs I own are over 6 years old and still going strong!).
I would without a doubt recommend UGG Plumdale especially as an alternative to the normal UGG Tall Classics as the price you pay really doesn't vary and in my personal opinion the Plumdales do feel a lot better and have a bit more structure to them. Definitely a recommendation to those wanting a pair of genuine UGGs and don't mind paying the initial price tag. 5 stars from me.
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Price: £200.00 per pair
Sizes: 3 to 9
Availability: Genuine UGG retailers such as Office and Schuh
I actually have a bit of an Ugg boots obsession, I own far too many pairs, and I do tend to live in them. I've been wearing Ugg boots for years now and I love them as they are so comfortable. I've had (and still have) various pairs of Ugg boots, and I'm always on the look out for another pair! I do tend to buy my Ugg boots on holiday in the US as they are much cheaper over there, however I do occasionally buy them here if I see them on offer, or if I just can't wait!
The most recent pair of Ugg boots that I bought were the Plumdale Ugg boots. I got these in the sale in Bank, and they were reduced from £200 to just £99. These were available in two colours; chestnut and espresso brown, for some reason only the espresso brown colour was reduced, but that was the colour that I preferred anyway. I'm not actually sure why Bank had these at half price as I've seen them available in other places such as Jake's and they are still full price. I'm not complaining though!
These are a slightly different shade of brown to the chocolate brown that you can get in the classic Uggs, I would say that they have a slight khaki tinge to them. They are different in styling to the classic Uggs in that they fasten at the side with a full length zip rather than pulling them on and off. This makes the leg of the boots a slightly slimmer fit and so I find that I can't wear these over my skinny jeans as I do have fat calves. I can fasten these with bare legs, over tights, and over leggings though. I normally find that Ugg boots are slightly on the big side, and I always go down a size. I'm normally a size 5, and I always buy a size 4 in Uggs, however I've had to buy a 5 in these. I think that the slimmer fitting legs is basically the reason I've had to go for a size 5, having said that though the foot portion of the boots is slimmer and sleeker than the classic Uggs as well, so that's probably another reason why I've had to go for the 5 as my little fat feet were obviously too wide for the 4.
I think that these look slightly classier than the classic Uggs, and I've worn these to work a few times with brown tights and a brown dress. They have a slimmer and sleeker look, they come about 3/4 of the way up my legs and they have a sheepskin cuff around the top which kind of wraps around in a cross, and then they have two suede tassles hanging from the sheepskin in the same suede as the boots. The top rim of the boots on the outside my legs actually dips down into a small V shape, and the sheepskin criss crosses under the dip. The sole is the same colour brown as the boots, and the Ugg logo on the heel is actually in metal on these, they even have a little Ugg logo attached to the zip.
As with all Ugg boots these are lined with sheepskin which is designed to keep your feet toasty and warm in the winter, and then nice and cool in the summer. The sheepskin liner and sole in these are so soft, and this combined with the flexible sole on these makes them really comfortable. I can wear these all day from morning to night, be on my feet all day, and they are still as comfortable as when I first put them on, no sore feet either.
Ugg boots are worth the money if you look after them. They will last quite a while if you follow the care instructions and DO NOT go out in the rain in them. The rain will leave nasty horrible water stains on them, I found this out the hard way with a previous pair of Ugg boots. You can buy an Ugg cleaning kit for your boots, I've never bought this, I've just looked after my Ugg boots on the whole.
Although I am happy with these, they are not one of my favourite pairs of Ugg boots as I don't think that they are as versatile as some of my other pairs. The sheepskin cuff is always on display, I would have liked the option to turn it back or not depending on my mood. And because I can't fasten these over my skinny jeans it does limit when I can wear them. However having said that though they are warm and comfortable, and ''they are Uggs again'' as my husband said to me when I bought them!