One of the Christmas gifts that I received this year from my mum and dad was a pair of Ugg Dakota slippers. Ugg Dakota slippers come in Women's sizes and Kid's sizes. I do quite often plump for the Kid's version of Uggs as my feet are quite small and so I can fit in the Kid's sizes, this then saves me some money as the Kid's versions are usually much cheaper. My mum bought me the Kid's Dakota slippers as these go up to a size 5, and I take a size 4 in Uggs.
There's no difference at all in styling between the Women's Dakota slippers and the Kid's Dakota slippers. They just come in a different range of sizes and a different choice of colours, and obviously the Kid's version is cheaper. The Women's version comes in sizes 3 through 9, and the colours available are; black with a chestnut coloured lace trim (which is pictured above), chestnut with an espresso coloured lace trim, and espresso with a deeper brown coloured lace trim. The Kids version comes in sizes 12 through 5, and the colours available are jester red with a baby pink coloured lace trim (which is the colour that I have), raven (it's actually black) with a cerise pink coloured lace trim, and chestnut with an espresso coloured lace trim. The Women's Dakota slippers are £80, and the Kid's Dakota slippers are £65.
I have the jester red slippers with the contrasting baby pink coloured lace trim. To be honest I'd say that the slippers themselves are definitely more pink than red, they are a very deep reddish pink colour, and had I not known that Ugg call these 'jester red' then I would have swore blind that they are actually pink. I have these in a size 4 as I find that Uggs are always on the big side, and I always have to go down a size from my usual size 5. The size 4 fits me perfectly, they are not too tight, nor to big, they just fit really neatly and snuggly. I normally just wear these with bare feet, however they also fit well over thick socks or tights too.
The Dakota slippers are a moccasin type slipper and they are suitable for both indoor and outdoor wear. I don't wear my slippers outside as I don't like then walking all the crap from outdoors through my house (I have a bit of a hygeine OCD according to my husband!), however the sturdy moulded rubber sole on these would certainly make them suitable to wear outdoors. The rubber sole even extends part way up the back of the slippers so that you don't wear away the suede at the heels when you are walking. The rubber sole is very flexible and durable, and very comfortable to walk on, and the sheepskin lining inside the slippers makes it feel as though I'm just walking on the softest plushest carper in the world.
The slippers themselves are made from a very high quality and very soft suede, with the contrasting baby pink lace trim being leather. They have the moccasin style detailing and stitching around the front of the slippers, and they look very classy and stylish. They are fully lined with gorgeous soft and warm sheepskin, which works the same as the sheepskin lining in Ugg boots; it is designed to keep your feet toasty and warm in the winter, and then nice and cool in the summer. Obviously having just received these slippers for Christmas I've only worn them in the winter so far; but they have kept my feet lovely and warm over the cold wintery days and nights.
I'm really pleased with these slippers, yes they were expensive, although in my case they were received as a gift, however they are superb quality and they will last for years, especially as I don't intend to wear mine outdoors. I would definitely recommend them, and I'd definitely repurchase these when they do finally need replacing.
UGG Australia Women´s Dakota Slipper in Black
I managed to buy a pair of these Ugg slippers at around half price making them £ 49 which is expensive for a set of slippers, I know; however I do like my Uggs and felt that at half the price they were good value.
The slipper comes in the usual high standard Ugg packaging with the brown Ugg branded cardboard box and moulded inserts to keep your shoes/slippers in prime condition. Uggs also always come with an information booklet on how best to care for your item and to ensure its longevity which I really like. They know you are spending a lot of money and want you to make the most of the product; it makes me feel like they care a little.
These slippers are based on a classic moccasin style, which is a sole and side of a shoe being made up of one piece of leather and stitched together at the top. The sole is meant to be flexible and soft, with the sides and top being more sturdy and firm. The moccasin was traditionally worn by Indigenous people.
My Ugg Dakota slippers are predominately black. The whole slipper is made up of a black suede material that has a stitching detail on the front of the slipper which binds the sole and sides to the top. Along the sides of the slipper is an interwoven leather-lace that goes into a bow on the front of the slipper. This can be undone and tightened or loosened with preference.
On the outside and inside of the slipper is the Ugg logo branding. Underneath these differ slightly to traditional moccasins as they have a moulded rubber sole, which again is branded with Ugg written all over it. This type of sole means that you can wear these slippers both indoors and outdoors as stated on the Ugg webpage. However as I am not one of those people who likes to go shopping in my slippers and my pyjamas these only get worn inside my house.
Inside the slipper is where the luxury is, as they are lined with a gorgeous sheepskin furry lining which has Uggs unique breathable technology. This keeps your feet toasty without them ruining or overheating the lining of the slipper. The material is lovely and soft and white in colour, they really are like slipping your feet into heaven.
These are fab for winter, like having little hot water bottles on your feet, but are too hot for wearing in the summer, which is a bit of an annoyance as you can only get a few months wear from them. However they are surprisingly lightweight and flexible for such a sturdy slipper shoe and very good quality. My only other criticism of these slippers would be their somewhat unfashionable design. I bought these for the label and warmth properties during the winter season, not as a fashion statement, though they do look very twee and cute!
These are available in a huge range of colours though obviously where you purchase these from will dictate this. Examples include (overall colour first): Blue and lilac; camel and brown; beige and pink; charcoal and brown; red and brown; black and brown. These are available in sizes 3 - 9 and at full price retail for £80 at http://www.uggaustralia.co.uk. As I said I bought mine for £49 and think they are very much worth their weight in gold.