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Ugg Boots Classic Short - Lovely or Ugg-ly?
Ugg Boots: Classic Short
Member Name: maxwell_star
Ugg Boots: Classic Short
Advantages: Cosy, look nice, can be folded down for a different look, much better than cheaper versions
Disadvantages: Price, can look shabby if not looked after, need to avoid rain and snow
I have had my pair of Ugg Boots since 2008 when I received them as a gift, although I chose the exact pair I received. I own the Classic Short length boots in Chestnut. They are looking a little tired now but I still use them around the house.
- The Boots -
These boots are made from twin-faced sheep skin. This means they have a soft fleecy inside and suede like outside. They have a rubber/foam sole with grooves to provide some grip. They have some stitching details where the material is joined together and there is ribbon at the top of the boot and where the boot meets the sole. They have an 'Ugg Australia' logo on a label on the heal. They have a very slouchy appearance and almost look like slippers. To me they look like the perfect cosy winter boots. They come in a variety of colours but the main choices are black, chocolate, chestnut and sand. I have seen a gorgeous pair of navy blue Uggs which would definitely be the ones I would go for if I were to get another pair. I have found that quite a few people, particularly men, think they are ugly and I have actually heard them referred to as Ugly Boots. They are actually designed to be unisex but I haven't noticed them being worn by men particularly. I don't think they are particularly elegant of feminine but they do create a certain look that I like, particularly if they are worn with dark jeans.
- Origins -
Ugg boots were first worn in Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s/30s. In the 1960s their popularity grew as surfers used them on the beach to keep their feet warm after surfing. They were first introduced to Britain in the 70s by surfers.
- In Different Weather Conditions -
I have been told that these boots are all year round footwear. Apparently in summer they can be worn barefoot and I know a lot of people who choose to wear them like this. I have tried this on one occasion and they rubbed blisters on my heals so I don't find this a comfortable way to wear them. Also wouldn't the boots start to smell if you always wore them like this?
I find them ideal in winter and always wear them with socks. I do find that my feet can get quite hot though which can be a bit uncomfortable. I wouldn't choose to wear these in the rain as the sheepskin can get water marked and I like to keep mine in the best condition possible. However, I have been caught in the rain before and found that my feet stayed nice and dry even if my lovely Uggs didn't. I also wouldn't wear them in snowy conditions because snow can be quite dirty and I would worry about staining the boots. In addition, I am not really sure how grippy the bots really are. I tend to wear them when it is cold but dry which does limit the use a little but helps maintain their condition for longer.
- What to Wear Them With -
I usually wear mine with jeans as I think this looks really nice with the warm chestnut complimenting the dark denim. You can roll down the top of the boot so that the fleece lining is visible which gives quite a different look. It also makes the boots look more ankle length which I think looks good with a dress/skirt and tights/leggings. This makes the boots a bit more flexible and almost makes them two boots in one.
- Comfort for Walking -
Aside from the issue of overheating feet, I find these very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. I have walked quite a distance in these and as long as I am wearing socks I find them comfortable and easy to walk in.
- Cleaning -
When I was given my Ugg boots I was also given an Ugg cleaning kit. I have never cleaned my boots with anything else. The kit includes a shampoo to wash them with, a protector to spray on once they are dry, a freshener spray to keep the inside smelling fresh, an eraser to rub off any marks and a brush to ensure that the sheep skin looks its best. I highly recommend this kit as I think it has really helped me maintain my boots. Some marks are impossible to remove but I always think my Uggs look better after a clean with this kit.
- Price and Availability -
On the official Ugg Australia website they are currently priced at £165 with free delivery. I have also seen them in shops like Schuh and Office for similar prices. There are numerous websites that sell them but with many of them it is hard to tell if they are genuine. Often the prices seem too good to be true and probably are. Mine came from New York where they are usually quite a bit cheaper. I am lucky enough to know people who go to America quite regularly so if I want another pair I will ask them to get them for me. I think they are much better quality than cheaper versions.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would recommend these Ugg boots as I think they look nice and they are very comfortable, perfect for keeping cosy in winter. Mine have lasted four years and although they look a little tired they do look good for their age. Just remember that they need looking after and if you want to keep them looking nice they should be kept out of bad weather and cleaned properly. It is a lot of money to spend but genuine Ugg boots are much better than cheaper versions in my opinion.
Summary: Look after your Ugg Boots and your Ugg Boots will look after you
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