Sunday, 22 January 2012

New In: Classic Uggs (Or, The Big Ugg Debate)

Last week I was walking down the road I live on with my best friend, in search of brunch at four in the afternoon (I'm a student and it was my day off, he's unemployed, so at least please don't judge me for this!) when he started complaining about my footwear. Granted, my feet did look pretty bad. I was wearing my Uggs, but these were my Uggs that needed replacing literally months ago. The stitching was coming away at the seems down the side, one boot was worn down on the heel at the point where I was trailing shredded bits of the piping between the sole and the boot behind me, the suede had come away from the sole on the other boot so I had a big gaping hole appearing every time I lifted my foot to take a step. All of this was causing me to drag my feet somewhat, which was really what was irritating him. Luckily, I could point out to him that I already had a new pair on their way, but if truth be told I'd been wearing them like that for months. 
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Some people absolutely love Uggs, and some people absolutely hate them. Honestly, I'm going to be hypocritical here and say that there is almost nothing worse footwear wise (why did they invent Crocs, if not to make something worse than ruined Uggs) than a pair of trodden down, dirty and totally worn Uggs that look slovenly and cause the wearer to epically drag their feet. I was doing it because as a student I don't really have £170-£180 to shell out for a new pair of boots, I'm of the opinion that the cheap knock-offs wear down and look bad quickly (as well as having read that they are also very bad for your feet, where as the real deal are designed to bear supporting your foot in mind) and I had no other winter shoes that I could just slip on and off to run around campus in. If the wonderful people at shoe site Spartoo had not given me some vouchers so I could get a new pair, I would probably still be dragging my feet around campus in my old, horrid and ragged ones. 

But what about wearing Uggs like my new ones that I've pictured above, my nice clean new ones that don't look run down and ragged at all. In the latest issue of Company Magazine Alexa Chung says that she really regrets wearing Uggs, but I think they can look really great as part of a casual look if you style them with the right type of dresses or skinny jeans (Sienna Miller anyone?) 


I've personally always liked Uggs, but how about you guys? Do you wear them? Do you like how they look on other people? The only time I really hate clean nice Uggs being worn is if they're being worn by men. I don't think that I'll ever think that that looks good!

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41 comments:

  1. The thing I mostly love about Uggs is how divisive they are! I own the same style as you and do find them warm and really comfortable but due to past comments I've made about Uggs I only wear them indoors or for running errands at the weekend. Fake Uggs or men wearing Uggs are both huge no-nos! x

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  2. I like uggs. Well, I hate them but I love them at the same time which is weird. I can see how people hate them because they really are ugly but they kind of look cool if worn right.

    Mine are trashed. Not as trashed as how you described your old ones but nearly. I stopped wearing them because they looked daft and faded and manky. I miss them but I promised myself I wouldn't buy a new pair as they look quite daft on over 20's.

    That makes no sense, I kind of like them would have been the quickest comment. xxx

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  3. No, I love nice long comments!

    And maybe if you don't like Uggs on over 20's but found them really comfortable you should look into something from Ugg for around the house? My Mum has their slippers, and she said that they are very warm and comfortable!

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  4. personally i get my 'uggs' from here...

    http://www.kiwi-sheepskins.com/

    less than half the price of uggs & they're real sheepskin, i've had two pairs in the last 3 or 4 years and they last brilliantly :) amazing quality if you don't want to shell out £150+ they are perfect. x

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  5. I am an UGG hater... but I know they're really comfy! Thanks for your lovely comment! Hope to have you back in my blog soon!

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  6. I've never been a fan, honestly. I don't passionately hate them since they are just a pair of fuzzy boots - but they are not my cup of tea at all. Plus, here in Turkey, they are waaaay too pricey, at a point it's purely stupid to pay that much money on a pair of boots. They are really comfortable and warm, I must admit. I've tried them on when I finally had no hope of finding a decent pair of boots for the winter anymore; but I already have chubby legs and with Uggs on my feet, I feel like I'm a newborn Yeti. So, I'll pass. But a new pair is always better than a worn out one, right? Enjoy them! x

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  7. I'm a bit mixed about UGG's, I love wearing them at home when its cold and rainy, or indoors as cosy slippers, but I still cannot comprehend when I see people wearing them here in Australia when the weather is in the thirties! As for the men, they wear them with wife-beaters and shorts here, it is just plain wrong!

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  8. Men? In Uggs, wifebeaters and shorts? That is just an image that I do not even ever want to think about!

    And yeah, I've been thinking about Uggs in the heat recently, and I've been thinking if they'd be suitable travel shoes for the summer. Because you can just about get away with wearing them in the summer here in London, and they'd be great and comfortable on a cool plane for a long hall flight, but having them on my feet upon arrival somewhere like Australia or California in the summer? Not too sure that would be the best idea...

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  9. (Oh my God, there is a shirt called wifebeaters? I am about to die laughing really, plain wrong. Men wearing Uggs are no different then men wearing ballerina flats to me actually, weird.)

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  10. A wifebeater is a tank top on a guy, I think they are called that in the USA and Australia! Slightly worried why they are called that though! :D

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  11. This made my day, honestly. After googleing the word, I have no doubts about why they are called that tho hahah x

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  12. I never had any, but I actually love Uggs! Don't mistake me, they are far from being the prettiest or most stylish shoes on earth, but I can't help thinking how nice and toasty they must be. Today, after having danced the night away in high heels, I can only wish I had some Uggs to slip into and give my feet a well-deserved rest. Spartoo, please? ; )

    -Elodie x
    http://www.elle-yeah.com

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  13. Unfortunately I'm a definite UGG lover (although mine are Celtic Sheepskin instead) but the cheap Primark knock-offs are dreadful. Why shouldn't you be able to wear comfy cosy shoes? I'm not going to wear them to fashion week or anything but everyone has those days when they don't really feel like dressing up and UGGs are perfect for that. x

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  14. Oh God, just having sudden visions of peoples reactions to Uggs at London Fashion Week..!

    You have the ones from Celtic? Before I got mine from Spartoo, I was seriously considering buying some, I have some wool and cashmere stuff from them which I adore, and I like the fact you can send their boots in for new soles and for repair. What do you think of them? I still have not ruled out trying a pair in a few years time when these brand new beauties have inevitably become past it like my old pair...

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  15. Love UGGs, they´re comfy and cosy - don´t care if people don´t like 'em!

    www.superclementina.blogspot.com

    xx

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  16. Katrina Valentine Tracuma22 January 2012 at 15:29

    Interesting debate. I personally can`t stand the UGGly boots. They don`t look good on anyone in my opinion, even Alexa Chung. And since I`m an activist for animal rights I actively don`t support them - beautiful animals have died to make such horrible footwear (watch this if you don`t believe me - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8SbOqcMMrQ). And if we`re talking about affordability, I was a poor student once too - but I did manage to find beautiful (fake material of course) footwear on sales. Maybe I`m just a good shopper)

    >'.'<

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  17. Love love love to the point I have two pairs. Tho my brown ones need a trip to http://www.uggbootrepairs.com/ send your old ones off then you have a spair pair

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  18. Wow, what a great site - I'll bear it in mind when these ones start to get in a state!

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  19. uggs are definitely my guilty pleasure! I think everyone needs a pair for days when you want to be comfy ha. x


    http://fashioninflux.blogspot.com/

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  20. they were started as footwear for surf guys... but.. I HATE THEM. haha cannot grasp them at all. but each to their own and all that.

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  21. Great blog! I'm a new follower =)

    www.fashioncandyfloss.blogspot.com

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  22. See, I hated Uggs, then I got those amazing UGG trainers, and I'm somewhat of a convert. Can't deny they look crazy warm and cosy, but I'm still not sure if I'd wear them out the house.
    And yes: Crocs are much MUCH worse than UGGS.

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  23. Speaking of non Ugg Uggs, I want some of their shoe collection *swoon*

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  24. I've always loved Uggs. I get why people don't like them but they are very cute with some skinny jeans. Plus, when it's -40C out (like it was this week!) they keep my tootsies warm. That's good enough for me. :)

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  25. Not sure how I feel about Uggs. Personally I would never pay £160 for a pair of them, but I don't think they look too bad on, especially for a dress down look or with leggings. I have a pair of fake Uggs or (fuggs ;P ) which I wear with leggings when it's super cold. And from primark for £8 I don't think you can go too wrong. Loving your blog!
    am now following :)

    franky @ http://snippets-scribbles.blogspot.com/
    xxx

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  26. I've got mixed feelings about uggs, I've gone through many pairs and they really are comfortable. And, they always seem so easy to put on and just go, but this past year when it came time to replace my tall classic tan uggs - I didn't. I decided to finally try going without them, and it has actually worked out. I had been wearing Uggs for over 15 years now, I always swam as a kid so I used them after practice, but I decided to try going without them finally at 27. I swapped Uggs for 2 pairs of reasonable priced slip on shoes, a pair of flat ankle boots and mid calf flat boots. Both of these offer good support and have much to my surprise, completely replaced the Ugg for me. I got one in gray and one in tan so that they're versatile and I actually find myself wearing sweats less because sweats don't look as good with these shoes. But, if you're a big lover of sweats I would say keep the Uggs in rotation :)

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  27. I have Uggs. I kinda wear them more as slippers than I do as boots. They are incredibly comfortable and my feet love them, but I don't wear them for any kind of fashion statement.

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  28. Ugg boots are warm and comfortable so don't think there's anything wrong with wearing them. They're probably not the most fashionable type of footwear out there, but they're not bad enough to be hated..

    Love from the NaNa girl x

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  29. I have never worn uggs, or knock off ones. I'm not one for boots (except ankle boots), because my legs are quite chunky!! I agree though - they can either look awful (chavvy!) or great, depending on the styling of the outfit.

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  30. Vanilla-Notesfrommycloset23 January 2012 at 09:04

    If my feet are freezing in every other pair of boots I own I will turn to my uggs! I have a pair of the half leather half suede belluve II uggs in black :) not the most stylish footwear, but the warmest! :)

    Love, Vanilla

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  31. I'm not a massive fan of uggs but they are very warm!
    chloe-mia.blogspot.com

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  32. I used to be one of the ones that hated Uggs until I tried them on! There is no other comfortable or warm shoe on earthy than the Uggs! I have 3 pairs! They are freaking fabulous! Yes, they look like moon boots but they do the job and when it's cold and snowy out, I'm not worrying about how cute I look. I wanna be warm!!!! Thanks for the comment on my blog!

    www.plentyforpennies.blogspot.com

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  33. I dislike them, but I were them all the time lol. They are too warm and comfy to say no to at 7 in the morning on the way to college, keeps me cosy :) xx

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  34. I do love them, they aren't very attractive, but they are so cosy, and just comfy and lovely! Particularly on winter days when you just want to be comfortable.

    http://daisychurchward.blogspot.com

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  40. I am a guy that loves my UGGs. I have the mini, short, and tall classics. They may not make a fashion statement on me, but they are super comfortable and warm on cold days. I find they look really nice on people if worn properly. Guys don't tuck your pants in or wear skinny jeans. They can also look super sexy when women wear them with leggings or skinny jeans. No mini skirts please.

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