he infamous ugg boots have become an Australian icon over the years. Ugg boots are a style of sheep skin boots that are made with twin-faced sheep skin; fleece coats the inside and a tanned outer surface covers the shoe. Initially ugg boots were worn by Australian surfers in the 1960s to keep themselves warm. Later on, in the 1970s ugg boots were introduced in the United States and United Kingdom to the growing surf culture. It wasn’t until the late 1990s that ugg boots began to be recognised as a fashion trend.
Previously there have been legal disputes surrounding the term ‘ugg’, which were put to end when ‘ugg’ was recognised as a more generic term to refer to these sheep skin boots. Currently there are over 70 registered trademarks that have the term ‘ugg’ in a number of logos and designs in Australia and New Zealand.
Ugg boots are not only popular as a fashion icon but are also brilliantly designed to keep the feet warm. Sheep skin has natural insulate properties that give the boots specific thermal properties. This simply means that the thick fleece coating the inner part of ugg boots absorbs moisture (perspiration) and allows air to circulate. This ensures that feet stay at body temperature and allows the boots to keep feet warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather. This is why ugg boots are so suitable to Australian weather as well, as there is both extreme heat and chilly winters.
The thick fleece inside also moulds to the shape of one’s foot, making them highly comfortable. Some have described this feeling as ‘walking with a soft rug strapped to my foot’.
It’s apparent that ugg boots are one of the most comfortable foot wear out there, but they aren’t just popular for this sole reason. Ugg boots, as mentioned above, were initially introduced by the surf culture in Australia; however, they are now part of mainstream fashion. From the average fashion enthusiast to top celebrities, it seems that everyone is jumping on the ugg boot bandwagon! A plethora of styles and colours are available. However anyone who has purchased ugg boots will admit that they’re worth the money retailers charge for them and it is warranted with the amount of comfort these shoes have to offer, not to mention their longevity