Fleece-lined sheepskin boots called uggs have been popular since at least World War I, when Australian fighter pilots wore the comfy footwear while flying with their British counterparts in Europe and the Middle East. In the 1930s, Australian sheep shearers favored uggs, and by the 1960s Australian surfers had discovered the rough-and-tumble boots (uggs, some say, is short for “ugly”) as the perfect antidote to cold toes after a bracing bout in the waves.
All of which made it more than a bit galling to Australian ugg-makers such as Blue Mountains, Mortel’s, and Uggs-N-Rugs when, in 2003, they received a cease-and-desist warning from a U.S. manufacturer that claimed ownership of the ugg brand. Three years later, a court ruled that the U.S. firm could, indeed, do business as UGG Australia, but that Australian boot-makers could continue to call their sheepskin boots uggs, as they had been doing for decades.
The first uggs were soft-soled, formed of two pieces of sheepskin sewn together down the center of the boot. In the 1970s, Uggs-N-Rugs added a hard sole to the shoe and a molded stitched-in heel. This is the version that is most prevalent today.
Pamela Anderson upped the ugg’s profile in the United States when she took to wearing the leg-warming footwear between takes of the television show “Baywatch.” Kate Hudson and Sienna Miller are just a few of the other actresses who have made what had been a casual man’s boot into a must-have fashion accessory for women.
In no small part, UGG Australia gets the credit for the boot’s popularization among women. One of its hottest styles is a version whose Pepto-Bismol pink New Zealand shearling fur is exposed on the boot’s exterior, with soft flannel inside to keep the feet warm.
Other examples feature elaborate, “girly” embroidery on the outsides of the boots; tall, above-the-calf versions in chocolate, tomato, or black; and horizontally striped boots made of cable-knit fabric, which look a lot like socks with rubber souls.
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Irish rugby squad gift each other Uggs and undies to boost team moraleIrish Independent, October 10th
Champagne, silver cufflinks, watches, pens and a roasting dish from Newbridge Silverware, Lifestyle Sports vouchers, Ugg boots, Calvin Klein underwear, Kiehl's creams, Nutz earphones, Carton House Golf and Country Club vouchers, signed photographs ...Read more
Ladies Can Ditch The Uggs This Winter And Rock These Winterized RoshesKicksOnFire.com, October 9th
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Hilary Duff Wore Uggs With A Cape To Celebrate Fall's Arrival — PHOTOBustle, October 8th
Whether she's on screen as Lizzie McGuire in her crazy colorful prints, or off-screen walking the streets of Brooklyn in distressed jeans and oversized sweater, Hilary Duff is one stylish (now) mama. And now, she proves that she can pull an all-time...Read more
PHOTO: Tom Brady scouts Cowboys from couch while wearing UGGsFOXSports.com, October 5th
so in the comfort of his living room. Brady shared this photo of him lounging on the couch watching the Cowboys, and of course he was wearing UGG slippers. Brady is a known spokesperson for the brand, so why wouldn't he wear the product he endorses?...Read more
Tailwagger: Meet UggsWFAA, October 3rd
Tailwagger: Meet Uggs. A senior dog, Uggs came to the SPCA of Texas after a case of abuse. Now Uggs is looking for a furever home. She loves to cuddle and has good manners. Uggs is at the Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center. Loading… Post to ...Read more
Pamela Anderson: UGGs launched my vegan revolutionBelfast Telegraph, September 24th
“I'm excited about my boots coming out, which you know has been this labour of love for me because I made those darn UGG boots popular,” she told People magazine. “I didn't know that [animals] were being hurt. [UGG] used me a lot for promoting, but I ...Read more
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