In 1978, an Australian expatriate named Shane Stedman was checking out the surf scene in Southern California. Sheepskin boots had been worn at Australian sheep stations for ages at that point, and now Shane was bringing them to America. They were banned from movie theaters in Sydney and were quickly becoming a symbol of laid back So-Cal culture as well.
The UGG boots became popular in 2000 when Oprah gave them a little free advertisement by listing them among her “Favorite Things” and gave them away to audience members at her show. (You get some boots! And you get some boots! You all get boots!)
Now, UGG has taken on some social causes in the area of human rights. They still make slippers that look and feel like plush toys, but now they’re available in awareness colors. They still make super comfy boots, with a portion of sales going to ACLU. Let’s find out some more about this brand.
Table of Contents
- What Does UGG Stand For?
- Why Are UGGs So Popular?
- When Did UGGs Become Popular?
- Where Are UGGs Made?
- Are UGGs Made In Vietnam?
- What Are UGGs Made Of?
- Do UGGs Use Real Fur?
- Are All UGGs Made From Sheepskin?
- What Is The Lining In UGGs?
- Are UGGs Bad For Your Feet?
- Are UGGs Comfortable To Walk-In?
- How Are UGGs Supposed To Fit?
- Are UGGs True To Size?
- How Do I Know My Size In UGGs?
- Are UGGs Supposed To Be Tight?
- Do UGGs Come In Half Sizes?
- Do UGG Boots Run Small?
- Do UGG Slippers Run Small?
- Do UGG Moccasins Run Small?
- Do UGG Sandals Run True To Size?
- Do Kids’ UGGs Run True To Size?
- Do UGGs Stretch?
- How Do You Break In UGG Boots?
- How Do You Break In UGG Slippers?
- When Can You Wear UGGs?
- Can You Wear UGGs In The Rain?
- Can You Wear UGGs In The Snow?
- Can You Wear UGGs In Spring?
- Are UGGs Waterproof?
- How To Waterproof UGGs?
- Do UGGs Get Smelly?
- Do UGGs Cause Foot Fungus?
- How Do You Clean Smelly UGGs?
- Can You Put UGGs In The Washing Machine?
- Should You Wear Socks With UGGs?
- Do UGGs Make Your Feet Look Big?
- What Color UGGs Are The Best?
- Can UGG Slippers Be Worn Outside?
- Are UGGs Out Of Style?
- How Can You Tell Fake UGGs From Real UGGs?
- What Are Fake UGGs Made Of?
- Why Are UGGs So Expensive?
- Are UGGs Worth The Money?
- How Long Do UGGs Last?
What Does UGG Stand For?
Stedman claims his wife came up with the name because she thought the boots were ugly. However, Australian aviators had been flying in sheepskin fug boots since World War I.
Why Are UGGs So Popular?
Oprah’s endorsement helped. So did endorsements from other famous celebrities. They first became popular in Australia because of a ban. Telling someone not to do something is a sure way to make it popular!
They got popular in Southern California as something warm to put on after a day of surfing. The shoes aren’t much to look at, but they’re super soft and super comfortable. It’s a rare case of practicality leading to popularity.
When Did UGGs Become Popular?
They started to become popular in the ’70s with the surf culture. They came back in the late ’90s with celebrity endorsements. Now that another twenty years have passed, old is new again.
Where Are UGGs Made?
A combination of concerns over human rights and craftsmanship quality has led UGG to create their Made In America collection. Besides the U.S., UGGs are manufactured in China, Cambodia, The Philippines, and The Dominican Republic. These factories are property of Deckers Outdoor Corporation, based in California.
Are UGGs Made In Vietnam?
Some are. Vietnam is one of the countries where UGGs are manufactured. If any country besides the above listed is on the “Made in” label, they’re not really UGGs.
What Are UGGs Made Of?
Cover your ears, Bo Peep. It’s shearling, also known as sheepskin. This comes from sheep that have been skinned rather than sheared and set loose for another year. However, if you eat lamb chops or mutton stew, maybe you shouldn’t cry too hard. Unlike minks, sheep aren’t raised just for their fluff covered skin.
Do UGGs Use Real Fur?
It is real fur from real sheep. It is ethically sourced. Their sheepskin comes from farmers that raise sheep primarily for food. Dolly was going to end up on a plate with a side of mint jelly anyway.
Are All UGGs Made From Sheepskin?
Suede is used in many of their boots. They only work with tanneries with a Leather Working Group certification plus a level “A” rating in traceability. The makers of UGG do pride themselves on being ecologically sound. This sheepskin is checked over six times so only the highest quality sheepskin is used.
What Is The Lining In UGGs?
The closest thing you’ll find to vegan UGGs are those made by the California based Bearpaw company. They have a style much like UGGs but with no suede or sheepskin. They’re made out of microsuede (polyester) with a polyester blend lining and a lightweight rubber outsole.
Are UGGs Bad For Your Feet?
They may get your feet a little too warm. Bacteria and fungus can easily build up in this environment. There is practically no arch support. You can reduce these drawbacks by wearing socks and getting some orthotics.
Are UGGs Comfortable To Walk-In?
The biggest selling point of UGGs is that they are so very soft inside and comfortable to walk in. Because of a lack of arch support, they are not at all good for long distances. They’re better suited for lounging about the ski lodge or chillaxing after a day of surfing than long-distance treks.
How Are UGGs Supposed To Fit?
The fit should be snug but not uncomfortable. The fleece footbed is intended to mold to the natural contours of your foot which creates personalized arch support.
Are UGGs True To Size?
Generally, they do. They will be snug at first and gradually will flatten out as they mold to the shape of your foot.
How Do I Know My Size In UGGs?
If you’re not sure, follow these easy steps:
- Draw a straight line that is longer than your foot on a sheet of paper.
- Put the paper on a level surface. Stand on the line centering your heel and the longest toe.
- Put a mark on the line at the top of the longest toe and on the back of the heel.
- Repeat the above steps for the other foot.
- Measure the distance between the marks. Use the larger of the two measurements to find your correct shoe size using the conversion chart.
Are UGGs Supposed To Be Tight?
New UGGs are snug but not uncomfortably so. Your toes should not feel cramped. They will stretch out over time.
Do UGGs Come In Half Sizes?
They do not. Fortunately, they are very stretchable.
Do UGG Boots Run Small?
The boots are fairly true to size, neither large nor small.
Do UGG Slippers Run Small?
Some people find that the slippers are a little on the small side.
Do UGG Moccasins Run Small?
They do run a bit on the small side but are very stretchable.
Do UGG Sandals Run True To Size?
The sandals are very much true to size.
Do Kids’ UGGs Run True To Size?
They are mostly true to size, leaning a bit on the big side. This is ideal for growing feet.
Do UGGs Stretch?
Like Silly Putty. Genuine sheepskin is very stretchy. This is why your new UGGs should be on the snug side.
How Do You Break In UGG Boots?
Other than waiting for them to gradually stretch, there isn’t much you need to do to break in your UGG boots. They are very soft so you need to be gentle with them. Do not pull them by the rim, top seam, or tags, for instance. Just push your feet in toes first. If they don’t slip right on, you have the wrong size for you.
How Do You Break In UGG Slippers?
You can put them on and you will be impressed. Seriously, the slippers are so comfortable out of the box there’s no need to break them in.
When Can You Wear UGGs?
UGGs are cold weather boots meant for casual looks. Tucking your leggings or skinny jeans into them will make you look put together without trying too hard. The only time you should wear UGGs in summer is if you spent the day in a chilly ocean and you want to get warm quickly. Don’t bother trying to look too formal in them either.
Can You Wear UGGs In The Rain?
Mud and water are not for UGGs. Suede and sheepskin are not meant for getting wet at all.
Can You Wear UGGs In The Snow?
Snow melts. That means getting them wet. UGGs are really about lounging around at home trying to stay warm.
Can You Wear UGGs In Spring?
If the snow has melted but the sweet April showers aren’t falling yet, you might wear them. They look nice with jeans.
Are UGGs Waterproof?
Not very. While UGG does have a line of rain boots and winter boots that are waterproof, the classic suede UGG boot is not for water at all.
How To Waterproof UGGs?
UGG does offer waterproofing kits you can use to waterproof your boots with. They work best on UGGs that are brand new or at least clean. Here is how it’s done:
- Brush your boots using the suede brush to get rid of any dirt or dust.
- Spray the entire exterior of the boots evenly from a distance of between six and eight inches.
- The boots need to be wet with the spray, but not saturated.
- Let the boots dry in a well-ventilated area.
- Do not place them near direct heat or sunlight.
- Check on them after twenty-four hours. They should be thoroughly dry.
- Lightly brush the boots using the suede brush. Go in one direction to restore the nap.
Do UGGs Get Smelly?
Should your UGGs get wet, nasty things like stinky bacteria and fungi can develop in your UGGs and this makes your UGGs smell terrible. This includes water found in sweat. Any form of dampness can make rank things grow in your UGGs.
Do UGGs Cause Foot Fungus?
The plush lining also can pose the perfect breeding ground for foot fungus. This is why you need to keep them dry.
How Do You Clean Smelly UGGs?
Baking soda to the rescue! Just sprinkle in a good amount of baking soda to kill bacteria and absorb odors.
Can You Put UGGs In The Washing Machine?
It is not recommended. Use a nailbrush and soapy water to clean your UGGs. Rinse them and blot dry. If the shoes get wet let them dry naturally. Use a suede brush to take away dust and raise the pile.
Should You Wear Socks With UGGs?
Genuine sheepskin must never be worn with socks. It will prevent it from effectively molding to your feet.
Do UGGs Make Your Feet Look Big?
They are a bit on the chunky side.
What Color UGGs Are The Best?
Neutrals will go with everything and black will reduce the effect of how big they make your feet look. However, chestnut is the most iconic look.
Can UGG Slippers Be Worn Outside?
UGG slippers are suitable for outdoor wear.
Are UGGs Out Of Style?
Ask again in twenty years. Fashion is fickle.
How Can You Tell Fake UGGs From Real UGGs?
There are many ways. The easiest way to figure out if you have counterfeits is to check the soles. Genuine UGG boots will have half-inch thick soles. False UGG boots tend to have thin and flimsy soles, generally just a quarter-inch thick.
What Are Fake UGGs Made Of?
They often use synthetic fur. It will have a plastic texture and will fall out easily.
Why Are UGGs So Expensive?
They use double-faced sheepskin and are hand-stitched. This plus the laws of supply and demand coming into play make a boot on the pricy side.
Are UGGs Worth The Money?
If you like soft, warm, comfortable boots that last a long time, yes. They are worth the money.
How Long Do UGGs Last?
If taken care of, UGGs can last anywhere from five to twenty years.
UGGs are a casual and comfortable boot. Their main purpose is to keep the feet warm but can be fashionable as well. They generally run true to size and last a long time. They are a bit tricky to keep clean but it’s worth it.