A Complete Guide to Ugg Boots

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Most people are familiar with the classic Ugg boot look and colour, but the Ugg collection has grown considerably in the few years since the craze began and boots are now available in a variety of brilliant styles, from the official UGG Australia to many other brands. The style is  now so popular that a quarter of American women own a pair,  according to a 2013 study.
Even Kate Middleton has been spotted in Ugg boots.
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Even Kate Middleton has been spotted in Ugg boots.

Celebrity Wearers

The iconic image of celebs in Ugg boots is Pamela Anderson, in red swimsuit, rocking a cream pair on the Baywatch beach in the nineties.

Beyonce likes donning her  UGG Boots post-concert, while other wearers include Blake Lively, Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Aniston.

Models such as Gisele Bundchen and Kate Upton have been spotted rocking Uggs, and don't just assume that they're for ladies. Bruce Willis, Pharrell Williams, Ben Affleck (in a suit) and even Mr T have worn theirs for social occasions. 
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Ugg Classic

Incredibly popular and forever fashionable, a pair of women’s Classic boots are the perfect introduction.

The UGG Australia styles include: 

Classic Mini: Ankle-high boots, featuring soft foam insole and genuine Twinface sheepskin for comfort. 

Classic Short: A popular and comfortable style, to be worn straight or rolled over to show off your sheepskin. 

Classic Tall: An UGG Australia icon - comfortable knee-length boots with reinforced heel and a classic design.
The Bailey Button can be worn straight or rolled
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The Bailey Button can be worn straight or rolled

UGG Bailey Button

UGG Classics with buttons, Bailey Button boots provide all of the warmth and comfort of their classic cousins with the added ability to customise how you wear them – straight or rolled. Also keep an eye out for the Bailey Bow with bows instead of buttons. 

The styles include: 

Mini Bailey Button: Perfect paired with jeans, shorts and dresses, and just as soft as Classic Mini boots.

Bailey Button: A fresh take on the Classic Short. Features wooden logo buttons and signature sheepskin. 

Bailey Button Triplet: With three wooden logo buttons, the Bailey Button Triplet can also be worn unbuttoned.
The Ugg Noira retains a heritage feel.
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The Ugg Noira retains a heritage feel.

Other UGG Styles

Adirondack Snake: A pricey but powerful python printed boot, made from waterproof full-grain leather.

Amely: Classic mini ankle boot with adorable fringe collar. Made from water resistant suede and featuring an antique metal buckle.

Cambridge: A folded over knit collar and adjustable strap provides a versatile fit in sumptuous sheepskin.

Cary: Versatile style with rear corset tie. With leather outer and natural wool interior, the Cary boot is perfect for all weather.

Classic Cardy: Blends merino wool uppers, functional logo buttons and the cosiness of a cardigan into a single pair of UGGs.

Darling: Suede ankle boots with scalloped collar binding and laser-etched heel logo.

Noira: Waterproof with a heritage feel, Noira boots are crafted from full-grain leather and super-soft sheepskin. See also Sutter.

Men's: UGG Australia’s range of men’s boots continues to grow in popularity thanks to regular celebrity endorsements and a change of attitudes towards the brand.
An example of a Bearpaw ugg boot.
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An example of a Bearpaw ugg boot.

Similar Brands

Similar styles to UGG Australia include Emu, Whooga and Bearpaw, which each offer different levels of luxury ugg boots at different prices. 
The sheepskin should carry sweat from the feet
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All Year Round?

Sheepskin footwear actually breathes, and therefore keeps sweat away from your feet. 

So you could wear them in July and August and UGG Australia actually claim the brand is good for summer. But the fashion world advises against it from a style point of view, believing that combining Uggs with a summer dress, for example, would look silly.

A commonly-cited rule of thumb is that if it's too hot for trousers, jeans or leggings, don't wear Ugg boots. Having said that, also be wary in very cold weather. Ugg boots are not known for their grip so be careful in ice, snow and mud.

Similarly, wearing socks with your boots is a bone of contention. The advice given is that since sweat is diverted away in a process known as "wicking", your feet will remain warm and dry in the winter and cool and dry in the summer in the soft lining. But some people believe they are more comfortable with socks and the boots begin to smell more quickly if worn without them. Moisturising your feet regularly puts paid to the issue.
Lighter-coloured boots can be better for summer
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Ugg Boot Colours


UGG boots are available in light sandy shades to deep black tones, and a range of brighter colours. Unless you’re going for a waterproof style, the suede uppers of Classic designs can be prone to fading and staining.  

Going Light: Lighter-coloured UGG boots are great for making a statement. They contrast and compliment outfits in equal measure but are also prone to unwanted marks and stains. As a result, lighter-coloured UGG boots, such as sand and grey, are best for the drier summer months. 

Going Dark: In contrast – quite literally – darker colours such as chestnut and black are brilliant at hiding signs of winter wear and tear. However, they can fade if not looked after properly and cleaned quickly.

Colourful: Pinks, reds, purples and patterns such as leopard-skins are all available. Hit the search engines and you'll even find brides in sparkly editions.

Genuine Uggs have raised logos on the heels
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Spotting Fakes

Buying UGG boots online can be quick and convenient, but it also increases the risk that you won’t receive exactly what you’re hoping for. 
  
How can you check if the UGG boots you’re looking at on screen are genuine with just pictures to go by? 
  
Quantity & Quality of Photos – People with nothing to hide, hide nothing. True UGG sellers will usually display a good selection of detailed photos to prove their boots’ authenticity. Look for close ups, boots shots, box shots and label shots; inspect fully. 
  
The Box – New UGG boots are packaged in brown, two-piece boxes with a starburst logo in the left corner. The size, style, colour and country of origin should be clearly stated on a white logo at one end. Newer boxes also feature a small hologram sticker that alternates between the starburst and UGG Australia logos. 
  
Logo – All classic UGG boots feature raised labels on the heels. The letters of the logo should overlap slightly without gaps. Inside, the details on the product label should match those on the box. 
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Caring for your Uggs


There are hundreds of articles and thousands of products that promise the best care for your new UGG boots.
The real deal comes from UGG Australia who have developed their own sheepskin care kit.

Retailing for around £20, the set includes Cleaner & Conditioner, Sheepskin Protector, Sheepskin Freshener Brush & Scuff Eraser.

Other cleaner brands include Punch and Shuu.
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