The Case Against UGG Boots, The Sexy Footwear Wannabe

UGLY purple UGG boots

UGG boots may be coveted by many, but to me, they’re a sexy footwear wannabe. This big boot is a glorified slipper backed by clever branding, desired by ladies who fall for the sheepskin hype.

Normally I’m a very understanding person when it comes to all things quirky and different. I root for the underdog, take a liking to unexpected pairings and often talk about the importance of exploring our creative sides. I mean, my favorite Disney movie is “The Fox and The Hound,” I think it’s OK to wear patent leather shoes with a patent leather purse, and I love any story where the good guy sticks to his passions and makes it big in a world of greed.

So you’d think I’d be all about supporting UGGs, defending those “UGG stands for ugly” jokes. But nope. I’m right there in line agreeing with that statement. My heart goes cold and my eyes narrow when it comes to these boots.

5 Reasons I Hate UGG Boots

1. UGGs are brand mutts (in that they’re trying to hard to be a bit of everything).

Fluff mini quilted leopard ugg boot
Fluff Mini Quilted Leopard, $180, Ugg

What is it? A boot? A boot wearing a neck scarf?

The UGG boot reminds me of insecure people who change their personalities depending on the company they’re around. People do this in hopes that others will feel more comfortable and like them more. In UGG’s case, it’s likely the work of an advertising agency.

Trust me. I worked on Madison Avenue in another life. I’ve done the focus groups and participated in the “what do they want” creative sessions. The changing needs (ahem “perceived” changing needs) of the marketplace say ladies should step out in “new and improved” UGGs. Or, “we can reach a broader section of the market if we offer a sandal…” And so UGG boots with wedges, studded UGGs, ankle-high ones and really tall ones were born. 

There are UGGs for brides, UGGs that sparkle and UGGs that look like cottage cheese is flowing over their top half (aka muffin top UGGs). It seems that in the attempt to be everything to everyone, UGG has lost the essence of what made the brand so successful.

2. Nasty gals wear UGGs.

Furry Ugg boots
Classic Mini Mongolian Boot, $250, Ugg

Shawty had those Apple Bottom jeans / boots with the fur…

Remember T Pain’s Apple Bottom Jeans? You’re singing it in your head right now, “Shawty had those Apple Bottom jeans / Boots with the fur / The whole club was looking at her…” Granted, T Pain doesn’t specifically say “UGGs,” and there are other boots with fur, but, hey, it seems to fit, right?

Lots of UGGs have furry, Sasquatch-like qualities. And this style can be popular with women who are maybe not church-going librarians. Call it a crazy correlation in my mind thanks to this song and observations in the mall, but a lot of UGG styles don’t rank high in the elegance department.

3. UGGs aren’t sexy.

The UGG is not nearly as sexy as a tall fall boot over slim-fit denims or even cowboy boots paired with shorts. They’re squishy, mushy, outfit afterthoughts. Settling into a beer koozie with bows, um, I mean UGGs, is a fine way to destroy an otherwise pulled-together style.

4. They need lots of cover-up to look better.

You know when you get a pimple and try to cover it up with oodles of concealer — and of course it just ends up looking so much worse? It’s like UGGs can’t just step out as they are, in confidence. Nope. Along the way, they felt the need to add more to look better. 

And that brings us UGGs bedazzled with bling, bows and sparkles. Or, you might call them silly, accessorized UGGs. It’s just odd to take a style that’s so blocky and basic and try to make it cute by putting stuff on it.

5. Sales that are scarier than the boots themselves.

At $250 or more for some UGGs, the real deal isn’t what the fashionista on a budget wants. And so many, many women are on the hunt for UGG sales. When a reliable store marks down the price, fine. But unfortunately, many places that sell cheap Uggs are on the shady side. Think outdoor flea markets that have aisles upon aisles of them.

These thugs selling UGGs are peddling fakes, which means ladies aren’t getting the real deal. And even though I don’t love UGGs (clearly!), I’d say if you want ’em, you should at least have authentic ones. So steer clear of the flea market sellers and buy them at a discount at 6pm or even Sam’s Club.

So ladies, tell me why you hate UGGs in the comments. Or if you think I’m off base, let me know that too!

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    There’s one place that I have found them acceptable, and that’s at the ice rink. My daughter was a figure skater her entire childhood and they’re wonderful to slip your feet into when pulling off those skates in a freezing rink, or being a mom sitting at the rink for hours on end watching your kid practice as your toes are freezing from the temps in the rink. They’re also great to sink your feet into when pulling off your skis. Other than that, I can’t stand them. I’m in Los Angeles and it’s pretty much a given uniform that when it dips below 65, you’ll see women and girls of all ages wear them with shorts and dresses. Not a good look. Now they’re adorned in sequins. Ummm…Ick. To me, they have their place, but I agree with you, it’s not a good look to be wearing out and about. They don’t compliment any outfit other than sweatpants, ski clothes or skating attire.

    They’re just ugly!! If they were waterproof, they would be perfect to wear on the drive to work, and then put on my heels when I get to work. But they aren’t snow proof, therefore useless in my eyes. I got a pair when they first became popular, realized this, and sincerely regretted wasting a Christmas wish on them.

    Ain’t nothing’ sexxxy about an Ug.
    Ok maybe the fact that they are warm. But, that’s it.

    Thanks for your comments, ladies. It’s great to hear stories from other anti- (or semi anti) UGG people. Keep sharing your thoughts!

    I admit it. I have a pair of sequined Ugg boots. They’re comfortable. Please don’t judge 🙂

    This should be titled “The case against Ugg boots.” You’re not for them…

    Pretty sure it is. 😉 We do have another story that is pro-Uggs, so I can see why it’s easy to mix up.

    I have heard disturbing news that they actually shear the sheep’s skin with the fur while the sheep are still alive. I’m not sure how reliable this information is but just to hear it mentioned at all, I have banned all things Ugg.

    OK, WOW. THAT IS DISTURBING. Totally merits the caps.

    To me, they look like teletubbie feet. The only girls that wear them around here are the ones that wear them with tight (maybe leggings) and a Tshirt…not even a tunic. UGH I hate uggs.

    Teletubby feet, haha, nailed it.

    What a visual! Teletubby feet . . . I love it. Thanks for the smile.

    I saw this after I posted my comment, I totally dig the comparison hahaha

    They’re comfortable and well-made; for the price, not something I’d buy for myself but definitely a gift I appreciated. I wear them when I’m dressed down — yoga leggings and a sweatshirt (that covers my butt because, contrary to popular belief, leggings are NOT pants). I have a pair of OTK Guess boots that I wear when I’m dressed like a respectable adult, but when I’m bumming around campus or running to the grocery store then UGGS are ideal for me. Haters gonna hate ;-p

    I don’t think looking like a respectable adult is something you can morph in and of! What if a gorgeous Chinese billionaire is at your grocery store, trying to decide whether or not to buy the franchise and sees you in a sweatshirt masquerading as pants?

    UGG boots and shoes can look really bad or really good on women. I find they can make a woman look very sexy if worn properly. UGGs are also very comfortable and warm. The first thing l look for in a pair of winter shoes. I am a guy and I have a pair. If you have never worn a pair give them a chance. It’s not always about fashion. Although UGGs for women is sexy.

    I think the point of all the variety in the brand is to suit different peoples opinions. No matter how ridiculous that persons style and or opinion is. Alot of people around where i live where them. Its simply about style. Alot are cute. Theyre comfortable. Getcha panties out of a wad. Yes i do think quite a few of the types of the boots are mighty ugly but i thing the only truly ridiculous thing about any of them is the price. Everyone here seems to overlook that little detail.

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