As everyone knows, when you’re far from home it’s always nice to have a few reminders about.
Being an Aussie in the UK, that’s pretty easy. For a start, there’s Kylie and Dannii – remember when they did Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves (one for the Aussies there, back when Kylie was known as Danni’s big sister)? If you don’t know what I mean….
There’s Rolf Harris. You can buy Vegemite easily, although I have been asked what I use it for. Australia’s Next Top Model is on TV – Cassi, please just stop it. And of course, there are plenty of other Australians about.
But the one reminder of home I see pretty much every day is the Ugg Boot.
I love uggies. Love love love love love them. I want to say they feel like you’re walking on a cloud, but I should say they feel like you’re walking on a sheep. They’re the most comfy things you will ever wear, and they last ages.
They are everywhere here. I’ve been surprised to see them so often in the street, back in Oz there’s mostly worn around the house as slippers. So if someone pops over to visit and you’re wearing your uggs (I’ll put my hand up to this one), you say “Sorry about the uggs.” You’ll see the odd one in the street but not often.
So it’s been a bit odd seeing otherwise well dressed women wearing, effectively, slippers.
Then I read a UK Marie Claire magazine, which had two high fashion Ugg Boot ads. Thought that was a bit weird, and was starting to doubt my own fashion credentials. But today it’s all come together – yes dear readers, I have worked it out. I was in a shoe shop today and saw the local price tag. Are you ready….. I saw a pair of Ugg Boots (remember, the “Ugg” is for “Ugly”) for one hundred and ninety pounds. OMG. That is $317 Aussie dollars, as opposed to about $120.
Slippers they definitely are not.