About Those Uggs

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.

8 thoughts on “About Those Uggs

  1. thankfully, the fashion of wearing ugg boots outside the house has faded over here in Aus, but there are still the die hard 'pammy' (pamela anderson) fans that try to bring it back. if gaga hasnt worn it, its not meant to be. x candy

  2. I'm surprised many Australians actually remember Rolf as he's been in England for as long as I can remember. My kids know all his songs courtesy of our Greatest HIts” CD!

  3. I have been tempted to buy uggs (they do look oh so comfy) but I could not wrap my brain around the idea of actually wearing something like that out. Thanks for the insight!

  4. I see those Boots in one of the most fashionable shops on the Mönckebergstraße in Hamburg, even more expensive in Germany. I like it if things are cosy – but I like it even more if they are cosy AND beautiful – but Uggs, as you said, are – well, cosy. Very young girls can get away with it, maybe, as with flip-flops in a city – but you wouldn't see me in them 🙂

  5. I don't know what it is about Rolf. Once you've heard a wobbleboard it's all over – I guarantee you will make music out of cardboard at some stage in your later life. Rolf is on a Wiggles DVD and my little boy is now doing it.

    Despite the tone of my post, I really do recommend having a pair of uggies. Anyone who tries them ends up buying them, they really are that comfy. BUT they are for wearing around the house in your winter pyjamas – the ultimate hot cocoa footwear, if you will.

    And as an aside, I read an interview with Australian singer Gabrielle Cilmi on the weekend who said exactly the same thing. “I can't believe the number of people wearing ugg boots around here (ie London), back home they're slippers.” So it isn't just me!

    Thanks for your comments, love getting them.

  6. So glad to hear that I have been wearing Uggs the 'correct' way all along – as slippers – and I didn't even know it! I just wanted to make them last as long as possible and didn't want to get them dirty!

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