Ugg boots started out as anti-fashion. After all, they have flat soles, no shape and a rather bland design. Australian pilots used to wear these boots, made with sheepskin and shearling, to keep their feet warm and insulated. Some people say their name actually comes from people calling them "ugly boots." Uggs had a bit of popularity in the 1970s with California surfers, who liked the way the shoes kept their feet warm after surfing in cold water. But Uggs hit the big time when Oprah Winfrey gave them away on her TV show in the early 2000s.
While there's certainly nothing wrong with the Ugg boot or wanting to keep your feet warm, it's a bit strange when you see people wearing these boots in the 90-degree heat with a sundress or -- oh dear -- too-short jorts. It has to be hot inside those boots! And nobody likes sweaty feet. Put the Uggs in the closet, get a nice pedicure and slip into some comfy gladiator sandals.
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- Brotman, Barbara. "Battery-powered clothes." Chicago Tribune. 2009. (Aug. 17, 2010) http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/style/ct-hot-clothes-pg,0,7462167.photogallery
- Neal, Jill Hudson. "Mom Jeans Flatter No Body." Washington Post. Oct. 16, 2006. (Aug. 17, 2010) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/13/AR2006101300540.html
- O'Rourke, Meghan. "The Croc Epidemic." Slate. Jul. 13, 2007. (Aug. 17, 2010) http://www.slate.com/id/2170301
- "Uggs History." Ugg is Boots. 2009. (Aug. 17, 2010) http://www.uggisboots.com.au/uggs-history
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