Over in Australia, residents are baking hot pretty much all year round whilst in the UK we freeze our socks off (pretty much all year round). Sheep over here therefore grow their woolly coats to keep them warm, whilst in oz – sheep residents are sheared to keep them cool and for use in clothing and other products. One of the main uses for Australian wool seems to be lining the infamous fluffy boots – UGGS.
You may disagree with me here, as I know how popular UGG’s are over in the UK, but I simply can’t stand them. Not only are they extortionately priced but they also come with an array of stereotypical characteristics which are assigned to the wearer. They may be great as slippers, or perhaps for cleaning round the house. But not in public. Please! Even the most stylish can’t pull off a pair of UGG’s. Still disagree? I’ll talk you through why!
Not only are UGG’s lined with sheep wool, but the wearers of UGG’s seem to become ‘sheep’ as well, following in the footsteps of everyone else around them and investing in a pair, rather than wearing something a little different and being adventurous. In my eyes, when I spot a pair of UGG’s I immediately think of high school girls who wear them with tracksuits and match them with their cheap lipstick and orange tans (a stereotype, yes I know – but I’m being honest here!).
Similarly, given the fact most pairs are (extremely) overpriced, selling for £160 or more, why people wear the boots in the rain and snow (despite the fact they are SUEDE) completely baffles me. So, although it’s summer (well, sort of) in the UK and most of us hate thinking about the impending winter ahead of us, I’ve come up with a few other alternatives – which are far more suited to rain-y or snow-y weather and won’t have you looking like a sheep (metaphorically and literally!).
These gorgeous leather Biker Boots are just £90 from Topshop!
However, if you haven’t been convinced by my UGG fueled rant and are still craving wool lined (or wool based) fashion items for next season, then why not try having the wool on another part of your body instead of the feet. Shearling was spotted on the catwalk lots at the last fashion week and is guaranteed to be a huge trend this fall, especially in the form of fur gilets and over-sized jumpers – keeping you toasty and warm should the British weather be British weather.
What do you think? Do you enjoy wearing UGGs? Or don’t you see what all the fuss is about? Let me know your opinion – I’d love to hear a few opposing arguments!