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Ugg Boots. What can be better?
Originally the term “Ugg Boot” has referred to a style of boot made in Australia from sheepskin.
Certainly during the First World War a version of the boot named the “Fug” (Flying Ugg) was worn by pilots. Then another version to appear on the scene during the 1930’s in Australia with worn by farmers who wanted to keep their feet warm. However, the rise in popularity seemed to happen during the 1960’s when Australian surfers would put them on after coming out of the cold Australian waters to warm up their feet.
Although there are several Australian companies which still manufacture this style of boots, unfortunately the trademark is now owned by an American Company called “Ugg Australia”. So you will find now that many boots manufactured by Australian companies which were originally known as “Ugg Boots” are now more formally known as “Australian Sheepskin Boots”.
But it does not matter whether you call them “Ugg Boots” or “Australian Sheepskin Boots” the are still both incredibly warm and soft and over the past couple of years have become a great hit with not only with celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet but also with trendsetters such as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears alike.
It is thought that the name “Ugg” originates from the shortening of the word “Ugly”. However, it is believed that “Ugg” is a generic term used by Australians for sheepskin boots. Certainly if you look in any Australian dictionary you will find the word “Ugg” or “Ug” or even “Ugh” boots. At present you will find all three of these terms have now been trademarked by Ugg Holdings Inc, part of Deckers Outdoor Corporation who are the parent company of “Ugg Australia”. So when you see the term “Ugg Boot” being used it is normally referring to an Australian made sheepskin boot or a boot that has been styled on those manufactured in Australia.
You will find the styles now available both in Ugg Boots or Sheepskin Boots is varied. They come in short and tall versions and even a mid calf length. Many women are now able to purchase their Ugg/Sheepskin boots in a variety of colours from either pink to purple or tan to brown. However, you will find that most men’s versions of these boots only come in neutral colours. You can either purchase a pair with a chunky heel and laces or just a flat heeled slip on version.
Because Ugg and sheepskin boots are considered to be a casual type of foot wear, you will find many people just wear them with a good pair of jeans. However because they are exceptionally warm they are great for cold weather (suitable for wearing during in temperatures to -30 degrees Fahrenheit). But one should always remember not to wear them during excessively wet or muddy conditions.
Although many people are often seen wearing these styles of boots with just jeans they certainly look great on a woman who wears them with just a short skirt and a pair of opaque tights (or if you want to be really daring and the weather is not too cold then go bared legged). Guys certainly prefer to wear them with jeans and a shirt to not only give them a casual look but also to make them look a little rugged. Because the sheepskin provides warmth to the feet, many people find that they do not actually need to wear socks or tights even during some of the cooler periods of the year.
Finally, you need to know how to look after these. Firstly always ensure that you wash them by hand with cold water. Never use hot water or place them in a washing machine as this will cause permanent damage to the sheepskin.
Next never ever place them close to a direct heat source when drying them. If at all possible stuff with paper towels and allow them to dry naturally. By stuffing them with paper towels you are actually helping the boot to retain its shape. If you do need to use a cleaning product on them, ensure it is one that has been recommended by the maker of your boots, unfortunately not every product available on the market for cleaning sheepskin, suede or leather is suitable to be used on these boots.
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