Wednesday, September 30, 2009

More than half Uggly

I remember buying a pair of Ugg boots in 2004 or 5. Not the slipper-kind, we’d had those as kids for as long as I can remember, but the then-fashionable, everyday-wearing kind of ugg that popped into the scene that winter. I thought the ones I had were pretty cool, and that winter they were a must-have, accompanied by a denim mini and black stockings.

They were everywhere you looked at uni. The staple outfit of that Wellington winter. I did find that they were rather awkward to walk up that massive hill in, but I cared not. I had my uggs and I thought they were choice.

I can’t say I ever went as far with that fad as the pom-pom-adorned variety, that was a bit much as far as I was concerned. Mine were very plain and black, all their fluff was on the inside where it belonged and they kept my feet toasty and warm. Getting to wear your slippers all day is as close to being a bum as students can get, and we embraced it with vigour!

The ugg phenomenon turned sour for me when I went back to my small hometown that summer where the fad had only just hit. By that time in Wellington we were all back in our Havaianas, our uggs tucked away for the summer, but for these poor souls the fashion only caught on at the end of the year. They were out in sweltering temperatures in their uggs, tights and minis, thinking they were looking pretty cool and feeling rather hot (of the sweaty variety, not the sexy type).

That is where it ended for me. Rather short-lived, those uggs are condemned forevermore to a dusty coffin somewhere in my basement.

But close to five years on still I see them on the streets. Why, people, WHY? Where are you even getting them from? I haven’t seen one ugg in a shop for at least three years. Did you hoard three or four pairs for the impending ugg drought? Or is there some secret Uggs-R-Us dispensary floating around out there?

I am seriously concerned for the fashion health of our population. The ugg is over! Get them off your nasty little feet and purchase some shutes or booties instead. Please! For the sake of our fashionable reputation here in the capital!

It’s very distressing for me. Not only do I see ugg-people wearing them in broad daylight, they are wearing them with their jeans stuffed into the boot (or worse still, jeans rolled up to meet the top of the boot). Whatever they do with it, there’s no slender meeting of footwear and jeans. Instead you’ll see a fluffy boot crammed with denim, creating cankles where cankles weren’t before, and opening the wearer up to all sorts of ridicule (from me at least). And don’t even get me started on those pom poms!

As fashions come and go, we are expected to move on with them. As much as we might like to hold on to some of these modes, there comes a time to let go. I’m not saying we should change to suit the latest fashion on the catwalk, conform to commercial pressures, or purchase shoes faster than we can scuff the soles. But seriously people, there are some things that should happily come and go – and the ugg is one of them.

Am I wrong? Is it still acceptable to wear uggs? Your thoughts are welcomed, although I have my suspicions that ugg-wearers aren’t regular readers of fashion blogs, opening up a rather one-sided view on the matter.

Note to readers: we wore tights with ours, this girl is probably Australian! lol

1 comment:

  1. Interestingly in Britain, it is standard fare to wear your uggs everywhere, with every piece of clothing. Not just the fashionable ugg either, with colour, but the standard slipper variety. It makes me want to scream 'you are wearing slippers!' I think that the WAGS have created the trend, when will it die...