My wife asked me to buy her a pair of UGGS and I didn’t know what she was talking about.
“Boots”, she says, like that is supposed to make the light-bulb turn on in my head. She can buy boots at Walmart so why is she telling me this?
So off to the internet I go to look up “Uggs”. And I find they have quite a history.
First, they are from “down under”, specifically from Australia and New Zealand, and are unisex, meaning that they can be worn by men or women. Well, I know right away I won’t be sharing her boots.
Next, I find they are made from sheepshin, with fleece insides. They were designed for warmth.
Of course, the USA can’t be left out, and they are also made in the USA by a USA company (in California, where they don’t need warm boots). The California company was able to get fashionable celebrity (feet) to wear them and they became the fashion rage. Go figure.
There are constant disputes on the origin of the name “ugg”; some believe they came from “Fug Boots” from the military.
Of course, when I was growing up, anything that was “Fug” was actually a contraction of two words … “F-ing” and “Ugly”.
Wait! I’m not alone! According to Australian fashion stylist Justin Craig: “The only people who get away with wearing them are models, who give out the message: ‘I’m so beautiful, I can look good in any crap.”
In the end, it is argued that the term “Ugg” or “ugh” boots refers to any type of pull-on sheepshin slipper-boot.