OOOOOH Scott. You are a brave man and I love it. UGGS on the Sartorialist. I remember seeing a pair of UGG slippers in an editorial done by Grace Coddington and just about choked on my coffee. They are what they are and people buy them. I like it when you invite the conversation. Whenever you post a picture of fur, tattoos or smoking, I always clench a bit thinking of what people are going to leave as a comment. These UGGS should do the same. Let the games begin.
Come on guys, don’t be ridiculous, if its winter and cold the thing to think about is keeping warm! I live i a really cold country up north and people here LAUGH at some women in heels on day when its -10 celsius and snow. So give all thos ” UGGS are so ugly a break please” Sometimes its only foolish to try to look good all the time.
I actually don’t mind the look. I know so many people are against it, but walking around in a Canadian winter wearing stilettos and impractical shoes in snow and black ice is a bigger faux pas than wearing “slippers outdoors”. If the slippers keep my feet warm and dry in -30 and them some, so be it.
Great photos, I love the twist to the pair in the first picture!
I wear a pair of thick white boots with grippy soles because I don’t want to fall on the ice up here in Canada. These still look like bedroom slippers to me, and I don’t get why people in warmer (ie: NY) climates wear them. They do look comfy though.
@talktomyshoes – i sympathise! really i do! in the canadian winter, in the middle of the snow, fine. wear anything to keep from freezing. but alas, these photos are not taken in canada, and i guarantee you NYC has not seen -30 weather!! “elephant feet…”
wel i mean UGGS are not te only shoes that are comfy and give warm, i even belive for comfy they are quit unhealthy build! do you guys now the real classics from the mountains… they are old and dam hot… and never i say never cold feat and less uglynes:
Fleecy pajamas are warm and cozy too and I am starting to see more and more of them out in public as well…. if you want to look like a twelve year old who just rolled out of bed, more power to you! There are many, many ways to keep warm without looking like a slob but I defend any one’s right to look like a slob if they want too…. sheesh!
Obviously I hate the look of UGGS and feel they should be worn ONLY and EVER inside the house! If you have narrow feet they are a total health hazard. I think they do a extreme cold weather version etc which I guess has to be worn as and when. Luckily, here in London, it is never, ever so cold that you need to step outside in them. UGGS on men is a criminal offence quite frankly – can’t put it more simply!
In the home of the ugg boot (Australia for those who didn’t know), they’re strictly for slobbing and not to be seen in public. Those that wear them out, and I have seen it amongst the younger set in winter, tend to wear them with trackies (track pants), and look like they just got out of bed. Here on the Sartorialist it looks like they just dashed outside in their slippers too. Great photos though, there is the light of the North American winter that I don’t see anywhere else.
I think rolled down Uggs looks worse. Too reminiscent of a Christmas elf costume.
Uggs are fine if the tops are covered with boot-cut or flared jeans and only the toe is exposed. Then they seem to make the wearer look grounded. If the boots have ONLY the wool or fur on the outside, then it’s okay with bare legs and dresses. Something about the skin/hide side of Uggs and one’s legs-they look too similar to large, gout-ridden, fleshy cankles. Hence the negative visceral reaction from most.
Scott, I can’t believe this post totally unexpected. I remember couple years ago when you said one of your daughters wanted a pair and you refused to buy them. I am an UGGs fan I can’t help it, lived in cold weather my whole life.
I will never love, or even like, Uggs, however I think it’s brave and very diplomatic of you to post these pictures. We all need to open our minds and find beauty where we least expect it. That said, even though I live in a cold country I will never be caught dead with these on my feet! Try a nice pair of hunters instead, with a cosy fleece lining, much more attractive and chic!
This is a great post! I love when you look for interesting looks that anybody can embrace but not necessarily make so chic. I must say, I find a post like this much more interesting than photographs of expected items of overpriced clothing on expected fashion people. This is extremely refreshing, especially after fashion week. And it reminds me of your talent and unique eye for style!
There is no excuse for UGGS. Having lived in Siberia, I can say that even in -40C, Russian women look impeccably chic and stay warm in their high-heeled leather boots (lined with fur on the inside, of course). So I don’t want to hear it.
What a funny comment above, how can anyone bother to wear heels if it is -40celsius? I do not get it. Why on earth? It looks silly, really, or stupid. I can bet if you put 100 women out in Siberia, without any men around in minus 40, and let them choose between UGGS or similar warm fur boots and boots with heels, I am sure they would all pick the Uggs. Really.
( or maybe one would take the heels waiting for the snowman ) Women are SO funny sometimes.
oh scott, how could you? is it peer pressure, trying to be current, not being able to overlook a trend (even if it’s the least worthy), or what? they are so disgusting, and the first photo, what is that she’s tied on her ugly boot? isn’t it ugly enough already?
disappointing choice, for people who wear them and for those who chose to legitimize wearing them by posting photos of them on their otherwise fab blog…
Oh dear. I know you know this – but here in Australia anyone with the tiniest, slightest, vaguest pretension to any kind of style would truly rather die than be seen in uggs in public. This Northern Hemisphere thing is just utterly bizarre for us. It would be like wearing your pyjamas to the shops, or your gym gear to work. Slovenly, sloppy, careless and deeply unattractive.
Funny how people get so worked up about a pair of shoes and how they are disappointed with The Sartorialist for posting photos of them, like it’s some sort of crime of deterioration in standard of a great blog. I’m always glad to see normal people wearing normal clothes appropriate for the weather, and would of course agree that it’s pointless to wear shoes like Uggs in the summer, that’s just common sense. But come on, people, relax
Oh dear. It is -20 here, elegant and appropriate winter shoes are widely available (at least) in Northern Europe and provide the same or more comfort. It’s been a rough winter this year and I haven’t had cold toes nor have I slipped on icy roads. UGGS are not necessary to survive the cold.
Just wondered what comments the the last photo would have garnered had it not been grouped with the other Uggs shots. Focusing on the brand name of the footwear seems to ignore the actual photograph. This young woman’s presentation has the same balance of color, texture and proportion that characterizes my favorite Sartorialist photos. The photograph itself shares these strengths. Then there’s her clear, lovely Mona Lisa face, exposing itself to the unyielding cold light of a stark winter day. I dare you to post this outside of this prejudicial context.
Those boots make you look like a 12 year old kid…. do people really think that Ugg boots are the only type of warm boots available? To me, it’s like you just gave up on looking good and you really didn’t have to. You CAN be cozy and warm and not have to wear those things. Sorel.com for example has some way better looking options.
It is rarely ever that cold in NYC, and certainly hasn’t been cold this year. I understand dressing for the weather- but they aren’t very practical here, they get really dirty with city grime, which makes them look even worse. There are a ton of fleece lined boot options, even from Uggs. I think this style is the equivalent of going to the corner store in your pajamas, or wearing sweatpants on a plane. The look is a little too lazy and sorority girlish (no offense to sorority girls).
Eh…still can’t get on board with the Uggs, though I DO agree that they look a little better rolled down. I think seeing every annoying cheerleader-type in high school wear them every day (even in the summer) really ruined them for me.
Since when did pain free footwear equal hoards of unimaginative sheep wearing ugly, too flat, imptactical suede and shearing?
I only wear high heels a few times a year. For day to day I have footwear I can run and jump in – and walk for miles, which is always weather apropriate.
But all of my shoes and boots are beautiful, and designed to support my – even more beautiful – feet. Not this lazily made and lazily purchased rubbish, that has no arch support and is too flat to support a tendon.
Thank you Scott for giving us this space to discuss the great Ugg plague…
This is totally self-indulgent but any way we could get more dog/fashion photos from you? After reading your comment on the dog matching the Uggs it’d be interesting to see a few more photos that bring home this point — not with Uggs but perhaps separate color stories… Just a fleeting thought! (Brought on by the fact that I’m dying to see that Golden Retriever’s face haha can you tell I have Goldens myself?)
I have no problem with calling an outfit that involves Uggs visually interesting but I have a real problem with people who argue that an item of clothing that makes you look skinnier or more ‘narrow’ somehow makes that item more fashionable. I work at a store where women who love certain items often choose not to buy them because they’re worried it makes them look ‘big’. Since when does having a large bum or curvy things have anything to do with fashion? If that’s all women ever thought about when they put clothes on in the morning it would be a boring world to look at.
Women worry about these things enough, it certainly doesn’t help to have a man re-enforce those concerns on a highly influential blog.
Bravo for doing a post involving Uggs! I don’t own a pair myself, but I am completely for drawing from EVERY source for fashion and creativity, even the most expected or unexpected (depending on how you look at it). That, I believe, is true originality.
Lee – Sorry but I wish MORE women paid attention to whether or not they are buying things that will not work for their body. Too many women and even men think fashion is just buying whatever you like, and it is to a degree, but people forget that they have to dress to their best advantage. Some women avoid buying button-downs because it doesn’t work for their boobs, and there’s nothing wrong with that. They know what looks good on them!
OUCH…. we here in Australia are appalled that New Yorkers wear these on the streets! We would only dare wear them at home in the cold months and even then, you would never admit to anyone that you own a pair. I winced every time I saw them last Xmas while in NYC. For us, they are purely the realm of the ‘bogan’, ‘chav’ or ‘trailer trash’ …. interesting
What is the deal with everyone saying they are for indoors only? The whole point is to keep your feet warm in winter… OUTSIDE.
Nothing, I mean NOTHING has kept my feet as comfy and warm as UGGS when I have to walk miles in the city in winter.
As for those saying that women wear heels with fur, etc. – maybe those women don’t have to walk miles every day… but if they do, they are more than welcome to have nasty mangled toes by the time they are 40!
Uggs look just fine when the rest of your outfit is pulled together and rock’n. It shows your stylish and smart.
I’ve had my pair of UGGS for about 6 years now and an argument could be made that they single handedly helped me survive my bitter cold college campus. Like anything, it comes down to styling. I truly believe that they can look cool and effortless, but also cringe in rememberence of them being paired with jean skirts (“Simple Life” style).
I’ve been wearing them rolled down like that last picture for years and have come to the same conclusion as Mr. Schuman that this is the most flattering way to wear them.
Why does this post exist? And why are more people not posting their disgust for the appearance of these slippers on one of the world’s most serious FASHION blogs? I get it, people slip on these horrendous things when “it’s cold outside” or “because they’re totally comfortable.” But please, don’t insult us. This is not fashion, this is “comfort wear” for the lowest common denominator.
i don’t understand all the comments saying how they are “practical”…they were NEVER meant for snow! they were meant to wear to keep your feet warm after a day on the beach! maybe some ugg styles are waterproof, but most i’ve seen are not, and the girls look ridiculous with their soaked through uggs on their feet in the cold or snow! get rubber boots, duck shoes, or real leather boots! more stylish and much more “practical” if you ask me….
I think it all depends on what you wear them with. For example, the girls in your pictures look fine… Uggs with sweatpants and sportswear (I see this every day), not so much. I live in Norway, so wearing something like stilettos in the winter is just impractical. However, Uggs gives my feet blisters, so I’m sticking to leather boots and wedges until spring.
There are better and prettier ways to stay warm. UGGs are not practical. They don’t hold up in slush and snow. I cringe everytime I see them, and I live in Chicago. AND I walk alot and take public transportation. AND I have especially cold feet because of an autoimmune disease. I don’t know how you can use stylish in the same sentence as UGG.
UGGs scream suburban teenager with a northface coat.
Oh god, Uggs are awful and crime of fashion AT BEST. And that statement rings true no matter what godforsaken part of the earth you live in. I will allow that they are functional in keeping your feet warm (which judging by many of the comments, might not even be true). But to suggest they are even remotely cute or fashionable is seriously criminal though I’m sure if you were talking to the 19 and 20-somethings on Greek Row in college campuses across the nation, they would certainly agree that Uggs are fashionable (especially when paired with neon pink and blue sweatpants with the Pink logo splashed across the butt).
I don’t what what all these people have against Uggs. They have a really unique look, and a feel that compares to no other boot. Here in Toronto I’ve been seeing a lot of young adult males wear Uggs. Thanks to you Scott, I think uggs are that much more acceptable lol.
This seriously makes me want to stop reading the Sartorialist. I come to this blog for visual inspiration, not for something I can see parading through every crowded airport or slushy street. Such a downer of a post!
this is a hillarious post:) this cute dog and your “finding” made me smile, thank you :D I actually have a god that matches my uggs,too :D but I never realised that :D uggs, hovewer unfashionable they might be, very often save our days (and feet) and I love high heels but sometimes it just feels so good to be comfortable and not make effort :)
I live in Canada: women wear alot of stylish footwear in winter and stay warm. UGGS are like Crocs or sweats: you can dress them up if you have great style, but you are working against them when you do so.
I really don’t see the big deal. Uggs keep my feet warm in the dead of winter. I know they’re not meant be worn in rain or snow, and thus wear rubber boots on those days. But it definitely makes my commute to work in the winter much less painful.
I think a controversial debate surrounding shows is more apt for crocs. Their only purpose is to provide comfort, which you can find in more stylish options. But not many stylish shoes provide the warmth that Uggs do! End of story.
Uggs are amazingly comfortable. i actually hate taking them off when I get home. they are even more comfy when its a cooler summer day and you wear shorts sweatshirt and Uggs. The fact that some people who obviously never go outside hate Uggs just makes me love them even more. And they are not in any way ugly. They are cute, even sexy. They just are not sleek.
Amy, hon this isn’t your blog. Its Scotts. Anything that catches his eye belongs here. You don’t have to like it, but I simply can’t imagine the amount of ego it takes to tell him that this post can’t be here. Message; You are not the center of the universe.
I don’t hate the way Uggs look, I just find that when I walk down the hallway at high school and two-thirds of the girls are wearing them, I start to feel that they are getting just a little bit overdone. What about Sorrels? Pajar? Yes, they are warm for our Canadian winters, but lots of other boots are too! I wore cowboy boots all winter and was fine walking to school! Anyway, that’s just me, and the dog is super cute.
Some one told me once that you have to have one really comfortable shoe that isn’t that pretty. Well Uggs fits that description. They’re better than women walking around in running sneakers with business suits to and from office/train!
the funny thing is…i used to live in Australia back in the early 90′s for about…5 years..and UGG boots were strictly worn as SLIPPERS there! just like “house shoes.” Sometimes by men as well. (who i might add are still very ‘macho’ there.) i thought they were a very curious thing to wear, especially in a (basically warm) country with sometimes colder, damper winters. the winter part was an “ok” exception in my mind…and wool is a certainly a very common commodity there, so…
imagine my surprise years later…when i’m back in the U.S. and they hit like FIRE! as a fashion-y thing on every girl from the age of 9-29!? in colors. with skirts. with sweatpants. with shorts!!! (gasp)