An ode to Ugg boots: How 2020 reignited my love for the comfy footwear

Anya Meyerowitz
·3 min read
Ugg boots have become my new favourite footwear. (Getty Images)
Ugg boots have become my new favourite footwear. (Getty Images)

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I have precisely 3,400 Facebook photos from my gap year back in 2009 and around 3,000 of them feature my inseparable partner: my Ugg boots.

I wore them in the cold. I wore them in the heat. I wore them with jumpers and skirts and with pyjamas when popping out to to the shops.

I wore them up mountains (not advised), on boats and – on more than one occasion – to a club.

In short, wherever I went, they were with me - and together with my passport, they were my most valued possession.

I wasn’t the only one with a love for an Ugg.

Much of the population was enjoying a love affair with the Ugg boot in the late 90s/early 2000s - the soft sheep skin interior and clever cooling/heating ability drew people in like moths to a flame.

My own love affair continued into my university days when, hungover and with five-minutes to spare before a lecture, I would slip them on alongside leggings and a jumper.

Somewhere along the way though, my Ugg’s got relegated to the back of my wardrobe. No longer my flavour of the month, I swapped them for loafers, chic trainers and on-trend court shoes.

For years, I’m sad to say, I forgot about them.

Until we moved house a few months ago and out from the very back of my cupboard came a rainbow of Ugg boots in classic brown, purple, knitted grey and dusty pink.

Buy Ugg Boots: Essential Short Classic Women’s Ugg Boots | ££135.99 (Was £160) from Ugg

Slipping a foot inside them felt like returning home to your parents for a hot meal after a hard day.

I knew I had to start wearing them again, though I was slightly wary of the response I might get from fashion-forward friends.

I needn’t have worried though - the most common response my cosy boots elicit is a nostalgic “ahhh, Ugg’s” or a variation of “I must find mine”.

They are the perfect accompaniment to jeans, dresses and tights or leggings. They make dressing for this changeable weather a doddle and, best of all, they are every bit as comfortable as I remember.

They’re brilliant for working from home - keeping my feet snug and meaning I don’t need to faff around looking for footwear if I need to nip to the shop (for chocolate) or feel like going on a walk (inevitably for more chocolate).

In short, I owe my Uggs an apology. My years of neglect were misjudged and my feet haven’t thanked me for it.

They’re not cheap, but in terms of cost-per-wear, I’d predict I’m somewhere below zero right now.

It’s the reunion that keeps on giving and a reminder that fashion is about how you wear something.

Interested in welcoming Ugg boots back into your life? John Lewis has all the latest styles in stock. Or, if it’s a deal you’re after, we’ve discovered a little-know Ugg outlet over on Ugg’s website, which has classic short boots down to £135.99, along with hundreds of other deals.

5 Ugg boots I’m wearing or coveting

UGG Classic II Short Sheepskin Ankle Boots | £165 from John Lewis

UGG Classic II Tall Sheepskin Knee High Boots | £210 from John Lewis

UGG Classic Ultra Suede Mini Boots | £125 from John Lewis

UGG Campout Suede Chelsea Boots | £150 from John Lewis

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