Beat those winter blues with some comfy UGG Boots

UGG boots are a phenomenon that seemed to take off almost instantly. There seems to be something quite magical about the UGG boots. Worn by celebrities and normal people alike, UGG boots gave people the opportunity to feel like the stars they adored. Well-known for being extremely comfy and keeping those toes snug and warm during the winter months, it is no wonder that they are as popular as they are.

And although much better suited to the winter months, it is not uncommon to see people wearing them at any other time – they are too comfy not to!

What are they?

UGG boots originated in Australia and are sheepskin boots with fur lining. In Australia, the word Ugg is a generic term for sheepskin boots. Aussies have been making Ugg-style sheepskin boots for over a century.

In the UK UGG boots have proved to be perfect footwear for the winter months and a staple in any woman’s wardrobe. Since their stratospheric rise to fame, UGG boots have developed from the simple tan range to a number of ranges with different colours and designs, different lengths – there is really something for everyone!

How do I know what will suit me best?

Before committing to buying any pair, make sure that the colour and style are for you. There is nothing worse than getting something home and realising it probably isn’t. If possible, visit physical retailers and try a few different styles on. If it isn’t possible and you are shopping online, don’t impulse buy. Go away and come back when you think you have chosen the right pair.

New designs are realised every season so if it is close to the new lines coming out, maybe wait a while and see if your perfect pair reduce in price slightly.

Where can I buy them?

UGG boots are now so popular that the majority of retailers stock them, whether in store or online. There are many different colours and designs available and many imitations so it definitely pays to be careful when shopping around for your own pair.

It is advisable to use a retailer that you have used before to make sure that you are getting the real thing – if the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is not. It may be tempting to take retailers up on their cheap offer but the reality is you are probably buying one of the many fake cheap quality pairs.

Real UGG boots usually last from 5 to 20 years so when buying make sure that you are getting what you are paying for. There are many fake ones on the market and only the real ones will last you at least 5 years. Of course, you need to take proper care of them.

How to tell if they are genuine?

There are many fakes of UGG boots brand online but none stand up to the quality of the real thing. However, counterfeit copies of the brand will not meet the same quality, most of them will not be made of sheepskin at all and generally they won't last. Here are some tips to help you:

1. As a general rule, if it's too good to be true, then it probably isn't. Be wary of dirt cheap eBay bargains.

2. UGG Australia only supply to selected stores. UK only buyers are likely to receive a genuine product if they buy from UGG Australia's official website or from SCHUH.

3. If the recommended websites are out of stock, steer clear of sites which advertise loads of stock available. Instead, ask yourself where do they get their stock from!

4. UGG Australia boots have a large middle G on the logo.

5. Check the inside. Real ones have sheepskin fur lining. Fakes are mostly synthetic.

Google UGG Australia authorised retailers and you will find a complete list!

How much do genuine UGG Boots cost?

Genuine UGG boots retail at over £100, any less than that and it pays to be wary. This year Short Classic boots are retailing at £150 and Tall Classics at £190.

Make sure to get the most of your money too by shopping around – if one shop doesn’t have your perfect style, another might. Don’t settle for second best.

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