Why Ugg Boots are the Worst
If you read the title of this post, and you’re still reading it, it’s possible that you’re “rage reading”. So calm your shearling lining, and take a deep breath.
I see you, fellow “basic bitch”, for I am with you on most things. I LOVE fall. It’s my favorite season. I enjoy my pumpkin spice lattes (iced, with soy milk, and whipped cream). The smell of wood burning in outdoor fire pits calms my soul, and makes my smile. I thoroughly enjoy buffalo plaid on myself and others. My scented candles are LIT all the time.
But, I hate Uggs. “But Susan, Uggs make other styles of shoes now!” I know, fellow basic. They’re not all bad.
Let’s be honest, you know which ones I mean. The original, traditional Ugg boots.
Before I get into my rant/explanation of why I don’t Ugg boots, let me say a few things about when they are practical.
It’s completely ok to wear Uggs when:
- You’re doing an outdoor activity in bad weather, i.e. raking leaves, playing with your kids, shoveling snow, etc.
I get it, they keep your feet warm. You don’t have to worry about ruining a good pair of boots. They’re soft on the inside.
Now, let me tell you why I’m not a fan:
- No matter your shoe size, Ugg boots make your feet look HUGE and bulky.
- Boots that stop mid calf are also not flattering on most body types. (Stopping mid calf emphasizes the widest part of your calf, making it look larger.*)
- The boots create the look of cankles*.
- The lighter colors stain easily, so they look dirty most of the time.
- They are associated with young girls.
- They are limited to being associated with the extreme level of casual attire.
*Having large calves and/or cankles is not a bad thing! All body types should be celebrated and embraced.
Please note that I am not body shaming. What I am saying is that no matter your body type, it should be highlighted and shown off in wonderful ways.
When you wear something that distorts your shape in an unflattering way, it’s not the best choice, right?
Here’s another example of what I’m talking about:
It’s a Balenciaga puffer jacket. It can be worn fully zipped or off the shoulder as shown on the model above. The model in that image is 5’`10″ and wearing a size 4 in the jacket. A SIZE 4. Her body shape is completely lost.
In case you’re wondering, the plaid shirt is part of the dress. The dress is silk, the shirt is cotton. It’s supposed to create an oversized look. I get it, I’m sure it’s comfortable. You know I have nothing against comfort… I mean, one of my more recent posts was about how much I love joggers… It’s not a cheap dress either, and it’s by a well known designer. It’s definitely not my style aesthetic, and I would struggle with assisting a client to replicate this look. To me, this outfit says, “Today, I gave up.” or “I really just don’t care.”
You need to be cautious with phrases like that, especially, “I really just don’t care.” It’s easy to confuse “not caring” with confidence. In some ways they are connected.
There’s a lot of truth to the quote from Christina Grimmie. You want to walk into any situation knowing that you’re fantastic, and you don’t have to prove that to anyone. The easiest way to start feeling that kind of confidence is by wearing clothes (and sometimes boots) that feed those positive thoughts in your brain.
Here are a few alternatives to the traditional Ugg boot (that I loathe so much). All of these selections can be worn casually (just like Ugg boots), keep your feet warm and dry (just like Ugg boots), and will not make you look like you’re still desperately holding on to a piece of your youth (unlike Ugg boots).
If you take away anything from this post (aside from the obvious), it’s that I want you to enjoy the pieces you put on your body. Even if we’re just talking about something as seemingly minor as winter footwear. So, I want you to promise me that you will only wear things that make you feel good.