Is there any item of clothing more likely to divide opinion than the Ugg boot? They are surely the Marmite of the footwear world. Apart from dungarees and hareem pants, I can’t think of many other items of clothing that polarise opinion in such a strong way.
OK, so they have all the looks and glamour of an orthopaedic shoe, but they are very warm, and as someone who is perpetually cold, I am a big fan – as is Kate Moss. It’s a constant surprise to me that I love something so practical, as a lot of my teenage years were spent arguing with my Dad about the suitability of what I was wearing (his most-repeated phrase “It’s not a fashion parade!”) One of the only good things about the dark and miserable Autumn we’re having is being able to get mine out of the cupboard. I do have my limits though – I only like the tall classic ones, and I’d never wear them out in the evening (OK, I did once, but it was snowing).
However – when looking for winter shoes for Eliza I came across the range of children’s Uggs. And despite my love for the adult boot, even I was unsure. The baby ones are cute but completely unnecessary. And the ones for older children? Not only are they not, despite appearances to the contrary, the most practical of shoes so not great for wobbly walkers (as anyone who has worn them in anything more than a light frost knows, the soles aren’t the grippiest). And costing anywhere up to £150, they seem ridiculously expensive for shoes your child will undoubtedly grow out of in five minutes.
So, in the style of a teenage magazine barometer, Ugg boots for adults and children; love or loathe?