I have finally been drawn in to the craze of the UGG boot; something which I swore I would never do when they made their appearance all them years ago when worn by many a celebrity. Still not confident with the traditional Classic UGG I opted for the Classic Cardy boot in Charcoal/Silver which may be worn at calf length or turned down to ankle length, personally my preferred look. I absolutely love the style of these which look great with leggings, skinny jeans or skirt/dress but I do however have a couple of issues.
Firstly the sizing. The authorised UGG stockist site which I ordered from advises to order your usual UK size but to disregard the UK size displayed on the box which is incorrect by half a size. In my case this is a UK 4, US 6 and EU 37. Indeed the box displayed a UK 4.5 but the correct US and EU size. No problem, I had been sent my correct size despite the box stating otherwise (I wonder however how many people have been confused by this issue?). The fit itself is comfortable but I do notice that it is not as snug as I would have thought or liked. The boot slips slightly and consequently rubs my heel should I walk at a faster than normal pace or extended length of time. I am almost certain however that the size down would be too small. So, is this boot really a UK 4.5? Lesson 1: if ordering online (my reason being because it was the best price) visit an authorised stockist if possible to ensure you order the correct site.
Secondly the practicality of the materials. Whilst the finest merino wool and sheepskin fleece have been used this does not mean that they are suitable for all the elements i.e. rain. Now I purchased these boots to keep my feet warm in the colder months but these months are almost guaranteed to bring the rain and snow and often this can be unpredictable. One minute the sun is shining and the next there is a downpour. So whilst I was under no illusion that these would offer total protection I had thought they may have incorporated a water resistant lining on the inside of the upper foot much like the technology that is used for SealSkinz socks (see sealskinz.com). Afterall they are not the cheapest of footwear and personally I intend to wear boots in the colder months and not summer as do most people I would assume. Unfortunately this is not the case. Lesson 2: be prepared for damp feet.
Despite my misgivings I can’t help but LOVE them as they are so adaptable. I realise I am insane for purchasing something rather expensive for the purpose of fashion over practicality but if they make me feel good then they’re worth my money. I just prey for sunshine each day . . .