Friday, December 3, 2010

Uggs - The Ugly Stepchild of the Boot Family

I'm back in Chicago for a few weeks and my body is trying to adjust (not very well) to about a 60 degree temperature change between The Windy City and Phoenix.  Whenever I visit my sister during the winter months, I can't believe I was born and raised in Illinois.  How is it that I've become such a wimp to anything under 75 degrees? 

First thing I had to buy were shoes because the cute leather boots I brought with me were only good if I planned on never going outside or leaving an airport.  What was I thinking?  So, I broke down and listened to my sister and bought a pair of Uggs.  Mary has been on my case to buy Uggs for the last three years.  This year, she got her wish.  I put my feet inside a pair last night and I knew within two seconds that they were going home with me.  So soft and comfortable. And so wonderfully warm.  Like a teddy bear.

I've always thought of Uggs as the red-headed (sorry, redheads out there) step-child (ditto for step-children) of the boot family.  They won't be too functional in the Arizona desert but while I'm in Chicago, I can play outside with my niece and nephew without crying in pain from the cold.  And, jeez, is it cold!   

Okay, I'll say it. Mary was right. I love my Uggs. 


Dru said...

I would love these boots, but I don't think they're good if you have flat feet.

Joanna St. James said...

your sister and I may not be fashion twins after all. I still shudder everytime I see uggs but I understand the practicality and warmth it will provide.

From the girl who just bought fleece lined leggings.

Marianne Arkins said...

You're tempting me something fierce, but my DH would never let me live down Uggs.

Joanna, fleece-lined leggings??? Really??? I'm all over that.

Taryn Kincaid said...

Around here they are everywhere present. I own 4 pairs. Two shorts, one medium, one longer. (One of them is lavendar. Really. No lie. Not sure what I was thinking, exactly. This was a few years ago when they weren't as everywhere as they are now, I could only find them in Neiman-Marcus, and that was the only color left in my size!) I can't wait until the weather turns cooler to slip 'em on.
Yeah, they're clunky. They're also supremely comfy.

Linda Leszczuk said...

Among the younger set they're considered fashionable. My pre-teen granddaughter and her crowd wear them for style more than warmth. I guess redheads are in.

Angelina Rain said...

Welcome back to the city honey, it’s only going to get colder. I hate uggs too, but they are comfortable (although ugly). I don’t have a pair of them, but I do have similar fake fur boots with a three inch heal, warm and sexy.

So how long are you staying in this frozen, over-priced city of ours?

Liz Fichera said...

Dru, There are different types of soles. Mine are the basic kind. My sister has a more heavy duty pair. They are comfy; you should try them out.

Joanna, I think the two of you would get along marvelously! (She's still rummaging through my suitcase. No doubt more shopping will ensue.)

Marianne, Try on a pair! You will not leave the store without them. It's like walking around in warm slippers.

Taryn, My niece has a lavender pair and I think they're adorable!!

Linda, Yes, you're right. Every kid in Chicago seems to wear a pair. But after trying them out, I can't say as I blame them. Totally warm and comfy.

Lia, Thanks!! I came back early this year. Long story. I'll be here for 3 weeks. And I was very tempted to buy a second pair yesterday, one that had fake fur that I thought were totally cute. I may be tempted today. :-)

Donna Cummings said...

A couple years I bought some UGG-ish boots, after resisting for all the reasons everyone lists. Once I tried them on I had to admit how WRONG I had been. LOL

They are warm, and comfy, and actually pretty cute. Boots are the only reason I can make it through winter--LOL--but I consider these my "practical" boots, and I end up wearing them a lot.

Sherri said...

I see people wearing these all the time in Vegas and can't get my head around it. Heck, even when it snowed here I didn't put boots on, LOL. They do look comfortable and warm so I can see the appeal.

Nicki Elson said...

Hey Liz! Just wait until that snow we're supposed to get tonight, hehehe. But your feet will be toasty. :)

Have a fun visit!

Liz Fichera said...

Donna, I put off the inevitable for quite a long time. This year, I was freezing the second I stepped off the plane. I swear Ugg boots called to me.

Sherri, These boots will most likely collect dust once I return to the desert, unless I go skiing up in northern AZ. Then they will be perfect. Perfect!!

Nicki, We are having a nice time and happy to be together, regardless of the cold weather.

Maria Zannini said...

I would definitely wear these if it was cold enough. I don't go up to Chicago often, but when I do I try for warmer weather. :-)

Jenny Schwartz said...

Ugboots as a fashion item is just so wrong (and you know, everywhere but Australia the name is trademarked -- big courtcase -- it's simply the name for fleece boots here). When I was growing up wearing them was a definite sign of fashion-failure. Now the teens think they're cool! (eye roll -- showing my age)

But congrats on keeping your tootsies warm, Liz.

@Joanna I cannot imagine living somewhere so cold that fleece lined leggings are wearable!!

Colette Martin said...

Love my Uggs too! I think of them as outdoor slippers.

Liz Fichera said...

Maria, It's fun to come back for a visit, but still glad I get to live where it's 75 degrees most of the year. :-)

Jenny & Colette, Totally right! They are like outside slippers. And I'm loving them more with each passing, cold day.

Pauline Barclay said...

I'm with you on the cold temps Liz, where we live there is no heating in our homes as we don't expect to be that cold. But despite this those Uggs sound very snuggly. Enjoy your holiday with your family...and keep warm! x

DEZMOND said...

Oh, I wish we had uggs for men here in my country. They seem like a blessing for feet :)

Liz Fichera said...

Hi Pauline, Thanks so much! We are having a great time, despite the cold and snow. I'm totally grateful for the Uggs.

Hi Dezmond, They don't have Uggs for men? That is a shame. You would LOVE them!