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The History of Ugg Boots

Ugg boots are sheepskin boots which were originally flat sole sheepskin boots. Nowadays they come in a variety of styles, colours and typically have formed rubber eva soles.

The History of Ugg Boots

The name "Ugg" is derived from the word ugly and its is commonly believed that this was mentioned by a person upon first viewing a pair of these sheepskin boots that an Australian sheep farmer was trying to sell them.

Most people outside of Australia would not have heard of ugg boots until the late 1990's but in Australia the humble ugg boot goes back to the early 1900's.

It is believed that Australian sheep farmers were the first to use and wear the sheepskin boot - no mystery there!

In the 1918, World War I pilots have been pictured wearing an Ugg-style boot which was called the "fugg boot". Commonly believed that the word "fugg" stands for a flying ugg. Due to the 100% natural Australian sheepskin, which genuine Australian uggs are made, they are the perfect boot for flying in as they are loose and comfortable and keep your feet at a constant temperature - perfect for the lofty cold heights pilots were subjected to. In the 1930s, Australian sheep shearers wore uggs to keep them warm. By the late '60s, surfers were wearing them to keep them warm on the way to and from the sea. By this point, uggs were being produced throughout Australia.

The original Ugg boot style was made from just three pieces of material: one for each side and one for the soft sole. Ugg boots now come in long, short and decorated styles and have sturdy rubber outside soles.

1978 saw the beginning of the rise of the Ugg. An Australian surfer named Brian Smith took a bag of boots to America and the boot began to gather fans in the American surfing community. The Ugg boot then slowly gathered steam over the next twenty years until it became a mainstream item worn by celebrities and fashionista's the World over.