Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Myth Busters: Is everyone really wearing Uggs?

Over the course of this quarter, I will be making posts to the blog about fashion, trends and fads seen around campus. Let’s face it, though: at first glance (or second or third) DePaul might not look like the fashion capital of the college world. But I plan to uncover the hidden world of fashion at DePaul for everyone to see and be inspired by, but let’s start small.

Over and over again, I hear people talking about the (annoying, they say) prevalence of Ugg Boots on campus. “Every girl wears them!.” they say, but is it just perception, or is every girl really wearing Uggs?

I arrived at the Loop an hour before my 10:10 a.m. class to do some research. During that time (I sat in the DePaul Center Starbucks), I saw 15 pairs of Uggs (three of which I noticed right in front of myself—also Ugg clad—in line for coffee), a few questionable pairs of knock-off Uggs, and, fortunately, zero Man Uggs. It is worth mentioning that I noticed quite a few other brands of boots as well: North Face, Timberland, etc.

When I noticed a pair of high-high-heeled boots (at 10 a.m., really?!), I thought how glad I was that those had not caught on. I don’t know who (Australia?) made Uggs ‘the thing’—as my research found them to be, myth un-busted—but I’m glad they did: it isn’t all the time that something so practical is made fashionable. Someone should tell the lady with high-heeled boots.


  1. This made me smile. I don't own Uggs (or high heeled boots) and I used to hold a deep disdain for them because they look really gross, and I thought that people wore them because they thought there were cute and fashionable. Then I was talking to my boyfriend's mom, cousin, and sister-in-law, and all three of them own Uggs. His sister-in-law admitted that she thinks they're hideous, but that they're just so warm and practical that she wears them anyway. His cousin and mom felt the same way--they're ugly, but they keep your feet really warm and dry. And apparently, if they get ruined in any way you can mail them in and they'll send you a brand new pair! That's a kind of quality in a product that my Payless boots just don't offer :)

    I'm still not going to buy Uggs, but I have more respect for Ugg-wearers now.

    Good post!

  2. I have to say that I LOVE Uggs. They have saved my life through out these Chicago winters. When they first came out when I was in high school, I was not impressed. But I also didn't know how warm they really were. It wasn't until my senior in high school that I borrowed my girl friends Uggs to play in the snow with that I realized I would not being wearing them as a fashion statement but to pamper my lower legs and feet. I bought my first pair of Uggs my freshman year in college for that first winter, and really I wore them to their sole. I had to get a new pair the following winter. But I think they are totally practical and so toasty! Now in my last year at DePaul Uggs are an addiction to me, and I know have 3 different kinds that I trade off between. I really don't know what else I would wear if it wasn't for them. For me it's about staying warm in this frigid cold weather!