UGGs complete my sole


Maeve Goldman , Staff Writer

Since the advent of cowboys, boots have always represented Americana. Whether it’s their durability, versatility, or just general feel of rugged individualism, there’s something so American about a nice pair of boots. While I’m all for cowboy boots, I propose a new shoe to permanently join the ranks of American style: the UGG boot. 

The classic UGG boot — a wash of earthy colors, thick suede, the hint of sheepskin peeking up at the top — has cemented itself in American culture since the early 2000s and more importantly, stood its ground (literally). Founded in 1978, the UGG debuted as a staple of Australian surfers who used the insulated shoe to shield themselves on chilly beach days. But, like most quintessentially American things (football, the hamburger, democracy), the UGG has not let its origin stop it from gaining entry into American culture. Today, the UGG can be seen gracing the feet of everyone from Bella Hadid to your Horace Mann classmates — and for good reason.

One could commend the brand’s ability to shift with the times and rebrand itself through collabs and new designs; this article is not about that. The heart and genius of UGG lie in its very DNA: specifically, the long variation of the classic UGG boot or the Classic Tall 2 Boot which hits the leg a few inches below the knee. Paired with black leggings and a pumpkin spiced latte, the long UGG (affectionately referred to as the Lugg) rose to modern prominence as a key facet of the “basic white girl” or “Christian girl autumn” persona. And although the brand has attempted to separate itself from this typecasting — through mutilating its long UGG into short micro UGGS and furry slippers – I believe it is time to celebrate the Lugg in all its glory.

First of all, if anything, the Lugg is versatile. Rolled up or down, the Lugg can transform from lanky to stout in mere seconds, making the boot suitable for a New York snowstorm or a California heatwave. Where its contemporaries — the rigid Doc Marten or lackluster Air Force One — can only be worn in one way, the Lugg invites a level of customization and adaptability where it can accompany you on literally, all walks of life.

Secondly, the Lugg is comfy. Anyone who has had the privilege of stepping into an UGG can describe the fuzzy feeling as the Lugg envelopes your feet. Unlike the micro UGG, which exposes the ankle to cold winter days, or the ultra tall UGG, which suffocates your leg, the Lugg creates the perfect ratio of sheepskin to leg, forming a utopic fit poised to be beloved by any foot.

Third, and most obviously, the Lugg exudes an immeasurable amount of — for lack of a better word — drip. Tucked over or under jeans, paired with a long skirt, juxtaposed with a pair of shorts, the Lugg forms the perfect accent to any fit. Though its name implies otherwise, the UGG is the opposite of ugg-ly. It is, in fact, the principle of high fashion (as recognized by designer collaborations with Telfar and Molly Goddard).

Finally, the Lugg is universal. Sure, it’s primarily worn by women. But I believe that everyone deserves happiness — and where better to find it than the sole of a Lugg. Afterall, if UGGs can warm your feet, they can surely warm your heart.