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I have precisely 3,400 Facebook photos from my gap year back in 2009 and around 3,000 of them feature my inseparable partner: my Ugg boots.
I wore them in the cold. I wore them in the heat. I wore them with jumpers and skirts and with pyjamas when popping out to to the shops.
I wore them up mountains (not advised), on boats and – on more than one occasion – to a club.
In short, wherever I went, they were with me - and together with my passport, they were my most valued possession.
I wasn’t the only one with a love for an Ugg.
Much of the population was enjoying a love affair with the Ugg boot in the late 90s/early 2000s - the soft sheep skin interior and clever cooling/heating ability drew people in like moths to a flame.
My own love affair continued into my university days when, hungover and with five-minutes to spare before a lecture, I would slip them on alongside leggings and a jumper.
Somewhere along the way though, my Ugg’s got relegated to the back of my wardrobe. No longer my flavour of the month, I swapped them for loafers, chic trainers and on-trend court shoes.
For years, I’m sad to say, I forgot about them.
Until we moved house a few months ago and out from the very back of my cupboard came a rainbow of Ugg boots in classic brown, purple, knitted grey and dusty pink.
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Slipping a foot inside them felt like returning home to your parents for a hot meal after a hard day.
I knew I had to start wearing them again, though I was slightly wary of the response I might get from fashion-forward friends.
I needn’t have worried though - the most common response my cosy boots elicit is a nostalgic “ahhh, Ugg’s” or a variation of “I must find mine”.
They are the perfect accompaniment to jeans, dresses and tights or leggings. They make dressing for this changeable weather a doddle and, best of all, they are every bit as comfortable as I remember.
They’re brilliant for working from home - keeping my feet snug and meaning I don’t need to faff around looking for footwear if I need to nip to the shop (for chocolate) or feel like going on a walk (inevitably for more chocolate).
In short, I owe my Uggs an apology. My years of neglect were misjudged and my feet haven’t thanked me for it.
They’re not cheap, but in terms of cost-per-wear, I’d predict I’m somewhere below zero right now.
It’s the reunion that keeps on giving and a reminder that fashion is about how you wear something.
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