Take a Stand Against UGG in These Cute Cruelty-Free Boots UK

UGG boots are made of shearling—yep, that’s skin with the fleece still attached, people! Every year, millions of sheep are castrated and parts of their tails are cut off often without any painkillers—before they’re finally slaughtered for their skin, which is what cheap UGG boots are made of. They endure all that cruelty just for a pair of boots.

It’s also considered “normal” in the Australian wool industry for approximately 3 million young lambs to die every spring.

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Not only are wool and sheepskin items cruelly produced, they’re also bad for the environment. The Environmental Working Group found that sheep are the worst greenhouse-gas polluters—even worse than cows—which is why they’re often referred to as the “Humvees” of animals. Wool production also degrades land and pollutes the water supply.

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Every purchase of UGG boots outlet and other wool products supports extreme animal abuse. If you want to keep your feet warm and snuggly without the cruelty, check out these comfy, stylish options instead:

1. The Malibu, available at Pammies Life

Pamela Anderson’s line of vegan boots includes four styles and multiple colors. Get your compassionate hands on a pair through the Pammies Life website.

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2. Short Boot, available at PAWJ

PAWJ is a 100 percent vegan shop with a great selection of ultra-cozy boots. This style comes in four colors.

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3. Marge Shearling Style Boots, available at Target

These fuzzy vegan numbers are also available in black.

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4. Love Moschino Pull On Boot, available at UGGAU

These cruelty-free, bejeweled boots from Moschino’s diffusion line couldn’t get any cuter.

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5. Milan Boot, available at MooShoes

The faux-fur upper on this pair is great for fending off the winter chill.

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6. Vegan Shearling Mid Calf Boot, available at Fourever Funky

At such an affordable price, you should add these to your online shopping cart ASAP and never look back.

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7. Myra Tall Boot, available at Payless

These vegan beauties by Airwalk are also available in brown with white trim.

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8. Snug Boot, available at MooShoes

Featuring a thick cruelty-free fleece lining and water-resistant outer material, these boots are prepared for whatever winter may dish out.

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In the mood for more boot shopping? Check out this list of additional UGGAU.

The classic UGG Boot has had a makeover

UGG have already blown our minds this year with an update to the Classic UGG boots that we have loved since 2001, and now the brand is taking things even further.

A few months ago we told you that UGG was discontinuing its popular Classic boot style and replacing it with the Classic II, which had a few additional features and a slightly new look.

Not content with simply changing the soles and adding a waterproof finish to one of its favourites, UGG have gone and pushed the boat right out by introducing a whole new limited edition line of Classic boots.

Enter, the Limited Edition Crystal Rock Cheap UGG boot

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The tall boot is encrusted with over 10,000 hand crafted crystals from Swarovski and comes in super cute black or blue shades.

Unfortunately for us mere muggles, there are only 28 pairs of these pimped-up UGGs available to buy in the UK – from Harrods, obvs – and if you do manage to get your hands on a pair, they will cost you £300.

So maaaaybe not one to add to the Christmas list just yet.

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Alexa Chung’s Ugg Boots and beyond: why ugly shoes are winning

— Fashion’s new obsession with unaesthetically pleasing shoes speaks volumes about designers’ mindsets

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Balenciaga’s SS16 show featured stiletto boots.

Can Alexa Chung make Ugg boots cool again? Chung has been hired as artistic director for a new photo shoot for the label. And the brand – forever associated with the fag end of early 00s celebrity culture – is clearly hoping Chung can sprinkle the same magic pixie dust that she did for Marks & Spencer.

Uggs have been attempting to make their way out of TMZ infamy and associations with Britney in recent years with celebrity associations. Hailey Baldwin modelled in a campaign and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was appointed as the women’s ambassador. Chung, for her part, has publicly called cheap Uggs “a classic, something along the lines of a Barbour jacket”. Yet still the stigma remains, not to mention their appearance: a soft, large and lumbering Yeti foot that’s the exact opposite of the streamlined silhouette that has come to define women’s shoes. But there’s a change afoot.

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The news that sales of trainers had overtaken that of high heels (37% of women bought trainers compared to the 33% who bought shoes with a heel) and that Birkenstock was the most searched-for shoe on Google in the summer, suggested a shift away from glamour and towards utility and practicality. Street style celebrities and members of the Frow wore classic Old Skool Vans trainers during fashion week, while on the actual catwalk a high proportion of “ugly” shoes dominated. Christopher Kane, whose theme was Make, Do and Mend, featured Crocs at his London show decorated with precious stones such as sodalite, red leopard, malachite, diaspro and zebra Jasper. While Maison Margiela featured an elevated hiking sandal featuring velcro straps and multicoloured patchwork. Additionally, both Rick Owens and Balenciaga took the boot shape and reworked it: Owens created a Muppet-like crushed boot, while a feature of the Balenciaga collection was pointed boots featuring a strong line of fabric .

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Baby Spice platforms at the Fenty x Puma show.

Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma show featured a raised trainer in baby pinks and whites, recalling Baby Spice’s moonboot platforms. While platform heels – the uncool 70s throwback associated with early Abba – were also present at the Sacai and Vivienne Westwood shows.

But why are ugly shoes making a comeback? The boundaries of what is considered tasteful or not are constantly shifting season to season with a movement towards the geeky and normcore extreme. With that, the shoe detail has become a calling card for designers to express their humour and their rejection of traditional tastefulness. As Diana Vreeland famously said: “We need a splash of bad taste … no taste is what I’m against.”

ATO sticks boot into Australia’s top ugg boots manufacturers

One of Australia’s top ugg boots manufacturers has been battling the tax office, as the local industry complains of cheeky imports and being blocked from using the word “ugg” when selling their sheepskin boots overseas.

Ugg boots have become fashion items overseas and Australian companies are estimated to do hundreds of millions in sales here and abroad.

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Several weeks ago, the Australian Taxation Office applied to wind up Ugg Australia.

There are about a dozen sheepskin footwear manufacturers in Australia, but Ugg Australia is the only one with its own tannery. “We cut, stitch and glue every pair of sheepskin boot here in Melbourne, Australia,” its website states.

Several weeks ago, the Australian Taxation Office applied to wind up Ugg Australia – estimated to be one of the top five Australian-made sheepskin footwear manufacturers – due to a debt. A Federal Court hearing is set for Tuesday, October 11.

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One of Australia’s top ugg boots manufacturers has been battling the tax office.

However, Ugg Australia’s accountants Black & Krantz said on Friday the matter had been settled with the ATO. The ATO declined to confirm that the matter had been settled.

Decades-old Ugg Australia also sells under the Roman & Ludmila (R&L) brand overseas.

Despite the Oxford English dictionary defining cheap ugg as a “kind of soft sheepskin boot”, Australian manufacturers are not able to use the word “ugg” when selling boots overseas. This is because US footwear and clothing brand Deckers trademarked the word “Ugg” after it bought UGG Holdings in 1995.

It’s a long-running debate whether the word “ugg” is a trademark or a generic term.

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Nick Xenophon loves his Uggs.

But Michael Kaper, secretary of the Australian Sheepskin Association, said a more pressing concern for remaining manufacturers was a surge in cheaper, imported sheepskin boots emblazoned with the words “ugg” or ‘Australia’, or the Australian flag.

“In the last 12 months, I’ve seen prices have gone down by up to 30 to 40 per cent, in what we call the classic products: the classic short, the tall boot and the ankle boot,” said Mr Kaper, who is also a director of an Australian manufacturer, Jumbo Ugg Boots.

“When you have a product with the word ‘Ugg outlet‘ on it, and it says ‘100 per cent sheep skin’, and it’s a classic Australian style, the average consumer will think, ‘Wow, I’m getting a really good bargain here for this Australian-made boot.’

“But what they’re actually buying is a product that’s made wholly in China, with an ‘Ugg’ stuck to the back of it.”

Ugg Boots Ambassador Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Dishes on Her Memorable Trip of a Lifetime

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There’s nothing quite like cooling temperatures, shorter days, and the arrival of pumpkin spice-flavored everything to get us in the mood for fall. And that’s the exact mood we were in Thursday night, when we joined iconic footwear brand Ugg and its first-ever global brand ambassador, actress and supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, for an intimate dinner at Little Beach House in Malibu, Calif., for a kick-off celebration for their fall collection.

While the blonde bombshell and street style aficionado of course gabbed all about her love for cheap Ugg boots, she definitely had more to talk about than just footwear; she also dished on the life-changing experience she got to cross off her bucket list this summer—and let’s just say, she gave us all the feels.

Huntington-Whitely, the fiancée of hot Brit actor Jason Statham, has gone on the record more than once to say that her love affair with Ugg boots began at age just 16, when she saved up to buy her first pair. And although these famously furry boots have been an It-girl status symbol for more than a decade, the brand has somehow been able to adapt and adjust to stay on top.

“What’s so cool about the brand is that it’s kind of reinventing itself,” Huntington-Whiteley told InStyle. “They’ve always kind of been a staple in off-duty dressing, and that off-duty style is such a big thing. Especially with social media, we’re seeing a lot more of it and I love seeing different women’s style.”

And as for those select few who we’d consider experts in off-duty style, Huntington-Whiteley, who wore an impossibly chic sequined Rachel Zoe dress with a pair of black Ugg boots, definitely tops the list. The snaps she shared frolicking about with her adorable dogs and generally living the life on Instagram all summer were nothing short of envy inducing. But her summer travels included more than just leisurely vacations—she took a life-changing trip that changed her perspective on the world around her.

“In the summertime, you tend to go away and party, but this time I really wanted to do something that was a bit more meaningful, so I went to southern Africa to an area called Lesotho for a UNICEF trip,” the English model shared. “I’ve been working with UNICEF now for a few years and they asked me to visit Lesotho where there’s unfortunately a really bad case of drought and a lot of HIV in the area, so I went to a lot of the health centers and hospitals, and just to really see the work that UNICEF is doing and how they’re helping people over there.” An angel with a heart of gold, swoon.

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But it wasn’t all work and no play for Huntington-Whiteley. While in Africa, she also got to cross one super special experience off of her bucket list. “I was lucky enough to take a couple-day safari afterwards, so I went to South Africa to the Kruger Park, which is like a bucket list thing—if you can do it in your lifetime, I really, really, recommend it,” she gushed. “It’s a deeply grounding and spiritual experience to see animals in the wild and in their environment, and just to get to observe them. It makes you feel very small and really it’s a humbling experience.” Consider it added to our laundry list of must-visit destinations!