The History of Uggs

Taylor Hassa
Layout/Social Media Editor

 

 

 

fashionNow that the leaves are falling and the weather actually feels like fall, it is time to break out the Uggs.

Here at Springfield College, just about every girl on campus, and sometimes even the guys, wear these boots.

They are so warm and cozy that everyone must have at least one pair of these fabulous boots. That being said, a lot of people just buy these boots because they are “in,” but where did they come from?

Well, it all started in 1978 when a man named Brian Smith ventured to Southern California with his bag full of sheepskin boots. Southern California, for those of you who don’t know, is a very relaxed place. It is a place that has that surfer mentality about it, and time just seems to stand still.

Smith decided after no time at all that it was the perfect place to start his brand, which would be called Ugg. His boots began selling like crazy and shortly began to be the symbol of that Southern California lifestyle.

In the mid 1980’s the boot began selling at surf shops all over the coast of California. At first, the boots were popping up everywhere. They were really popular with the guys at first and then the girlfriends were wearing them. Before Smith knew it, everyone in every walk of life wanted his sheepskin boots.

Originally, surfers in a warm climate wore the boots. Then, the boots started selling during the winter in places like Aspen.

People had fallen in love with the Ugg boots and the lifestyle it supported. By the end of the 1990s, even celebrities started wearing the boots. It was during this time that these boots became really popular around here. 2000 marks the opening of the Ugg outlet in NYC.

Now we wear these boots in a very casual style. The basic sheepskin boots Smith created have become more versatile than ever, and every year the designs become more and more brilliant.

Not only are Uggs exceedingly fashionable, but also they are extremely comfortable. Uggs are a boot that feels like a slipper that cause people to never want to take them off.

So there you have it, the history of the Ugg boot. Now you can break them out and know exactly where they came from and give a silent thank you to Brian Smith for creating these wonderful things.

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