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At Cloggs, one of our senior management team who will remain anonymous (not for protection from the fashion police, but because visionary geniuses are rarely appreciated in their time) has an Ugg boot anecdote. A self-confessed Ugg fan - albeit a closeted one - he often procured his wife’s Uggs while at home. One day, the inevitable happened. With the boots offering such comfort that he completely forgot he was wearing them, he popped out - to the pub. From the pained expression on his face as he recounts this tale, it’s fair to say that he’s never quite recovered.
Ever since they exploded onto the scene back in the mid-2000s, Ugg boots have been a polarising topic. Are they cute, or are they - as their name proudly boasts - ugly? Are they strictly for indoors, or can they be worn outside as well? The dichotomies are endless.
Few, however, have been as one-sided as the gender question. Almost every time “can men wear Ugg boots?” has been posited over the last decade or so, the answer has been a resounding “no”.
Despite this, the fact that the question continues to be asked betrays the desire of men everywhere wanting to embrace the style. It could be that they’ve got a pair and simply can’t bear the thought of not being able to submerge their feet in luxurious twin-faced sheepskin. It could be that they simply like the style. Whatever it is, it’s a question that’s not going away.
Well, we’re here to answer the question by paraphrasing Barack Obama: yes they can. At Cloggs, we’re determined to help men everywhere - including our manager - shed their inhibitions and embrace the Ugg; think of us as Ugg Boots Anonymous.
First, allow us to clear up a common misconception - Ugg boots weren’t originally meant for girls (at least not entirely). They first came to international prominence on the feet of Australian surfers competing around the world in the 1970s. Going even further back, an ancestor of the boots of today was worn in the freezing cockpits of World War I fighter planes.
In fact, when you take a close, objective look at the boots, casting aside all your preconceived notions about Uggs, you’ll see very little reason for them to be for girls only. Their silhouette is much larger than the the svelte designs traditionally used for women’s shoes. At most, the style is androgynous; you could even argue that the design is more reminiscent in size to classic work boots than anything historically worn by women.
Some may claim that wanting comfort in footwear goes against the masculine, “stiff upper lip” mentality, but deep down, no man’s going to pick the less comfortable option if given a choice.
Speaking of entrenched values of masculinity - do they even really apply any more? This is the 21st century. At least in the majority of western cultures, the shift from production to service-based economies has brought about the demise of the calloused handed male ideal. Nowadays, confidence, originality and individuality are seen as much more important. Nothing embodies those three traits like going against the current of popular opinion, and doing it while not caring what others think.
Finally, you only need to read the list of male fans of the boots to see you’ll be in fine company should you embrace the Ugg boot. Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, and Harvey Keitel are just some of the many names who have bucked the trend. With modern day Hollywood as much about style as acting talent, it’s telling that so many of the pace setters have worn the boots.
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