Friday, November 26, 2010

Best Picks Christmas Gift Guide

Who says you can't buy a hug? UGGs are the closest thing to a warm hug for your feet! Here's their Rylan Slipper 1871 in chocolate. Skip all that other stuff. This is what us women really want for Christmas!

I remember when UGGs were made in Australia and stood for "ugly". That is just not the case these days. With so many styles, some with heels and smooth leather or fabric, UGG Boots have come a long way.

They have become so popular that you can even see them being worn in summer with shorts! Now that may be a fashion faux pas to some but like it or not, UGGs are here to stay.

One of the things they have going for them is sturdy construction and double sided fleece lining for extra support and loft.
Also if you're going to spend $200 + for footwear, purchase your UGGs from an authorized shoe dealer such as The Walking Company, Nordstroms or Lord & Taylor. You are more likely to encounter fakes online but Zappos is a good choice for Internet purchases and of course you can go directly to UGG Australia Online. UGGs run in whole sizes only so if you are a size 7 1/2 to 8, get a size 7. The leather stretches and will mold nicely to your foot. UGGs are made to be worn without socks so that should help with the initial snugness of the boot.

Women's Bailey Button Triplet Model 1873
The UGG Bailey Button Triplet Model 1873 is an update to their Classic Tall with wooden UGG® logo buttons and elastic band closures. The women's UGG® Bailey Button Triplet can either be worn up or cuffed down adding a little variety depending on your style. All boots in our Classic Bailey Collection feature a soft foam insole covered with genuine sheepskin and have a molded EVA light and flexible outsole.

What I like about this style is that it is a fashionable departure from what you're used to seeing in an UGG. The wide array of colors and the flexibility of being able to cuff them comfortably are additional reasons to consider these. Some customers have said that the leather on these newer Bailey Buttons is thinner and less dense than the Classic Talls. I suggest that you try them on and compare them for yourself before making your purchase. According to the UGG website, these run big. Order a full size down, i.e. get a 7 if you normally wear a size 8. I would also recommend investing in a Care Kit as shown in the photo. It contains suede boot cleaner, protective spray and a little brush. You can use it to revive your old UGGs and protect the new!

How to Avoid Counterfeit UGGs

"Every authentic UGG® Australia product beginning with the Fall 2010 season will come with two-layers of security: contained in a reflective security label and/or security sticker, allowing you to instantly authenticate genuine UGG® products." - UGG Australia Website

These new holographic security stickers are on both the shoebox and the tags. You can also look at the soles. Next to the UGG logo you'll see a small TM or trademark initials stamped. That mark is absent on fake UGGs. Another tip - off is the price. If it is too low to be true, it probably isn't a genuine UGG Boot. The UGG website link above has a way to check to see if web stores are authorized UGG dealers. Nearly all of the "low priced" UGG websites failed the test!

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