Friday, 6 November 2009
Forget style, today it's all about comfort as we look at the best boots for keeping your toes toasty this winter.
Every self respecting celebrity has a pair- from Miley Cyrus to Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio to Sienna Miller - have you guessed it yet? Yes, it's UGGly boots! Today we have the essential guide to keeping your toes cosy this winter.
Although unseasonably warm for this time of year- temperatures are set to fall in the coming weeks. Why put your metatarsals through the agony of frostbite, when all they need is some TLC in the form of a little sheepskin!
AnnMarie O'Connor-Stylist & fashion blogger:-
According to her website - http://iblogfashion.blogspot.com/:-
"I've been a style writer for more years than is fashionable to mention. Suffice to say I have worked with the likes of The Irish Examiner, RTE, Dazed and Confused, Elle, Trace, Image, IF, The Dubliner, The Irish Independent, Prudence, ChicToday.com and iVenus.com interviewing designers, chasing trends, styling, profiling and lying about my spiralling shoe habit. My mantra - burn the tracksuit honey and learn to walk in a pair of damn heels. Life's too short not to look tall and fabulous. Mwah! Lovin' your work. Xxx"
Annmarie is a freelance fashion writer, blogger and personal stylist. Her credits include The Irish Examiner, Elle, Dazed and Confused, Image, Trace, IF, The Irish Independent, Chictoday.com and iVenus.com
Over the past 8 years she has interviewed the likes of Terry de Havilland, Zandra Rhodes and Ben de Lisi, and has gained a cult following with her blog: I Blog Fashion which is being made into a book. She is also the organiser of the monthly Fashion Bloggers' Brunch events in Dublin.
What many describe as an "UGGly" trend appears to be here to stay, having appeared on the celebrity scene in the early '00s. What many people aren't aware of however is that these "Ugh" boots have been made in Australia for almost 200 years. Derived from the word "ug" which was used as 'ugly' by Australian sheep farmers, they've taken the world by storm and have been imitated and copied all over the globe.
When Oprah Winfrey mentioned that her "Ugg" boots were on her list of favourite things in the early noughties, sales skyrocketed and they became a staple in every self -respecting starlet's wardrobe
Worn by people of all ages and of both sexes, it's evident that there does come a point when the need for comfort far outweighs the want to be stylish. Not necessarily restricted to winter wearing, these fur lined boots are worn on the beaches of California and the ski slopes of Switzerland. So chances are, if you make the purchase now, you can wear them almost all year round.
On a budget
Knitted boots, €9, Penneys
UGG tributes, €11.50, Tesco
2. Slimline, for those who don't appreciate chunky ankles!-
Slimline ankle boot, €47, River Island
3. Moccasins are the new UGGS!
Blowfish furry tassle moccasins, €85, Office
Moccasin 2- Faith
Fur cuff leather ankle boot, €53, Topshop
4. Celeb favourites!
Classic Aussie boots - Display
Koolaburra boots, €149, Fran and Jane
'SNUGGER' quilted patent boots, €150, Fit Flops
5. Out n' about boots!
To the knee!- Jeannine
Long Ugg Tribute, €60.50, Schuh
Lacoste-Wendell, €90, Schuh
6. Fashionista Fellas!- Conor wearing them in the kitchen
Men's UGG boots, €TBC, Schuh