Leather boots are no good for a man who wrestles sheep for a living
Seriously, there’s a reason Ugg boots were made, and the clue’s in the wool. Sheep wool contains lanolin, which is corrosive to leather, Australian shearers have been wearing sheepskin boots since the 1920’s.
The term ‘ugg’ is in generic use in Australia and simply means sheepskin boots, in fact it was only in the 1980’s that the name “Ugh” was trademarked.
There’s a couple of theories put forward as to how the boots were named, ranging from an early manufacturer’s wife exclaiming that they were ugly, to being named after the Fug Boots worn by British Pilots during World War I.
I’ve got a different theory though, and it centres upon the social skills of Australian sheep shearers….
I wonder if the boots were named in honour of the kind of men can who wrangle a sheep in the crook of their right arm, whilst simultaneously shaving it with their left, whilst living hundreds of miles away from their nearest neighbours.
The whole thing was over within was over within twelve seconds and the only sound that came out of his mouth was “Ugh” – Australian Sheep
Wherever the name comes from, it was more recently that the boots became “cool”…
In the 1970s, ugg boots became popular among competitive surfers. After movie theatres in Sydney banned ugg boots and ripped jeans, the footwear became somewhat popular in the youth market as a sign of rebellion – Wikipedia
As well as the symbolic rebellion embodied in ugg boots, the surfers enjoyed the warmth of sheepskin after a day spent in the sea. The boots were tough and warm, and could stand being close to the fire on a cool evening on the beach.
We don’t sell sheepskin boots, but we do sell sheepskins for the same reasons.