The History of Ug’s


While the history ugs remains hazy, what is clear is that ugs have been around so long, and are so renowned for comfort, that they are here to stay. The term ug will forever be equated with Australia, sheepskin, and comfort.

Ugs have been in use since the first half of the 20th century. A genuine ug is made from natural sheepskin, and is comfortable enough for you to wear the boots barefoot. The natural lanolin oil of the sheepskin will moisturize your skin, and the natural wool fibers will keep your feet comfortable through an entire range of outside temperatures, from -1.1 C  to 26 C  (30 F to 80 F). The fleece will draw the moisture away from your feet and allow air to circulate freely.

Who made the first ugs? Conjecture includes farmers, World War I pilots, and even surffies (surfers). Perhaps the farmers discovered the comforting properties of sheepskin and wrapped their feet with it. The known history of ugs includes pictures of WWI pilots wearing fleece-lined boots. The progression of ugs into popular cultures went from surffies to snow skiers, and then on to mainstream culture.
The latest stage in the history of ugs are the imitations. An ug made with pigskin or synthetics resembles real ugs, but lacks the breathability and moisture-wicking capabilities.  Those boots are hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable. If there is one thing the history of ugs has shown us, it is that for comfort, there is no substitute for genuine Australian sheepskin ugs.

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