Just when you thought you’d seen it all on the runways (thong jeans, bejewelled Crocs, a $2,000 imitation Ikea shopper), Ugg goes and collaborates with conceptual French brand Y/Project to create thigh-high heeled shearling boots.
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The Australian footwear brand, whose signature tan-coloured mid-calf boots hit peak trend in the early 2000s thanks to the boho chic tendencies of Sienna Miller and Kate Moss, has teetered on the fringes of fashion since then. While some have pledged their undying devotion to their Uggs, many were eager to let them languish in the backs of their closets and Photoshop them out of any pictures.
But fashion is nothing if not cyclical, and Y/Project believes the streets are ready for an Ugg revival.
“The UGG Classic boot is one of the most recognisable shoes in history,” Y/Project creative director Glenn Martens said in a statement. “By reworking the Classic boot with a typical Y/Project twist such as the triple overlap and the extra-long legs, we want to celebrate the UGG brand’s unique history.”
The boots first premiered on the runway in January during Paris Fashion Week Men’s (yes, they’ve made them for the fellas, too) and made their women’s debut earlier this week.
Surprisingly (or maybe not surprisingly, considering society’s appetite for nostalgia), many people seem happy at the idea of incorporating these creations — rumoured to cost upwards of $1,000 — into their wardrobes next season. Although, some of that excitement may be from their description. Martens has equated slipping into a pair with “putting your foot in a warm pot of butter.”
Naturally, considering what a hot-button issue these boots are, the fashion set is waiting for confirmation on their hot or not status by following regular sartorial protocol. That is, they’re only ugly until Rihanna decides they’re not.