The Ugg boot has always been a polarizing piece of footwear. (Remember when a woman got booted from an airline business lounge for wearing a pair?) The Australian sheepskin slip-on is known for its ultra cozy lining and soft tan coloured exterior, and is usually worn at ankle or calf height. It has long long been a part of the unofficial/official uniform of the California coast and the beaches of Oz: an oversized sweater, a pair of black leggings and some Uggs. Basic, sure, but dayum if it isn’t comfy.
Now, together with French fashion brand Y/Project, Ugg has taken their footwear game to new heights, literally adding inches of length to the boots in a capsule collection that debuted at the recent Paris Fashion Week Mens.
The result is like a Shar-Pei you wear on your feet and legs; extremely wrinkled, but still pretty cute. Or are they?
There’s just so much fabric there that it’s kind of confusing. Glenn Martens, Creative Director at Y/Project, explained the logic behind the design in a press release.
“Putting on Uggs is like putting your foot in a warm pot of butter, and I thought why not elevate that and immerse your full legs!” he said. “So we decided to design an Ugg boot that climbs up to the crotch and covers the whole leg.”
Right, because who wouldn’t want to walk around with their legs covered in warm butter?
But the look is only the second most ridiculous thing; the boots will cost as much as $1,380 USD (nearly $1,720 CAD) per pair when they’re released this fall.
Comfort (or lack thereof) aside, can you imagine the noise these things would make as you’re walking down the street? Like snow pant legs swooshing against each other with each step only a bit softer. And you’ve got to imagine the slouchy silhouette, which is created by all of this bulky and excess material, can’t be easy to manoeuvre.
The pronunciation of the brand and the way these new thigh-highs probably make you feel have never been more comparable: Uggg!