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Sorry, Some Shoes Just Shouldn’t Have Heels

Would you wear these fancy new Ugg boots?

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Ugg Kasen Tall Boot, $250
Ugg Kasen Tall Boot, $250

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In the early aughts, no shoe was more coveted than the Ugg boot. Paparazzi darlings like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan were photographed in the brand’s clunky, fuzzy footwear on a daily basis, Oprah named them one of her “Favorite Things” (twice!), and they were a fixture on certain high school and college campuses. And almost two decades later, Ugg sales are still going strong — because despite the brand’s polarizing style status, it still maintains its reputation for making the comfiest shoes on the planet.

Which is precisely why Ugg’s decision to release a high-heeled version of its classic sheepskin boot is so perplexing. While there’s certainly a time and place for unsightly shoes that nonetheless make your feet feel like they’re getting hugged by two gentle polar bears, why ruin a perfectly good bumming-around shoe by making it taller?

Ugg Kasen Boot, $150
Ugg Kasen Boot, $150

Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a casual-by-nature shoe forced to be fancy against its will. Who could forget Sigerson Morrison’s kitten-heeled flip-flops (priced at about $100, or approximately $99 more than one should ever pay for rubber pool shoes), or Tommy Hilfiger’s impractically tall take on the duck boot? Heck, you can even buy socks with heels now!

The way I see it, if I’m reaching for my Uggs, it’s probably because I’m schlepping to Starbucks, scurrying to my corner bodega, seriously hungover, or all of the above — and the last thing I’d want to do is throw a heel into the equation. I want to hear from you, though: Would you wear a high-heeled Ugg boot? Are these fancier new sheepskin styles the answer to your early-aughts prayers?


High-heeled Uggs: yay or nay?

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Hell yeah, they’re cozy AND cute!
    (115 votes)
  • 42%
    Ew, never in a million years.
    (85 votes)
200 votes total Vote Now