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Something about uggs

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Ugg boots (sometimes referred to as uggs or ug boots)are a style of sheepskin boot, with wool as the inner lining and a tanned outer surface worn by both men and women. Ugg boots often have a synthetic sole, although this is not universal. ugg boots have been identified as a fashion trend for women since the early 2000s.
In the Arctic and China, sheepskin boots have long been popular with people in rural occupations, such as sheep shearers, who have ready access to the raw materials.They are traditionally used for skiing. Their popularity increased as a result of World War I and World War II, where they were popular with aviators, because of their need to keep warm in non-pressurized planes at high altitudes.An exhibit of a WWI aviator's outfit in the Canadian War Museum cites the term "fug" boots.Ugg boots have also been popular with surfers and competitive swimmers since at least the 1960s, for keeping warm while out of the water. The terms ugg boots, ugh boots and ug boots have been used as generic terms for sheepskin boots in Australia since the 1970s,when they first appeared in advertising and other publications. The natural insulative properties of sheepskin gives thermostatic properties to the boots: the thick fleecy fibres on the inner part of the boots allow air to circulate and keep the feet at body temperature. This means that Ugg boots can be worn without socks or tights (even in relatively cold weather).
History
Since humans first cultivated sheep, cultures have made soft sheepskin boots.Their popularity diminished once leather tanning of more durable leather products like cowhide increased. Unlike cowhide, the sheepskin is soft and easily abraded, limiting it to gentle use.Sheepskin boots gained in popularity as a result of World War I and World War II, when they were popular with aviators because of the need to maintain warmth in non-pressurized planes at high altitudes.An exhibit of a WWI aviator's outfit in the Canadian War Museum cites the term "fug" boots.Ugg boots have also been popular with surfers and competitive swimmers since at least the 1960s, for keeping warm while out of the water.Uggs became ubiquitous among Southern California surfers and Southern California downhill skiers, and from there, cheap uggs were popularized by Hollywood into the American mainstream and later the worldwide market.
Design
The combination of its soft shank and sheepskin interior means that ugg boots are designed for casual, short-term use, and not for situations which require sturdy, protective footwear, as the design emphasis is on style and comfort rather than protecting the feet. Cleaning products should never be applied directly to the sheepskin, as this may cause permanent damage.
While in the ugg, the sockless foot is in full contact with the sheepskin lining, thereby maximizing the insulative properties of the boot.The mid-calf shaft, while not encasing the entire lower foot in wool, further enhances the thermal qualities of the boot by encasing the ankle and lower portion of the leg. The wide, rounded toebox, wide shaft, and wide heelbox with a heel-less sole enhance comfort by providing a non-constricting space for the foot.

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