I shudder when I see Uggs worn out of the ski lodge (especially with skirts – ick!). This shockingly solid new Ugg collection, however, will make me eat my words. Sleek! High-heeled! Snob-friendly! Are you as shocked as I am?
Let’s start with the Cavalieri boots($995), equestrian-inspired with polished motorcycle edge – I have to have these! With a detachable shaft, revealing a cute Chelsea boot underneath, these are a two-for-one winter staple. Lined in shearling, they give you warmth when you need it and convert to a great bootie to wear under jeans when you don’t.
My next favorite is the Giorgina bootie($650). In slick black or leopard Italian calf-hair, it looks more like something you’d find at Barneys Co-Op than the Ugg store. But what I really appreciate is that it’s an all-around basic you can wear trudging through the snow, guilt- and slip-free (note the traction on the soles!).
The dramatic Vittoria($1,195), with hand-dyed Toscana shearling will look best on the Giseles of the world – it takes a long, lean leg to balance out all that long fur-like wool – but if you’re petite with skinny legs, I say go for it!
You can tell a lot of thought was put into this collection: finally, the Donata boots may be folded two different lengths (a slight cuff or a full cozy look) or kept knee-high. Choose between bomber jacket-finished Spanish Merino ($1,195) or dip-dyed-denim Toscana sheepskin($1,095). I’ll never look at Uggs the same way again. But still, keep your classics reserved to the slopes!