A Long November

I bought Ugg boots.

There, it’s out there, you can do what you will with it, but I’m begging you now, please don’t post comments telling me that OMG! THEY ARE SO UGLY! and that I must have clean LOST MY MIND, because the thing is: I KNOW. And also: I don’t even care.

While we’re admitting things, I may as well just go the whole hog and tell you that I actually bought my Uggs months ago, in Florida. Well, they were a helluva lot cheaper there (I may be mad, but not mad enough to pay UK prices, thanks very much), and even although we were basking in the rosy glow of 100 degree heat at the time, I knew the day would come when I would be back home, wearing a thermal vest under two thick sweaters, my winter coat in the house, and contemplating buying fingerless gloves to allow me to keep typing despite the deadly chill.

That day came last Thursday, and so it was that I found myself wearing a thermal vest, two sweaters, a coat… and UGGS. Why yes, I did look like an absolute freaking idiot, thank you! But here’s the thing: I did not care, and if you lived in my house, and had to walk your dog in temperatures that would freeze your nose off, you might even do the same. I mean, probably not, obviously. I AM a freakishly cold person. Terry, for instance, doesn’t find it nearly as cold as I do, but since last Thursday I’ve been so cold that I wasn’t even joking about the whole fingerless gloves thing.

I hate this time of year with a passion. Hate it. It’s at this time of year that all thoughts of fashion have to go out the window for me, such is the struggle to keep warm. See, I just can’t stand being cold, and all those cute little dresses I bought, thinking they’d be perfect for winter? Are too cold. Instead, I’ve been walking around in a fleecy thing that’s actually meant to be worn outdoors, but which has been pressed into active service indoors, plus the aforementioned boots and vest. When I go outside I add a very thick coat, a wooly hat and gloves. (Or I would if I actually knew where my gloves were. Note to self: find gloves.) It’s absolutely miserable.

So I bought Uggs. I don’t know why, but I feel like I have to keep justifying this purchase by saying that I will not be wearing them out in public (other than walking the dog), and they were very much a practical purchase, not a fashion one. It was either that or tie hot water bottles to my hands, feet and body all winter, and it’s hard to type like that. (Trust me, I know).

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to crank up the heating and iron my thermal vest…

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  • iemushka


    ok, i also own Ugg boots. oh so ugly they are! but warm and comfy as hell.
    besides, they look funky cool paired with those aforementioned short cute dresses (layered, as i prefer).
    and i KNOW what i'm saying 'cos here in Baltics we feel even colder than you spoiled islanders. at least you have your Gulf stream! (;

    November 13, 2007
    i have mine on right now, sitting at my computer in shorts and a long sleeved sweatshirt.
    my feet?
    they are very happy.

    also, for the record, i do wear mine out of the house. but i don't do that show-offy thing, where you wear them with a skirt, or with your pants tucked into them or anything.
    i wear my jeans pulled over the top, so you can only see the very bottom 'shoe part' of the uggs. and then i get to feel like i've somehow cheated society by wearing my slippers out to the bar or the grocery store or something.

    November 13, 2007
  • They are uggly, but I hear your pain, sister. Norway? Also cold. It's come to the point where I've begun entering random stupid competitions, just for the possibility of winning prizes like '2 weeks on Cyprus in January'. I'll be breaking out my own snow shoes in a matter of weeks (they're a little Ugg-like, chocolate brown mid-calf flat suede boots, but with thicker, more snow-and-ice-friendly soles). And these are shoes I have no choice but to wear in public.

    Feel better now?

    November 13, 2007
  • God, are they really that warm? I briefly considered it but then thought better of it because I live in California where it is SUPPOSED TO BE WARM BUT IT IS NOT. Then I reconsidered them again just yesterday when we were shoe shopping because just the other day my Douglas told me that *I* looked like a homeless person so I figured, why the hell not buy them? Maybe I'll gain enough courage one day.

    Oh yeah and I haven't actually been warm in about 20 years. Core groups of my body are always cold, namely my butt. Douglas says I have the coldest ass in the history of man. That my butt sucks the warmth out of the room. I so hate him sometimes. LOL

    November 13, 2007
  • Stephen



    I assume you resigned all your fashion-blogging commissions? ;+)

    November 13, 2007
  • They might not be the cutest, but I so want a pair. And I'm pretty sure they are still in style. Since a ton of people are still wearing them. (That makes it fashionable to me.)

    Wear them proudly! Indoors, of course. 🙂

    November 13, 2007
  • Amber, I own a pair of Ugg knock offs. I so beat you in the horrible fashion wrong stakes on that front but DAMN i love them

    Screw it, I won't wear them in summer with layers of orange tan and a lopsided gait.

    They're warm, it's winter… i neeeed.

    November 14, 2007
  • I have very strong feelings on the appearance of UGGS, yet have been thinking about buying a pair just because I'm always cold. Gah!

    November 14, 2007
  • i am new here.
    i am always freaking cold, my transition from uggs, was Rocket Dogs (check them out!)

    and i am soooo very jealous of your hair, lurve!

    November 14, 2007
  • Kerry


    Luckily for me, Christmas in the southern hemisphere is Summertime! However, as I live in the deep dark south, summer doesn't really exist and I am still wearing my thermals and winter boots.
    Yes, Uggs are ugly. Otherwise why would they be called 'uggs', right? However, they are a perfectly acceptable thing to wear on ones frozen tooties INSIDE the house.
    Aren't gloves lovely. I got the most beautiful cashmere lined, kid skin gloves for a steal at a quaint little glove shop opposite the Spanish Steps in Rome. If you are ever there, you should definately buy some.

    November 14, 2007
  • I got somer fake Uggs for a tenner, which is even worse but I don't care, they're comfy. And! I have a vest, too. From M&S.
    It's cooooold, dammit.

    November 15, 2007
  • Uggs are only stupid when people wear them in LA when it is 65 degrees out (Farenheit, that is) or when they try to wear them with fancy clothes. I almost bought a pair myself last week, because my feet get very cold and I'm sick of it.

    November 18, 2007