The Ugg boots are back – and they’re back with a vengeance. The newly reimagined boots, courtesy of American fashion house Eckhaus Latta, are making a comeback on the runway. The NYFW-favorite presented the new look of Ugg’s furry après-surf boots at the recent New York Fashion Week with surprisingly square toes and mule shapes.
The story behind the boots
In an interview with Vogue, co-founder of Eckhaus Latta, Zoe Latta, gave some insight as to why the company decided to release the reimagined version of Ugg boots at the NYFW. “I’m from Santa Cruz, and when I was growing up Ugg boots were a staple; the first thing you did when you came out of the ocean was to pull them on,” Latta recalled. “When I was a teenager, the coolest girls in school wore the little black boots.” Latta met her design partner, Mike Eckhaus when they were studying at Rhode Island School of Design, almost a decade ago. In 2011, the two decided to take a risk and launch their brand named after themselves, Eckhaus Latta. “UGG is such an iconic shoe,” Eckhaus also said in the interview. “But we got to play with them, subvert them, and block them into heels and play with their language, and twist it into a world that made sense for us.”
Ugg x Eckhaus Latta
The result of the partners’ interest in Ugg boots is a six-piece footwear collection aptly named Ugg x Eckhaus Latta. The collection, which is a part of the duo’s spring/summer 2019 collection, features four styles for women and two for unisex. Unlike the old Ugg boots, the Ugg x Eckhaus Latta boots have a narrower fit and squared toes. It’s also a tad bit cosier, given the mule style of the new boots. Latta says it was “fun” to combine Ugg features and Eckhaus Latta features in the same product. “We love Ugg production practices and their sourcing. All of their shearling and leather are by-products and I had no idea that that was part of their brand. It’s cool.” In terms of colors, the new boots are also more colorful than the classic Uggs, making use of combinations like “duck egg blue” and “washed-out orange.”
Hate it, love it
Although ugg boots have been around for more than five decades now, asking people whether or not they like Uggs is still like making a bet on Fate – there’s always a 50/50 chance. Some love it, some hate it. But some have claimed that regardless of what people say at first, Uggs always tend to be trendy in the long run. One of them is Latta, who says, “There are trends that get old but for me Ugg boots never did because of their practicality. In fact, my boyfriend’s 95-year old grandmother just got a pair for Christmas - she was literally near tears. That says something about a product.”
How to wear Uggs
If you’re interested in wearing Ugg boots yourself (or one from the Ugg x Eckhaus Latta collaboration), here’s a quick guide on how you can incorporate them in your daily life.
1. Casual Uggs
Uggs are perfect for those cool, casual days when you just want to hang out with your friends. They’re absolutely warm and comfy on your feet, which is just perfect if you want to get a break from your rough heels and heavy sneakers. Grab a pair of denim pants and simple tee and you’re pretty much good to go.
2. Sporty Uggs
Think you can’t use Uggs if you’re going for a sporty look? Wrong. Contrary to popular belief, it actually doesn’t take much effort to incorporate Ugg boots into your attire even if you’re aiming for sporty. A pair of thick leggings, an oversized hoodie or sweater, and a hair bun can work wonders with Uggs. Try it and we promise, you won’t regret it.
3. Chic Uggs
While many people view Uggs as ‘clunky’ and ‘huge’, they can also look pretty chic, if you know the right combinations. Pair up your favorite Uggs with white denim pants and a pastel blouse. If this looks too plain for you, a solid colored cardigan, or faux fur coat for chillier days, will do the trick. You can also add a comfy scarf around your neck for more flair.
Interested in getting a new pair from the Ugg x Eckhaus Latta collab for your own collection? The complete line-up, which includes four outerwear clothing such as Toscana sheepskin coats and oversized jackets, will be available for retail in September 2019.