Monday, 10 January 2011

The Alternative UGG: Whooga Boots


Ugg boots are one of life's big dividers: you either love them or hate them. Personally I don't consider them a fashion piece, but more of a practical choice for cold winter days when comfort is key. I would never dream of shelling out £150+ for a pair of UGG Australia boots when it's possible to buy skeepskin boots of equal quality at a fraction of the cost. Ugg boots have been made and worn in Australia for over 100 years. UGG is simply the most well-known manufacturer. My first ugg boots were a short, grey pair made and manufactured in New Zealand from real NZ sheepskin. They were glorious! You don't have to buy UGG to get great boots. The most important thing is to buy genuine sheepskin boots from a reputable seller, otherwise you may find yourself in a very bad situation. Here's my honest review of Whooga boots...

You may notice from the pictures that these boots feature mega-thick sheepskin lining. According to Whooga this 'ThermoFleece' has thicker fibres than normal sheepskin, meaning that your boots will not only be extra cosy, but also temperature regulated. The heels of the boots are reinforced to ensure that there's no collapsing or loss of shape.

When ordering from the Whooga website there's lots of information to help you choose the right style and size. As I was between sizes I opted for the size up as instructed on the size guide. Unfortunately these boots were too big for me, so I had to reorder a size smaller (I'm normally a 7 but needed a 6). Providing you have followed the size guide, and not simply changed your mind, Whooga will cover the cost of returning the boots and shipping a replacement.

My only criticism of the boots is to do with the sole and the insole. Instead of bouncy rubber the soles feel like hard plastic. I was also disappointed with the sheepskin on the insoles – it's pale instead of black and feels far less dense. Adding sheepskin inserts for a few quid could be a good way to remedy this issue.

Now for the price! Tall boots like mine cost £69. Short boots cost £67. Postage to anywhere in the world is £10. If you're looking to find an affordable alternative to UGGS I suggest you check the website: whooga.co.uk. For the next week readers of SO FAR, SO CHIC can get 10% off using the code 1386SOFAR.

8 comments:

  1. They look fab on you!
    I was going to get a pair of Australia Luxe, but luckily for my bank balance, they didn't have them in my size, so I bought the FitFlop boots instead - so far, so good.

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  2. Ooh I love those - they're the ones Elle Macpherson wears. FitFlop ones have good to be good when they tone your bum at the same time! x

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  3. Very cute boots! I love Uggs- so comfortable.
    Just found your blog- it's lovely. x jeanie

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  4. hey very good post love the blog but ugg Australia is actually an american company nd brand made in china highly bull shitty i know!Just hate the fact they claim to the first and the best when they're nowhere close you should also try Emu's they're amazing x

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  5. My first pair of Whooga purchased in 2010 were brilliant. I purchased another pair earlier this year and they developed a fault within a few days. They were replaced pretty quickly to be fair. The replacement ones
    were fine for a few months of average wear but then started falling apart
    at the sole so I am not impressed.

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    1. That's a shame. Mine are still going strong!

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  6. They're still taking orders, and customers' money, but their phone number is disconnected and email address is bouncing. I ordered three weeks ago. The item initially showed as in stock but I then got a message saying it would take several weeks to reach me. I was about to cancel when the website showed the boots were on their way from Australia. It got as far as 'Cleared UK customs' and then it disappeared. Now it just says 'on back order. I posted about this on their Facebook page; they deleted the post but didn't bother to contact me! This might have been a real, trading company at one time but now they're just taking people's money and running. Beware!!!

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    1. Hi Rishi, I hope you managed to resolve your issue and get your boots or your money back. Obviously this review was years ago so I don't know what the current situation is with the company.

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