Whether you love or hate UGGs and regardless of which side of the UGG fashion debate you fall on, you'll find that podiatrists and foot and ankle specialists are not UGG fans for many reasons. Because UGGs have little to no support, regular wearing can cause arch and heel pain and throw your walk out of whack, which then extends the problems to your ankles, knees, hips and even your back. The soft, comfy UGGs are very roomy, allowing the ankles to roll inwards causing wearers to adopt the "UGG Shuffle".
Because they are so comfy and easy to slip on and off, fans of UGGs tend to wear them everyday and for many hours a day. The warm shearling liner can really make your feet sweat creating a perfect breeding ground for fungus and bacteria.
So, what's an UGG fan to do? Should you throw away your most prized possession? Not necessarily. But podiatrists do recommend wearing an insert in your UGGs to provide better support and to wear socks and spray the inside of your UGGs with an anti-fungul spray at least once a month. And as difficult as it may be, try alternating with other boots or footwear to give your feet a break.
UGGs are here to stay, well at least for the foreseeable future, so by making a few small changes, you can protect your feet and enjoy your UGGs for years to come.
As the temperatures drop and fallen leaves give way to snow and ice, we reach for cold weather foot gear, the most popular of which are boots. Boots have been around for 5,000 years, the first of which were leather foot coverings stuffed with straw and worn to protect against the rough terrain and severe climate of the Bronze Age. The ancient Mesopotamians, starting in 3000 B.C., were the first innovators of laced-up leather boots; their boots were calf-high and made from goat leather. In 1616, leather boots became more commonplace for everyday wear and as a fashion statement. Today, boots come in every shape, size and design imaginable and are even worn in milder climates.
Follow these simple guidelines to help choose a pair of boots that both look and feel great:
- Measure Your Feet: While this might seem redundant, it is an important first step as both feet and shoe sizes change over time. Shop for boots (or shoes) in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest and buy your boots for your largest foot - yes, everyone has one slightly larger foot. If you wear orthotics, be sure to try on any boots or shoes with the orthotics to ensure a proper fit.
- Boots Should Be Comfortable In The Store: If the boots are hurting you in any way, do not buy them. While they may soften or change a bit with wear, the change will not be significant and you could end up with uncomfortable boots that you will either never wear or might actually do some damage to your feet.
- Opt for Natural Materials: Choose boots made from natural materials like leather and wool as these will keep your feet dry and comfortable in cold weather. Avoid synthetics and plastics which don't allow your feet to breathe, trapping heat and moisture and ultimately causing odor.
- Fashion or Function?: If you are buying a boot to wear in the snow, look for rubber soles with deep grooves to give you the best traction. Fashion boots with high, narrow heels are a great look but will not be functional or safe in snowy and icy conditions. Choosing boots for specific sports such as skiing, snowboarding or hiking is best done with the help of a knowledgeable salesperson or expert to ensure safety and comfort to optimize your performance.