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Mean UGG’n

Submitted by on March 17, 2010 – 7:53 pm7 Comments

The sheepskin boot that comes in a variety of colors, styles, and designs has been a staple upon the feet of many for the past few years. Even your favorite celebrity has been seen adorning the popular shoe. Love them or hate them, the UGG boot has been a mainstay in fashion, no matter the season.

Once a local craze in Australia, the UGG boot travelled overseas and landed on the feet of Americans thanks to Oprah. The beloved talk show host and philanthropist spearheaded the boot’s popularity in the States in 2000 when she spent over $50,000 on  350 pairs for her staff and audience when featuring the shoes on her “Oprah’s Favorite Things” segment.

Some would consider the UGG boot not aesthetically pleasing on the eye but now studies have shown that it is not pleasing upon one’s feet either.  Doctors recently studied the famous boot and have found it to be dangerous for those who frequently wear them.

Eva Longoria, Mariah Carey, and Beyoncé in UGGs.

According to a study conducted by doctors at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, the UGG boot can create moderate to severe podiatry problems when worn for a long period of time. This comfortable and soft boot can create harsh and painstaking troubles to one’s feet, back, and neck due to the lack of support the shoe provides. Recent studies have claimed that the shoes allow one’s feet to slide around too much which can lead to irreversible foot deformities.

Dr. Michael O’Neil from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists provided this expert testimony concerning the UGG boot:

“I saw a young woman last week who had completely wrecked the boot at the back – the sole is a very soft material and it hadn’t held her foot in position. This can cause a lowering of the arch, which can cause tendon strain. Her sole had just worn through, like you’d find on the slippers of an old lady hobbling around a nursing home.”

Ouch! Frightening, to say the least.  No word if these recent scientific studies are really a conspiracy to kill a fashion trend that just does not seem to be going away anytime soon.

But nonetheless, if you happen to find someone mean muggin’ you, check their feet. If they’re rocking some UGGs, their mug may not be because of you. It might just be that the boots are being mean to their feet.

Images:  UGGAustralia.com/igotuggs.com

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