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Torn b/w UGGs and EMUs? Read me!
on December 16, 2008
I spent several days researching the right pair of boots. I narrowed it down to UGGs which had very positive reviews but were pricey, and EMUs which seemed to be basically the same product for half the price. Sounds too good to be true? It is.
Here is what I found:
- UGGs are made of sheepskin inside and out, and cost $130-$160 for
the most popular type (called Classic, short or tall), more for the
"fancier" varieties (but I honestly prefer the look of the Classic
- EMUs have TWO types of products: (1) sheepskin inside and out, and
(2) cowhide outside, merino wool inside. The first variety cost the
same as the UGGs, the second one (not as cozy, not as comfi) cost
about half the price
So, I went with the UGGs which appear to be the more original/popular and am VERY VERY happy - these boots really insulate you from the harsh cold completely. Happy feet are worth the $$ for me in thise case. I got the tall variety in grey, and LOVE LOVE LOVE them.
Another misconception that I'd like to correct - NEITHER is 100% waterproof - as in they'll basically keep you warm and dry in a reasonable amount of rain/snow, but if you drench them it will show (common sense). UGGs has real waterproof models which are more like regular snow boots etc. UGGs also has a water-resistant treatment to improve the durability, but friends I spoke to didn't do that and haven't had any water seeping in when she's worn UGGs in the rain.
So basically, the real deal sheepskin product costs the same (and is similar in quality, comfort).
I had such a hard time figuring this out - shame on all the websites for sneakily pretending that the cheaper EMUs are made of the same material, which they are not!