For Charity, Not a Catastrophic Lapse in Judgement

by Chikashi

I think.

Uggs Australia are celebrating their 35th anniversary this month.

I know…

Someone by the name of Tacey Powers who works for the American department store chain Nordstrom said, ‘They are part of the everyday wardrobe. You own a sneaker, you own a flip-flop, you own an Ugg.’

I’m reconsidering my sexual orientation.

But wait, Uggs first gained popularity with male surfers in Southern California.

OK, so that rules out the entire cast of Baywatch. Where do I turn now?

I cycled past lots of sheep the other day. They are really not very pretty… The face, the posterior, the legs, the waist… not much to look at. (OK, they do have thin ankles…) They don’t even have a suprasternal notch… And, they turn into Uggs. Er… no.

Adam Glassman of O, The Oprah Magazine said that ‘Every high-end designer has done a version of Uggs in his or her own line.’ Well, yes, not really. Manolo Blahnik did a pair. If Manolo did a pair, then you could conceivably say that everyone’s done one because even if that is not factually correct, it may as well be because there is Manolo and there is everyone else.

Manolo Blahnik Uggs

However, Manolo did not do a version of Uggs as part of his line. That is a statement too far. He did a pair to be auctioned off for the benefit of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in 2009. It was a one-off.

It was not a lapse in judgement. Sometimes we do stuff for charity.