UGGs have been controversial ever since they came on the market back in the early 2000s. Should they be worn with socks? Should they be worn in the summer with shorts, a crop top and a trucker hat a la Britney Spears? Or should they be reserved for wintertime only? Do they function like house slippers or are they meant for the outdoors?
Never has a single shoe style been so controversial…or alluring. The one thing we can all agree on, though, is the fact that UGGs are just so damn comfortable. These fuzz-lined boots are hassle-free, ultra-warm and oh-so-cozy.
But because UGGs are so readily accessible, it’s easy to continuously wear them and forget they need cleaning. Add the fact that the cleaning process can be quite tricky, and you can go months without giving your precious boots so much as a pat-down with a paper towel. But that’s bad news, and here’s why: Considering the fact that they’re made from sheepskin, suede or a combination of both, UGGs are susceptible to water, mud, salt and grease stains which means that cleaning them on the reg is essential. In fact, the materials are so sensitive that even leaving your favorite pair in high temperatures while wet can cause shrinkage.
The easiest way to keep your UGGs protected if you don’t have the time to clean after each wear is to use the UGG Protectant which the company sells directly. However, if you’ve waited a tad bit too long to show your boots some TLC or are all out of protectant, read up on some alternative tips for how to clean UGGs below.