The Ugg-ly truth

Cheaper makes of trendy boot are ‘crippling’ young women

Health experts have blasted cheap
Ugg boots as “disastrous” and warn they are harming the feet of a
generation of young women.

Leading podiatrists and chiropodists
believe the trend is storing up a big rise in the number of people suffering
toe deformities, backache and pains in their feet, knees and hips.

Dr. Ian Drysdale, head of the
British College of Osteopathic Medicine, said: “Because these boots are
warm and soft, young girls think they are giving their feet a break. In fact,
they are literally breaking their feet.

“Their feet are sliding around
inside. With each step, the force falls towards the inside of the foot and the
feet splay. This flattens the arch and makes it drop.

“The result can be significant
problems with the foot, the ankle, and, ultimately, the hip.”

Designer Uggs – worn by celebrities
including Kate Moss, Cameron Diaz and Miley Cyrus- sparked a craze for the
flat, furry generic boots.

But not everyone can afford the far
better made top brand Ugg Australia boots.

Consultant podiatric surgeon Mike
O’Neill has called the trend for cheap Uggs “disastrous”. He said:
“As the foot slides around, you get wear and tear on the joints on the inside
of the foot. The ankle is in the wrong position, the thigh bone also changes
position and you get an abnormal movement in the pelvis, which leads to back

Experts say it can take as little
as six months of persistent use to cause wear and tear damage that can be
difficult to repair.

Dr. Drysdale is also concerned that
unsupported cheap Uggs are on sale to children whose feet are still forming.

He warned: “The damage and
discomfort for kids is going to be heartbreaking.”

He has also identified an Ugg
“shuffle” in wearers – a lopsided, pigeon-toed way of walking which
“is also storing up problems”. But he said Uggs are fine to wear at
home, but not for walking long distances.

Ugg Australia said its boots were
“comfort” not “performance footwear” and buyers should
beware “knockoffs” which lack the reinforced heels or insoles of
their boots.


Miley Cyrus, pictured with Justin Gaston, is a fan of Ugg boots.
Photo: Photo: File