Looks for Less Tuesday: Uggs over Steve Madden?

Our beloved Danielle is buried in shoes up to her eyeballs, and I haven’t had a chance to blog in ages, so I’m filling in for her and writing on “Looks for Less” Tuesday.  Yay! — Katie

Pamela Anderson in classic uggs

Classic Australian sheepskin boots, popularly known as uggs, have done nothing but gain prominence in the footwear world since Pamela Anderson strolled through the sand in nothing but those and her red swimsuit during her Baywatch days.

Steve Madden MagiiAt first, the average fashionista scorned uggs’ bulky appearance and high price point.  But then the rest of Hollywood began to warm to the trend (Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, Sienna Miller and Sandra Bullock to name a few), and we all know where that leads.

In the early years of Ugg-dom, ladies either adored or despised the warm woolly footwear.  Personally, I took the negative view.  But over the years, the look has grown on me.  Apparently I’m not the only one, because today “uggs” is a household term, and celebrities are still wearing them.  One style or another of ugg boots has made 3 of the last 5 “Oprah’s Favorite Things” lists, too. And now, I’ve fallen in love with an uggs knock-off and I didn’t even realize it.

The Steve Madden Magii (left) clomped through the Solestruck doors a week or two ago.  I simply couldn’t resist its super snuggly softness or its funky oversized buttons.  Its versatile styling abilities only fueled my desire to purchase my own pair instantly.  And now, I’ve discovered that the SM Magii is an almost exact replica of the UGG Classic Cardy (shown below with ways to wear).


The differences?  Subtle but important to note:
1) Colors: Madden only offers earthy tones while UGG includes brighter hues.
2) Materials: UGGs contain the trademark sheepskin lining while Madden sticks to knit.
3) Price: the Maddens are a steal at just $59.95 from Solestruck but you’ll pay a premium for that wool on $140 UGGs.

So tell me, do you still loathe these woolly footwarmers with a passion?  Or have you joined  the bandwagon in adoring ugg boots and their unbelievably good-lookalikes?

– Katie



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