Ugg boots are made of sheepskin, which means that the sheep needs to be slaughtered in order to extract the sheepskin. For the last 10 years starting in 2000, the Ugg boots have come under tremendous criticism from the animal rights movement. In fact a group was specially formed that wanted people to stop wearing the Ugg boots. They asked people to wear shoes that were made of alternative material.
The process of manufacturing the boots
Traditional Ugg boots including the womens Ugg boots are made from the skin of the sheep. The wool is processed to make the leather and the boots upper part is manufactured where the fleece is kept on the inside. The soles are made from rubber, though the soles of many boots are also manufactured from synthetic material. The stitching of the boots is done in such a way, that it is quite prominent and visible on the outside. The fleece works as a natural thermostat and helps to keep the feet of the wearer warm and moisture free. The fleece also ensures that there is enough circulation of the air that helps the feet to stay dry as well. The Ugg boots come in a variety of designs colors and can be knee length or ankle length also. Today, the Ugg boots come in a riot of colors such as fuscia, black, pink, blue etc. They are also available in the lace up and slip on variety as well.
The animals rights movement against the Ugg boots in the last decade
When the Ugg boots became a fashion trend in the last decade, many celebrities including Pamela Anderson also endorsed the brand. In 2007 when, Pamela Anderson came to know that they were made of sheepskin, she stopped endorsing the product. The animals rights movement has even taken the help of students to boycott products that are made of fur or animal skin and products. To this end, the Princeton Animal Welfare Society popularly known as PAWs also staged a similar boycott against the Ugg boots. They registered their complaint by doing an on campus protest in February 2008. Both make and female students lay down in the snow and wore coats that were covered in fake blood. They also held signs that read What if you were killed for your coats. This boycott drew attention to the animal rights movement against the Ugg boots.