December 3rd, 2010

UGGs For Men: Hitch ‘Em or Ditch ‘Em?


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We don’t feel this is going to help David Bentley’s fight for regular first team football. Neither does Michael Dawson. Image via spursonside

Yesterday, an event took place that shook the very foundations of football in England. It caused upset, confusion and disconsolate wailing up and down the country. People wandered the streets, mystified. They simply couldn’t understand. How could Darren Bent have posted a picture of himself (left) on Twitter wearing… a pair of UGGs? (Image via DB11TT)

As you might expect, we at Kickette immediately took him to task over his footwear decision making skills. He defended himself by blaming the cold weather, a claim we dismiss on the grounds that in snow, UGGs are about as much use as a chocolate teapot. He countered our dismissal by bringing in his boys. They panicked and sought back up.

The upshot? We pledged to throw the Ugg question out to our soldier boys and girls, aficionados of the pretty and uncompromising in their condemnation of all things ugg-ly. Is it ever appropriate for a guy to wear said boots, Kickettes? Or should all known pairs be confiscated and gathered into a large pyre, to be burned at a later date?

Maybe we’re wrong in our vociferous dismissal. After all, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is due to endorse UGGs for men, and fashion icon/tighty whitey merchant Robbie Savage (left) is rarely seen out of them. We’re just not sure. By voting in the Kickette UGG Boot Poll (below), you can take part in the debate that’s sweeping the nation, and perhaps help settle the matter once and for all. You were happy enough to give us your views on ladies in UGGs (50/50 down the line) so we can’t imagine you’ll hold back.

Think hard, people. Your conclusions may have consequences.

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78 Responses to “UGGs For Men: Hitch ‘Em or Ditch ‘Em?”

  1. Xolo says:

    But he looks so happy in them I mean sure they're ugly but look at that huge smile I probably would have never noticed them because I wasn't looking at his feet.

  2. Gorgo says:

    what about China ? I think in 2022 china will be host ,

  3. Leon says:

    yes both Russia and Qatar , May be the starting ceremony will be very gorgious

  4. anzea says:

    Anybody knows that Russia is hosting the World Cup?

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  6. FIsse says:

    Adebayor was wearing a pair of uggs during the City-Salszburg game, while he was WARMING UP.

  7. Rosie says:

    Ah, the primary reason I hate winter! Blizzards? Ice sheets the size of the entire Arctic looming before my door? – 45 degree (F) wind chill? Bring it, b*tch*s! I can take it all, even without a personal vehicle, but this preferred footwear reduces me to disconsolate tears. Whether worn my men, women, or transvestites, Uggs are a punishment visited upon humankind by the gods, perhaps for all our snarky comments, NC-17 thoughts, and alcohol consumption. Although I, personally, refuse to drink the Kool-Aid, I still find the annual huddling of sheep at the bandwagon excruciatingly painful to watch. Only the blind are safe.

    And on beautiful 'ballers? Sacrilege. I mean, I just can't think sexy thoughts and lust with abandon when those monstrosities are in the picture!

    • Rosie says:

      Whether worn "BY" men, not "my" men . . . Although I certainly wouldn't argue with having multiples of those, assuming they were decent, Adonis-like fellows! [I'll pass on the women and transvestites, though; they're just not my type. :) ] I can type. Really.

  8. nasri #8 says:

    i like uggs, u can wear it sometimes. And what's the differnce if they are on the feets of men or women. Both can wear it. by the way did u guys see nasris two goals? Damn he's = )good! top of the league !!

  9. Ronaldolover says:

    Absolutely the gayeat thing I have ever seen in my life. Take them off, NOW!

  10. Amunt Valencia says:

    I dont mean to change the topic..but why hasnt Kickette mentioned
    DAVID VILLAS BIRTHDAY YET?

  11. Emily (Giggsy's Gal) says:

    I have to weigh in on this because UGGs are a ginormous pet peeve of mine. Woman, man, child – doesn't matter. UGGs are slippers, not proper shoes. If you wear UGGs, it should only be in the comfort and privacy of your own home. They do not have proper soles and are not to be worn outdoors, let alone in winter weather. You look like an idiot if you're tramping around in your slippers in the snow. While I can appreciate the desire to keep one's feet warm (hell, I'm Canadian and currently living in the northeast of England. I KNOW cold and snow), I would suggest that UGG-wearers go out and buy a good pair of winter boots. There are many styles now that are attractive and functional, not just the traditional fugly snow boots that existed when I was growing up.

    Sorry, Darren, Rowan, David and Robbie, but sporting UGGs is just not okay. :(

  12. chay says:

    that's an odd experience–may i ask where you live?

  13. Leya_S says:

    In all fairness, the Men's UGG weather boots (which look like snow boots with Sherling lining, see link) aren't bad…actually, you'll probably find a lot of rappers and guys in Harlem/Bed-Sty/South Bronx (I'm a NY-er so I can't speak for anywhere else) wearing them.
    http://www.uggs-classic.net/mens-butte-in-worches…

    HOWEVER, the classic UGGs as seen in these two picks are just…no. I disapprove of them for men.
    That's my 2 cents.

    And on THAT note, has anyone see the UGG-Jimmy Choo collab? It's ATROCIOUS. Why would I want to pay $800 for bedazzled black classic UGGs?!?!

    • LosAngeleno says:

      I know! I just saw Ugchoos in a magazine…and on top of hideous, the design isn't even unique. He totally phoned that one in.

  14. C16 says:

    Oh come on!!!! As a person with cold feet all winter long I defend this cause!!!!!
    I rather be warm than being all dressed up and cold.

    I say: You Darrent Bent and David Bentley, go ahead and rock the hell out of those Uggs!!!

  15. jackie says:

    Uggs were originally for men. male surfers australia

    • chay says:

      and viagra was originally for hypertension/high blood pressure. and botox was originally for muscle spasms.

      i have seen men in uggs, and i even dated one temporarily who wore uggs (i teased the hell out of him), but i just cannot go for them on men. Just … not … right …

  16. Ana;) says:

    Haha guys shouldn’t wear uggs they look wrong! I have a pair myself so I agree about how warm they are, but that’s no excuse for guys who can wear alternatives. The boots just look funny on men.
    Ohh and to those saying they look horrible I totally agree! I have to admit to calling them Ugg-ly boots in the past, but they are so warm so I conceded into buying a pair! I know I’m a hypocrite, but at least a warm one :)

  17. Ana;) says:

    Haha guys shouldn’t wear uggs they look wrong! I have a pair myself so I agree about how warm they are, but that’s no excuse for guys who can wear alternatives. The books just look funny on men.

  18. Anon says:

    I don't have a problem with guys wearing UGGs. I mean, paired with a pair of jeans or whatever we know you're going for comfy. But for training? Seriously?

  19. xbabyshakesx says:

    NOOOOOOOOOO!
    I love absolutely love UGGs, but not on men, they don't scream out Manly at all!

  20. Deb Stimson says:

    Thanks…I'll tell my daughter you said so. :-|

  21. super m says:

    Men should never wear Uggs. If it's cold, and they need boots, there are plenty of actual rugged manly boot footwear available. I doubt anybody wears Uggs hunting…but I know they need warm feet! haha

  22. noelle says:

    i have uggs and i love them, i have a bunch of different kinds and colors =)…. its definitely a "ditch em" for men tho cuz they just dont look right on guys for some reason, its probably cuz its more of a girl thing to wear them so if a guy does, its a lil weird….. my bf hates them, i joked that i would get him a pair and he said he would burn them lol

  23. tuesatasunboludo says:

    normally I don't like uggs on guys… but I for some reason find these sexy on him…

  24. Kristine says:

    I wish the UGG trend would die a horrible, painful death. They never, ever ,ever. ever looked good on ANYONE! They especially look terrible when worn with pajama pants and a hoodie. DIE UGG BOOTS DIE!

    • LosAngeleno says:

      LOLLLLLLLLLL!!!! Do you by chance live in Southern California? Every time I visit my parents, this horrible look is everywhere.

  25. ruby says:

    I love my Uggs and have no objection to men wearing them. I actually find it quite sexy when a man wears something so many people have decided that men "shouldn't" wear – a bit like men wearing pink. I say keep wearing them boys!

  26. Andy says:

    I hate UGGs!!! They are UGGly!!!

  27. Sara T says:

    UGGs and Darren Bent in the same sentence is just wrong. It wouldn’t have been that much of a problem if he had tweeted a picture of his entire body instead though xD

  28. Marie says:

    I don’t care what anyone says, Uggs and only UGGS (not those cheap imitations) are f t w. They rock and roll all day long

  29. Nettie says:

    I urge all the Haters of UGGs (HUGGs?) to go the Bristol Palin route and vote to ban these from every computer to which you have access!

  30. LuvinBale says:

    They are terrible!!! Such an ugly shoe – even when Jimmy Choo steps in to do their version they are still horrible. They just remind me of a group of preteen girls running around in them. That’s all that seems to wear them in Philly. Again terrible!! Daws needs to let them go- now!!

  31. gi0ia says:

    You know what – at first I couldn`t stand them. But after last winter, and as temperatures are going that low again, they are becoming more and more attractive… I`m seriously thining about treating myself to a pair…

    • Leya_S says:

      DO it :)
      Back in like 03/04, I was like "those are heinous, this fad will pass"…..and it didn't…and they grew on me….and then in December 08, I decided to buy a pair bc I was involved in a school activity that required that I stand outside from 6am-9am on Saturday and Sunday mornings waving a racing flag in freezing temperatures….my feet were eternally grateful, and toasty warm!

      But don't let ANYONE tell you you can waterproof UGGs. It is NOT possible. You can water resist them so that water and salt don't stain the suede, but they won't be waterPROOF.

      • LosAngeleno says:

        I haven't given in yet, but I'm sort of intrigued, especially by the gray ones. However– and I know, Leya, you said you wear them to and from work, so maybe you can prove this wrong– there was an NY Times article last year about how bad they are for your feet if you walk around all the time in the city. Basically, it said they don't give enough support to your feet. For this reason, I've continued to avoid them. (I'm a sad # of blocks from the subway.)

  32. @ArtemisMS says:

    They are too feminine looking in my opinion. I mean, I don't object to anyone wearing them, man or woman, if it's his or her personal choice. But I definitely do not find them attractive on a man. Still, when you're a genuine baller, do you really care what other people think? :p

  33. Winnie says:

    ditch. them. now.

  34. Nora says:

    I love my Uggs! They keep my feet warm and are comfortable. I wore them during my Eastern European backpacking trip a few years ago (although I did run into a few Aussie men who made fun of me… prats). They've gotten me through the Blizzards in Atlanta and DC the past few years and hopefully they'll get me through Seattle's winter this year. I do have rules about Uggs though.

    Uggs are acceptable when:
    - It is cold outside
    - You are going to class, going to sports practice, shopping, etc

    Uggs are not acceptable when worn in conjunction with:
    - a mini skirt or shorts (because then you look like a loose twat but unfortunately this seems to be the majority of the girls I see wearing them)
    - Pajama pants, Pink brand sweat pants (See above), or pretty much anything that aren't jeans

    You should never wear Uggs when:
    - you are going to a nice restaurant or event (ie don't wear them to the ballet or opera)
    - it is more than 55 degrees outside
    - There is ice, because they don't have good traction (in this case I suggest Sorel's because they are cute and functional)

    I hope I covered everything. With any shoes come great responsibility! Wear with care ladies and gents!

    • Leya_S says:

      Uh-oh I'm guilty of wearing UGGs with Pink-brand sweats….its basically college girl uniform haha!
      I do maintain that they are the Boyfriend Pink sweats, so somehow that makes it better :/

      Also, I wear UGGs to work….I have 2 pairs, a pair of everyday chestnut ones, and a pair of clean neat black ones. The latter I wear to work. Emphasis on the "to" bc its so my stockinged legs and feet stay warm while I wait for train. I change into heels when I get to my desk.

    • iLUViza says:

      teamNORA!!! Thanks for the Ugg rules, they'll change lives and I totally agree I only ever wear Uggs when going to class or a quickie run to the shops.

  35. Blue says:

    How embarrassing, those are awful!

  36. Mon says:

    MUggs (male Uggs) are FUggly.

  37. realpeterjette says:

    http://www.uggaustralia.com/ProductDetails.aspx?g…

    You're slipping around because you have the wrong ones. Man-Uggs can handle the worst of Canadian winters. Personal experience. http://twitter.com/#!/RohanRicketts/status/861773…

  38. parkysutdgirl says:

    oh man, i think uggs are ugly as hell but if they want to wear it during training i don't mind – only training though!

  39. Annie says:

    At least they aren't crocs. Both are repulsive, but at least Uggs don't offer "can be hosed off" as a selling feature.

  40. xoxo says:

    In a twisted way i find it sexy

  41. meh says:

    I didn't even realise Michael Dawson was even wearing UGGs, too busy looking at those thighs…

  42. Kerry says:

    I feel obligated to share this PSA with you:
    http://www.babelgum.com/channels/1/clips/6004292

  43. mena says:

    I only ever accept UGGs when they are worn by women… at night… at a beach bonfire.

    I totally sympathize with fashion forward guys. Women can wear men's fashion and it's totally acceptable and it's unfair that it's a one way street, but I don't make the rules!

  44. BarceLisa says:

    the irony of all this is Ugg boots were originally created FOR men, only later becoming synonymous with women's fashion. And they were not worn by just any normal men, they were worn by rugged Aussie mountain men. Still, the word "rugged" does not come to mind when I see my beloved ballers wearing them, its the exact opposite.

  45. Alex Samuel says:

    I myself am not a fan of uggs, so I'm glad I'm not the only one! I'd much rather a nice pair of knee high winter boots. HOWEVER the guy in the photo does look kinda hot with them on…which is leading to believe that maybe guys like Joe Hart or Marco Borriello could pull them off…

  46. Lashes says:

    No no no! They are horrible and should be banished.
    There has to be a better/prettier and warmer alternative when loaded like a footballer in Premier League.

  47. cutecurls says:

    It's no coincidence that UGG and UGH are almost similar. That is all.

  48. Goosie says:

    From personal experience (I live in Minnesota and stood outside in 10 degree farenheit weather for 3 hours in UGGs for black friday), I've found that the don't really keep your feet warm. So his excuse is moot.

    • Leya_S says:

      They do keep your feet warm, but there's a range….I would say 30F and up, you're okay. But once you pass that, its true that they don't do much.

  49. In situations like this, I ask myself, "What would Roy Keane do?"

    He would amputate the feet of any player in Uggs.

    • Thea says:

      ……..but is he considered of sound mind?

        • Thea says:

          Well it's the one thing we can agree on is that UGGs are just bad ……. Don't think Yoann or any Barca player would wear them either!

          • Rosie says:

            I don't know . . . I could picture Yoann donning a pair. Villa, Xavi, or Pique? Not even when hell freezes over and the devil does ballet! CRon or Sergio? I certainly wouldn't put it past them, given their past transgressions. (Alonso aside, Real players generally seem to be in need of an optometrist visit more often than their Barca counterparts.)

            What all these ballers need to ask themselves as they dress is "What would Xabi Alonso do?"

            • LosAngeleno says:

              Yeah, though Barca's footwear is sometimes blindingly white and narrow, aside from some not so great t-shirt and jeans choices, they rarely go the way of CR or the Ramos (though god love him…he could wear the Jimmy Choo Uggs while kick-boxing Puyi– who'd, in the meantime, be barefoot– and we'd somehow forgive him).

              • Rosie says:

                Yes, the general hilarity that is Sergio Ramos somehow ALWAYS earns him a pardon, even for the fashion equivalent of mass murder!

    • @ArtemisMS says:

      LOL Thanks for that, I needed a giggle!

  50. Thea says:

    Never been a fan of the flat shoe – END OF
    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/fashio…

  51. Amber says:

    UGGs are always a no in any situation. There are too many more fashionable and functional choices.

  52. Nihaal28 says:

    Omg definitly ditch em also for women

  53. @amia_arsino says:

    for men or for women, uggs are a horror.

  54. blake2108 says:

    In this cold weather, I can understand. But only if its cold weather like this.

    As a guy myself, I do not own a pair. However, If I were a footballer of Premier League (or Championship, if you're Robbie) standard and had such money as them, I'd wear them for sure, In the cold winter conditions of course.

    I voted for the second option though, as that applies to me most.

    (oh, and I'd NEVER thought I'd see the day that Robbie Savage appeared on this site!)