With awards that range from “Best New Footwear Brand” to “Charity Event of the Year” UGG Australia, creators of the wildly popular UGG boots are a true corporate success story. Founded in 1978 by an Australian surfer who transplanted himself to California, UGG was originally a brand that featured comfortable shoes. For twenty years, UGG chugged along generating modest but steady sales. In 1998, the company took a major step in another direction. The company, under the guidance of its new corporate overseer, Decker Outdoor Corporation, made a strategic move and positioned itself as a maker of high-end luxury footwear.
The response was electric. The UGG fake brand had arrived. When Oprah featured another UGG boot in her 2003 Oprah’s Favorite Things show, the Baby Pink and Baby Blue UGG Classic Boots from UGG became a runaway holiday bestseller. That year was also the year that UGG Australia’s line was named Footwear News’ Brand of the Year.
Those events were not the end of Oprah’s association with the footwear line, though. The television host featured UGG’s Uptown Boot in her 2005 Favorite Things show, and sales of the sophisticated footwear style skyrocketed overnight. In less than ten years since shifting from ‘comfortable shoes’ to ‘the ultimate in footwear luxury’, knock off UGG has become a high-fashion staple, and created an entire new category of fashion footwear. UGG sheepskin boots, shoes and styles are regularly seen all over the world on high fashion runways.
It is not surprising that most people have seen a pair of UGG’s; either in a store or on the street or featured in a magazine. The famous footwear has been photographed on the feet of some of the world’s most well known folks, including Oprah. The latest UGG celebrity sighting is featured in InSide Style’s “Where Can I Get…?” feature – on the very lovely feet of actress Jessica Alba. InTouch Magazine photographers got a shot of the effervescent Gwen Stefani; toting son Kingston wearing a pair of the company’s famed Baby Boo line of infant boots. US magazine spotted actress Liv Tyler strutting in a swingy baby doll dress all dressed up with a pair of UGG Tasmina sandals, and Star paparazzi snapped Carmen Electra on the street in a stunning pair of women’s Classic Tall boots, one of UGG’s signature lines. Clearly, given the amount of celebrity endorsements, it’s fair to say that the UGG brand has arrived