i never thought i'd come to China and be on the hunt for Uggs. i mean, i had gone through the entirety of the 2000s without buying a pair, when the whole celeb-style (yes, Gwyneth Paltrow, i'm looking at you) Ugg craze took America by storm. however, circumstances here are forcing me to reconsider my Ugg-free wardrobe...
apartments here in SH are often colder than outside in the winter. drywall and insulation are pretty much nonexistent. there are A/C wall units that work as heaters, but it's very expensive to run them and they're not nearly as effective as central heating, which no one has here in the south anyway. Beijingers and other residents in northern China, though, have the luxury of central heating and sometimes also floor heating! so, i'm gearing up for a bone-chillingly damp winter (small space heater? check. grandpa cardigan? check. lots of tea? check.), but the fuzzy house slippers i got from Carrefour aren't going to cut it when it dips below 50 degrees here.
i must admit, i really like the idea of a luxuriously warm pair of shearling houseboots. my hands and feet are always freezing cold in the winter, so these would make a big difference. it's nice that there are also products to clean and protect the shearling, which i'd imagine would make your boots last longer.
as it turns out, China is the worst place to be if you're trying to get Uggs. given that i am in SH, there are fake Uggs everywhere. ranging from synthetic-everything ones around ¥100 to the Hotwind (a huge shoe/accessories chain store here, kind of like Nine West)
i'm thinking of asking my boyfriend to bring me a pair from the US, but then again, if i'm just wearing them around the house, would the cheaper Hotwind versions suffice?
so i need your help, lovely readers. do you have Uggs, or an Ugg-like version? how does the sizing run? i am usually a 6.5, but tried on the 6 at the Ugg store and they felt tight and my toes went all the way to the toe seam. the 7s fit much more comfortably with a little room in the toebox. do you wear them at home only or as regular boots too? how have yours held up?
update: got myself a pair of the Ugg classic short in the chestnut (low maintenance color, and the original!). the shorter length will be perfect for wearing around the house, and i think they look cute with skinny jeans too. can't wait to get them when my bf visits soon!