After several long months of lockdown living, it came as no surprise in 2020 that the only fashion we saw trending was almost entirely linked to loungewear and pyjamas – and our penchant for comfort over everything else is showing no signs of waning as this global pandemic continues to disrupt our lives. The next popular item on everybody's list? Perhaps a very predictable Noughties comeback, the Ugg boot.
According to global fashion search engine Lyst – which has just released its quarterly figures for the final three months of 2020 – searches for Ugg boots are up significantly on 2019. Meanwhile, the fifth most popular fashion item of the quarter was the Ugg classic ultra mini boot, a style which has recently been worn by Irina Shayk, Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski.
"With consumers spending more time around the home, demand surged for comfortable, practical shoes that are more winter-proof than sandals," the report said, explaining that searches for 'slippers' and 'clogs' were up 242 per cent.
The classic Ugg boot was one of the most popular footwear trends of the Noughties and is synonymous with Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' beloved boho style. With comfort at the heart of the design, but plenty high-end fashion collaborations under its belt (the label recently teamed up with both Telfar and Y/Project, while famous fashion editor André Leon Talle is now the face of the label), in some ways there could be no better time to bring the Ugg boot back.
However, if you are not quite ready to revisit your early 2000s wardrobe, but do want to embrace comfortable footwear for your daily stroll, then why not look to the Wellington-boot trend instead?
Seen at Prada, Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Versace and Ganni, and stylishly adopted by the likes of Irina Shayk and Bella Hadid, the comfortable and practical boot is another great way to give your lockdown wardrobe a little facelift, without buying into designs that you might not want to wear for months. Shop some of our favourites below.
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