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Ah… The UGGs question. Yes, yes, they are UGG-ly (tell me that joke hasn’t been run to the flippin’ ground!) but I think I’m gonna take the plunge soon. I really do.

Hot Mama Daily reader Tbabe wrote a comment yesterday asking the question:

Hey everyonee…
alright..so, I was thinking of purchaseing the UGGS knockoff from gojane.com..I was just wondering if its worth it?”

Well Tbabe, there’s a few things you need to ask yourself. First off, I don’t have a pair either real or knockoff, so I’m noooo UGG expert (there’s my disclaimer!) so I can’t answer your GoJane question, but the one question you should ask yourself is this:

“Do I want the pair for FASHION or WINTER/WARMTH purposes?”

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That is what it boils down to. If you want a pair to do a Celeb Same Look for Less type of thing, then at $12.99 @ GoJane.com for a knockoff pair, totally go for it (keep in mind the quality you’ll be getting at the price though b/c truth be told, that’s the best price I’ve seen anywhere).[tagbox tag=”uggs”]

However, for those of us (like me) who live in areas where the temperature goes to below freezing every damn day in the winter, and you have snow to fight with, then it’s probably a good idea to invest in a real pair (attention Montreal, Canada residents!! An UGG Australia boutique store just opened up last month downtown! It’s the only boutique in Canada at the present time. What perfect timing, huh? Just in time for winter and Christmas. How. Convenient.)

Whether it’s on-line or retail, a real pair of UGG Australia boots will cost you anywhere from $99.00 USD – $300.00 USD plus. Ouch. I know. Yeah, yeah, sure, you can find you a pair of UGG Australia boots on eBay, but if you are hellbent on getting a real pair, BEWARE OF FAKES. I found an absolutely wonderful real vs. fake guide (click here). Read it. Thoroughly. I learned sooo much from it.

The difference in price for a real pair comes with the style/height of the boot. I’ll stick to the classic versions for our discussion:

Classic Mini (around $100.00)

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Classic Short (around $120.00)

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Classic Tall (around $150.00-$200.00)

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The one I have my eye on is the Ugg Ultra Tall in Chocolate (this color is sold out almost everywhere though!!! :(

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Zappos is selling these $203.95 USD. Ouch.

If you look at the sole, you can see the difference between this one and the Classic Tall is the molded rubber outsole. If I’m spending that much for a boot, I’d like for it to have a sturdy snow and slush resistant sole b/c these Canadian winters are NO JOKE! I’m a chick from New York City, so while I’m used to snow, I had no idea how brutal the winters are up here in O Canada (am I looking for excuses to validate my possible upcoming UGG purchase??? Me thinks, yes…But I digress…)

The good thing about the real boots, from what I’ve learned, they can be worn in ALL seasons. They keep your feet warm in winter in cool and the warmer months. Hence the reason so many celebs in Cali wear them all year round.

Pamela Anderson was actually the celeb who made them super popular after being photographed wearing them on the Baywatch set back in the day, but she apologized for wearing them (earlier this year) since finding out they are sheepSKIN and we all know she’s a hardcore PETA rep. To be fair though, according to People mag, UGG responded saying,

“Sheepskin is a natural byproduct of the food industry. There is no animal abuse in our production.”

Anyway, if you want more information to make your decision (geez like what I provided wasn’t enough?!) SheFinds.com has a detailed UGG Australia buying guide complete with the newer styles and all. Be sure to check that out too.

So, in conclusion (dammit I feel like I’m back in college and wrote a dissertation on UGGs!), I say think of the purposes your boots will serve for you before making your final decision.

Tbabe, hope this helped! Let us know what you decide!

Edited to Add: As my blogging sister Wass’hot pointed out in the comments below, if you opt to buy real UGGs, you should buy a size DOWN from your regular shoe size. The shoes stretch quite a bit and you want them to stay snug.

C’mon tell me: real or knockoff (for UGGs)?

(Celeb pics courtesy of ASOS and SheFinds.com)