Nemo no match for my Uggs


Here are my Uggs. Pictured on Nemo’s 19-inch snowfall. The mounds of wet snow on the driveway were no match for the King and his Uggs this morning.

While I was shoveling, I took a walk down memory lane.

Four years ago, Susan and Rachel dragged me to Lord & Taylor and asked me to try them on. (Ugg Sheepskin boots originated in Australia and New Zealand. This brand is headquartered in Flagstaff, Arizona.)

I pulled them on.  And, trudged around the Ugg display.

My rant commenced. “What do Australians, New Zealanders and Arizonians know about winter and snow? Have you forgotten I’m Canadian? This is amateur hour.”

“How much are they?”

“Don’t worry about price.”

“How much?”


“Are you kidding? These things won’t last for one winter. And by the way, real men don’t wear anything called ‘Ugg.’ They wear Sorels. Timberland. North Face. Merrell. Not Ugg. Sorry.”

“Do they fit?”


Susan dropped $200 on the counter and we walked out the door. The King mumbling in tow.

During the first winter, I ran.  Yes, I ran with my Uggs and with Zeke in the snow on the trails at Mianus Park. Four to five miles a pop. (Don’t do that silliness anymore.)

During the second winter, we walked (with my Uggs) on the mountainous trails at Pound Ridge Park.

During the third winter, we walked the wooded trails at Lake Mohegan Park in Fairfield.

During the fourth winter, we walked the blustery snow covered beaches at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.  And, we walked (Zeke-less) on the icy streets of Fifth Avenue in New York City.

These Uggs.

I don’t need heavy socks. Think of your feet wrapped softly and gently with a Hot Water bottle.

No frustrating laces to tie or keep tied. One finger slide on…and go.

Snow. Rain. Mud. Slop. Cold.  Nasty.

These boots don’t look like much.  But they are all-terrain vehicles.


*Australians and New Zealanders may have gotten lucky with these boots. And there must be a Canadian involved somewhere along the line here…


  1. Rannie Hewitt says:

    Nice….. Can’t picture the KING in Uggs!,,, 🙂 have to share with Frank lol


  2. I am with ya on the “boot love,” brother. My current heartthrob is a pair of Salomon boots–lightweight, very warm (I often wear sock less), and great traction (I could climb a tree in these bad boys). Just came in from doing some shoveling (Nemo left 20+” on our doorstep) and my feet are toasty. Can’t feel my fingers, but….. 😉


    • 🙂 Thanks for the link. My boots don’t have great traction. Your Salomons look like tracking machines. I’ve never tried a hiking boot that I could go sock less. Need to check it out. My fingers were fingers. My back tomorrow, hmmmmm, could be altogether another story.


  3. P.S. typing this while wriggling my toes in my cozy UGG slippers–the best! 🙂


  4. I wonder how they even got that name ~ UGG. My daughter wears them, I don’t, but I like their look, I do. 🙂 Nice story David, as always.


  5. I have the slippers too. Love them. Nice and toasty.


  6. …know what you mean!!!


  7. They sound great but I think I’d need the “rain” version.


  8. Well! I just might have to invest in a pair. Sounds like Nemo left you a good weekend’s worth of exercise. Stay warm!


  9. I have 3 pairs and I adore them too!


  10. Makere Stewart-Harawira says:

    We New Zealanders thank you kindly for your shout out David – so affirming to know that yes, when it comes to mountains and snow, we know a couple of small things 🙂 Love those UGGS


  11. Makere Stewart-Harawira says:

    Reblogged this on Makere's Blog and commented:
    Well gee thanks lol… love this! I mean, who’da thought that Kiwis and Aussies might know a thing or two about mountains and boots and snow:)


  12. Add to your collection the Ugg Ascot shearling-in, leather-out, house shoes. I refer to them as my man-Uggs. I own two pairs in the event dogs or the Taliban make off with one set. Better than all-season radials.,default,pd.html?dwvar_5379_color=BLK&start=50&cgid=men-shoes


  13. LaDona's Music Studio says:

    Well i suppose if one is going to run in the snow, this might be better this way.
    As opposed to arrogantly insisting that a dump of big wet flakes is no match for seasoned runners – forgetting the possibility of ice hidden underneath.
    Bruises to follow…


  14. I love Susan!!!


  15. Susan is a smart woman..Uggs are the best..


  16. Say it ain’t so Dave!


  17. No snow, no mud, minimal rain yet it amazes me to see how many people wear them in Arizona. Uggs…what are you going to surprise us with next?


  18. A Canadian must somehow be involved? Uh-huh … sure, you keep on comforting yourself, but in the end the answer is the same … the King was sorely mistaken! Ugg! (you may spell it differently!)
    Glad that Susan and Rachel are wiser … now you have toasty toes. Hope you take some time to enjoy the snow between shovelling bouts.


  19. petit4chocolatier says:

    So funny, I love this 🙂


  20. Ugg, what’s that? I cant imagine me spending $200 on those uggly boots! Pretty funny story…


  21. Uggs will be out of place in no snow zone ~ Vancouver weather more like rain.


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