Ugg Boots actually began in Australia, in the early 60′s. Surfers in the Byron Bay area of eastern Australia began fashioning homemade covers for their feet out of the sheepskin that was very prevalent there. The sheepskin, so comfortable and warm, helped keep away moisture on the chilly evenings by the water.
In 1978, Brian Smith flew to Southern California with some of these boots, which he had named “Uggs”, positive that these boots would also be popular with the U.S. surfing crowd. He was right–they were an immediate hit and by the middle of the 1980′s, they were being sold in surfer shops up and down the California coast. Before long they started branching out into all over, with people of every class buying them up.
Winter brought even more sales of Ugg Boots–ski resorts sold them in their ski shops and they became the “in” boot to wear for comfort and warmth. By the year 2000, they had become widespread across the country, and Ugg Australia was making other types of shoes which, along with their famous boots, became a hot ticket item in the fashion world of New York. Ugg Australia now sells their famous line worldwide.