Put Ugg boots in the category of Wellington rain boots or the all-purpose cardigan “cozy” that DKNY has offered year after year, Oprah’s Glassman says. “It’s totally consumer driven. Every high-end designer has done a version of Uggs in his or her own line.”
He counted three pairs in his office the other day — and it’s only October. “I am probably the only person in fashion who’ll tell you how much they love their Uggs,” he says.
Not true, actually. In previous interviews over the past year, Rachel Zoe and Michael Kors have sung their praises. And it’s always a similar tune: They are for the moments when comfort counts and conditions allow.
They’re not really for the times when you’re making a major fashion statement, but how many of those do you really have?
Glassman recalls a glitzy black-tie event during a snowstorm. “Everyone was so glammed up, but I was tired of ruining my fancy — and expensive — shoes, ruining my pants. I brought a little shopping bag with my tuxedo shoes, I switched them inside and checked in my Uggs at the coat check. It was a little awkward — a little Melanie Griffith in ‘Working Girl’ — but when we left, it was still snowing. I changed again, walked outside, and everyone said, ‘Wow, you were the smartest guy here.’”