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Are you wearing Uggs right now? Then we have some questions for you. (Aside from "Why?" Jay-kay! We get it. Those things are warm.)
You see, with the holidays approaching, there are more fake Uggs (fuggs?) out there than ever, and Ugg Australia wants to make sure shoppers know how to spot the real deal. That's why they sent us a three-point checklist detailing how to protect yourself from the great faux Ugg epidemic of 2012. Let's review:
1. Is the sheepskin lining in one piece?
Uggs are made with one piece of "Grade A twin-faced" sheepskin lining. While we don't know what that means exactly, it's safe to assume that if the furry bits on your boots look patchy, you're probably wearing fakes.
2. Is there a hang tag?
Ugg Australia doesn't use hang tags on its products—probably so as not to rip the boots' gloriously fuzzy lining. So, if you see a tag dangling off those Uggs you're about to buy, back away.
3. Are the soles flexible?
Most counterfeits have stiff soles, while real Uggs are quite bendy. That's why noted Ugg enthusiast Andre Leon Talley can glide around in them so gracefully.
So, to review, even if it looks like an Ugg, and feels like an Ugg, it may not be an Ugg. And, if you even think about buying fauxs, no matter how cheap they are, just imagine this face, judging you.