They’re a celeb favourite, but apparently Ugg-style boots could be damaging your feet, legs, hips and pelvis!
According to experts from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, these type of boots don’t always have the support that your foot needs – and this can have an effect on other parts of your body.
Podiatric surgeon Trevor Prior said: ‘When you wear this style of boot, both your ankle and foot slide around unsupported. This can have a knock on effect to your leg, hip or pelvis. Over time, this could potentially lead to back problems and wear and tear on the joints on the inside of the foot.’
So, does this mean we all have to throw our Ugg boots and similar styles out? Thankfully not!
According to Trevor, it’s fine to wear them ‘in moderation’ – but if you’re going to be walking around for a long time, it might be best to wear a more supportive shoe.
Trevor said: ‘Some Ugg boots are more supportive than others so if you do want to wear this type of shoe, opt for versions with reinforced support in the heel and around the ankle. We’re not saying that women shouldn’t wear these boots, but that they should be aware of the impact that they could be having on their feet.’
Ugg Australia say their boots are made with high quality materials which supports the foot and ankle, and are warning people to be aware of cheap imitation Ugg boots.