I was a fairly late convert to the Ugg craze. I thought they were hideous when I first saw them years ago. Who would wear such ugly shoes? They were right up there with Birkenstocks in my book. I finally caved about 4 years ago when I needed a new pair of slippers to wear around the house . I looked at a lot of different styles and fell in love with the Ugg Coquette. No, they are not cheap, but they are total heaven and if you take care of them they will last you for several years.
So, after wearing my slippers around the house (and occasionally out in public.....don't tell anyone!!!).... I thought that maybe I should look into getting a pair of Uggs to wear with jeans. I finally decided on a pair of Ugg minis since they were shorter and cuter than the classic Uggs. I was in love with them from the moment that I first put them on. Who cares if they look like some kind of shapeless space boot? They are so comfy and soft and they keep your feet nice and toasty. Now, I do draw the line on wearing them in the summer. Here in Texas it is just to hot and it would just look a little too weird.... but from September to about mid- April.... it is total Ugg time.
Last weekend I decided to clean out my shoe closet. When I got to my Uggs, I started to think that maybe it was time to get a new pair. They were starting to get a little stinky and ratty looking from the past two seasons of use and since I am a total rebel who refuses to purchase the cleaning products that shoe salesman always try to foist upon you.... the Uggs were just a little shabby looking. So, I sadly put them in the trash and went online to look into getting another pair.
Well, ladies and gentleman.... it appears that despite the best efforts of fashion magazines and style gurus telling us that Uggs are out... Uggs are still going strong and have actually gone up in price since I last bought a pair. The cheapest replacement pair I could find was about 20 dollars more than I paid for my last pair. Crap! So, I kept on googling and googling until I find an ongoing discussion about Ugg maintenance on a handbag worshippers board. Apparently you can "WASH" your Uggs !!!!! Who knew?????????
According to people who claim to have washed their Uggs and had them survive.... they come out clean and fresh and looking almost like new. I figured that since my Uggs were currently sitting in a trash bag... what would the harm be if I gave it a try. So I fished my Uggs out of the trash (one of them was now full of some old dry dog food that I had dumped in there :-O) and headed to the washing machine (you need to use a front loading machine.... according to those in the know, the regular top loading machines beat the crap out of them.)
I used a small amount of Woolite and a teensy amount of fabric softener. I knew I was running a bit of a risk with the fabric softener spotting the suede but I was willing to trade a little bit of "April freshness" for a few spots. I washed them on the delicate cycle and added an extra rinse cycle just in case there was any residue. I also added an old towel to the wash to kind of cushion the Uggs and keep them from getting so beat up. Make sure it is an old towel since some of the dye in the leather will come off and stain the towel in the process.
After they were finished washing, I threw the Uggs in the dryer on low/medium heat and sent them through one drying cycle ( about 45 minutes or so.) When I took them out of the dryer, they were still pretty wet on the outside and just slightly damp on the fleecy part. I took some wadded up paper towels and stuffed them inside of the Uggs and let them sit for about a day and a half to dry.
All in all they turned out looking pretty damn good considering that I had been about ready to throw them out. When I first put them on they were a little snug but they loosened up rather quickly. The fleecy part is soft and fluffy again... kind of like they were when they were new. The outside was not quite as soft as it had been originally but it still looked fine. I have noticed that the longer I wear them, the softer they get. They also smell much better too!
So.... if your Uggs are looking pretty ratty, try washing them. I can't guarantee that they will turn out as well as mine did but it is always worth a shot.