baby uggs sale How cheap imitation Ugg boots are ‘crippling’ a generation of fashion victim women
And a phrase has even been coined for the gait of devoted wearers the Ugg ‘shuffle’ which describes the lopsided, pigeon toed way in which cheap versions of the boots force women to walk.
Top brand Ugg Australia boots, which cost from 150, are worn by celebrities including Kate Moss and Cameron Diaz, sparking a craze for the flat, furry generic boots.
But low cost imitations often provide inadequate foot support.
With each step the wearer’s feet slide around. This can cause the feet to splay which flattens the foot arch and leads to wear and tear on the joints in the feet, knees, hips and back.
As a result leading podiatrist and chiropodists have seen a stark rise in the number of women suffering toe deformities, backache and pain in their feet.
They have expressed their concern and warned against children wearing the unsupported boots as their feet are still forming, increasing the risk of long term damage.
‘As the foot slides around,
you get wear and tear on the joints on the
inside of the foot. The ankle is in the wrong position, the thigh bone
also changes position and you get an abnormal movement in the pelvis,
which leads to back problems.’
However he agreed that cheap Uggs are fine to wear at home, but not for walking long distances.
While there is often little to visibly distinguish a well made pair of boots from a badly made pair, even brand leader Ugg Australia admits its boots are ‘comfort’ not ‘performance footwear’
and that buyers should be aware of ‘knock offs’ which lack reinforced
heels or insoles of their boots.’
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