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Don't Waste Your Money: Watch out for fake $100 UGG boots

By John Matarese - bio |email

(WTOL) - UGG boots -- or "UGGS" as they are commonly called -- are all the rage these days. The Australian sheepskin boots are soft, trendy, and expensive. 

But as one Cincinnati-area woman learned, cheap imitation rip-offs are popping up everywhere.

Kerry Dalton wanted to buy UGG boots for her daughter, but didn't want to pay $140 or more at department stores. So she found an online UGG store offering big discounts.

She said "I found a site, it looked legitimate, and they said 100% Australian made."  So she paid $80 plus shipping. 

But a few weeks later, Kerry received a tattered brown box, mailed directly from China.

Inside there was no UGG box, and no clear plastic bag liner. It simply contained two of the thinnest, most poorly made boots she had ever seen. 

The logos were crooked, the soles, thin, stiff, and missing the familiar indentations. 

She felt the soles and said "all of this is recessed, where in the real UGGS it's raised." 

Adding insult, the instruction sheet even contained several misspellings. It said "avoid leaving boots on furnirure (sic)," instead of "furniture."

Women across the country are reporting similar stories online of paying $75 or more for counterfeits, worth maybe 20 bucks at most. 

Lisa Straub is another who fell for the ruse. She received fakes that smelled of dye and were covered with glue. 

Lisa said "you can smell the dye they used to cover the artificial material. On the side, you can see the glue they used to attach it to the sole. On the real UGGS those are stitched." 

Neither Lisa nor Kerry were able to return their boots, as the online stores they bought from disappeared.

So don't let this happen to you: Be suspicious of all discount UGG boots online. 

Real UGGS:

  • Are made of high quality sheepskin
  • Have wool linings
  • Have thick, rugged, yet flexible soles
  • Have a silver hologram label attached (as of October 2010).
  • They can be made in Australia, New Zealand, or China, so don't be alarmed by a China label, however.

For an in-depth report listing more warning signs of a fake, click here.

Bottom line: In the US, UGG is a brand name. Any other boots calling themselves UGGS are considered counterfeit. 

Watch John Matarese's Don't Waste Your Money reports Monday, Wednesday and Friday on WTOL 11 News at 5.

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