Review: UGG Classic Mini II Boots

As I mentioned in my review of the UGG Ultra Mini Boots, the primary difference between the Classic Mini II and the Ultra Mini is the shaft height. As such, I’ve excerpted select sections from the earlier review.

Love it or hate it, in the land of “sensible” cold weather shoes, the UGG boot is king. Its revenue is growing despite the pandemic, bucking all retail trends, and it also just opened a flagship store in NYC, which is the ultimate sign of confidence.

It remains to be seen if the UGG renaissance signals a permanent shift: I have accepted Ugg boots as a comfort object, but I am not totally sold on them as a statement piece. That is why I only own “basic” Ugg boots (and linens). If you feel the same way, read on for a review of the UGG® Classic Mini II Boot, one of the brand’s bestsellers.

SEASONALITY

My first pairs of Uggs were the Classic Tall Boots, which, while warm, were somewhat cumbersome to wear and inconvenient to pull on or remove. The “Mini II” and “Ultra Mini” have proved more practical solutions for me.

But it’s important to remember that classic UGG shearling boots are not snow shoes (in fact, they were marketed to surfers) and are best suited for cold but dry conditions. In non-pandemic times, these boots are great to travel in, since they are rather light and cozy. Just as importantly, they pass as outdoor shoes, but are as comfortable and warm as slippers. These days, I have mostly been wearing my ugg boots as indoor shoes.

If you need something sturdier and that are made for harsher conditions or slush puddles, try the Ugg Adirondack Waterproof III Boots.

Between the Ultra Mini (3.75″ shaft) and the Mini (5″), I prefer the Mini, which works better with ankle socks, legging pants, and footless tights.

DETAILS/MATERIAL/WORKMANSHIP

UGG classic boots, including the Mini, have real shearling/leather uppers that are treated for water-repellence and stain-resistance, but the footbeds are lined in a material called UGGplush that’s 80% wool and 20% lyocell. The lining, which measures 17mm, is plush and warm.

My favorite detail on the Mini (which you will also find on the Ultra Mini but not on the taller styles) is the pull tabs on the back, which enable easy-on, easy-off.

The Ugg classic boot is easily identified by the tonal stitching on the exterior and the UGG labels at the heel. These boots are generally well made and, based on my experience, last between five to eight seasons; I normally only retire them when the lining starts to thin from (overzealously) cleaning the insoles.

It’s not a shoe without flaws, of course: The flat rubber outsole offers no arch support and also has no gripping lugs or special traction pattern that give you grip on slippery surfaces.

Furthermore, while these shoes have insoles that are somewhat breathable and have some antimicrobial properties, if your feet sweat, you’ll get more mileage out of your boots by wearing wool socks.

FIT

UGG classic boots are only offered in whole sizes and they have a forgiving round toe, so I would recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes and plan to wear these boots sockless. But if you have wide feet and/or plan to wear winter socks with your Uggs, then I would suggest ordering your normal size (or the next size up if you wear a half size).

ALTERNATIVES TO THE UGG MINI II

For dealing with shallow puddles, try the Hunter Original Refined Chelsea Waterproof Rain Boots with Welly Boot Socks. (For navigating muddy morasses, try the Hunter Tour Packable Waterproof Rain Boot with compatible Welly Boot Socks.) If you are looking for something heavier duty, try the Sorel Caribou Waterproof Boot or the UGG Adirondack III Boot, both of which have heavy rubber treads, and also provide warmth (the latter is lighter, but comes with a higher price tag).

PRICE

At $159.95, the UGG Mini II Boots are priced as an “accessible luxury”: they are within reach of middle class consumers, but don’t provide the best value. And the Mini is one of UGG’s bestsellers, so the “classic” colors almost never go on sale. If your want approaches a need, there’s probably no reason to wait for a sale.


Buy the UGG® Classic Mini II Shearling Lined Boots at Amazon, Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Shoes.com, UGG, Urban Outfitters, Walmart, Anthropologie, Macy’s, Belk, and Zappos.


Read my review of the UGG Ultra Mini Boots here.

UGG Mini Boots


Review: UGG Ultra Mini Classic Boots

UGG updated its popular Classic Mini Boot this fall with an even shorter shaft (just 3.75″ to the Mini II’s 5″ shaft) and called it the “Ultra Mini.” As a longtime Ugg enthusiast, I couldn’t resist ordering a pair of the new style, which is really just a cross between slippers and classic UGG boots, to try.

And now that I have been wearing them like house shoes for a few weeks, I think the time is ripe for a review. If you are in the market for new winter slippers that you might also wear outside after the pandemic, read on for the full review.

Use

It’s not controversial that UGGs aren’t the most attractive shoes (though the “Ultra Mini” is arguably the fairest of the classic UGG boots); but what they lack in style points, they make up for in exceptional comfort. Wearing boots with thick fluffy lining resembles walking barefoot on a sheepskin rug.

The classic UGG shearling boots are not snow shoes¹ and are best suited for cold but dry conditions. There are few traction patterns on the outsole so these boots are not designed for icy surfaces. In non-pandemic times, these boots are great for running errands, like going grocery shopping or doing other casual activities in controlled environments. These days, I have been wearing them primarily as indoor shoes.

Details/Material/Workmanship

UGG classic boots, including the Ultra Mini, have real shearling/leather uppers that are treated for water-repellence and stain-resistance, but the footbeds are lined² in a material called UGGplush that’s 80% wool and 20% lyocell³. The lining, which measures 17mm, is quite plush and warm.

My favorite detail on the Ultra Mini (which you will also find on the Classic Mini but not on the taller styles) is the rear pull tabs, which facilitate the on/off process.

The Ugg classic boot is easily identified by the tonal stitching on the exterior and UGG labels at the heel. They are generally well made and, based on my experience, last between five to eight seasons; I generally only retire them when the lining starts to thin from (overzealously) cleaning the insoles.

It’s not a shoe without flaws, of course: The flat rubber outsole offers no arch support and also, as noted earlier, has no gripping lugs or traction pattern.

UGG Mini Boots Review
Fit

UGG classic boots are only offered in whole sizes and they have a forgiving round toe, so I would recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes and plan to wear these boots sockless. But if you have wide feet and/or plan to wear winter socks with your Uggs, then I would suggest ordering your normal size (or the next size up if you wear a half size).

UGG Classic Short and Mini Boots Review
Alternatives to the Ugg Ultra Mini

Try the L.L.Bean Wicked Good Moccasins if you are looking for strictly slippers. And consider the Wooly Hobe (reviewed here) if you want a light(er)weight option that’s just as cozy.

Price

These slipper-boots are quite spendy at $139.95, but they are supposed to last several seasons, so the cost-per-wear may end up seeming reasonable. And the Ultra Mini has already proved popular, so there’s probably no reason to wait for a sale if you have an immediate use for them.

How celebrities wear the UGG Ultra Mini (Source: Daily Mail)

Buy the UGG Classic Ultra Mini Ankle Boot (currently available in three solid colorways: gray, black, and chestnut) at Amazon, ASOS, Dillard’s, FARFETCH, Nordstrom, Shoes.com, UGG, Urban Outfitters, and Zappos.


I initially planned to review all three short-form Ugg boots in the same post but that format proved confusing, so I decided to review them individually. I’ll be posting a review of the Classic Mini II Shearling Lined Boots later this month.


¹ Try the Ugg Adirondack III if you want something for harsher conditions and rougher terrains.

² The lining in Ugg classic boots is not removable.

³ Lyocell is a form of rayon.

⁴ The outsole is technically called “Treadlite by UGG™,” and is supposed to provide traction and cushioning, but this feature still doesn’t make this shoe suitable for icy surfaces.

⁵ Some fit guides suggest that these boots run half a size large, but I feel the fit differential is closer to a quarter of a size. If you are in between sizes but have slightly wider feet, ordering the next size up might be more comfortable than the alternative.


UGG® Australia Shoes & Accessories Sale

I want to say “thank you” (!) to all of you unflagging shoppers who keep sending in sale tips. December really is a glorious time to be a bargain hunter!

The UGG® Australia Classic Genuine Shearling Headphone Earmuffs that I wear everywhere in the winter (and that are rarely on sale) are 30% off at Nordstrom in three classic colors (including the light brown that I wore in the picture above; they are still full price here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). I also own them in black and they make traveling in the winter much more tolerable.

Also on sale are the Classic Short Boot, Classic Tall Boot, and Bailey Button Boot

Uggs are rarely on sale because demand typically outstrips supply and Ugg’s parent company actively enforces their minimum advertised price agreements (kudos to the Deckers team and its partner retailers for keeping the long run in perspective) so that a number of major retailers all of a sudden started offering moderate discounts (still no fire sale) on perennial styles is curious. My suspicion that the unseasonably warm winter we’ve seen in some parts of the world has negatively affected sales seems confirmed by the rumor that Ugg’s parent company lowered the MAP on some styles. This same article also noted that some classic UGG styles will be “refreshed” in 2016. I can’t wait for what the new year will bring (or what Deckers’ annual report will reveal).
In the meantime, I will be stocking up on cold weather accessories in the event that 2016 turns out to be a much cooler year.

Current Favorites

This practical and travel-friendly jewelry pouch is among my favorite purchases this year; it is perfect for holding all of my gold rings as well as bracelets and necklaces of all lengths. I plan to gift this jewelry travel pouch (25% off today with code STOCKED) to a group of girlfriends this holiday season.

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A moderate amount of exercise is the key to my getting a good night’s sleep; as the weather cools and the days get shorter, the FlexiSpot Desk Cycle has made it easy for me to get my legs moving on days when I am glued to my screen for work. And the assembly process (if you can even call it that, the bike more or less ships complete) was a breeze.

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One new product that I added to my skincare routine this year is this super affordable The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 serum, which I use immediately after face-washing and before applying a night cream. It adequately hydrates my dry and sensitive skin without causing any irritation.

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As enthusiastic as I am about the countless pairs of block-heeled ankle boots in my possession that I can’t wait to wear more of this fall, I have started to look ahead to the bitterly cold winter days ahead. On cold but dry days, I will be living in UGG Classic Boots in different shaft heights, but I have also added a few UGG slippers that can be worn outside the house without inviting looks of concern, like the Neumel Boot and UGG Diara Slipper pictured above. (I will be reviewing both in more detail in a separate post.)

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Ways to Wear a Shacket

Ways to Wear a Shacket

The “shacket”–a portmanteau of shirt and jacket–is less a hybrid of the two, and more a catchall term for buttoned garments that straddle the public and the private.

Just as pandemic blur erased the line between days and months, gone is the practical difference between a shirt and a jacket. If you never leave the house, eventually everything becomes innerwear. And who even has the mental bandwidth to draw that distinction anymore?

This style of jacket (or shirt, take your pick) is hardly new, but has renewed importance during a pandemic, when the essential component of fashion is comfort and versatility.

So that’s how the shacket captures the zeitgeist: it’s a piece that can be worn just as easily (and chicly) over a soft tank top on a warmish day, as it can be worn under a heavier coat on a cold day.

A shacket can do it all. And it can be many things: it’s an oversized flannel shirt, or a lighter jacket that front fastens with buttons. Whatever you call it, it’s the thing that you’ll reach to wear with your worn-in leggings or shredded joggers.


An aside: What to look for in a good shacket.

A versatile shacket is mid-weight, so the material should have structure, but it should also have some drape. The cut should be relaxed and fit somewhat oversized, but the sleeves and torso needn’t be too wide, to allow for the piece to be easily layered. You want to be able to pull up the sleeves, but not necessarily be able to roll the sleeves to your elbow.

Below are a few shackets for those of you in the market for one:


LAYERS LAYERS LAYERS

For no fuss, no muss vibes, pair your shacket with a hooded sweater, legging pants, and some comfy low-top sneakers.

And for a casual but still styled look, try it with a graphic tee, skinny jeans, and lace-up combat boots.

A BALANCED SILHOUETTE

A shacket is necessarily oversized, so balance out the bulk with close-fitting bottoms. Pair it with your favorite pair of leggings and a crop top to add an undone vibe, or dust off your legging jeans and tall boots to achieve a slightly more polished look.

UNBUTTONED

One easy way to inject gamine insouciance into any basic outfit is to finish it with a shacket. Add a shacket to the humble white-tee-and-jeans base. Or top your favorite sweater dress with this perfect layering piece.

Left: SA106 Oversized Cat Eye Sunglasses || Banana Republic Oversized Reversible Shirt Jacket in White (Size XXS) || Forever 21 Chunky Knit Sweater Dress (past season) || Prada Medium Saffiano Lux Tote in Caramel (reviewed here) || Marc Fisher Mfescape Riding Boot

Center: SA106 Oversized Cat Eye Sunglasses || Banana Republic Oversized Reversible Shirt Jacket in White (Size XXS) || Zipia Lace Top (past season; similar here) || Chanel Cerf Tote (buy pre-owned here)|| YSL Skirt (past season; similar here) || Via Spiga Adrinna Mid Calf Boot (past season; similar here)

Right: SA106 Oversized Cat Eye Sunglasses || Banana Republic Oversized Reversible Shirt Jacket in White (Size XXS) || Banana Republic Flare-Sleeve Sweater Dress in Golden Toffee (size XSP) || Rebecca Minkoff Mini Affair Bag (reviewed here) || Via Spiga Adrinna Mid Calf Boot (past season; similar here)


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Ways to Style a Shirt Jacket


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