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Shepherd, Surfer, Starlet: Who's to thank (or blame) for uggs?
by Staff
Uggs -- fleece-lined sheepskin boots -- got their name for being perhaps more functional than aesthetic. An unlikely haute couture trend of the 1990s spawned from handmade surfer wear, uggs have since been adopted by people of all ages all over the world. But how much do you know about uggs' history -- and can you tell the difference between an UGG, an ugg and a fake UGG?

What's up with the caps lock term "UGG"?

  • People who really, really like their boots capitalize the spelling of their name.
  • It's auto correct's fault.
  • It's a trademarked brand name.

In what country did ugg boots first become popular?

  • China
  • Australia
  • the United States

Which celebrity helped make UGG Australia's boots popular in the U.S.?

  • Wayne Brady
  • Pamela Anderson
  • George Clooney

Who was the first U.S. spokesperson for UGG Australia?

  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Pamela Anderson
  • Rush Limbaugh

What is a "classic" UGG Australia boot?

  • a rare vintage UGG boot
  • the original UGG design
  • an UGG boot worn with jeans that are tucked into the boot

Which talk show host caused a stir when she bought 350 pairs of UGG boots for her staff?

  • Barbara Walters
  • Julie Chen
  • Oprah Winfrey

Who wore some of the earliest recorded sheepskin boots?

  • shepherds
  • Madonna
  • trapeze artists

Counterfeit UGGs are often made from what material?

  • paper
  • sheepskin
  • cowhide

What's the best way to keep uggs clean?

  • Apply a waterproof spray before wearing them for the first time.
  • Only wear them indoors on carpeted surfaces.
  • Avoid puddles and mosh pits.

In what way is sheepskin different from synthetic materials?

  • There are no differences.
  • Sheepskin is a natural, breathable material that keeps the feet warm and dry.
  • Sheepskin is waterproof.

Why do some health professionals contend that ugg boots are bad for wearers' feet?

  • The boots don't provide much foot and ankle support.
  • Sometimes people don't wear socks with uggs.
  • Only athletic shoes are good for the feet.

True or False: If your uggs get dirty, just can just toss them in the washing machine.

  • 1
  • 0

What do surfers have to do with uggs?

  • They made fun of people who wore ugg-style boots.
  • They helped create a cult-like following for ugg-style boots.
  • They assembled ugg-style boots in their spare time to earn travel money.

Who trademarked the first ugg-related terms?

  • Jeremy Irons
  • Stedman Graham
  • Shane Stedman

Before buying a fledgling ugg-style boot company from a surfer in 1995, what was Deckers Outdoor Corp. known for?

  • Teva sandals
  • athletic sneakers
  • surfboards

In 2010, how much of Deckers Outdoor Corp.'s revenue was garnered from the UGG brand?

  • 18 percent
  • 34 percent
  • 87 percent

What are two other generic terms for ugg boots?

  • furry ugly
  • ug or ugh
  • flying uggly

In how many countries does Deckers Outdoor Corp. own the trademark to the word "ugg"?

  • more than 100 and counting
  • 15 and counting
  • six

UGG Australia uses mostly Australian sheepskin for its boots, but where are the boots made?

  • Australia
  • Southern California
  • China

The UGGs you just ordered online arrived at your doorstep. What's the first sign that they're authentic?

  • The box has a reflective sticker with a sun logo that changes from black to white when held at an angle.
  • The box has the UGG Australia logo printed on it.
  • The box is made of recycled materials.