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How to Spot Fake Uggs

By jane baron Published 10/8/2009 | Shopping
Believe it or not, a “Made in China” label is actually a good sign on a pair of genuine Ugg boots.  The shoes are, in fact, made in China by Deckers Inc. (an American company) as of several years ago.  Classic and Short Uggs should both sport “Made in China” labels.  A “Made in New Zealand” label actually may be a sign that the Uggs are fake.  The only exceptions are Ugg Nightfall, Ugg Sundance and Ugg Ultra boots.

Price is one of the primary factors when determining a fake. You should be paying around 150 dollars for a pair of genuine Deckers Uggs.  Unfortunately for those of you hoping to strike a bargain, a 70 percent off sale on Deckers Uggs should be regarded extremely suspiciously.  Genuine Ugg boots are made with high quality materials and have a price to match.  If you are lucky enough to buy a pair of discount Uggs secondhand, the boots will most likely have a cut label indicating that they are not new.  They should still meet all the other criteria listed in this article.  

Each pair of genuine Deckers Uggs should come with a little booklet explaining exactly how to care for your new sheepskin boots.  If your Uggs fail to come with a booklet, chances are they are fakes.  However, there are some quite impressive counterfeit booklets to go along with the counterfeit Uggs.  In this case, make sure that the titles in the booklet are embossed or raised.  

Uggs are made from real sheepskin.  You should be able to tell real wool from synthetic wool by touch and even smell.  Fake sheepskin is not as soft as real sheepskin.  It also is not as durable.  If you rub the fur around the collar of your Uggs, and it comes out easily or starts to disintegrate, you may have a pair of fakes on your hands.  Do not be afraid to use your sense of smell to sniff out a fake.  The shoes should smell like, well, sheepskin!  And unless manufacturers are spraying their fake Uggs with sheepskin perfume, plastic does not smell anything like the real thing.  Also, any scent of glue or chemicals should be regarded suspiciously.  

Two final details are important only because they occur frequently among counterfeit Uggs.  Deckers Inc. does not make Ugg shoes in a color called “camel”.  So don’t buy a camel-colored Ugg!  Also, all tags on Deckers Inc. Uggs are white, never blue.