Overland & Sheepskin Boots
For decades, sheepskin boots have been to Australian heritage what cowboy
boots have been to the American West. When it comes to sheepskin boots, you
can count on Overland for the very best.
Perhaps you're on the lookout for "just the right pair" that
will fit you (and your style!) perfectly. Or maybe you're interested
in learning how to keep your newest UGG Australia™ or Overland
sheepskin boots looking fresh. Perhaps you'd like to find out more about the
and styles in sheepskin and shearling boots available today. Either way, you
can count on Overland for the very best. After all, we've been providing
customers with only the highest-quality sheepskin and shearling products since
The Cabin Slipper - 1974
boots and Overland go a long way back. In 1973, Overland's founder, Jim
Leahy, hand-stitched his first sheepskin coat. About a year later, seeing how
popular the plush, luxurious coats were, he decided to design and handcraft
an all-sheepskin boot. In his small workshop in Taos, he brought his vision
to life — hand-cutting fine Australian sheepskin, stitching it together,
and adding cowhide soles to create the perfect soft-soled sheepskin boot. He
named the inventive style the Cabin Slipper.
The Apache Boot - 1974
later, seeking a more rugged, outdoor style, Jim handcrafted another sheepskin
boot, this time finishing by fashioning rubber soles by hand and meticulously
gluing them to the boot's bottom. He called this style the Apache, and
its extreme popularity launched an Overland line of quality sheepskin boots — some
with laces, some with fur, and all with the signature Overland comfort, quality,
and style. Ahead of his time, Jim's sheepskin boots bear a striking resemblance
to the current-day UGG boots now popular the world over.
Overland Sheepskin Boots & Slippers - Circa 1980
Why Sheepskin Boots?
Most folks find that once they've taken a few steps in a pair of quality sheepskin boots, it's hard to live without them! Lightweight and luxuriously
supple, sheepskin is one of nature's softest, most comfortable fibers.
Its soft wool is naturally thermostatic, which means feet stay toasty warm
in winter, and cool during summer months. Sheepskin naturally wicks away moisture
and allows air to circulate all year round.
Remarkably, sheepskin can keep bare feet comfortable in temperatures as low
as -30F and as high as 80F. It's also naturally water resistant, and
small amounts of moisture will not seep through or cause damage.
As stylish as they are practical, sheepskin boots have been around for decades,
and they're now one of the hottest trends in fashion. These days, you'll
see UGG Australia sheepskin boots on men,
women, kids, babies, and especially teens and college students in cities all
across the world. UGG Boots are particularly popular in the Hollywood set as
well, and top actors like Pamela Anderson, Kate Hudson, and Sienna Miller are
sporting the signature UGG Australia brand.
The History of UGG Australia Boots — A 25-Year Legacy
The wildly popular UGG boot
back in 1978, when a young Australian surfer named Brian Smith traveled
to California with a backpack full of homemade sheepskin boots. The comfy,
versatile boots were a near-instant hit on the West Coast, where surfers
lauded them for their easygoing great looks, year-round comfort and durability.
Quite by coincidence, Smith's sheepskin boots bore a striking resemblance
to those designed by Overland founder Jim Leahy in the '70s — sometimes,
great trends catch on worldwide without designers even communicating!
Smith marketed his terrific sheepskin boots under the term "Ugg"
- an affectionate Australian slang word for "ugly".
As the months and years passed,
Smith's stylish sheepskin UGG boots grew in popularity, and the
UGG Australia name was officially born. By 1998, the
UGG name had grown from one humble sheepskin boot to include two classic
sheepskin boots, four slippers, and some casual styles as well.
In 2000, Oprah Winfrey came across a pair of UGG Australia Ultra Boots, and she was so impressed that she outfitted her
entire staff of 350 with the boots and featured them on her "Oprah's
Favorite Things" show. The TV star later featured UGG a subsequent two times on her show, and the UGG boot officially became
name in America.
Today, UGG Australia
offers UGG boots for women and men plus women's UGG shoes, sheepskin slippers, handbags and accessories,
plus a charming line of UGG for kids and babies. You'll find UGG's
terrific sheepskin, leather, and suede styles everywhere these days — from
beachfronts, ski resorts, dance clubs, and city streets worldwide to
the runways of Milan, Paris, and New York.
Many of UGG Australia's popular styles are also available at Overland
stores and here on
our website. When shopping for UGG boots, look to Overland for all
the hottest Women's, Men's, and Kids'
UGG Australia footwear on
What to Wear with Sheepskin Boots
Now that you've learned more about the history and types of sheepskin
boots on the market, let's talk about how to wear them. The sheepskin boot's relaxed, casual
style lends itself to easy coordinating with all manner of clothing. The Classic
Short and Classic Tall UGG Boots are particularly versatile
styles. Girls and women tend to pair sheepskin boots with just about everything.
From jeans and cords to bikinis & beach wraps, shorts, long skirts and minis, anything
goes with sheepskin boots! This comfy, easygoing style is particularly fetching
with miniskirts — whether you go bare-legged or in tights. Men typically
wear their sheepskin boots — UGG or otherwise — with jeans and
t-shirts, or chinos and long-sleeved shirts for a more upscale look.
Cleaning & Caring for Sheepskin Boots
With proper care and cleaning, a pair of UGG Australia sheepskin boots can bring you years of comfort, style and enjoyment.
To help keep your sheepskin boots ship-shape, please read our complete cleaning and care instructions for UGG Australia and sheepskin boots.
We hope you've found this information helpful! Ready to find your perfect pair of sheepskin boots now?
Shop our extensive UGG Australia collection,
or visit one of our 13 Overland stores and try them on for yourself.