Are You Safe With Your Ugg Boots Or Slippers?

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Are your ugg boots safe | Sutherland Podiatry Centre

Over the last few weeks we have been seeing injuries due to poor joggers or inappropriate footwear for exercising. The latest culprit for injuries now are Ugg boots or slippers.

With a lot of people still working from home, and the weather now getting colder, more people are wearing Ugg boots or slippers around the house.  We are seeing a lot more people having falls due to the soft uppers and soles which have no proper structure.

Online retailers have seen a huge spike in sales of slippers and ugg boots over the past few weeks.  One online retailer here in Australia saw a 1500 percent increase in slipper sales over the pandemic.  That’s a lot of slippers.

We usually see the increase in the incidence of falls due to slippers every winter, but this year with the pandemic we are seeing a lot more of these injuries.  My own mother-in-law had a big fall last week from wearing her slippers and tripping in them.

Now I get it with the comfort, I personally wear Ugg boots and love them as they keep my feet warm during these cold months. But (yes, you knew there had to be a ‘but’ here), I don’t wear them all day around the house.

Ugg boots and slippers are only supposed to be worn at night when you have retired for the day, and watching the TV. They are not built for walking around all day in them.  The upper of the shoe is soft, so after a lot of wear, you slides around in them.  The soling material is usually soft and wears fast and becomes distorted quickly.  These two things in combination means that the ugg or slipper can slide, or slip around your foot, which encourages falls.  How many times have you tripped because of your slippers or ugg boots. If you are honest, I bet you remember a few times this has happened.

Overall, as a Podiatrist, I don’t encourage people to wear slippers or ugg boots around the house. If you have to stay home for long periods, I would recommend you wear a jogger, or some lace up shoe for support, protection and reduce your risk of falls.

So stay safe, wear the right shoe for the right job, as a simple fall can cause a lot of major problems for you!

The Team From Sutherland Podiatry Centre

5 Comments. Leave new

  • Sheila Graham
    August 15, 2021 8:14 pm

    My uggs have tripped me more than a few times because of that front ridge on them being so big. It just happened again yesterday which is why I was Googling UGGS tripping people.. My knees are ruined and I have a lump bigger than a golf ball on my forehead.
    I’m in so much pain from the fall after waking up, I can’t hardly move.
    I was very lucky not to fall in the traffic, I just missed it.
    My knees are completely dislocated and the hospitals are saturated with covid so I didn’t dare go to emergency room.
    They are the only thing I can wear because of a metatarsal problem, but I guess I’m going to have to find a different boot.
    But it will not reverse the damage that’s been done???

  • Ugg slippers are so
    Slippery on a wet floor.
    Just out of hospital , had surgery for a shattered patella due to slipping
    In ugg slippers

  • Maria Angelica Toloza
    January 14, 2022 5:31 am

    Sorry about this fall, I had a fall also with my new UGG boots, ended up in the ER with a fracture on my elbow, why are these boots still in the market?

  • Lorraine C
    May 5, 2022 8:13 am

    I tripped on a curb in my parking lot and fractured my left ankle in 3 places and got a hairline fracture on my right foot. I was told it was the type of injury you would expect from a car accident. Very bad. Yes, I was wearing Uggs boots and the 1st time I tripped, I was going up stairs outside but didn’t hurt myself. This 2nd time was really bad and I was sent to Shock Trauma at Univ. of MD Hospital where I had to have surgery. I really feel that these Uggs boots are the culprit because there’s no support in them. I really like how they feel but now I’m too afraid to wear them again and I have 3 pairs. I was stepping down from the curb so not sure why/how I tripped but it felt like one foot got stuck on the cement and I fell forward as I was in motion. This has been a nightmare for me; not being able to walk in 2.5 months so far.
    Not sure what’s in store for me on 5/11 when I go back to see the surgeon but hopefully I’ll be able to walk again even it it’s in a walking boot. Anyway, Uggs needs to figure out a way to give some support to the foot or there may be law suits in the future. Just my 2 cents worth.

  • I use archline orthotic slippers which have a grippy sole and arch support.


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