UGGs Can Be Terrible for Your Feet—Here Are 7 Pairs That Are Nearly Identical and Have a Podiatrist's Approval
It’s cozy season, which means sandals are out and plush shearling and soft suede boots and slippers are in. If you’re like us and have a life-long love for UGG (seriously, we still have a pair from high school that we refuse to let go of) but need something with more arch support, you can still get that iconic winter shoe vibe but with more orthotics-worthy soles via a well-constructed UGG dupe.
For snuggly and comfortable vibes this winter, we tapped Lalitha McSorley, a physical therapist who specializes in foot injuries and function at Brentwood Physio for her expertise on UGG dupes. Find her tips for finding supportive UGG dupes, plus our top picks, ahead.
The Best UGG Dupes, at a Glance
How to Find UGG Dupes With Support
The plush shearling of an UGG dupe might add to the shoes overall toastiness, but, according to McSorley, the added cushion doesn’t cut it when it comes to excellent foot support. “The forces that go through your foot when you are walking are really significant—usually 2-3 times your body weight,” McSorley explains. “Only ridged or touch materials will withstand these forces,” she adds.
With this in mind, McSorley says it’s vital to inspect your UGG dupes to ensure they will give you enough support, since shearling isn’t going to cut it. When examining an UGG dupe (or any shoe for that matter), McSoreley says to look at the sole of the shoe. “It should be quite stiff in the middle and more flexible near the toes,” she explains. To test for this, she says you can simply grab the heel of the shoe, then push the toe part of the shoe into the ground. “If the shoe collapses, it does not have enough support,” she notes.
No matter if a shoe features good arch support or not, McSorley says the addition of insoles and orthotics can make your UGG and your UGG dupes all the more supportive. And, there’s good news: She says you don’t necessarily need custom orthotics. Instead, she recommends purchasing a pair of SOLE Active Thick Shoe Insoles, $55 (which she recommends to all of her patients) and slipping them into the shoe. “They will help by controlling the alignment of your foot, preventing abnormal motion by changing where the pressure is distributed.”
The 7 Best UGG Dupes That Give Tons of Support for Your Soles
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