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NEW YORK Take that, trend watchers: Ugg Australia’s now classic boots in their comfy, cozy glory are going strong after 35 years, having just celebrated their anniversary this month at all of the company owned stores.

The sort of clunky sheepskin boots have been declared “in” and they’ve been called “out” many times over. They’ve been knocked off even more. But their loyal fans keep buying them.

“Have you ever tried one on? If you did, you’d know,” said Tacey Powers, national merchandise manager for Nordstrom. “They are part of the everyday wardrobe. You own a sneaker, you own a flip flop, you own an Ugg.”

The original boot style is still the most popular, but Ugg has branched out to include more fashion y silhouettes and loungewear. Home products such as blankets and decorative pillows will be offered this Christmas season. Almost every item is touched, even if it’s hidden at the base of the heel, by the signature sheepskin lining.

“You have to be comfortable in Ugg. You have to feel good. Our tag line is, ‘Feels like nothing else.’ We want them to be the go to pair in your closet for everything,” said Ugg Australia President Connie Rishwain. “We don’t want to be the pretty pair you never wear.”

The peak of Ugg’s pop culture trendiness was in the early 2000s, when Hollywood starlets made them part of their uniform with short denim miniskirts. Never mind that they were cruising the sunny beaches of Malibu, Calif.

Now it’s evolved into a “Goldie Hawn in Aspen look,” said Adam Glassman, creative director at O, The Oprah Magazine, and that’s how you should wear them: with leggings and a long sweater, or jeans and a fur trimmed parka. Or like you just don’t care.

“Ignore the rest of your outfit. It’s nearly impossible to build an outfit around them,” he said.

However, don’t wear them with socks. They were particularly popular with male surfers.

But Deckers Outdoor Corp. bought Ugg in 1995 and saw its potential with young women. “We inherited its inventory and its customers,” said Rishwain, “but what blew my mind was the sell through. We were pretty much a fourth quarter brand, but it pretty much sold out year round.”

Ugg wasn’t going to be a one hit wonder, however, said Rishwain, who has been with the brand since the Deckers deal. With success came a confidence to create clogs, slippers and the cardigan knit boots that are almost as popular as the original. Since the line isn’t dictated by “trends,” shoppers come back for the same thing over and over again. She compares it to a favorite running shoe.

Also, notes Powers, people always refer to the brand name it’s never the fuzzy moonboot or shearling slipper. The products are pricey, she allows, but she has no complaint about quality or cut corners. “It’s totally consumer driven. Every high end designer has done a version of Uggs in his or her own line.”

He counted three pairs in his office the other day and it’s only October. “I am probably the only person in fashion who’ll tell you how much they love their Uggs,” he said.

Not true, actually. In previous interviews over the past year, Rachel Zoe and Michael Kors have sung their praises. And it’s always a similar tune: They are for the moments when comfort counts and conditions allow.

They’re not really for the times when you’re making a major fashion statement, but how many of those do you really have?

Glassman recalls a glitzy black tie event during a snowstorm. “Everyone was so glammed up, but I was tired of ruining my fancy and expensive shoes, ruining my pants. I brought a little shopping bag with my tuxedo shoes, I switched them inside and checked in my Uggs at the coat check. It was a little awkward a little Melanie Griffith in ‘Working Girl’ but when we left, it was still snowing. I changed again, walked outside, and everyone said, ‘Wow, you were the smartest guy here.'”
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ugg care kit uk Annapolis native killed in Nevada flight crash remembered as humble

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Air Force pilot and Annapolis native who died Tuesday in a crash in Nevada was both a dedicated service member and a dedicated father and son, loved ones said Saturday.

Lt. Col. Pacific Time Tuesday while flying an undisclosed aircraft during a training mission on the Nevada Test and Training Range, about 100 miles northwest of Nellis Air Force Base, officials said in a statement. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Schultz was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base at the time and living with his wife and children in Henderson, Nevada, a friend and fellow veteran Mike Whitehead said.

Schultz’s father Larry Schultz and Whitehead described him as humble, caring and curious. or a pilot,” Schultz said.

Before joining the Air Force he was a senior scientist and business development manager at the Pratt Whitney Seattle Aerosciences Center and a rotary wing flight test engineer at the Naval Air Warfare Center, according to the obituary.

In the military he flew more than 210 missions flight testing the F 35 and CF 18. His military experience included a role as the Director of Operations and Exchange Officer for the Canadian Forces Flight Test Center, and systems engineering work for the Airborne Laser program.

He also served in Afghanistan, where he flew an F 15E in more than 50 close air support combat missions.

“He loved the hell out of flying,” Whitehead said.

Whitehead met Schultz, who he called “Doc,” in Guam in 2005 as part of the 391st Fighter Squadron during an exercise/deployment, and then flew along side him at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho for two years. Schultz’s role as a mentor to others continued in his service. He was always eager to help and pass along information, and many young pilots sought his advice, Whitehead said.

Whitehead said Schultz was calm, thoughtful, and well versed in tactics. He always had a good attitude, and an ability to calm down a situation to achieve the desired goal.

When Schultz was a captain, he was given the duties of a major, Whitehead said. He was promoted ahead of peers.

“He had so much talent and capability that he got leaned on pretty heavily pretty early,” Whitehead said.

Schultz’s love for aeronautics was life long. He earned his private pilot’s license at the age of 19, his father said. Air Force.

Once in the Air Force he advanced to test pilot school as quickly as possible, Whitehead said, earning entrance in about four and a half years, when it would normally take about eight. Test pilot school is one of the typical stepping stones on the path to becoming an astronaut, Whitehead said. But the dream of becoming an astronaut was never realized. essentially shut down,” Whitehead said.

There was one thing that trumped his love for country, Whitehead said his love for friends and family.

Eric Schultz and his wife Julie Schultz were married in 2012, his father said. He was a father to five children, four from his wife’s previous marriage as well as their own daughter, who is now four.

“Every minute of every day that he could be with them and help the children and mentor them and be a real good dad he was there,” his father said.

And no matter where he was in the world, he came home for Christmas.

The family also attended Navy football games, including matches against the Air Force.

“He wouldn’t admit it, but he rooted just as hard for the home town team,” his father said.

The family had planned to attend the next match between Navy and Air Force, scheduled for Oct. 7.

Schultz, who now lives in Centreville with his wife Linda, said since his son’s death they have heard from so many people, even those who knew him decades ago, that they can’t keep up with the messages.

“He found a way to touch everybody in such as way that they don’t forget it,” he said.

Schultz’s funeral will be held Sept. 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada. His father said they are planning a celebration of life in Maryland as well, at a to be determined date.
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