It took some research to figure this out..So, here’s what I found out.
First, you have to decide what is ‘real’ uggs to you. Is it the American brand “Ugg America” with the big ‘G’ in the middle of the label or Australian made uggs by any local Australian brand?
So as mentioned, Ugg Australia is an American footwear company that was originally created by an Australian surfer in 1978..you could read the full story here.
The concept of ‘Ugg’ boots was originally from Australia and New Zealand. The boots originated in these countries, initially as utilitarian footwear worn for warmth and comfort and later adopted by surfers there during the 1960s. In the 1970s, the boots were introduced to the surf culture of the United Kingdom and the United States by local surfers returning from surfing competitions in Australia. Ugg boots emerged as a fashion trend in the United States in the late 1990s and as a world-wide trend in the mid 2000s, yet in Australia they are worn predominantly as slippers and associated with “daggy” fashion sense, and “bogan” culture. – Wikipedia In other words, you don’t see many Australian wearing Uggs on the streets. They are more popular in the other parts of the world!
So, here you have to decided..do you want the BRAND or just the type of boots that is made of Australian sheep skin with fleece on the inside? The styles are the same.
If you’ve decided the BRAND, then you could find the store at 350 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 or in any other countries or online. The prices are not any cheaper in Sydney than anywhere else in the world though. They are an American Brand with the boots made in China.
If you’ve decided the type of boots, “Ugg”, then you have several choices in Sydney. In my four months stay in Sydney, I had decided to go with the Australian made boots and determined to buy the cheapest possible without sacrificing the sheepskin/fleece quality. Whether I succeeded or not, who knows but I now leave Australia..having bought 5 pairs of Uggs, none of which were even my own but now I have a happy mom, aunts and cousins. (I had actually done the research, Ugg Australia vs. Australian made, a year ago and bought my own first pair of Australian made uggs online and shipped it to a friend, who was in Australia at the time for free shipping. Overall, I was happy with the product and the online buying experience). If online is not an option for you though, I’ve discovered two good stores in Sydney. One is around Circular Quay at the corner of Alfred and Pitt street, right beside Starbucks. Although they don’t have a vast variety of styles, they had the good prices and good quality sheepskin/fleece ugg boots. The other store is in Darling Harbour mall on the second floor, above the Hard Rock café. They have a good variety and good price compared to the other stores on the first floor. If you want to go even cheaper and bypass some quality aspects, I suggest Paddy’s Market, which is also great for cheap souvenirs! (I couldn’t find uggs at normal shoe stores..they are truly geared to tourists.) 🙂