The demand for lambskin ‘Ugg’ boots is ‘causing a mini-revolution in the young fashion world’, according to this classic newsreel from 1971. Narrator Kevin Golsby is talking about Ugg boots or Uggs, long before the winter boots were a must-have accessory for celebrity fashionistas and starlets. ‘We called them Uggs because they were ugly’, says Shane Stedman today. He popularised them in Australia and is filmed for the newsreel.
The newsreel footage from the NFSA collection shows a young Stedman and his workers at Keith Pardon’s factory in Botany, New South Wales where the boots were manufactured. We see workers lay out and cut lamb skins before they are sewn together with soles glued in place. At the time 1500 pairs were sold each week.