In 1978, Brian Smith, a young Australian surfer, brought a few pairs of hand-stitched sheepskin boots to the U.S. The boots were common on the beaches of Australia; he thought they might be a good fit for the American market. His first trip to New York was a bust, but on the shores of Southern California, he managed to sell 48 pairs of boots. The Southern California surf scene caught on to the comfort, style and fit of these warm sheepskin boots. They're perfect for wearing just out of the water—they slide right on, protecting your feet without socks. Even in warm weather, the natural insulation provided by the sheepskin keeps your feet cool and dry. Soon everyone wanted a pair, and the brand took off. Prized by athletes, celebrities and everyday people everywhere, the brand now offers casual footwear, slippers and other all-weather products in addition to their signature boots. Once you wear UGG® footwear, you're hooked. They're original, authentic and the ultimate in fashionable comfort.