Why Do UGGs Lean to One Side?

UGG boots have been a constant favorite choice of footwear for the last few years. They’re incredibly comfortable and can be worn year-round. Even then, UGG owners might ask at one point, “Why do my UGGs lean to one side?”

UGGs tend to lean to one side because the sheepskin material they’re made of doesn’t stand like other shoe materials do. Don’t worry if your UGGs boots start leaning to one side as this is perfectly normal. 

In this article, I’ll explain why sheepskin tends to fold over one way. After reading, you’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of how sheepskin works as footwear and what to expect from it.

Sheepskin as Footwear Material

UGG Women's Bailey Button Triplet II Winter Boot, Grey, 5 B US

UGG Women's Bailey Button Triplet II Winter Boot

Long before the advent of UGG boots, sheepskin had already been a popular choice for footwear. This is in large part due to the nature of the material. Boot World explains that sheepskin has been used for thousands of years as footwear thanks to how easily it molds to our feet. Plus, the material is quite comfortable–as many UGG owners can attest.

UGG’s flexibility leads to the sheepskin in the boots naturally folding over time. Since they lack the stiffness of other boots with non-natural materials, sheepskin boots are far more likely to lean over in one direction.

This is an ironic way of knowing that UGG boots are made with natural materials instead of synthetic options. When boots are made with artificial materials, they’re generally always stiff, though the downside is that they don’t come with the natural benefits of UGGs.

Possible Health Concerns With Slouching Boots

While slouching UGG boots aren’t likely to cause direct health issues, it’s still a good idea to keep an eye out for any aches that occur while wearing them.

Unfortunately, if left unchecked, uneven footwear can aggravate pre-existing bodily issues. Health and Care UK warns that any imbalance issues caused by lopsided footwear can inflame any hip or back pain already present. For this reason, you should ensure that your UGG boots aren’t making you ache if they are starting to lean over. 

The trick is to nip this issue in the bud by preventing your boots from drastically slouching over. Thankfully, several tools are out there that can help you fix this issue. Work Gearz provides a list of practical boot tools that prevent and fix slouching issues. There are many different straps you can purchase to tighten your boots so that they no longer slouch. You can also try boot shapers to help properly align your boots. 

Leather Boots Are Prone to Slouching

When it comes to leather boots of any kind, the natural materials that they’re made from can be prone to slouching. Often, this slouching is merely the material showing how light it is instead of a sign of excessive use. 

As Boot Mood Foot explains, leather footwear will gradually slouch over time as a natural side effect of usage. The more you wear them, the softer the material will naturally become. This is simply a side effect of well-worn boots gradually losing stiffness as time goes on.

No matter how well you take care of your UGG boots, they will eventually show light signs of wear. This might include them starting to lean over to one side. Remember that any footwear made from leather can naturally lean over and may need some tightening work to avoid this.

The Issue of Wearing Socks With UGGs

UGG Classic Solene Mini Boot, Charcoal, Size 7

UGG Women's Classic Solene Mini Ankle Boot

When it comes to loose boots, many of us think that the quickest fix is wearing thick socks. This is understandable because socks help fill empty boot space and ensure snugness.

However, UGG boots are one of the few exceptions. UGG Since 1974 warns UGG owners to never wear socks with their boots. While UGG owners believe that wearing socks will prevent natural foot odor, the raw material in their boots actually prevents this issue.

Merino wool, which makes up the inner layer of UGG boots, has natural wicking properties that prevent the build-up of odor. The catch is that this can only happen with direct contact with our skin. Otherwise, the wool would not take effect. 

The only exception to this rule is if you choose to wear wool socks. Any other choices would clash with the natural fibers in the wool and prevent UGG owners from reaping its natural benefits. 

Remember that if you’re desiring extra cushioning for your feet, that’s one of the passive boons of UGG boots. The inner wool works as both a regulator and cushion, eliminating the need for extra help. 

Choose the Right Boot Size to Avoid Socks

UGG Classic Clear Mini Boot, Clear Water, Size 6

UGG Women's Classic Clear Mini Boots

One easy trick to avoid loose boots is to make sure that you choose the correct size when you first purchase UGGs. You want to steer away from boots that seem to clamp down on your feet. This means finding the size that fits like a glove without constricting your feet. All Sole recommends choosing UGGs that feel snug but not uncomfortably tight.

You might wonder if UGG boots will stretch over time, allowing them to mold better to your feet. However, this is unfortunately not the case. The outer leather of the boots will never stretch out. UGG boots can feel like stretching out once the inner layer of wool adapts to your feet and loses their first plushness. This naturally happens once the boots have been worn long enough.

You’ll also want to avoid choosing a size too big for your feet to prevent slouching issues. While slouching UGG boots can cause hip or back pain flare-ups, overly large sizes could aggravate those issues even further. 

Thankfully, if you have trouble finding a pair of UGG boots that fit you, there’s always the custom-made option. While you’re likely to pay a premium, having the chance to design your own pair of boots will help you prevent slouching issues.


Because of their natural materials, UGG boots are likely to lean slightly to one side. However, if you notice that they’re heavily slouching, you should take measures to correct this.

Slouching boots are a potential aggravator for bodily aches, and for this reason, it’s best to fix them as soon as possible. This way, you can continue to enjoy your UGG boots without any issues.

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