Trendy Ugg Mini platforms are potentially dangerous


Low-rise jeans, baguette bags and bootcut pants are back, so it was inevitable that Uggs would also make a comeback.

The iconic shoes of the early years have a moment in a new, smaller but taller incarnation. Ugg’s $150 Classic Ultra Mini Platforms are the shoe of the moment. The popular chestnut brown color is out of stock at most retailers in all sizes except the women’s 12 and men’s 10.

They “flew off the shelves,” an Ugg spokesperson told the Post.

Fashion-forward stars such as models Bella Hadid, 25, and Elsa Hosk, 33, as well as actress Keke Palmer, 29, have all been seen walking around in the boot.

The “Nope” Palmer star even paired the shearling kicks with a sexy denim two-piece during New York Fashion Week.

Keke Palmer wore the suede-covered shoes during New York Fashion Week.
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Gen Zers who were barely out of diapers for the first Uggs craze are hopping on the trend.

“They deliver that laid-back leisure look that everyone is obsessed with right now,” Katie Coulter, a 26-year-old lifestyle content creator from San Francisco, told the Post.

But the season’s most requested must-have hoofers — and their two-inch platform heel — are potentially dangerous, especially for those snapping selfies on the uneven cobbled streets of Dumbo or the Meatpacking District.

“[Platform shoes] could lead to ankle sprains or worse if you trip and fall,” WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte warned.

A New York podiatrist is concerned the boot could cause damage to a person's foot or ankle.
A New York podiatrist is concerned the boot could cause damage to a person’s foot or ankle.

A 2021 article from the health site named platforms one of the “worst” shoe styles, structurally, citing their stiff footbed, which can hamper the way your foot naturally moves when a person walks.

Research has noted, however, that a shoe with a flat rather than angled heel — similar to that of the Uggs Mini Platforms — can alleviate some of the pressure on the ball of the foot.

Others in the medical profession are less critical of the fall staple. NYU Langone foot and ankle specialist Paul Greenberg agrees that platforms often increase the risk of ankle injury. But, he tells The Post, a properly constructed platform, which features a heel with an upward arch at the toe line, is an extremely foot-safe find.

Victoria's Secret angel Elsa Hosk rocked fall must-haves with a stylish cashmere two-piece.

Victoria’s Secret angel Elsa Hosk rocked the fall staple with an elegant cashmere ensemble.


Tastemaker Bella Hadid was recently spotted in the mini UGG platform eating a slice of pizza while casually strolling.

Tastemaker Bella Hadid was recently spotted in the mini Uggs platform eating a slice of pizza while casually strolling.


Gigi Hadid recently donned the much-requested boots at a casual New York event.

Gigi Hadid recently donned the much-requested boots at a casual New York event.


“From a biomechanical perspective, structured shoes like this are great,” Greenberg said.

“They don’t allow the forefoot to bend,” he explained. “When a shoe allows a lot of flexing and shearing of the foot, people develop pain and other issues.”

He does, however, caution against running a marathon.

“I wouldn’t play sports with them. But if you put them on to walk around the city, it’s fine.


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