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The ugg boot as you know and love it has had a makeover.

Don’t be alarmed, but the ugg boot as you know and love it… well, it’s dead.

OK, it’s not dead, but as of this week the most recogniseable version of the toasty sheepskin boot has undergone quite a makeover.

The news comes courtesy of UGG, the US-based company largely responsible for turning the humble ugg boot into an international fashun statement beloved by models and actresses, rather than a slipper you’d never be caught wearing outside the house (As we Aussies once knew it).

Can we just take a moment very quickly to remember that phase of the noughties where girls wore their uggs out in public with miniskirts and fancy tops? Even in the middle of summer?

I see you, Beyonce. You too, Nicole Ritchie. (Images: Getty)

Good times.

As Glamour reports, UGG has now discontinued its most popular design, the Classic, replacing it with the creatively named Classic II.

Don't despair, though. The New Classic looks very similar to its predecessor but boasts some structural upgrades.

It comes pre-treated to make it resistant to moisture and staining, which is great news for clumsy eaters, and also has a more cushion-y sole with improved traction.

The boot still comes in tall and short heights and is available in various neutral shades including grey, chocolate, navy and sand.

Although it's the middle of summer over in the US, the release of the Classic II is causing quite the buzz over there — but some northern hemisphere ugg lovers appear displeased by the new release.

One Facebook commenter was quick to argue the new shoe was "exactly the same and likely more expensive."

Watch: Paula Joye shares her tips for winter-fying your wardrobe. 

An Ugg spokesperson confirmed that, yes, the Classic II is $US5 more than the original, but with good reason.

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"While we kept the iconic look and cosy feel, we changed a few things. The boot, as you know, is now pretreated making it water and stain resistant for up to six months. At that time, it will need to be treated again," they explained.

"We also added the Treadlite by UGG sole for increased traction, durability, cushioning and flexibility, a leather heel plate and a sheepskin insole."

It's Saturday and all we wanna do is lay around in these babies. #thisisUGG

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The spokesperson also took a moment to highlight that while the boot is water-resistant, it's not waterproof and therefore not adequate for wearing in the snow.

No disrespect to our friends in the US and UK, but who in their right mind would look at a soft, fleecy ugg boot and assume it would be suitable for snow? Honestly.

Are you an ugg wearer? How do you feel about this news?

Featured image: iStock

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