The Ugg Highland Hi Heritage Sneaker is a fantastic everyday shoe. I live in Brooklyn, I walk a lot and have tried many different shoes to find a pair that won’t rub, pinch, or slide around my ankle, but will support my feet and stay comfortable after hours of wear. These fit the bill and are cute to boot.
How I tested
For our 2020 SELF Certified Sneaker Awards, I tested the Ugg Highland Hi Heritage against criteria recommended by experts. You can read more about their criteria here. To test these out, I wore them for a few long walks, uphill and downhill, and just went about my day. I wore them to a long (COVID policy-friendly!) Social gathering and was impressed how I didn̵
Read on to learn more about how the Ugg Highland Hi Heritage performed based on our expert-informed criteria.
I’m wearing a size 9 and the size 9 Ugg sneakers fit perfectly. I have wider, mostly flat feet, and these held my feet in place without crushing them. My toes had room to wiggle but were still secure. These shoes are also easy to put on, largely due to the extremely helpful series of sturdy fabric loops attached to the heel of the shoe.
Shape of the shoe
I think these shoes probably wouldn’t work as well for someone with very narrow or highly arched feet, but they are great for normal to wide feet with a low to average arch height like mine. With my height of five feet one, I also prefer a thick, chunky sole to add a few inches and these make sure of that without being bulky.
I wouldn’t mention what these look like. They make a bold statement with their bright laces and unique neon trim, but since they’re primarily maroon, they’re still neutral enough to go with many colors. The pretty suede exterior of the shoe is soft to the touch and makes them feel taller. I think it’s great that this style feels like a mix of boots and sneakers. Due to the shoe’s intentionally bulky appearance, it takes a bit of trial and error to style them properly, but it’s well worth it for what they bring to a casual, everyday outfit. I think they look particularly good with jeans.
Feeling of the shoe
The best thing about this shoe is how it feels. The padded tongue and collar are made of a super padded, springy material that hugs my ankles without rubbing. They are very warm which is great for cooler days or the winter, but they made my feet sweaty when I wore them on a hot summer day which I should be aware of.
The shoe is incredibly light because it looks so bulky. They felt like I was hardly wearing anything. The sole is soft but firm and has just enough resilience.
How my body felt during and after the activity
My feet and ankles felt comfortable and supported while wearing these shoes. After a long walk, I had less pain or pain in my feet than other sneakers, and I did not have blisters.
Company’s right of return
If you are not satisfied with the shoes, UGG will accept returns of new and unused shoes within 30 days of purchase if you would like a credit or an exchange. All exchanges are subject to availability – and you can easily get credit if they no longer have the style you want.
Unfortunately, as they must be returned in new condition, you cannot test them on the road. So I would definitely recommend walking around your house a bit to get a feel for them before you take them outside (after that point you will probably have won ‘not be able to send them back).
Unless you’re buying directly from the brand, be sure to check the return and exchange policies of the retailer you choose.
The bottom line
The Highland Hi Heritage sneaker from Ugg is a cool, robust yet chic sneaker that is ideal for long walks and everyday adventures. The padded upper hugs your foot with cushioned comfort, and the chunky sole increases height without compromising stability. The maroon suede with neon accents makes them unique and versatile at the same time. I highly recommend these sneakers and can’t wait to wear them again and again this fall.