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Nuzhat Naoreen
September 08, 2012 AT 06:31 PM EDT

Fans love Spencer’s look on Pretty Little Liars, but actress Troian Bellisario says her high-school style didn’t get quite the same reception when she was a student in real life.

At Tadashi Shoji’s New York Fashion Week show, Bellisario revealed her biggest fashion faux-pas to EW.

“My stepmother is Australian and we used to spend three months out of the year in Australia. She bought me Ugg boots. She was like, ‘We have these back home and everybody wears them, they’re super comfortable,'” the actress said. “I loved them, so I wore them to school one day — I’m from Los Angeles — with a mini-skirt. Nobody had ever seen Uggs before.”

Given that she was raised in Hollywood, where image is everything, how did the cool kids react to her fashion-forward boots?

“It was like that part in Mean Girls. I swear everybody around me was like, ‘Those are the fugliest shoes I’ve ever seen.’ I was so heartbroken,” Bellisario remembers. “I took them home and vowed never to wear them again. Three months later the Ugg craze hit. I was like, ‘You hypocritical bitches!'”

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