With the night’s drawing in and the temperature dropping, my feet have been making me very aware it’s definitely time for the cosiest possible slippers. Working in store, I have been able to try on as many of our slipper collection as is humanly possible and class it as training. If only we were able to wear them as shop shoes!
Winter is coming and with Christmas on the way, my thoughts are starting to turn to presents and a pair of sheepskin slippers would make an ideal gift for a loved one, or a treat to myself for buying all the other presents.
Worn as early as 500 BC, sheepskins have been found encasing the feet of a mummy in China while writings from Plato indicate sheepskins were used by the ancient Greeks in the cold winters. More recently, sheepskin has been used in aviator boots and a variation of sheepskin slippers was used by the first team to scale Everest at their rest stops. Sheepskins have been used in footwear for thousands of years due to its incredible natural properties.
Unbelievable natural insulators; sheepskins structure creates air pockets helping ensure natural heat regulation keeping you at a healthy temperature. It is also naturally absorbent, drawing sweat from the feet and releasing it into the atmosphere. Sheepskin features two different cell types which absorb moisture and swell at different speeds creating movement and friction between the fibres which provides a self-cleaning effect. The lanolin contained in sheepskin contains similar properties to lipids found in human skin making sheepskin ideal for wearing against the skin. Sheepskin is water resistant making it perfect for wearing around the house, especially if you’re as messy a chef as me.
EVA and rubber midsoles are used with the sheepskin uppers for a durable and more resilient finish. The lightweight and flexible properties of these sole units pair beautifully with the sheepskin uppers for the ultimate in comfort.