About Us

At Nootkas, we’re about finding joy in simple things, like family, friends and healthy living. We embrace choosing sustainable, natural fabrics as a form of self care. We also embrace JOMO (joy of missing out) on the regular. We’re a company founded by introverts from the Pacific Northwest who love getting lost in nature or spending quiet time at home and a nice glass of wine (or a great NW microbrew). 

We choose nature

Using and wearing natural fibers are very important to us, and we work hard to keep our products free of plastics, chemicals and synthetic fibers that can pollute the environment and irritate your skin. Wellness is more than eating organic foods and maintaining balance in your life. To us, it also means choosing clothing and where possible, footwear that is in sync with our values.

Our first slipper, the Astoria slipper is handmade from 100% natural materials - soft felted wool and natural suede. These slippers are sustainably produced and biodegradable. 

 

All of the wool used in Nootkas Astoria slippers is sourced from New Zealand, one of the most humane countries for wool production. Nootkas slippers use natural and sustainable materials and are handmade in Nepal in a Fair Trade Certified workshop. Each pair is felted and sewn by human hands, for quality construction that will last for years. Read more about our quality materials and production.

Why we started Nootkas

Nootkas found its inspiration thanks in part to the rainy Pacific Northwest and its grey, drizzly seasons that are spent indoors. Similar in climate to many Nordic countries, but with much more rain. The Pacific Northwest inspires a certain level of cozy satisfaction with staying indoors, a sentiment akin to what the Danish call "Hygge." 

nootkas astoria slipper by fireplace

After spending time with family in Scandinavia and Northern Europe, we became familiar with the concept of a house shoe or house slipper. These are traditionally left in the entry way and are swapped with your street or work shoes when you get home.

We took this practice back home, but couldn't find the perfect house slipper...and we tried them all! We wanted a classic shape, minimalist styling with breathable, natural wool that was warm, soft and fuzzy, not dense and stiff like many boiled wool slippers. After trying and failing to find the perfect wool slipper, we decided to make it ourselves.

The name for Nootkas was inspired by childhood fishing trips to Nootka Island in British Columbia. There's nothing in the world quite as cozy as sitting next to a crackling wood fire, looking out the window over the water while rain gently taps against the glass....while wearing a cozy pair of wool slippers of course : )

While we're not associated with the Nootka tribe (now known as The Nuu-chah-nulth) of western Canada, we hold deep respect for their history and the beautiful area that carries its name. 

 - the Nootkas Family 

 

Want to get to know us a little better? Check out some of our favorite cozy vacation spots around our Pacific Northwest home