Why is this important? Damp feet will never get warm, and damp slippers are miserable. This also brings us to the issue of smell. Sweat doesn't smell bad when it's produced. However, if sweat remains on skin or trapped inside a synthetic fabric where it can't evaporate, bacteria will start to break down in the sweat. This produces the characteristic smell of sweaty feet, and worse, it lingers in your slippers. If you have a history of smelly slippers, hop over to our Smelly Feet tab to learn more.
What's that you say? It would be even better if we left the lanolin? Well we did! We call these our 'Naturals', and this wool has been washed and minimally processed, leaving most of the lanolin and anti-bacterial properties of natural wool intact. In fact, it's so minimally processed that you may still find pieces of hay in it! Don't worry, it's clean, just embrace the nature!
Nootkas wool slippers are felted by hand using an ancient and time proven production method that you can read more about here. Our wool is gently cleaned, then over several hours the raw wool fibers are slowly coaxed into a slipper shape through our traditional wet felting process.
The physical properties of natural merino wool, combined with our hand felting method produces a dense textile with tiny air pockets throughout. Due to the presence of these micro-pockets, the wool is able to capture warm air inside the walls of the fabric and keep it close to your feet. The ability to take advantage of any warmth your feet creates is one big reason why felted wool slippers are the warmest slippers for cold feet.
You may not know this but air is an excellent insulator and helps maintain a constant temperature inside the slipper. The air pockets also allow the slipper to breath and wick any moisture away quickly - much more efficiently than other fabrics. Keeping feet dry is of course crucial to maintaining warmth and comfort.
"I love my Nootkas slippers. I am a true wool fiend and for me there is nothing like bare feet in a warm and cozy slipper. My feet are narrowish and these are a perfect find for me. Couldn't like them more. I look forward to wearing them at the end of the day. Thanks for your craftsmanship and attention to perfection."