Street Talk: Shearling

If there’s one sure bet in the shoe business these days, it’s shearling. Women can’t seem to get enough of the comfortable material, seen on a rising number of brands these days. While die-hard fans add shearling to their wardrobes each season, a constant stream of newcomers contribute to the category’s buzz. Footwear News stepped out on a recent frigid New York day to ask women why shearling remains important.

Darcy, 27
Residence: Boston
Shearling pairs owned: Three
Bought first pair: 2006
Brands owned: Steve Madden, Nine West
Is the label important? “Not really. They just have to be comfortable.”
Where do you do most of your shopping? Online

Amanda, 13
Residence: Tampa, Fla.
Shearling pairs owned: One
Bought first pair: 2008
Brands owned: Ugg
Is the label important? “It doesn’t matter. I just like the look.”
Where do you do most of your shopping? Nordstrom

Alyssa, 17
Residence: Rumson, N.J.
Shearling pairs owned: Three
Bought first pair: 2004
Brands owned: Ugg
Is the label important? “I like Ugg. I’ve had them for a long time, and they’re comfortable.”
Where do you do most of your shopping? Online

Mary, 57
Residence: Mount Kisco, N.Y.
Shearling pairs owned: Two
Bought first pair: 2008
Brands owned: North Face
Is the label important? “Yes, because of quality.”
Where do you do most of your shopping? T.J. Maxx

Elaine, 48
Residence: Mount Kisco, N.Y.
Shearling pairs owned: “Four. I share them with my daughter.”
Bought first pair: 2008
Brands owned: Ugg, Bearpaw
Is the label important? “I believe Uggs have a better fit than [other brands].”
Where do you do most of your shopping? My local Stride Rite store and online

Karen, 60
Residence: Little Egg Harbor, N.J.
Shearling pairs owned: Two
Bought first pair: 2008
Brand owned: Ugg
Is the label important? “I’m not a label person. What’s important is comfort, fit, warmth and style.”
Where do you do most of your shopping? Department stores

Kelly, 20
Residence: Baltimore
Shearling pairs owned: Three
Bought first pair: Three or four years ago
Brands owned: Ugg
Is the label important? “It’s not that important. I like Uggs because they’re comfortable and warm.”
Where do you do most of your shopping? Department stores

Kaity, 18
Residence: Baltimore
Shearling pairs owned: Two
Bought first pair: Three years ago
Brands owned: Ugg
Is the label important? “I bought Uggs because they’re comfortable.”
Where do you do most of your shopping? Department stores

 

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