Wool is fast becoming a go-to material for the fashion as well as eco-conscious consumer. According to U.K.-based World of Wool, a producer of raw materials, wool provides a range of features and benefits.
The fiber is naturally occurring and keeps its shape. It has balanced thermal insulation properties, so it is warm in winter and cool in summer, extending its wearing time. It is also hypoallergenic, resistant to bacteria, mold and mildew. It is easily cleaned, flame resistant. And, it is a natural and renewable resource, making it eco-friendly and sustainable. Added to this, it is also biodegradable.
Now that you’re sold on the material, there’s a range of footwear brands that incorporate wool in outdoor styles to at-home looks. Allbirds, one of the newer players, offers footwear for the family, made exclusively of New Zealand superfine merino wool.
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Hawaiian-inspired lifestyle brand Olukai, is getting cozy for fall with the launch of its first-ever wool style, the men’s Nohea Moku Hulu. The saddle-inspired look retails for $110.
Iconic European slipper brands Giesswein and Haflinger have long been offering a range of fun, colorful at-home styles in wool. Key styles include classic clog silhouettes, available with soft soles, as well as indoor-outdoor bottoms for added versatility.
There’s also Babbuk, a Swiss company founded in 2013, by a husband-and-wife team. The collection was inspired by traditional Russian felted boots. Today, the brand offers slippers that are produced in Nepal, with a companion collection of sneakers produced in Portugal. Its latest style, a unisex wool boot, launched in February.
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