I always have some sort of covering on my feet, year-round – even on the hottest days of summer. This isn’t because I particularly enjoy having my feet covered – I’d prefer going barefoot – but because I’m incredibly klutzy. If there’s a furniture leg in the room and I’m barefoot, I WILL catch my pinky toe on it. If there’s a single Lego in the middle of a large room, I WILL find it and step directly on it with the arch of my foot. You get the idea.
I was given the opportunity to review a pair of Glerups 100% pure and natural wool slippers. These felted wool slippers are made in Denmark and have a sole of either calfskin or natural rubber (except the baby shoes, which don’t have an outer sole). The company was started when, back in 1993, Nanny Glerup made the first pair of slippers from wool from the Glerup family’s own Gotland sheep. The slippers are, as you may expect, listed in European sizes – which I like because I happen to wear a size 42 EU (if you’re a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fan, you’ll get it). If you don’t know your EU size, though, no worries – they have a handy sizing conversion chart available right on their site.
These slippers are the most comfortable pair of slippers I’ve ever owned, hands down. I chose to try out the boot style slippers, but they also have shoes and slip ons (plus shoes for kids as well). And they’ll be offering ballerina-style slippers soon! They have so many available color choices that I really struggled to decide on which color I’d like – orange, grey, charcoal, brown, purple, petrol (blue), or red – finally settling on the blue.
Each pair of Glerups is tracked from “sheep to shoe” and the manufacturing processes adhere to standards that emphasize people and the environment. The wool is naturally processed, and cleaned mechanically to the greatest extent possible to avoid all unnecessary chemicals. The colors they offer are only those that are free of heavy metals and toxic azo-dyes. (Uncolored products in natural brown or off-white are also available).
My husband and I bought a drafty old 100+ year old house that’s still heated with a steam boiler and radiators, so in the winter I usually double up on footwear, going with thick socks plus fuzzy slippers. What’s great about Glerups is that their slippers are warm and comfortable even if you wear them barefoot due to the unique composition and processing of the wool. In fact, it’s recommended that you wear them barefoot so they can mold to your feet. And since wool is naturally self cleaning and anti-microbial in addition to being breathable and capable of capturing up to 35% moisture, your feet will be toasty and cozy all the time! (Also, added bonus: the calfskin soles make my footsteps nearly silent on the wooden floors, the easier to sneak up on children with!)
Glerups are available from the Glerups website.
Glerups Boots: $105
Glerups Shoes or Slip Ons: $95 (calfskin sole); $135 (rubber sole)
Glerups Kid’s Shoes: $65
Glerups Baby Booties: $40
Glerups Insoles: Starting at $12