5 good reasons you should use wool all year
- Keeps you warm in the cold and cool in the heat
- Absorbs moisture and keeps your feet dry
- Protects against odor
- Comfortable and soft to wear – itch-free
- 100% pure natural wool - good for human, nature and animal
Wool is a fantastic material that many know the benefits of wearing in winter. However, the good qualities of the wool actually also apply in summer months as well. We have gathered our experience working with this fiber 365 days a year, so here are some good reasons you should wear wool - even in the hotter months.
Many associate wool with large sweaters and wool socks when it is cold outside. But in fact, you do not have to pack wool that far away when spring looks ahead. For wool is not only reserved for autumn and winter, and we are here to help put that myth to bed.
Our wool mix
glerups started with wool from their own Gotland sheep. Over the years we have found the perfect mix of wool to give your glerups a long life. We mix Gotland wool from Denmark with quality crossbreed white wool from New Zealand, all of which lives up to the highest standards for uniform quality and animal welfare. 100% pure natural wool is used for our slippers, which have either a soft leather sole or natural rubber (except for the baby shoes, which have no outsole).
Wool is temperature regulating
Many people use wool to keep warm, but in fact wool can also help keep the body cool. That's because wool absorbs moisture without feeling damp, up to 70% by weight by the way! - This significantly outperforms synthetic fibers or cotton. It is particularly advantageous in the summer when it is hot outside. This way no matter how much you perspire you can stay feeling dry and temperature regulated.
- “Wool has always been used by both children and adults. It has a natural ability to adapt to the body's needs in all weather conditions, and it also "controls" the indoor climate in a room. That's why it boosts one's overall well-being year-round, inside and out,” explains Hadleigh Smith, Market Development Manager, New Zealand Merino Company, which supplies our New Zealand wool to glerups.
Wool is breathable
Wool is not only sweat-absorbent, but also breathable, naturally! Wool regulates the temperature on the skin, the same way in fact it would for the sheep in nature. This is why you can easily wear wool when you are active in the forest, on the beach or at home in the garden because it transports moisture away from the body. Of course, this also applies to the feet. Just be aware that wool works best on bare skin, which is why we recommend using your slippers with no socks. Bare feet are always best for glerups!
Wool is self-cleaning
Wool is a natural product with self-cleaning properties. This is due to the natural fat of the wool fiber, lanolin. As the sheep get wet, a process is created between the lanolin and the sheep's natural basic salts from perspiration, which together form a natural soap that cleans the wool. To some extent, we benefit from the same characteristics when the wool is transformed into a blouse or a pair of slippers. Therefore, it is not necessary to wash wool products very often - in fact, they are better off just being left to breathe for a nice day in the garden. Yet another benefit for you and nature.
A natural product
Precisely because the wool is a natural product, very small vegetable fibers (grass or straw) may appear in the felt from time to time. We at glerups choose not to chemically strip our wool to prevent this from happening - we feel it also helps show how natural your footwear is!
Your glerups will typically shed for the first 3-5 weeks you wear them. This is usually due to the natural treatment of our wool and the compression underfoot to create your own custom footbed. If you find your slippers have started to shed, you just simply remove the woolen nappies and continue to use your glerups quite normally. This process will subside over time. You will also experience color differences from production to production - this is also natural when working with 100% wool as glerups choose to use non toxic chemicals to dye our colors. Variation means you will get a pair unique to you!