The world’s most favourite slipper?

I have had many wool slippers in my life but I need to admit that none of them were what you could call pretty or stylish. There were several slippers knitted and then felted by my mom which I loved (thanks Mom!). Then there were these traditional felted wool slippers from Mongolia which I wore a long time before my dog Cooper decided he liked them better once he chewed on them. I always loved each and every single one of my wool slippers because they were so comfortable but having stylish wool slippers seemed to be a match just not possible. Until I met Mahabis US slippers!

Colours and materials

Mahabis slippers are made out of felted wool with a wool fleece lining and detachable rubber soles. The slippers come in two colours – dark grey and light grey. Once you chose a colour of your slipper you then get to choose between seven different coloured rubber soles. I bought the light grey slipper with black and also mint soles. I do switch the soles from time to time but have a preference for the black soles somehow. The heel is made out of neoprene which makes it easy to slip into the shoe easily. The inside sole of slipper is also made out of nylon.

Allround use

The slippers are super comfortable to wear in summer and winter. You can wear them with and without socks. The rubber sole does allow you to walk with them outside your house, but Mahabis does not recommend that you actually take a walk in them or do any other physical activity in them. I agree that besides their versatility they are still slippers and destined for walking around the house and relaxing only. When I, for example, play intensely with my dog the soles do tend to slip off. You would not want that to happen when you walk outside. However, they are great for quickly watering the flowers on the balcony or the terrace without having to change shoes. And if you want to put up your feet on the sofa or bed but wish to keep your slippers on, you can just remove the sole.

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Caring for the Mahabis slippers

I tend to be a bit clumsy. I always let things drop including food. So, of course, I also dropped a spoon with tomato sauce and the tomato sauce hit my Mahabis slippers as well. The sauce came easily off with a damp cloth and I don’t see any red stains remaining. So you don’t need to worry that your slippers will get dirty. Mahabis does not recommend washing the slippers in the washing machine as they might lose their shape and then the plastic rubber sole might also not be willing to fit onto the slipper any longer. If you do wish to wash them only use the wool wash cycle at 30°C or lower with Woolmark approved washing detergent.

As I write this, I own my slippers for around 6 months. The felt does tend to have a little bit of pilling which is normal with wool. Shorter wool fibres inside the felt come loose and form these little bobbles on the surface of the shoe. You can easily take the pilling off and the shoe looks just as great.

I never take off the detachable sole. I recently noticed that the wool has rubbed off in two very small places on top of the slipper at the edge of the rubber sole. There is no whole, but you can see the lining shine through as the wool as rubbed off from wear. You cannot really see it when wearing the slippers with the sole, only when you take the sole off you see these small areas. I don’t think it is a quality issue, it is just normal to have a little bit of wear and tear.

 

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Price and shipping

Mahabis slippers cost 90 EUR or 110 US$. You may argue that the price is quite high for a slipper. But then again it is a wool slipper, which means the main material used for the felt and the sheep fleece is already higher for manufacturing the product. In addition, the price also acknowledges the design, creativity and comfort the product gives you. Worldwide shipping is included in the price and delivery was quick.

Mahabis claims that their slippers are the world’s favorite slipper. I cannot say anything about that. But if you are looking for a comfortable, stylish and versatile slipper, then you will be happy with a pair of Mahabis slippers.

Check out the Mahabis slippers for yourself by visiting the Mahabis US website (affiliate link – by using this link to purchase your own Mahabis slippers you help this website sustain itself to deliver free content).

Do you already own a pair? Which colours did you choose and combine? Leave me a comment below or post a picture of your pair onto my Facebook page.

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The Baabuk Sneaker is a comfortable everyday cool shoe

The first felted wool shoes I ever bought was the Baabuk Sneaker. I chose the light grey colour with turquoise laces, lining and stitching. I opted for the sneakers instead of the runners because I liked the more relaxed fit and style. I also did not want to use them to actually run or do sports in them but rather wear them everyday (which I do).

Baabuk is a startup based out of Switzerland who raised money successfully on Kickstarter to fund their product launch. Baabuk also offers felted wool slippers, wool urban runners, wool sneakers and felted wool boots. In fact the team at Baabuk raised money for all their new product launches successfully which is quite an achievement.

Style

While the Baabuk Urban Wool Runner looks more like a running shoe, the Baabuk Sneaker has a more relaxed street fashion style which I like better for everyday shoes. The sneaker goes well with any kind of jeans or trousers or shorts.

Colours

The Baabuk Sneaker comes in 5 different colour combinations. Three in light grey, one dark blue and one light blue. I love how they always combine two different colours which give the shoe a fresh look. The light grey comes with a white sole and either turquoise or orange laces, lining and stitching. The third light grey has a black sole and black laces, lining and stitching. The dark blue combines everything in white and the light blue has a white sole as well and yellow laces, lining and stitching.

Comfort

The shoes are super comfortable to wear. Over time the felt does give way and fits a bit looser compared to the beginning.
I often wear them without socks during summer when I just quickly want to go outside with the dog or run an errand. However, the felted wool can feel a little bit scratchy if you have sensitive skin. I wear my sneakers in the summertime as well as in the beginning of winter before it is time for boots. The shoes don’t feel too hot in summers and are comfortable in winter as well. The sole does not have a lot of grip, so you want to be careful in winters on wet or slippery grounds.

The only time these shoes are not the best option is during heavy rain or walking through wet grass. A little bit of water or rain is no problem as the rain either rolls right off or does not feel wet. The reason for this is that wool can absorb water up to 35% of its own weight without feeling wet. However, if this limit is crossed then the shoes, socks and feet do get wet and the shoe can start to feel heavy.

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Properties

Due to wool’s properties, the shoes are naturally antibacterial as well as temperature regulating. This means that your feet will not feel too cold or too hot because the wool in the shoe breathes and ensures the right temperature around your feet. The shoes will also not smell easily because of the antibacterial properties of the wool used inside the shoe. Bacteria don’t like the environment of wool and therefore don’t start to grow on the fiber which means less smell.

Taking care

I have spilled already tomato sauce on my shoes and it was easy to get the stains out. Baabuk claims that it is possible to wash your sneakers in the washing machine at 30 degrees. I already washed mine once on the wool cycle with wool detergent and they turned out fine. Only the cotton shoelaces remained a bit dirty, so it is maybe worth while washing them separately on a cotton cycle.

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The Baabuk brand

Baabuk is a company founded in 2013 in Switzerland by Galina and Dan. Creating innovative products that are connected to craft and tradition is their passion. Transparancy and a ethical supply chain is also part of the Baabuk DNA.

All their 4 different sneakers, slippers and boots are made out of wool felt. The Urban sneaker is made out of Portuguese wool that originates from the Serra Da Estrela in the north of the countries.  The shoe is also manufactured in Portugal. Portugal has a long history and expertise in shoemaking. In addition, Baabuk works with partners who have the aim of bringing new employment to the Portuguese regions. Baabuk is quite open about how their products are made and you can read more details on the Baabuk website.

I am definitely going to buy myself a second pair of Baabuk Sneaker and I have my eyes on the dark blue ones. How about you? Are Baabuk wool sneakers of interest to you and if yes, which ones?

Visit the Baabuk website by clicking here.

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Turn your favorite designer chair into wool chair

After my husband and I moved in together, we were still using chairs and tables that we collected during our studies and first jobs. I contributed the dining room chairs and my husband the table and they were an odd match. I had auctioned my 4 chairs from my parent’s country club when it was closed down for a total of 20 EUR. Whenever you had to sit on them for a longer dinner with friends they would become quite uncomfortable. We decided it was time to invest into a new dining room set. My husband already knows me so well, that it went without saying that any chair entering our home had to be a wool chair.

After a little bit of research, we found furniture companies who have on the one hand chairs covered with fabric and on the other hand the option to choose the type of fabric yourself.
We ended up at BoConcept as we liked their chair called Adelaide. In addition, BoConcept offers a range of felted wool fabrics in different colours to choose from.

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We chose the Adelaide chair in two different styles, 4 without an armrest and two with. In addition to mixing the style of the chairs around our dining room table, we also decided to mix the colours and chose grey and blue. It was a little bit difficult for us to imagine what it would look like, but BoConcept has a digital design tool to help the undecided. The design tool simulates your dining room and shows you how the chairs and table would look in your own setting. This made the decision process much easier.

The felted fabric is a blend of 80% wool and 20 % polyamide. Of course, the wool felt fabric is one of the more expensive fabrics you can choose from but I believe the durability will outlive the price long term.

It took a few weeks for the chairs to get manufactured. Once the chairs finally arrived at our house we were very happy with our choice. The chairs blend in well with the rest of our furniture. The chairs are comfortable which makes me enjoy long dinner parties more now. I also like the warmth the fabric gives to the room compared to a solid wood or plastic chair.

We were a little bit afraid of getting any stains on the chairs. Of course, within the first two weeks, we got tomato sauce stains on one of the chairs. After a meal of spaghetti, a knife with tomato sauce fell off one of the plates while clearing the table and onto one of the chairs. Tomato marks were splattered all over the chair. Magically the tomato sauce came easily out with a damp cloth. I also used a baby wipe and voila no stains left on the felted wool fabric.

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If you are worried about stains, BoConcept also offers a product that you spray on the fabric to make the fabric more stain resistant. I own it but I am yet to use it. The company also offers a stain remover in case you might not be successful tidying up a stain, but simple house cleaning products worked for me so far.

If you are planning to invest into new dining room chairs, I can only recommend considering chairs covered in felted wool fabric. Just ask at your favorite furniture store if they offer individual upholstering and if they have a fabric range containing wool. If your furniture company does not have their own fabrics or does not offer wool felt among its options, you can always ask if you can supply your own fabric.

Here is a link to the Adelaide chair on the US BoConcept website. Make sure to change to your local BoConcept site if you are looking for prices and options in your local currency.