Word of the Week

Word of the Week: Shearling (boots)

Shearling is sheepskin or lambskin with the wool still attached, which is used often as a lining for shoes and boots. Pick up some shearling boots to keep your feet warm and cozy this winter.

Shearling footwear is made from the pelts by tanning them with the wool of uniform depth still on them.  A typical shearling pelt has leather, or sueded leather, on one side and shorn fibers on the other side. The fibers of shearling tend to wick away moisture or retain moisture, depending on humidity, and thus a garment or item of footwear made from them tends to be comfortable year round.

I own and love these EMU Australia Women’s Hip Boot ($79.95 at endless.com).  These feature premium Australian sheepskin uppers in a tall-shafted design. Tie straps wrap around the shaft for a girly touch (I needed this since these boots have no heel).  The boot is lined with high-quality Merino wool for superior comfort.  Merino wool’s breathable qualities keep your feet cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and dry all year long.  Dual-density EVA soles with traction outsoles finish the boot with comfort and durability.  I like to pair them with a short skirt, leggings and sweater for a rugged urban look.

Check out previous Words of the Week, and read the shoe glossary for more footwear lingo!

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