Thanks to our more active lifestyles and casual approach to dressing, runners are undoubtedly one of the most popular items in today’s global market. Wool footwear has come a long way since the humble wool slipper, with wool sneakers putting their best foot forward to offer comfort, support and resistance to odour.
Why wear wool shoes
- Superior comfort
- Moisture wicking
- Odour resistant
- Run sock-free
Gone are the days of wool only being used for slippers; high performance wool sneakers and other varieties of innovative wool shoes are on the rise.
Sneakers with a knitted uppers, such as the TechLoom Breeze Merino Wool collection from APL, aids performance thanks to its innovative construction. Featuring 80% Australian Merino wool, this wool runner delivers greater elasticity, strengthens the shoe and allows it to naturally hug the foot for maximum support, especially during performance and sports lifestyle activities. Aside from being APL’s most sustainable shoe to date, it was also the first technical-knit shoe to be certified by The Woolmark Company.
When allbirds stormed into spotlight, the Merino-first footwear brand cemented the fibre’s place in the sneaker market, showing the world felted shoes are more than just slippers.
Soft to touch and soft on foot, felted footwear is durable, machine washable and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
From Hoka One One’s Hupana Flow Wool sneaker, keeping your foot a comfortable temperature and offering antimicrobial properties, to Neeman's Wool Walkers, Wool Joggers and Wool Loafers helping reduce your carbon footprint, there’s a wool shoe for every occasion. And with wool felted slippers from Toast, Camper and Birkenstock blending the use of indoor-outdoor shoes and highlighting the fibre’s versatility, your feet will feel loved all year round.
Woven wool shoes
Similar to knitted uppers, woven uppers for footwear offer an alternative to shoes made from synthetic fibres. Shoes using woven wool can be water resistant, rival performance canvas shoes and can be constructed in a range of patterns such as intricate check weaves. Not only limited to a sneaker or skate shoe, the Dior J’Adior Pump shows wool in a black and white houndstooth pattern and also boasts a 6.5cm sling-black heel.
EMU Australia has redefined the humble sheepskin boot, which often never leaves the house, to sheepskin boots for outdoors enthusiasts. Knowing the key the surviving cold weather is a reliable pair of winter boots, sheepskin shoes are breathable, durable and weather resistant too.