Reader Michael recently wrote:
“I have a tradition of getting slippers for my brother for Christmas – it’s a long story. Anyway, I have never seen slippers on your site, but I thought I would see if you had any good suggestions.”
Indeed I do, Michael. A handful of options after the jump.
Northstar Trading Co.
I have the slippers pictured above, and absolutely love them. Admittedly, they’re not the manliest pair out there, but they’re comfortable as all get-out, have a hard-sole, and, are extremely well made. They’re also one of a very small number of scuffs produced in the US (almost every other American sheepskin brand imports theirs – not sure why that is). Anyway, I heartily recommend them if you’re looking for something plush. And, in case you’re worried about cold ankles, the brand also offers a full-coverage model called The Scoot.
I think it was Jon Gaffney that first told me about Wassookeag Moccasins. The whole collection is handcrafted in Maine from an array of high quality animal hides, and yet, the price per is about half that of Quoddy, Eastland, or any of the other Maine-made brands. Clearly, they aren’t as cozy as the Northstars, but they’re a lot more versatile. That Deerskin-lined Bullhide moc is looking especially good.
Town View Leather
Similar to Wassookeag is Town View Leather, which also makes its shoes in Maine and also charges way less than the blogger brands (less than Wassookeag too, actually). Unlike Wassookeag, TV doesn’t use as wide a variety of leathers, but, they do have a pile-fleece lined model, so they have ‘em beat on comfiness.
For something a little different (read: not a moccasin), check out the Felted Slippers from ekohaus. They’re made in Lithuania by the designer, come in a slew of colors, and are available with both hard and soft soles. Another nice feature is that wool is naturally anti-microbial, so you don’t have to worry about them getting (too) stinky. Also: custom orders are welcomed, so sky’s the limit for sole / upper color combos.
Another non-moc option is the slipper-sock. Not my style personally, but not without its merits either. Etsy seller Wooly Baby looks to have some decent ones, all of which are handmade in the US from repurposed materials.
The Hitchin’ Post
Lastly, there’s the The Hitchin’ Post. Their slippers are affordable ($63 per). Made here (handcrafted in Upstate New York). And come in multiple styles (hard sole, soft sole, fleece-lined, unlined, etc). They’re not quite as stylish as the Wassookeags or the Town Views, and they don’t offer a scuff, in case you’re like me and prefer the easy on / off. But, for the price, they’re still well worth a look.
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