In a word – yes. All genuine sheepskin stretches, so if your boots are constructed from sheepskin, you can expect your boots to stretch over time. This is precisely why you should ensure your sheepskin boots are snug and cosy when you first try them on, as they will stretch about half a size over time.
When choosing your Wild Wool™ size, you should choose your ordinary shoe size, and certainly avoid “sizing up a size” like many synthetic sheepskin boot manufacturers recommend. If you buy a larger size than normal, and factor in that the boot will stretch, you’ll be left with sheepskin which are no longer a warm, cosy fit for you.
What if you’re ordinarily a half size? Some of our customers surprised to learn that genuine sheepskin boots are not made in half sizes. Again, this is because the nature of sheepskin is to stretch approximately half a size as the wool comfortably moulds around your foot. So if you’re a foot measures slightly bigger than a Size 7, you’d be best suited to a Size 7 sheepskin boot, as it won’t be long before you get that extra stretch from your boots. However, if you’re a 7.5 or somewhere between a Size 7.5 and a Size 8, then Size 8 is likely to be the best size for you.
Overall, sheepskin boots are loved around the world because they are so incredibly comfortable, and the good news is that if you’re thinking of gifting a pair of sheepskin boots but aren’t sure of the size, there’s usually a bit of room to move. If the boots end up being slightly firm to start, they’ll stretch. Slightly too big, and there’s always the option to pair sheepskin boots with socks to fill out the boots a little better.