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Should I wear socks with sheepskin boots?

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It's one of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to sheepskin boots: should they be worn with or without socks? The truth is, real sheepskin boots (made from genuine Australian sheepskin) should never be worn with socks, and for very good reason. 

With over forty-five years’ experience of crafting and selling the finest sheepskin boots, we thrive on the quality and natural benefits of our A-Grade Merino Wool, and we are committed to showing our customers just how they can too!

As a natural ventilator and insulator, our A-Grade Merino wool has soft, hollow, miracle fibres that play an integral role in the stabilising body temperature from the scorching shores of Australia to the slopes of the Swiss Alps. Wearers can best experience the magic of these fibres by allowing skin to have direct contact with the wool. This means not wearing socks with your genuine, Australian made sheepskin boots. 

True-blue Australian sheepskin, such as ours, has moisture wicking and temperature regulating properties that allow this luxurious and resilient skin to regulate its microclimate. Without direct contact to the skin, this is unachievable. The wool’s ability to regulate body temperature – in any climate – has priceless health benefits. One being that temperature regulation within the body ultimately promotes the regulation of blood pressure - a fundamental aspect of overall health and wellbeing.

The thick fibre density of our A-grade sheepskins also cushions the body – providing optimal support and evenly distributing weight on pressure points to prevent muscle strain. Wearing a sock can inhibit the wool from moulding effectively to your feet; thereby, somewhat limiting the effectiveness of weight-distribution, and decreasing support and cushioning levels.

Now, it may have been your first thought to wear socks with your sheepskin boots to protect them from the brunt of your inevitably unpleasant foot odour. However, sheepskin boots were originally designed to be worn without socks for this reason. In actual fact, a key indicator of wearing genuine sheepskin boots, is that provided your feet are always clean when you put them on, they should not smell with consistent wear. This is due to the natural fibres found within the skin itself and the moisture wicking and ventilation properties of sheepskin. Synthetic or poor quality sheepskin on the other hand, does not allow your feet to breathe in the same way, which means your boots will become smelly a lot quicker.   

If you haven’t tried a pair of high quality sheepskin boots before, try them out as a simple solution to combat smelly feet. And the best part of our sheepskin boots for those prone to sweaty feet? We have replaceable innersoles in all of our boots, meaning that when the time comes, you can easily replace the sheepskin sole of your boots with a fresh pair of innersoles. 

By wearing socks, we deny ourselves, to an extent, of the priceless natural properties that these fibres have to offer. However, as wearing socks is a personal preference, we recommend only wearing socks made of natural fibres such as wool or cotton, to ensure that if you do want to wear sock with your sheepskin boots, the synthetic fibres do not interfere with the natural fibres within the wool. But, take it from the experts. Take off the socks and indulge in the benefits of our A-Grade Merino wool.

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