Along the lines of my recent posts highlighting ethical brands that I love, in this post I’m pleased to introduce Chilote Shoes, which makes outlandishly cosy (and sustainable) wool slippers. I’m sitting in a drafty hotel lobby in Vail, Colorado typing this blog entry and wearing them right now.
My last pair of slippers fell apart over Christmas, giving me the perfect opportunity to try out Chilote Feet. Living in LA, I don’t need a big pair of slippers in the UGG boot style. However, when I’m studying at home all day, I do get a bit chilly and like to layer up. These slippers are well-insulated and provide good ventilation so my feet are warm but can still “breathe.”
One of the things I like about Chilote Shoes is that each pair is made sustainably from 100% natural Patagonian sheep’s wool. The wool for each slipper is hand spun which is then hand knit by independent artisans through an ethical production co-op system. The creation of these slippers helps sustain a unique craft and culture and allows woman living in vulnerable situations and remote areas a means of income.
Another thing I like about these slippers, is that each pair includes a unique QR code containing the geo-location for the artisan who made the shoes. I love when companies share information like this, kind of like a jeweler leaving their personal hallmark. There are 50 different women that make Chilote Shoes; they live in four different locations in Patagonia: Frutillar, Calcurrupe, Osorno and Puerto Varas. My slippers are from Osorno.
As well as the slippers, I’ve been rocking, Chilote also offers a house shoe and the cutest booties (called Chilote Baby), for the little ones. The house shoe is slighting more robust with a durable salmon-leather sole. The leather is locally sourced and upcycled from discarded fish skin by the fishing industry.
Finally, the materials are environmentally friendly and preserve the life of the product. Chilote styles come with extra wool to either personalise your shoes or mend them to preserve their life. Both of the materials used are locally and naturally sourced which means all of their shoes can be composted and this keeps their carbon footprint down. To check out Chilote Shoes for yourself, click here.
Special thanks to Chilote Shoes for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.