How to Care for Your Sheepskin Garments
All of our shearling garments at The Sheepherder are hand-made with authentic sheepskin hides, which means they will last for a long time, but taking proper care of the sheepskin is an essential component of the material’s durability and appearance. This means that certain commercial products should be used to protect the suede or leather from water spotting and soiling, while others can be used to safely remove spots without damaging the supple material. The two most important things to remember when caring for sheepskin garments are to avoid setting by cleaning the stain or spot as soon as it occurs, and to use the following preventative care techniques to protect your shearling from stains that may be tough to remove without having it professionally cleaned. Sheepskin is a naturally durable product, and our high-quality shearling garments are made to last. With the following care and cleaning methods, you can make sure yours does!
Protecting Sheepskin from Light Spots and Stains
Because most sheepskin slippers, jackets and other shearling garments are made to be worn outside, we recommend two products that can be used to protect and care for your sheepskin outerwear. First, the outer shearling hide – which is called suede or “Brisa” leather – should be sprayed with a non-silicone rain and stain guard made especially for leather or suede. This product will shield the sheepskin hide against water spotting and will also help the garment resist soiling. Second, a suede conditioner or cleaner can be used to remove spotting in most cases, although when shearling products become significantly soiled, it is often best to bring them to a professional dry cleaner that specializes in leather or furs. The inner wool of any sheepskin garment can be touched up with a combination of water and Woolite, although it’s important to remember that you should never soak through to the suede when cleaning shearling. When it’s nearly dry, brush the wool to fluff it up.
Cleaning Tough Stains on Shearling Garments
For tougher stains on your shearling garment, such as liquid or grease spots, you can try applying a layer of cornstarch directly to the stain and allowing it to sit for one or two days, or longer. Once the liquid or stain has been absorbed, vacuum up the cornstarch with a handheld vacuum or with a brush attachment on a regular vacuum cleaner. If you ever wear your sheepskin coat or slippers outside and they become significantly wet from rain or snow, be sure to dry the garment slowly without using direct heat. Once the product is completely dry, you can remove water spots with a suede sponge or brush, which you can find at your local leather store. When using a suede brush or sponge, always brush in the reverse of the nap, to avoid damaging the material, and never use a regular sponge or rag to clean your sheepskin jacket, as this can cause tearing or spots.
Nicole Kidman Dons Sheepskin Boots to Film Latest Movie
There’s no doubt that taking a stroll in the British countryside in early April must have been pretty chilly, but Nicole Kidman kept her cool and stayed warm with the help of some cozy sheepskin boots while shooting her latest movie, Before I Go to Sleep. The filming, which took place just outside London, required Kidman to spend long periods of time out in the chilly weather, trekking up some steep hillsides, which she did with ease thanks to her warm, flat sheepskin footwear. Not only are sheepskin boots and slippers practical and incredibly comfortable, but high-profile celebrities like Nicole Kidman, who is known as one of the most fashionable women in Hollywood, continue to prove that shearling footwear can be equally as stylish.
Quality Sheepskin Footwear
While shooting her latest project, a psychological thriller about a woman with amnesia who loses her memory every time she goes to sleep, the Australian actress braved the cold by pairing a long gray wool coat and rose-colored scarf with black tights and a set of casual but warm sheepskin boots. The shearling boots featured snow-white wool-out seams with brown suede on the outside, and silky, warm wool on the inside for the utmost in warmth and comfort. Nicole Kidman’s elegant shearling boots also boasted hard, slip-resistant rubber soles, making them the perfect type of footwear for filming outdoors in the hilly British countryside.
Celebrities Who Wear Sheepskin
Nicole Kidman may be bringing sheepskin boots to the big screen with her latest film, but the 45-year-old actress isn’t the only celebrity to recognize the numerous benefits of sheepskin footwear and other shearling garments. A-list stars like Hayden Panettiere and Kate Hudson regularly pair sheepskin coats and boots with dressy or casual wear throughout the year, and many celebrities, including Nicole Kidman herself, dress their children in cozy sheepskin garments for kids. In fact, Kidman’s daughter with husband Keith Urban, Sunday Rose, has been photographed wearing her own pair of sheepskin boots, following in the footsteps of her famous mom.
Shearling Garments at The Sheepherder
While it would certainly be nice to have the wardrobe of Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson or Hayden Panettiere, owning a great, go-to shearling garment or two doesn’t have to be only a pipe dream. Keeping comfort, quality and style in mind, our goal at The Sheepherder is to create custom sheepskin products that look and feel great, and can be purchased without an A-lister’s salary. Handcrafted at our shop in Alma, Colorado, all of our sheepskin products are made from authentic hides, unlike the imitation sheepskin products sold by many chains. Check out our handmade shearling jackets, slippers and accessories at The Sheepherder, and get your hands on that classic sheepskin garment that makes you look and feel like a star!
Quality Sheepskin Products for Summer Wear
Spring is just around the corner, and although sheepskin slippers and jackets are typically favored as cold weather accessories, authentic shearling products like those we create at The Sheepherder are actually designed to be worn comfortably year-round. As opposed to other traditional winter garments that are typically packed away once the weather starts its upward climb, our sheepskin outerwear is designed in such a way that it keeps you warm and cozy in cold weather, while allowing your skin to breathe and stay cool during the summer. Start the summer off right this year with our shearling slippers, vests and accessories here at The Sheepherder.
Shearling Garments Can Keep You Cool
All of the sheepskin garments hand-crafted at The Sheepherder are made using genuine sheepskin hides, which have silky wool on one side and smooth suede on the other. Our garments are made using the skins of domestic sheep raised commercially for their meat in the Rocky Mountain states, and the hides are a valuable by-product that are tanned and processed in the United States. When processed correctly, using an intricate 21-day system, the result is a sheepskin product that naturally wicks away moisture from the body. This means that our sheepskin slippers, vest and jackets at The Sheepherder will keep you cool even in warm weather, and won’t make you sweat like most synthetic materials do.
We Use Authentic Sheepskin Hides
Unlike lower quality, imitation sheepskin, the shearling we use to create our garments is one piece of continuous natural hide. This means that the wool you see in your sheepskin jacket or slippers is not a separate lining glued or sewn to the suede. Our dedication to comfort, style and quality puts our shearling garments a step above most of the sheepskin products you find at a typical retail chain or big box factory. Here at The Sheepherder, we also offer deerskin vests for men and women, and elkskin booties for children, which are also made from authentic hides and are great for the transition from spring to summer and fall.
Custom Order Your Sheepskin Garment Today
All of our sheepskin products are handmade by Diane Blessing at The Sheepherder shop in Alma, Colorado, where Diane has been hand-crafting custom shearling slippers, jackets and other high-quality products for more than 30 years. In fact, all of our sheepskin garments are made to order and can be tailored to fit your specific preferences for color, fit and style. If you love sheepskin for its comfort and elegance, don’t go an entire summer without stepping into cozy shearling slippers or accessorizing with a classic shearling vest. Check out the variety of sheepskin garments we offer at The Sheepherder, and stay cool and stylish all summer long!
Emma Watson Favors Edgy Leather and Sheepskin Jacket On the Go
Ever wonder what types of clothing the rich and famous rely on when they are busy filming movies, traveling from coast to coast, and otherwise keeping up with their insanely busy lives? Up-and-coming British actress and star of the Harry Potter films, Emma Watson, is one celebrity who somehow effortlessly combines comfort and class to create some of the most casual yet stylish travel wardrobes out there. And judging by recent photos of Miss Emma Watson departing from LAX airport and dashing around New York, the 22-year-old star has at least one go-to item in her impressive wardrobe: an edgy leather and sheepskin jacket.
Plenty of celebrities are on board with the sheepskin look, sporting sheepskin jackets, boots and other shearling clothing in a variety of colors and designs. And why not? Not only is sheepskin incredibly warm and comfortable, but it’s also a product that matches practically any outfit and never seems to go out of style, making it one no-brainer of an investment. When it comes to long flights, shooting films and honing her multi-tasking skills, Emma Watson seems to rely on the same sheepskin jacket to keep her warm and comfortable on the go. The actress’ favorite jacket features a cream-colored sheepskin body with edgy black leather sleeves that appear to be removable, making the coat perfect for year-round wear.
While passing through LAX, Emma Watson donned her shearling coat and completed her travel wear with a cozy watercolor sweater over top a long gray jersey top, a blue knit scarf, black leggings, blue ankle boots and Ray Ban sunglasses. On her trip to New York, Emma paired the same comfortable sheepskin jacket with a white sweater, black skinny jeans, Balenciaga low-top trainers and her stylish black Ray Bans. Because sheepskin functions as both a comfortable and fashionable apparel, whether she is off-duty or on, Emma Watson’s shearling jacket complements virtually any outfit she chooses to wear.
The fact that shearling products are favored by men, women and children of all ages, regardless of their celebrity status (or lack there of), is proof that sheepskin slippers, coats and boots are the perfect go-to accessory to add a little something extra to casual and dressy outfits alike. And while the always-stylish Emma Watson prefers to match her shearling jacket with a sweater, black leggings or skinny jeans and trainers, the look would be just as complete with a black dress and heels or tights and black boots for dressier events, making it the perfect addition to any wardrobe, celebrity or not!
Step Out in Minnetonka Sheepskin Slippers, Boots and Moccasins
The Minnetonka brand has been a staple of American comfort and style since 1946, and the company’s unwavering dedication to quality materials and superb craftsmanship has remained a constant throughout the past six decades. As an official retailer of Minnetonka-brand products, we offer a variety of stylish and luxurious sheepskin slippers, moccasins and boots at The Sheepherder that are perfect for indoor or outdoor wear. The durability and versatility of sheepskin footwear makes Minnetonka boots, moccasins and slippers a practical purchase for men, women and children of all ages. And, as with any product carrying the Minnetonka label, you can feel confident in the caliber of our shearling footwear.
Softsole Moccasin Slippers
Traditional softsole moccasins are perfect for lounging around the house on chilly evenings, or for stepping out of bed and into warmth first thing in the morning. The stitched-on suede soles are soft and flexible, and the snug, slip-on design is the perfect answer to a long day’s work. Imagine relaxing into the comfort of shearling after spending the day on your feet, and it will be hard to pass up these Minnetonka sheepskin slippers. Made with 100% sheepskin, rich suede footwear like the Minnetonka Men’s Softsole slippers can be worn any time of year and are made to last far longer than your typical house slipper.
Convenient Mule Sheepskin Slip-Ons
If you dread leaving your shearling footwear behind in the mornings, take your cozy slippers outdoors and check out Minnetonka’s footwear constructed with a hard rubber sole. One of the most popular Minnetonka products we carry at The Sheepherder is the Ladies’ Mule Sheepskin Slipper, an attractive open-back slipper that is easily slipped on or off for comfy but convenient wear. With a slip-resistant, hard rubber sole, this durable Minnetonka slipper is suitable to be worn either indoors or outdoors, and its soft sheepskin construction will keep your feet cozy in cold and warm weather alike.
Warm and Cozy Shearling Boots
Another popular shearling item for outdoor wear is the Minnetonka sheepskin boot, a luxurious,warm product suitable for men, women and even children. Because of its natural hollow fibers, shearling wicks away moisture from the skin, keeping your feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter, which makes the sheepskin boots a great purchase, especially for kids. Not only are shearling boots comfortable and practical, but they have exploded as a global trend in recent years. With a choice between the tall or short Sheepskin Pug Boot made by Minnetonka, you can ward off the winter chill in style this season.
Sheepskin Garments Hit the Runway in Europe
Two thousand and twelve was a big year for sheepskin, and the much-loved material graced everything from the wardrobe of the everyday American to the shoulders of runway models in fashion capitals like Milan and Paris. Sheepskin jackets in particular were featured among the best of the collections coming down the runway in Europe during men’s fashion week, pegging shearling garments as a must-have for this fall and winter. With its versatility and durability, sheepskin has proven itself to be a favorite trend for this winter and upcoming spring, and is sure to offer some great inspiration to start upgrading your own wardrobe now.
Slip into a Sheepskin Coat this New Year’s Eve
With its warm and cozy embrace, a sheepskin coat is the perfect complement to a cute, slim-line outfit to be worn underneath, especially during the winter. If you’re heading out to celebrate New Year’s Eve, for example, you don’t have to sacrifice the elegance of your outfit to stay warm. From satin evening dresses to lightweight sweaters, shearling jackets provide all the warmth without forfeiting a bit of style. So borrow a look from Milan’s fashion week and pair our men’s Colorado sheepskin coat with a sleek suit or our ladies’ Cattleman sheepskin coat with a chic and sexy dress to ring in the New Year.
Shearling Boots: From Surfer to Chic
Perhaps even more popular than sheepskin jackets though, is the shearling boot or slipper. Initially a trademark of the Australian surfing culture in the 1960s, the utilitarian sheepskin boots are now simultaneously coveted as a fashion symbol by runway models in Milan and Paris, celebrities like Jessica Simpson and the average American man, woman and even child. The fact that shearling slippers and boots have morphed from a “surfer dude” staple to the latest European trend proves that, dressy or casual, shearling is the perfect companion to any outfit.
Add Sheepskin Garments to Your Wardrobe
Although sheepskin is by no means a new look, its recent reemergence on the runway in Europe has piqued the interest of consumers looking for a stylish way to stay warm this winter. Shearling isn’t just for winter though; sheepskin hides are processed in such a way that they actually wick away moisture and naturally keep you cool in warm weather as well, making them suitable for year-round wear. Crafted by hand using only the highest-quality shearling, our sheepskin coats, slippers and vests at the Sheepherder are some of the best shearling products on the market. And with their chic appeal and careful construction, our sheepskin garments are the perfect addition to any wardrobe.
Sheepskin Accessories Make the Perfect Stocking Stuffers
It’s not always easy to find quality gifts that are affordable enough to be used as stocking stuffers, but our sheepskin accessories might be just the items you’re looking for. From cozy sheepskin mittens to shearling seatbelt covers and eyeglass cases, we have a variety of fun and stylish sheepskin accessories that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face during the upcoming holidays. Check out these great stocking stuffer gift ideas and keep the entire family in sheepskin this winter!
Sheepskin Mittens for the Whole Family
Mittens are a great idea for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers, and we carry shearling mittens in adult, child and baby sizes, so you can stock up for the whole family. Sheepskin is the perfect material to use for mittens, because the shearling on the inside naturally keeps your fingers nice and warm while the water-resistant suede on the outside protects your hands from rain, snow and the winter chill. Shearling mittens can also be treated with a rain and stain shield to help the suede repel water and avoid soiling. Our sheepskin mittens come in a variety of colors, all with attractive wool-out seams and a D-ring and clip so you can easily attach them to your coat.
Thick and Soft Shearling Seatbelt Covers
If you’ve got a frequent driver in the family, a sheepskin seatbelt cover is a great stocking stuffer idea. For those people who spend a lot of time in the car – either commuting for work or driving to and from school – constantly wearing a seatbelt can be pretty uncomfortable. Our shearling seatbelt covers are hand-crafted using the same soft, thick material that sheepskin seat covers are made from, protecting your neck from being rubbed raw by the seatbelt. With a variety of color options – including ivory, sahara, grey, black and even pink – and an easy velcro closure, our sheepskin seatbelt covers make a great holiday gift for anyone in the family.
Durable iPhone and Eyeglass Cases
Another sheepskin accessory that makes a great stocking stuffer is our shearling iPhone case or eyeglass case. Both items are constructed using high-quality shearling, which offers excellent protection for your phone or glasses and makes for a stylish case as well. Our sheepskin iPhone and eyeglass cases are handmade to order based on your color preferences, and are durable enough to put up with some abuse in the bottom of your purse or in your car. Sheepskin is in this season, and our fun and stylish accessories are a great way to give the gift of shearling to friends and family this holiday season. So, whether you’re finishing up your shopping or just getting started, check out our sheepskin accessories at The Sheepherder for the perfect Christmas gift or stocking stuffer. There’s still time to order before Christmas!
Celebs Love Their Sheepskin, And So Will You!
Sheepskin isn’t just for winter anymore! All the hottest celebrities are donning sheepskin this season, and not just to keep their feet warm on those crisp December evenings. Sheepskin has morphed from a utilitarian product worn years ago – primarily for warmth and comfort – into a worldwide fashion statement among men, women and children alike – one that combines style and functionality in the most perfect of ways. And one of the best things about shearling garments like the ones we craft at The Sheepherder is that they are appropriate for men and women of all ages, evidenced by sheepskin-wearing celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Leonardo DiCaprio, Selena Gomez, Tom Brady and Katy Perry.
We Make Shearling Garments That Last
Classic sheepskin boots, slippers and jackets have been around for decades, and the recent boost they have seen among Hollywood stars and starlets has made them a popular option for men, women and children around the world. And, while you may not necessarily take your everyday fashion advice from celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, the fact that so many stars are embracing shearling for winter, spring, summer and fall-wear is only further evidence of its exceptional quality and style. Take a look at our wide selection of Sheepherder sheepskin slippers, vests and jackets, and find the shearling product that will keep you comfortable and in style for years to come.
Celebrities in Sheepskin Gallery
Our sheepskin garments are certainly loved by adults, but there’s no reason young children can’t enjoy the comfort and durability of soft, plush sheepskin too! Sheepskin is one of the softest and most luxurious materials out there, which makes it a fine choice for children’s stuffed animals. We take pride in the quality of our shearling products at The Sheepherder, and we are fully devoted to creating sheepskin items for the entire family to enjoy. That’s why, in addition to shearling jackets, vests, slippers and accessories, we also offer handcrafted sheepskin animals that make perfect gifts for your little ones.
Soft and Cuddly Sheepskin Teddy Bears
Our small sheepskin teddy bear is soft and snuggly, made from luxurious shearling wool and stuffed with wool shavings to make it the perfect cuddle buddy for children and even adults. The sheepskin teddy bear comes in a variety of tones, which you can hand pick to match your child’s favorite color, and is outfitted with a leather nose, eyes and tongue. To care for this little sheepskin friend, don’t wash or soak through the suede; simply touch up the wool with a small amount of liquid soap and water, and he (or she) is good to go!
Luxurious Sheepskin Bunny Rabbits
If your son or daughter is over the teddy bear phase, an adorable sheepskin bunny could be the perfect fit. Our cuddly little shearling rabbits are delightfully soft, and, like the teddy bears, are stuffed with sheepskin shavings to create a perfectly huggable friend for your child. Choose from a variety of colors, including ivory, sahara, gold misty, ranch, grey, basic black and pink, or mix and match tones to create a personalized sheepskin bunny for a baby shower, Christmas or birthday gift. Caring for your sheepskin bunny is easy; simply touch up the wool with water and liquid soap, being careful not to soak through the suede, and the stuffed animal will
Sheepskin Stuffed Animals for Children and Adults
Just like our shearling garments, our sheepskin stuffed animals at The Sheepherder are constructed with comfort and durability in mind, and are made to last. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your child, niece, nephew, or family friend, our sheepskin teddy bears and bunnies are sure to fit the bill. These luxurious sheepskin stuffed animals are, by design, safe for children, complete with leather accents instead of glass or plastic eyes and noses that can hurt or pose a choking hazard for small children. Our sheepskin teddy bears and rabbits are looking for a good home, and are so cute and loveable, you may even want to keep one for yourself!