Every year, people around the country look forward to finding out what Oprah Winfrey has included on her “Favorite Things” list, and this year, the coveted collection of products Oprah has deemed the perfect holiday gifts features both sheepskin slippers and shearling gloves, just in time for winter. “I tasted. I tested. I sniffed. I touched,” says Oprah about the rigorous process she used to determine her favorite products for 2014. “I lotioned. I potioned. I snuggled. I brewed. I steeped. I read. I dared, and then I did it all again…and again…and again.” And apparently, after all that product testing, Oprah just couldn’t resist the feel of soft, warm shearling on her skin, choosing two sheepskin products that will make the perfect Christmas gifts for 2014.
Fringe is the new fashion obsession of many of the hottest celebrities and style icons out there today, like Reese Witherspoon, Sienna Miller, Lauren Conrad and Kate Hudson, who are rocking everything from fringe boots to tasselled dresses and Western-inspired bags this fall. A new season ushers in a whole new set of trends, and we just can’t get enough of the fashion potential offered by fringe boots this year. Take some inspiration from your favorite fashionable celebrities this season and check out our Minnetonka fringe sheepskin boots for women and kids at The Sheepherder!
Fringe boots are definitely the latest hot fashion trend for fall, and The Sheepherder is proud to announce a new selection of sheepskin Minnetonka fringe boots for kids and adults, available both in our shop and online. Made from authentic sheepskin, the adorable Minnetonka fringe boots provide the luxurious comfort of a sheepskin boot, but with a fashionable fringe detail perfect for any western-inspired outfit this fall. The Minnetonka fringe boots for children and adults are available in a range of colors, including tan, black and gray, and also feature a leather braid with metal studs along the top of the boot for a little extra flair.
Sure, it’s only September, and Christmas probably isn’t even on your radar yet, but why wait for Black Friday and Christmas Eve crowds, when you can start your shopping now and take the time to find the gifts your loved ones will truly cherish? After all, there’s nothing worse than waiting until the last minute to shop and being forced to hand out gift cards for Christmas, especially if you’re the kind of person that prefers to give more personal presents. Lucky for you, we’ve got custom-made sheepskin slippers and other great Christmas gift ideas for 2014 right here at The Sheepherder!
It’s hard to believe, but September really is right around the corner, and while we still have some time before the brisk fall weather sets in, it’s a great time to get ahead of the game and get your hands on some warm and cozy must-haves for this fall, including sheepskin slippers, shearling coats and more. With our wide selection of sheepskin garments and accessories at your fingertips, you can dress your best this season and incorporate a little luxurious sheepskin into your fashionable fall wardrobe!
Sheepskin is a natural, durable fabric made to withstand the elements, which is why it is such a popular material for sheepskin slippers and other winter apparel. However, sheepskin is not naturally waterproof, and shearing garments can easily become soiled when worn outdoors. For this reason, it is extremely important to properly waterproof and protect the durability of your sheepskin slippers, in order to prevent long-lasting stains. Our sheepskin slippers at The Sheepherder are made to last, and we want to help our valued customers keep their sheepskin slippers looking as good as new for as long as possible. To that end, the following are six helpful tips to keep in mind when it comes to protecting, cleaning and caring for your genuine sheepskin slippers.
With the popularity of the Dark Knight Rises, sheepskin jackets have gotten a unexpectedly new cool. Although I must admit I haven’t seen the movie yet, a phone call from a potential client the other day got me interested. He was asking if we could custom make him a jacket like the sheepskin coat the main character in the Batman movie wears. Well, I thought, why not? We searched some images of Bane, the lead character, to check out what his sheepskin outerwear looked like.
If you haven’t seen the movie, here’s a pretty good picture of the villian, Bane:
Now that we have the image, the next question is: can we make you a sheepskin coat like the Batman movie? Well, we’ve decided we can come pretty close. The coat that Bane wears in the Dark Knight Rises is not too far off from our Men’s Classic Coat in a 3/4 length. We could make it full length if you wanted (there are always extra charges if we add on length). We can match the collar, the sleeves and the general look and feel. The pockets on Bane’s sheepskin coat are a little difficult and we might not be able to match those exactly, but we can put on a pocket that will compliment the jacket in general. The loops on this mens sheepskin coat buttons can be copied as well.
The one curiosity on this Batman movie coat is that it looks like this coat is made from one long piece of shearling, rather than having a yoke – or separate piece for the shoulders. I don’t know that we could get one full piece of shearling long enough to make the coat seamless, but we can surely do a yoke that is not too noticable.
The client that called about the Batman shearling coat asked if we could do wool seams and lining for a little different look. We can always customize your sheepskin coat with small details like that, if you would like. Same goes for the color – despite the worn and dirty look of the anarchist in the picture, if I had to guess I would say the coat is a grey on white color. We do have grey on grey or tan on white, but we don’t have that exact color combo. However, we have tons of other sheepskin colors that would look great with this look.
It’s always nice when an item that is as underestimated like sheepskin gets an unexpected boost from a big Hollywood movie! Well, we’ll see if sheepskin jackets become the next big rage – they’ve always been a solid classic. Don’t forget, the The Sheepherder also makes top quality shearling vests for women, children and men, as well as ladies sheepskin coats and great cozy sheepskin slippers for the whole family. And it’s all made by hand in the USA!
Now, the scary Hannibal Lector mask… we’ll leave that up to you.
Shearling is a unique natural product. Shearling, or sheepskin by definition is a sheep’s hide that has been tanned for a specific use. In all cases, the sheep has been shorn several times for it’s wool, that is why these hides are referred to as as shearling. All sheep are raised for the meat (mutton, lamb, lamb chops, etc.) So the hides are only a by-product of the primary purpose of this animal.
Shearling and Sheepskin Facts
The tanning process for sheep is different from other animals. These sheepskin hides are tanned in natural salts and alkaloids so the pollution factor is minimal as these are all natural products. The hairs and hair follices themselves are hollow so that the wool portion of the hides performs two vital functions.:
* First of all, it wicks all excess moisture away from the skin.
* Secondly, it allows the skin to breathe. This is why shearling slippers are such an ideal product for both summer and winter because it keeps the skin warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
We offer many different styles of sheepskin slippers gauranteed to satisfy everyone’s personal needs. The scuff sheeepskin slipper is always a good choice for warmer weather areas that use air conditioning in the summer. They take the chill off those tile floors while letting your feet bathe in the plush comfort of all natural shearling.
Cared for properly our shearling styles last for years.
When it comes to sheepskin coats and other shearling products, the key to purchasing the most comfortable garments made with the highest-quality materials is finding an individual or shop that makes sheepskin slippers and apparel by hand. If you buy sheepskin products from a chain or factory, you never really know what you’re going to get. On the other hand, by visiting (in person or online) authentic sheepskin shops like The Sheepherder in Alma, Colorado, you can ensure that you are going to get what you paid for: a comfortable, warm shearling jacket, coat, pair of slippers or vest, hand-crafted to fit your specific fit, style and color preferences. What’s more, custom-made sheepskin slippers and shearling jackets from authentic sheepskin shops like The Sheepherder can craft quality and comfortable custom shearling slippers for men, women and even children!
Ladies Footwear and Sheepskin Slippers
By creating quality sheepskin slippers made from genuine shearling, and hand-crafted to order, sheepskin shops like The Sheepherder can offer customers a variety of sheepskin slipper options made from the most comfortable and highest-quality materials. One of The Sheepherder’s most popular options for shearling slippers is the Ladies Adult Sheepskin Slipper, a classic scuff-style shearling slipper. With its easy slip-on wear and naturally insulating, breathable and moisture-resistant sheepskin, this ladies shearling slipper is perfect for year-round wear. If you’re looking for a more traditional shearling slipper for women, check out The Sheepherder’s Ladies Sheepskin Slipper, a luxurious shearling slipper choice providing customers the utmost in warmth and style. Crafted from genuine sheepskin, the natural, soft wool keeps your feet cozy, while the authentic sheepskin hide allows your feet to breathe comfortably. The Sheepherder’s traditional sheepskin slipper features wool-out seams for style and a tough cowhide sole for durability unsurpassed by imitation sheepskin slippers.
Mens Shearling Slippers and Sheepskin Footwear
Most men look for exceptional comfort and durability in their sheepskin slippers as well, which is why The Sheepherder also offers the traditional Mens Sheepskin Slipper and scuff-style shearling slipper, crafted specifically for men. Offered in a variety of colors and custom-made to order, these two styles of mens sheepskin slippers offer unrivaled durability and comfort in a stylish shearling slipper. And, since The Sheepherder is an authorized Minnetonka retailer, other popular options for mens sheepskin slippers by The Sheepherder include the Mens Ugg-style Sheepskin Boot and mens Minnetonka sheepskin slippers and moccasins. Made in the USA and crafted from naturally durable, breathable and moisture-resistant sheepskin hide, these mens shearling slippers offer comfort and function for wear in both the winter and summer. The Ugg-style sheepskin boot is 9” high and comes with a non-slip, hard rubber sole for the best grip in winter weather. The mens moccasins feature thick, dense and luxurious sheepskin wool on the inside, with 100% shearling hide on the outside, and an indoor/outdoor hard rubber sole on the bottom to keep your sheepskin moccasins lasting longer than ever.
Sheepskin Slippers and Footwear for Children
When purchasing your ladies and mens sheepskin slippers this year, don’t forget about the kids! The Sheepherder keeps function, comfort and warmth in mind when crafting childrens sheepskin slippers, offering a diverse selection of shearling footwear options perfect for any season. Check out the traditional Kids Sheepskin Slipper and find that The Sheepherder offers these traditional adult slippers in a smaller size without sacrificing quality or durability. Keep your childrens’ feet comfy and cozy in these sheepskin slippers, and you may find you have a hard time getting them off their feet! Sheepskin’s natural hollow fibers wick away moisture and will keep your kids’ feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer, unlike imitation shearling slippers. And with The Sheepherder’s great prices on kids sheepskin slippers, you’ll have a hard time saying no to this great sheepskin slipper purchase!
Imitation shearling products may resemble authentic sheepskin in appearance, but the comfort, fit and durability of The Sheepherder’s sheepskin garments and accessories are unmatched by any imitation or synthetic items. Sheepskin slippers, jackets, blankets and shearling winter wear are some of the most sought-after products on the market, due to their reputation as high-quality, comfortable and durable garments. Although there are a number of sheepskin chains and retailers offering imitation sheepskin products in the U.S., The Sheepherder of Alma, Colorado is one of the few establishments offering customers genuine sheepskin products that are custom-fit and made by hand specific to its customers’ needs.
Benefits of True Shearling Outerwear
Sheepskin, also called lambskin or shearling, is the hide of a sheep, and is tanned with the fleece intact in order to make quality and comfortable sheepskin products. Sheepskin is used to produce sheepskin leather products and a variety of soft wool-lined clothing items, including hats, gloves, jackets, boots, and Ugg-style sheepskin boots. The fleece of sheepskin has exceptional insulating properties, and is also resistant to flame and static electricity. The wool of the sheepskin used by the Sheepherder is also extremely dense, which gives these sheepskin products unmatched cushioning capability for extreme comfort and durability.
Custom-Made Sheepskin Slippers and Shearling Garments
The high-quality shearling used by the Sheepherder in making sheepskin products is one piece of continuous natural hide, which means the wool is not sewn or glued to the suede, as it may be in imitation sheepskin products. All Sheepherder sheepskin garments and items are handmade at the time of the order for a custom fit tailored to consumers’ specifications for color, style and size. The Sheepherder has been using premium products to create handcrafted sheepskin products for over twenty years, ensuring that all Sheepherder customers receive a one-of-a-kind item made with impeccable quality and attention to detail.
Shearling slippers have been a favorite for centuries, due to the unrivaled comfort and durability these products offer, compared to regular slippers. Purchasing sheepskin slippers is a great way to keep your feet comfortable, dry and warm during the winter season, and they are even ideal for the summer months as well, as the insulating qualities of sheepskin keep your feet cool even in high temperatures. Sheepskin’s durability is unsurpassed by other natural fibers and woven wool alternatives, which is why the Sheepherder uses genuine sheepskin for all its products. Sheepherder sheepskin slippers are renowned for their comfort and quality, but it is the fine craftsmanship that the Sheepherder devotes to each and every sheepskin product that sets these sheepskin items apart from those offered by competitors.
Creating Durable Sheepskin Products
The Sheepherder uses only the finest sheepskin, sheared from the skins of domestic sheep from the Rocky Mountain states. The sheep, deer and elk used for Sheepherder skins are not endangered species. The sheep are raised commercially for their meat, and their hides are tanned and processed in the United States to create high-quality Sheepherder sheepskin products. The intricate process of creating this authentic sheepskin takes twenty-one days and results in a hide that naturally wicks away moisture from the body. Sheepherder products feature top-grade lambskins for the body of the garment, with natural elk and deer antler for the buttons, and sturdy nylon thread to keep it all together. The Sheepherder uses the softest and most supple skins for jacket sleeves and collars to ensure the greatest comfort and flexibility.
One of the most valuable characteristics of sheepskin is its durability. Because sheepskin is so durable, women’s and men’s sheepskin slippers and other sheepskin products are not subject to the normal wear and tear that eventually ruin other synthetic products. Taking proper care of your sheepskin product, which includes using the recommended cleaning products, can help make it last nearly a lifetime. The Sheepherder recommends that customers use a rain and stain shield to protect the suede or leather, and a suede conditioner/cleaner should be used to remove most spotting. If sheepskin slippers or another shearling product becomes overly soiled, it should be taken to a professional dry cleaner experienced in cleaning suede and/or leather and sheepskin.