Christopher McDougall's highly popular book, Born to Run, has brought the barefoot running movement to a new level of public awareness. While some have called it a fad (or even a hoax) many studies have shown that injury rates with modern high-tech running shoes are much too high. Manufacturers have responded with various solutions, the most interesting perhaps Vibram's Five Fingers, which looks like a "glove" for the foot. Terra Plana's Aqua Shoe for those who aren't used to "feeling the ground" when you walk might be a bit of a shock to your system. Kuusaa's Feelmax shoe is a minimal, pseudo barefoot style shoe.These have ZERO arch, ZERO heel, ZERO cushioning (other than the easily removeable innersol).
In order for the foot to function naturally, stimulating the muscles and joints, you have to eliminate the arch support (which can only function as the biomechanical marvel that it is if it is unsupported) and all the cushioning which keeps the foot out of touch with the ground, also eliminating any rigidity in the heel. Our top-felt house shoes satisfy these requirements and we feel that while they may take some getting used to, the hours we spend puttering around the house should not be without some health benefit. We recommend them for year round wear as they are both cool in the summer and warm in the winter. You may have noticed that we've redesigned them so they have a one-piece upper as well as a taller heel. They also, quite by accident, turned out to be more comfortable. As always they're made from 100% industrial wool felt, in a small, sustainable production in Brooklyn.
Slippers are available in 5 sizes: XS,S,M,L,XL which are equivalent to womens and mens shoe sizes, approximately. The best way to ensure a good fit is to download the size chart PDF and print at 100%. Turn off page scaling or “fit to page". To check if your print is full size the XS size should measure about 9 3/4" (25 cm)
Payment is available through PAYPAL. Just select your size from the menu below and and click add to cart. When you checkout you’ll be taken to your shopping cart at the PAYPAL site. Shipping time is usually 2-7 days via USPS. We will let you know if there is any delay. No orders outside USA.
We realize our stock sizes will not fit everyone. Whether it’s a different width, an unusual foot shape, whatever the reason you can use our custom service. You just trace the outline of your foot on a sheet of paper (taking care to keep the pencil/pen vertical as you go around). Slippers are intended to be worn without socks, but if you plan to wear socks, do so when you trace your foot. If you are able to scan the drawing you can email it to us at the custom link. Be sure to measure your foot from heel to toe and write this number on your drawing. If you are unable to scan your drawing you can mail it. Email us for the mailing address. The cost for this service is an additional $20.
We take pride in handcrafting our slippers and we want you to be completely satisfied. If you are unhappy for any reason just return them for a full refund.
CHOOSE YOUR COLOR
In addition to our Grey industrial SAE felt we now offer 2 colors, Loden and Cafe. This 100% Merino Wool felt is made in Germany and is the finest available. Due to the higher cost, however, these colors will be $75/pr. (We still like Grey the best, and it’s a great value at $67.)
Grey ($80) online orders only$67/pr
Loden, Cafe ($90) online only $75/pr
We want to hear what you think, so if you have any questions, comments or suggestions please send us an email or use the contact form below.