As demand for wool shoes grows, a number of US footwear brands are heading directly to the source: the sheep pastures of New Zealand
This article titled “Would you wear wool shoes to save the environment?” was written by Esha Chhabra, for theguardian.com on Thursday 25th August 2016 15.06 UTC
With a population of 4.6 million people and 29.5 million sheep, New Zealand has roughly six sheep for every person. And now, the wooly beasts are helping drive a new movement: farm-to-foot.
Typically, most of our footwear is made from either natural materials (such as leather or canvas), or synthetic, petroleum-based materials (such as rubber, plastic or cloth). Few manufacturers opt for wool, though. Yet, unlike other natural materials, wool can absorb moisture, is breathable and offers a sustainable alternative to rubber, making it perfect for use in footwear.