Handmade baby/toddler shoes. Made with sheep's wool from Patagonia and tanned salmon leather. Soles are soft as suede and insulating—and they don't smell like fish. (5" long x 3" wide x 3" high from heel.) Handmade in Chile. (
These baby-sized Patagonian wool slippers are basically the cutest thing ever, next to bare baby toes.
Soft Patagonian sheep fleece encloses the foot and cushions it all over, making feet warm on the coldest day or night. Tanned natural salmon skin, an up-cycled fabric made from what the fishing industry would otherwise throw away, gives the bottom a good padding. Its natural scale pattern is reminiscent of exotic leathers, but unlike them, completely renewable.
The slippers are handmade by groups of Chilean women to promote the evolution of local craft in Chile in spite of the encroaching industries in the region. The shoes come in grown up sizes too.
To wash these booties, be sure you do it rarely and by hand using a mild soap (never bleach, which will erode the wool) and lukewarm water that shouldn't get hotter than 80 degrees F (30C).
The shoes shouldn't be put in the dryer or hung up to dry, since this could cause deformation. Instead, dry them flat.
A network of Chilean artisans handmake each pair of house shoes, each communicating the same design spec and synchronizing their own production network to maintain quality control. Each pair of these shoes is geo-tagged with a QR code that leads to the geographical and production details of the individuals that hand-crafted each unique piece. The shoes are made in Frtillar, a small town in Region de Los Lagos, Puerto Varas, known as "the city of roses," and Calcurrupe, a tiny town on the shores of Ranco Lake in Chile.
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