Forget everything you think you know about wool, because once you step into a pair of Giessweins, you’ll realize that all wool is not created equal.
Giesswein’s boiled wool is soft, lightweight, and breathable, helping to naturally regulate your body temperature in cold weather and warm weather. Wool fibers themselves are hollow—allowing sheep to “wear” their wool in all seasons—and therefore dry very quickly. In fact, wool can absorb up to 35% of its dry weight before it begins to feel wet against your skin, so even after a full day of active wear, your feet will still feel energized and dry.
Giesswein depends on the finest fleece to ensure the softest, most durable boiled wool possible, so our wool comes to us from the verdant pastures of Australia, New Zealand, and South America, where we work with ranchers who ensure consistent quality and sustainable sheep ranching practices.
We begin by weaving the wool into a soft Tyrolean knit, which is then put through a unique process called “fulling” or “Walk” (pronounced ‘vahlke’) in German. The knit is washed, agitated, compressed, and subjected to high and low temperature variations in fresh mountain spring water. The fulling is monitored by hand over the course of up to 12 hours in our huge washing machines in order to achieve the ideal consistency and feel. Only when our head “Woolmeister” determines the texture is just right, we open up the doors and hang the wool to dry in the crisp Alpine air.
Giesswein wool is not your average boiled wool, and should never be mistaken for felt. It is lighter, softer, and more flexible than felt, and because of the intricate fulling process, it is completely machine-washable. Our boiled wool is a renewable, sustainable, odor-resistant, itch-free material that helps to keep your feet cool in the heat and snug in the cold.