Warm Feet

Bear Paw Ankle Boots
Dog walking boot hoarding

In my part of the world we’ve had an early cold snap that’s reminded me I need warm feet. Dipping close to freezing for a few mornings, I had to dig my sheepskin boots out to walk my dog. I’m a fan of the Bear Paw brand. They are good quality and usually available at good prices on the flash sale sites. I generally buy a couple of pairs at the end of season and keep them handy.

Wool Insole
Wool insole after little wear

My end of last season pair of black Bear Paw’s came with a wool insole. It’s the first time I’ve had a wool insole and I HATE them. Under very little wear the insole flattens, pill and fall apart. It’s nasty. I’m a sheepskin insole girl.

Bear Paw Wedge
Good for dressy occasions.

I have always had a problem keeping my extremities warm in the winter. About 10 years ago I gave in to sheepskin boots and while I don’t love the styles, I do love the toasty toes. I have several style of boots so I’m covered for super casual (basic Ugg like styles), casual (moto-boot) and dress (black wedges with fur fold over) occasions. This solution is workable, but not ideal. I need more range in my wardrobe.

Bear Paw Moto
Bear Paw Moto boot

By pure happenstance I found the answer. Several years ago I was perusing the duty-free in the Auckland New Zealand airport and I found sheepskin insoles! These babies are a lifesaver. From that day forward, I was able to wear ANY of my boots or booties ALL winter! The added bonus-you can take them out when you are inside.

sheepskin insole
New Zealand insole-5+ seasons

These insoles are the best investment in winter warmers I’ve ever made. The sheepskin is resilient and easy to care for. Whenever you need a refresh just immerse the insoles in mildly soapy, luke-warm water. Let them soak about 10 minutes. Agitate just a bit. Remove and rinse in cold water. Roll in an absorbent towel and air dry. When the drying is complete fluff the fur and you are ready to go again. I’ve had the same pair for about 5 years.

UGG replacement insole
Foam bottom UGG replacement insole

To my delight, I have found that I can buy new ones in the US. In fact, Amazon has several options. I’m waiting for a pair of Dr. Sheepskin’s in grey today. (These will replace the wool insole.) Make sure you get the real ones with the sheepskin back. There are lots of insoles with the fur on a synthetic back-not nearly as quality as the real thing.

Get yourself a pair and grab some for holiday gifts. Get them now if you are heading into winter. They are hard to find once the cold sets in.

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