Are you familiar with the Danish term hygge? It’s usually translated as Danish for “cozy,” but there’s a little more to it than that. It’s about happiness and comfort and pleasing your soul during the coldest, darkest times of the season. And there’s really nothing more hygge, nothing more soul-pleasing and comforting, than sliding your feet into a warm, cozy pair of slippers after freezing your feet to the bone in any number of cold weather activities.
Surfing through Northern California winters, for example. Which means trudging out of a 48-degree ocean with ice blocks for feet and standing in a dirt lot while naked, sopping wet, and shivering as you change out of a wetsuit. In the past, I’ve been a begrudging Uggs man. Fashion be damned when you can’t feel your feet. But I don’t like wearing them in public, they’re bulky as hell, and they take up way too much room in luggage while traveling.
Then I found slippers made by the Danish company Glerups. It’s a miracle I ever wear anything else. I’ve been looking forward to winter for weeks now, just to be able to wear them more often. They’re that comfortable (note: probably best to avoid trying to prounounce “Glerups” in the presence of a native Danish speaker—I tried this recently and they stared at me not comprehending what I was trying to say until I held up the slipper. They corrected my pronunciation by adding “s” and “k” and “o” sounds where, it seemed to me, none should have been).
I’ve been wearing the Glerups Low Boot with Rubber Sole ($155). They are 100 percent wool felt, and they are 100 percent awesome. Glerups is serious about knowing where their wool comes from and having a relationship with the sheep farmers who provide it. Their slippers are constructed partially by hand from a blend of New Zealand wool, and wool from sheep in Gotland, Sweden. The design is very simple: one-piece of wool, attached to a natural rubber soul. That’s it. They’re meant to be worn sockless, but they don’t stink—the wool breathes very well and wicks moisture. The more you wear them, the more they mold to your foot shape, and the flexier they get. Oooo-weee—these puppies will really grow on you.
They also make calfskin-soled slippers, but those are strictly meant for in-house use. I wouldn’t wear the rubber-soled slippers to the store or anything, but they’re perfect for throwing on after a surf and driving home, or walking through the snow to an outhouse on a ski hut trip. I pack them when traveling somewhere cold, I wear them around the house when the temps drop, I’ve brought them with me while backpacking, car camping, and, yea, I’ve slept in them.
The only potentially negative issue I could possibly imagine is that the wool sheds at first. But this goes away after time and you won’t even notice anymore. And, I guess, the cost could be considered a negative. But they feel like they’ll last forever, they’re made with care by a company who takes care of their farmers and their employees. Quality isn’t cheap.
Simple, incredibly well-made, very, very stylish. I’ve never seen a better aprés-whatever-you-feel-like slipper.
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If I’m crushed for packing space, I bring the Baffin Cush slippers. Little down parkas for your feet, they also grip like crazy in the snow. $45
Minnetonka Moccasins are everywhere for a reason. Durable, soft warm. What else you want? $40
Like Uggs but not the tall boot? The fancy-looking Ugg Ascot slipper gives you the same cozy, but with a robe and pipe vibe. $120