The temperatures are dropping and the mountaintops are all covered in white. Now is the time to find some fabulous warm winter boots and slippers.

What started in 1954 as simply knitting garments for friends and family, has led to decades of dedication to craftsmanship for the Giesswein family. Walter and Elisabeth Giesswein, a young Austrian couple had no idea of the rich wool tradition that they would launch with their first pair of classic boiled wool slippers. Giesswein was founded in the scenic Alpine village of Brixlegg overlooking the glacial flowing Inn River and three generations later, nestled in the same cozy town, the Giesswein family still crafts beautiful Austrian goods and shares their passion for wool, their rich tradition, and family heritage with people around the world.

As one of the fastest growing textiles used in the United States, Americans are catching wind of wool, the natural fiber that Austrians have been wearing on their feet for ages. Unlike any other material, wool has a distinguishable way of regulating body heat, keeping the wearer’s feet comfortable no matter the temperature. However, not all wool is equal: Giesswein’s knitted wool is sourced from ethical farmers and handcrafted until the texture is just right, ensuring the products are soft, lightweight and breathable.


Sheep ‘wear’ their wool in all seasons; the hollowed fibers allow the animals to dry quickly, just like the footwear on feet. Warmly welcome your guests this winter on the snowy deck in a pair of lodge shoes and know they will keep your feet dry, allowing you to easily settle into indoor conversation.


A pair of Giessweins makes for a cozy housewarming or holiday gift, too. The unisex lodge and house shoes and the women’s appliqué slippers are both a daily luxury and a sanctuary for your feet, as they feature arch-supporting footbeds. It’s easy to fall in love with such comfort, and with the elegant and classic look of natural boiled wool.  Giessweins are the perfect casual slip-on lodge shoe, must-have home staple or snuggly travel companion.


This winter, cozy up in the textile of the year: soft Austrian boiled wool from Giesswein.