Recently updated on January 28th, 2019 at 06:53 am
Giesswein is an Austrian footwear company that makes their products sustainable using primarily renewable materials such as wool and latex. I received a free pair of the Abend (indoor) slippers to review. The slippers currently retail for $90 and can be purchased through their website. I have been wearing these slippers for a couple months before writing this review and although these are primarily meant for indoor use, I have taken them outside many times to get the mail or drop off kids at the bus and the work great. Read this Giesswein Slippers review for more insights.
Overview of Giesswein
The video below is my impression of the slippers after wearing them for over 2 months.
Giesswein isn’t an overnight company, they grew slowly and perfected their craft over time. Here’s a brief history of the company according to the website:
In 1954, Walter and Elisabeth launched Giesswein to share their passion for wool with the world. Three generations later, the Giesswein family hasn’t lost sight of the Austrian heritage that informs and inspires each unique design to this day. All Giesswein wool is crafted in the scenic Alpine village of Brixlegg overlooking the Inn River. No matter what you select from Giesswein today, know that it was made with the same dedication to craftsmanship that Walter and Elisabeth knit in to the very first garments they made only for family and friends.
All of their footwear has a timeless look so investing a little more is definitely worth it as they style won’t age.
Ordering Your Giesswein Slippers
There are a few ways to order your slippers. You can order direct through their website. There is a shipping charge that will be calculated at checkout. Or, you can find them in a store. I was able to find them at some retail stores in Minnesota which is a good option if you want to try them out in person. They discourage purchasing from Amazon because they cannot guarantee the authenticity of the product sold from third-party sellers.
My slippers arrived in about a week after my order was placed. They arrived in a box like this:
Below are the construction details of the Abend slipper according to the website.
- high-level arch support (metatarsal and medial)
- removable natural rubber/natural jute/recycled carbon footbed
- moisture-wicking, breathable, 100% natural boiled wool upper naturally regulates body temperature
- never itchy, scratchy, or sweaty
- natural latex-dipped outsole with vegetable dyes is non-marking, flexible, and water-resistant
- patented outsole uses no synthetic chemicals or glues
- accommodates third-party orthotics
- seam-free interior hugs the foot with no irritation or chafing
- made in Austria
My Giesswein Slipper Findings
These slippers felt broken in right out of the box. Here’s a picture of them upon opening the box.
What makes these slippers “worth it” is their construction. They are made with boiled wool which is a process the wool goes through to make it softer, not scratchy and lightweight. Wool is a naturally breathable material so you get superior temperature regulation.
The other main feature is the sole of the slipper which is dipped in latex. This creates an excellent seal without the need for glues. The latex provides extra cushioning, grip and waterproofing so if you want to take the slippers for a quick mail run, no worries.
My Giesswein Recommendation
Aside from this model they make other slippers that are are of the same high quality and craftsmanship. I have been occasionally been using my cheaper slippers at times to compare against these and what is most noticeable is the arch support that these slippers provide. My feet get less fatigued at the end of the day. And now that we are starting off January my feet are also less cold! At $90 they certainly aren’t cheap but they are made to last and I expect to have these for years to come. Learn more about Giesswein
Recently updated on June 11th, 2021 at 08:25 pm
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I recently received a pair of Mahabis slippers. I originally came across them while browsing Facebook and saw an ad for them multiple times. Eventually, I succumbed to the temptation and pulled the trigger to buy a pair and now Mahabis has sent me their new Mahabis Breathe slipper to get my thoughts. What made the original Mahabis unique is that they have a removable tread. This means when you go outside you can put on the tread so you don’t dirty the slipper and then take it off when you go back inside so you don’t get your house dirty. They also have different color soles and slippers that you can mix and match to make your own unique look. All of the Mahabis slippers are made with sustainability in mind which means most of the materials are eco-friendly and recyclable.
Mahabis are made in London and look upscale. The Mahabis breathe retail for $109. Even though I live in the United States it didn’t take that long for my slippers to arrive. Just over a week and they were at my door.
Overview of Mahabis Breathe Slippers
Ordering Your Mahabis Slippers
Here’s what they look right out of the box
Make sure you try them on inside to ensure you have the right fit and you are happy with the look. You have 30 days to figure out if they are right for you, if not you can initiate a return from their website where they will pay for return shipping. Just note that they will not accept returns for slippers that are worn.
Construction of the Mahabis Slippers
- Made in Portugal and China
- Tencel’s cellulosic fibres of botanic origin. this 100% natural lyocell fibre is created naturally and using the latest technology keeps your feet feeling fresh.
- Hybrid EVA sole has been engineered with our responsibly sourced Pura-Latex™ rubber mixed with 5% cornflower to reduce environmental impact.
- Cooling cork feature. the footbed is created using natural cork, which makes the wearer feel as though they’re walking in bare feet and regulates foot temperature in warmer seasons/ climates.
My Mahabis Findings
I ideally wear a size 12.5 US. However, they don’t come in half sizes so I bought size 13 which felt slightly large. Since they are slippers, I don’t expect too snug a fit.
As you can see they have a mesh design for ultimate breathability.
The sole is made with latex and cornflower to make it more sustainable. Adding latex costs more but latex is a very durable material and it provides good grip to surfaces.
I was worried at first that the cork sole liner would be too firm. I found it very comfortable for everyday tasks and running errands. I certainly wouldn’t bring these on a long hike but they are perfect for everyday use.
My Mahabis Recommendation
Mahabis provides some of the most ethically made slippers you can buy. On top of that, they are very comfortable and had a unique design you won’t find anywhere else. They are just as breathable as a flip flop but more fashionable. They are the perfect accessory for your summer wardrobe.
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