Why Does Some Wool Itch, but Not Merino Wool?

Why Does Some Wool Itch, but Not Merino Wool? // June 27, 2018

We’ve all experienced that itchy and uncomfortable wool from a grandmother’s sweater, right? Understandably, these experiences can make some worried about other wool clothing. “Wool shoes? But I don’t want itchy feet!”

Luckily, you don’t have to worry about being itchy and uncomfortable with all wool! If you ever had an unpleasant experience with wool materials, then it was most likely due to the type of wool itself – there are many types of wool used for clothing. 

Many producers use cheaper wool to reduce the product cost (a pair of slippers made of 100% merino wool could easily cost over 300 euros!). However, significantly cheaper wool with thicker fibers can cause the skin to itch - making the product very uncomfortable to wear.

So, if you have ever experienced that itchy and uncomfortable feeling in shoes without socks, then you surely weren’t wearing merino-lined sneakers. Unlike other wools and synthetic material, merino wool doesn't itch at all – it is the softest of all wool.

So, what makes Merino wool special and how is that going to benefit you? Let’s first discuss why some wool is itchy in the first place.

Why does wool itch?

It's a common misconception that all types of wool itch. As we mentioned, the biggest factor is the type of the wool used. For example, all of Baabuk's slippers, sneakers, and boots use high-quality wool to avoid itchy feet!

While you might save a few dollars when buying synthetic or cheaper wool products, you will most likely end up not wearing them after a while. These materials can cause your feet to itch and it will make sneakers uncomfortable.

It all comes down to quality.

Does Merino wool itch?

Unlike other wool fibers, Merino wool is very fine and thin. The wool is soft and comfortable to wear. There are a few reasons why this wool different from the others:

  • Fiber length
    Merino wool has an excellent fiber length. When the fibers are shorter, or if wool has a wider fiber length, it will cause an itchy feeling. The fibers will rub against the skin becoming bothersome. Merino wool has lengthy and soft fibers that are comfortable to wear.

  • Fiber diameter.
    Merino wool has a very small diameter. Because of this small diameter, the fiber can bend easier and it's much more flexible.  Merino wool fibers easily bend against the skin and they don't cause itching.

merino lined sneakers

Why should you wear Merino lined sneakers?

Merino lined sneakers are very comfortable to wear. The fibers of the wool don't irritate the skin and in return, they don't cause the itchy and uncomfortable feeling. Although more comfortable than other types of wool, merino wool still maintains the natural benefits of wool, such as antibacterial properties and water resistance.

Don't just take our word on it. Try out a pair of merino-line Urban Woolers for yourself! We are sure that you will find them very comfortable to wear, and of course, itch-free!

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Sizing Chart


To find your perfect size, please use our Size Finder page.

This is the BAABUK sizing chart for our sneaker/urban wooler collection

Choosing the right shoes online can be difficult, in addition to regular sizing, we offer additional measurements in the chart below so that you can measure your foot to get the perfect fit.

Note that our shoes are made of wool. Wool is a stretchable material that will adapt itself to your foot. I general we recommend that if you have a larger feet or if you are in between two sizes  to take the size above (e.g EU 42 1/2 -> 43).

Size chart :

EU Size

Lengths (mm)

Girth (mm)



In order to choose your perfect pair just measure the length and girth of your feet.

To measure the length you can put your feet on a with page of paper and draw the line in front and at the back of your feet (the highest point at the front and at the back). The length can vary between 1 and 2 mm. To measure the girth you will circle your feet at the ball part. Check this link how to measure the ball girth.

If your feet is large we suggest that you choose the size above that is matching to the girth given in our chart.

The pictures below will help you with these measurements : 

Size Chart Baabuk

Please not that if the size you choose doesn't fit you perfectly you can exchange your shoes.

Slipper Sizing:

The slipper are hand-felted in one piece without any stitching. The advantage of these kind of slippers is that with the time, your feel will continue to felt the slippers and they will take the shape of your feet.

We have cut the opening of the shoes a little bit tighter. For the kids and female sizes we have cut a litle 'V' cut to make it easier to entre the shoe. In case you feel its still too tight, just cut with a scisor the 'V' a little bit bigger. That is only possible with hand-felted wool slippers.

Converting US/EU Sizes? Use our Size Finder page.

Conditions : Please contact us if you want to exchange the shoes. Once we have validate your request you can ship us the unused shoe (on your charges). We will ship you back a new pair (on our charges).

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