How the Baabuk shoes are made

Making of Baabuk Shoes
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Felting progress
FELTING

We take the time to manually rub our delicate wool with warm water and soap so that the wool fibers will intertwine and bundle up to form into one shape.


SHRINKING PROGRESS 

Once the wool is felted into the form desired, we toss it into the washing machine at a high temperature for several hours. This process will naturally shrink the wool by 30%, making it cohesive and virtually indestructible.
Wool Shrinking


Hammer Wool
HAMMERING STRATEGY 

After shrinking, we will embark on the physically demanding task of hammering the wool shoe material alongside with constant brushing. This step will ensure that each shoe will become sturdy and has the property of being water repellent.


SHAPING AND DYING PHASE

This is the final step that each Baabuk shoe will have to go through. The shoes are mounted on the shoe mold to get into a perfect shape. Then, they dry naturally for at least two days. After those two days, the final decorative accents are added to give each pair its own Baabuk character.
Wool Shaping


Wool Carding
SNEAKERS AND URBAN WOOLERS

The sneakers and Urban Woolers are made in Portugal. The wool used to make the sneakers comes from well-treated sheep from the natural park Serra da Estrela, northern Portugal.

The wool is firstly woven and then washed at high temperature for it to felt. From this point on, we can tailor each BAABUK sneakers.

We chose to produce the sneakers and Urban Woolers in Portugal to collaborate with pro-active partners located in regions that suffered from unemployment due to rural exodus.

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)

35
217
23
36
224
23
37
230
24
38
237
24
39
243
24
40
247
25
41
254
25
42
260
26
43
267
26
44
274
27
45
281
27
46
287
28

 

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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