Our Story TEST


Inspired by nature.

Nature has been a source of inspiration for centuries and has provided everything that a man would ever need. The need to cope with the cold climate in the northern countries has produced some interesting inventions. For example, Russian peasants came up with the idea of using sheep wool to produce felted boots: the "Valenkis". This is the inspiration behind BAABUK. Wool is a natural and renewable fiber and not only is it an extremely comfortable fabric but also an excellent component for shoes. Preserving the old Valenki tradition of shoe making and simultaneously incorporating an innovative design is our commitment. We deliver traditionally handcrafted natural shoes while keeping it trendy.


Chapter one.

The first BAABUK chapter started with the slippers. Galina and Dan founded their own workshop from scratch in the country of wool, Nepal. They created a collection of 100% wool slippers mixing ancestral know-how with a modern design. The process uses three main elements only: wool, water and soap.


Chapter two.

Full of ideas, the second chapter of Galina and Dan was to come up with a sneaker made of wool as well. After a year of hard work, the Urban Wooler, “a sneaker that you can wear from the beach to the city and from work to the gym”, was launched. The sneakers and Urban Woolers are made in Portugal. This country seemed to be the right place to produce these sneakers due to their knowledge and experience in shoe making. 


Chapter three.

Galina and Dan’s third project was the Baabuk Unisex Wool Boot. This boot is a combination of tradition and innovation and keeps your toes extremely warm during the coldest winters! Moreover, we’re very proud that our Baabuk Boot has been awarded with the GOLD WINNER award during the biggest outdoor trade show ISPO with more than 80'000 visitors from all over the world.

All the projects were successfully financed on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. And we’re not done yet, there are many more BAABUK chapters to come!


Our commitment.

Our shoes are felted in one piece, without seams or stitches. It makes the production process more complex but the shoes more durable and more comfortable. We use 100% natural wool from healthy happy sheep to produce our shoes. We deliver traditionally handcrafted natural shoes while keeping it trendy. We exert conscious efforts to preserve the environment by comiting to use sustainable and renewable resources such as sheep wool or natural latex.


Making of BAABUK slippers.

The production process we have chosen is meticulous and delicate. It takes three days to create a pair of Baabuk but the outcome is exceptional. The shoe making process in four main steps:

Tedious felting task: 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 process: 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.

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 drying 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.

Baabuk is more than just a shoe, it’s about people. The people working in the Baabuk factory in Nepal receive higher than average salaries, have good working conditions (breaks, legal number of days off, and are provided adapted working tools for example), and receive thorough training in the art of felting wool. We guarantee that no children work in the workshop and that there is an equal number of men and women in the staff. The village in which the factory is established benefits from the positive economic outcomes, as well as the job offers that it represents.   


Making of the Sneakers and Urban Woolers.

On the other hand, 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. The felting technique is different from the slippers because we need a thinner and more flexible material.

We chose to produce the sneakers and Urban Woolers in Portugal as it is an important European source of wool and well-known for its know-how and expertise in shoemaking. Moreover, we collaborate with pro-active partners located in regions that suffered from unemployment due to rural exodus. They are willing to bring the region back to life and develop the wool industry to create jobs.


Making of the Boots.

To produce the boot, we combined the know-how of the people in Nepal and the one from our collaborators in Portugal. This means that the lower part of the boot is made in the same way than the BAABUK slippers. Thus, the video above perfectly explains the production process and the various steps in order to get the first half of the boot. 

Once the lower part done, it is sent to our Portuguese collaborators who will stitch to it the final touches: the upper part, the sole, and the details that will make the boot even more durable and solid. For the upper part, the wool is firstly woven and then washed at high temperature for it to felt. 

This boot is very challenging for shoe makers to assemble, as the lower part is made of a single piece. This being so, it makes it more complex and requires skilled workers in order to assemble the three pieces of the boot: the felted sock made of a single piece, the upper part, and the sole. 

Sizing Chart

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.

Here the sizing conversation between the EU, US and UK for the slippers.

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).