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The Glerups slippers are known for their exceptional comfort. This is due to the foot-shaped and unique design in combination with the softness and warmth of the wool. The classic felt boot has been made since the company was founded and was the basis for developing new product designs for their collection.
The designs are also based on a long tradition of hand felting, which they have transformed into innovative products of the highest quality. The craft has been translated into the industrial production of Glerups. But parts of the production are still done manually as they require a special skill to accomplish. A specific skill that cannot be performed by a machine.
The Glerups slipper collection consists of various models with a leather sole and a rubber sole. The slippers with leather sole are for indoors and the rubber sole, you can walk outside with that.
The wool is washed in soft water, then carded and felted. The felt is formed into socks, which are steam felted for a perfect fit, before the soft calfskin soles are glued and then sewn on for longevity. The soles meet the strict environmental requirements of the EU. The rubber soles are designed and built with a special pattern that provides better grip on different surfaces. The collection consists of beautiful natural Scandinavian colors. Glerups develops new colors when it makes sense and/or the time is right.
Glerups started with wool from their own Gotland sheep. Over the years they have found the perfect blend of wool to give the Glerups a long life. Glerups mixes Gotland wool from Denmark with white quality wool from New Zealand. These livestock farmers meet the high standards for consistent quality and animal-friendly animal welfare. Each sheep is treated with respect and they live and graze in a free and natural environment. Glerups work with their selected farmers every step of the way, following each pair of Glerups from the sheep to your feet.
Wool is self-cleaning - Wool is a natural product with self-cleaning properties. This is due to the natural fat of the wool fiber, lanolin. When the sheep get wet, a process occurs between the lanolin and the sheep's natural alkaline salts from perspiration, which together form a natural soap that cleans the wool. To some extent, we benefit from the same properties when the wool is made into a pair of slippers. Therefore, it is not necessary to wash woolen products very often. In fact, it's better to just let them breathe during a nice day in the garden. A nice advantage for you and nature.
Wool is breathable - Wool is not only sweat absorbent, but of course also breathable! Wool regulates the temperature on the skin, just as sheep would in nature. Therefore, you can easily wear wool when you are active in the forest, on the beach or at home in the garden, because it wicks moisture away from the body. Of course, this also applies to the feet.
“Keep in mind that wool works best on bare skin, so we recommend wearing slippers without socks. Bare feet are always best for Glerups!” - said Glerups
Wool is a natural product - Precisely because the wool is a natural product, very small vegetable fibers (grass or straw) may appear in the felt from time to time. Glerups consciously chooses not to chemically strip their wool to prevent this. It also shows you visually how natural your footwear is. Your Glerups will normally pill during the first 3-5 weeks of wearing them. This is mostly due to the natural treatment of the wool and the compression underfoot to create your own custom footbed. If you notice that your slippers are starting to pill, simply remove the wool fluff and continue to use your glerups as normal. This process will decrease over time.
You will also experience color differences from production to production, this is also natural when working with 100% wool as Glerups choose to use non-toxic chemicals to dye the colours.
Five good reasons to use wool all year round
It has always been a clear objective of Glerups to produce all their products with care for people and nature. All models are designed in Denmark and produced in their own factory in Romania. They strive for the highest quality and therefore require strict quality control in production. Their v
skilled employees work conscientiously and know the quality requirements of the company and customers. Glerup is a family name and the founder has put her name on the products to indicate that they vouch for it.
Glerups headquarters is located in the north of Denmark – in the countryside with fields, trees and fresh air. The headquarters is home to the Glerup family and as Glerups has grown over the years, part of the journey has been to rebuild, refurbish and expand the office facilities. Today, the new warehouse is on the field, where Nanny used to have her own Gotland sheep. They cherish the beautiful surroundings of our headquarters and find inspiration and energy in the fresh and natural environment.
How it all started...
The 1970s is a decade of increased awareness of many social issues and one of the many emerging trends is self-sufficiency. Danish mother Nanny Glerup sees the potential and enrolls in a felting course where she makes a pair of boots for her husband Ove. The comfort of the wool and the snug fit mean that Ove wears the felt boots everywhere and the first seed is planted in Nanny's mind. Ove's first steps in those boots are also the first steps towards the development of a unique brand and philosophy: Glerups.
1985 - From the beginning, the sheep are the real heroes of their story and they take center stage in 1985, when Nanny and Ove - causing a shock among family and friends - buy the derelict farm of Thasdalsgård in North Jutland. The place is affordable, full of possibilities and between the many buildings is a stable. Nanny and Ove move in and are joined a little later by their Gotland sheep. Finally things come together and all the necessities for Glerups are there. Today, Glerups' headquarters is still The Farm.
1993 - Now 53 years old, Nanny makes slippers for family and friends, made from the natural wool of the Gotland sheep. Everyone loves the comfort and fit and it occurs to her that she can make a business out of this. She registers the company Glerups, exhibits at trade fairs and receives the first customer orders. Since everything is done by hand, production numbers are low. Much to her dismay, Nanny has to reject a Swedish order for 200 pairs of children's boots due to limited capacity. To simplify production, she decides to focus on one specific fit that is still used today and is the preferred fit for glerups "addicts" around the world.
1995 - Time to introduce The Old Lady, our trusty carding machine dating back to 1936. During a trip to England, Nanny sees the machine and immediately recognizes its potential. This could mean a leap in capacity and Nanny wants to buy The Old Lady. Fortunately, Bodil from the bank is at home on the idea. She arranges a loan of 50,000 kroner, the deal is agreed and The Old Lady is shipped to Denmark to increase production capacity and ensure consistent product quality.
2000 - Nanny Glerup, now in her 60s, supervises the production and quality control of Glerups products. The dedicated work over the years has taken its toll, and her back and shoulders are a constant reminder that uncompromising craftsmanship comes at a price. Her redefined position allows her to work with innovation and ensure that the Glerups DNA is firmly integrated into the company, the workforce and every Glerups product delivered to the stores.
2005 - Well into the new century, Ove's first steps into felt boots take us all the way to Romania, where they begin production after developing a factory from the ground up. As they expand their geographic presence, they decide to downsize the collection and focus on loafers (Slip-on), footwear (Shoe, and boots (Boot).
Allan comes on board as an agent for Denmark and becomes part owner soon after. And yet, during expansion, co-ownership and new markets, The Original Quality, endorsed by Nanny Glerup, guarantees that every pair of Glerups is made with care.
2015-2017 - Glerups are mostly sold for indoor use, where users appreciate the craftsmanship and qualities of the 100% pure, natural wool in the comfort of their own homes. Today, however, the Glerups company is on an exciting global journey far from home. They are completing the largest investment in the company's history, a new wool processing production line from Germany and are working with ZQ Premium Wool from New Zealand to ensure a steady supply. Glerups Inc. is founded in the United States and a new production building in Romania
of 2,800 m2 is on the drawing board. Yet they never lose sight of their goal and Glerups' DNA. The products are continuously refined and in 2017 they introduced rubber soles for all adult models.
2018 - 25 years since the first pair of Glerups, you can expect them to slow down a bit. But the spirit that helped Nanny and Ove turn a dilapidated farmhouse into an unexpected success story lives on and Glerups brims with ideas, plans and possibilities. The new production building is progressing well and the Forest color is being introduced – inspired by the environment and nature around Nanny and Ove's house, which is still their headquarters.