German Christmas Gifts: Woolen insoles

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

You’re at the Christmas market by night and the lights are twinkling above. Clad in your warmest down jacket, Glühwein in hand, your body and spirit are fairly glowing. There’s only one thing threatening to mar this perfect scene: sopping wet feet and frozen toes.

Enter another German wonder product that’s been on the market for ages: warm woolen insoles, or “Filz Einlegesohlen” as they’re known in German. These woolen wonders slip into almost any shoe to provide the wearer with warmth in the winter and comfort year round. Distance walkers value them for their breathability and extra layer of protection against rough terrain.

One company involved with the production of these inlays that’s been stepping with the times is WoolSteps. Their 100% merino wool felt inlays are produced in a rainbow of happy jelly-bean-like colors including cherry red, orange, azure blue, fern green, hot pink, turquoise and purple. They’re suitable for any solid footwear and come in at around 15 euros when purchased through the company’s online shop. The product is hand finished domestically, allowing it to proudly bear the “Made in Germany” trademark.

To create a present for that hiker on your gift list that’s packed with the promise of Alpine adventures in the year ahead, pair the insoles with the company’s alpaca wool socks, available at a similar price point.

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