Well we all know about this Ugg Boots fashion craze that's hit world don't we? Those ugly fluffy looking boots that originate from Australia. But how is humble Ugg Boot made?
The number one essential factor needed for manufacturing a genuine Australian Ugg Boot is material (the sheepskin hide).
You may be aware that their are plenty of different ugg boots styles popping up on internet these days. If you do a few basic searches on net you will find yourself a cheap pair of non-authentic uggs somewhere, but let me tell you 99% of ugg boots sold on internet are made in china. China made Australian ugg boots? Hmm how doess that work? Anyway these China boots are maufactured using inferior sheepskin internal material and probably suede external material which doesn't allow boot to breath and leaves you with a smelly boot you wont want to put back on after 4-5 wears.
These china made copies just dont stand up to Genuine Australian Made Boot. So one things for sure if your interested in buying a pair of sheepskin ugg boots on internet or anywhere for that matters, dont try to save a dollor or two when purchasing your boots?
If you want a boot that's warm in winter cool in summer then you must insist on a boot manufactured with Genuine Australian double faced Sheepskin preferbly Australian Merino Sheepskin.
One of questions often asked about ugg boots is:
Do you have to really kill poor sheep just to make a pair of sheepskin boots?
The answer is NO. Not one sheep has to be slaughted to obtain their hide and fleece. The sheepskins are shawn of sheep back and sheep regrow their fleece just like humans do hair. It's completely painless for sheep. I've been told by a few old school ugg manufaturers that sheep actually like experience of feeling free and would prefer to be shawn rather than have to carry a thick thick woolen coat around with them in hot Summer.
Once sheepskin hides are taken from sheep then process of preparing hide for manufacturers and ensuring hides are up to export standard begins.
Woolskins are usually preserved with salt prior to being processed by tanneries. At tannery skins are processed in large vessels called paddles which vary in capacity from 3000 to 15000 litres. In contrast to hide processing, in woolskin processing mechanical action is kept to a minimum in order to minimise felting of wool. Rotating blades on paddles move skins slowly and gently, and processing is performed at much higher float ratios (typically 20-35 litres of water per skin) than are used in hide processing.
Typically it takes about 10 working days for skins to be tanned and finished ready to be cut into panels for ugg boots.
Step 1. Tanning/ Processing
Soaking (16 hours) - The skins are rinsed in cold water to remove excess salt and dirt from wool and pelt. Rehydration (soaking) of pelt takes place in a fresh cold water float overnight.
Fleshing - The skins are fleshed using a fleshing machine which removes excess fat and muscle tissue from back of skins. This allows for more rapid and complete penetration of chemicals in later stages of processing, particularly during pickling and tanning.