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I Found the Perfect Pair of Eco-Friendly, Artisan-Made Slippers

This post is sponsored by Chilote Shoes. As always, EcoCult only accepts financial support from companies we believe are doing good things. Support EcoCult by supporting them!

I love my apartment for many, many reasons. One of them is that the temperature drops at night in the winter.

My dude complains about it, and I just ignore him. A good home should be just slightly chilly at night, around 65 degrees. I guess I came to this view because my grandmother would always set the thermostat down at night before going to bed, then pop it back up on her way to making me a huge spread of pancakes and bacon for breakfast. A chilly home for my grandparents was a money-saving device, a practical necessity for people who grew up in the Depression. Of course, setting the thermostat down at night is also good for the environment, because you use less energy heating the house while you are tucked under the covers. Even though I have little control over the temperature of my apartment, since it is heated with radiators attached to the building’s boiler, it brings me a soulful comfort to dive under the covers to escape the chill.

But this cozy picture wouldn’t be complete without a pair of house slippers that I can put on when I get out of bed before I head to the kitchen to make some hot green tea. And now I’m so excited to have the perfect morning slippers: Chilote House Slippers.

Eco-friendly slippers

These slippers are hygge personified, modest, cozy, and well made. Composed simply of locally sourced upcycled salmon skin leather and natural Patagonia sheep’s wool, they are handmade by independent female artisans in Patagonia through a co-op system, so that the artisans aren’t forced to work in a factory. Each pair comes rolled up in an eco-friendly, reusable shipping tube, no plastic included, with additional wool thread and salmon skin for personalizing or repairing them, and a QR code so you can learn more about the artisan group that made them.

I’ve been slipping them on every morning, and if I’m working from home, I forget to take them off! I love the way the thick wool pattern feels against the bottom of my feet, and the salmon skin makes them non-slip. They are already plenty comfortable already, but eventually they should break in further and conform to the shape of my feet. I also love how packable they are – if you’re taking a weekend to ski or stay at a friend’s cabin, you can bring these to make your stay more comfortable.

You know I very rarely say anything is a must-have. But every lady who lives outside the equator needs a good pair of slippers. Delicious slippers that are sustainably made plus support vulnerable female artisans? Yeah, that’s definitely a must-have.


  • Alden Wicker

    Alden Wicker is an award-winning investigative journalist and author of To Dye For: How Toxic Fashion Is Making Us Sick — and How We Can Fight Back (Putnam). She splits her time between managing her internationally recognized platform on safe and sustainable fashion,, and contributing to publications such as The New York Times, Vox, Wired, Vogue, and more. She’s made expert appearances on NPR’s Fresh Air, the BBC, and Al Jazeera to speak on consumer sustainability and the fashion system’s effect on people and the planet.

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