tHE SHEEPSKIN BOOT
There’s most certainly a rich history behind this iconic Aussie footwear. This style is made from double faced sheepskin with fleece on the inside and a tanned exterior. The softness of the authentic Australian Merino sheepskin produces luxurious and comfortable footwear that are perfect for both indoor and outdoor wear. The fleece lining has natural insulation properties that allow air to circulate, keeping feet at body temperature.
In the 1960s, they were seen on the feet of surfers from the Gold Coast to Sydney beaches and also throughout the West Coast of Australia. It wasn’t long before some of the surfers who traded in their surf boards for snow skis in the winter discovered that their sheepskin boots were just as at home in the Snowy Mountains as they were in the warm sands of Sydney’s Bondi Beach. In the 1970s, Australian surfers introduced the sheepskin boots to the surfing communities in Southern California and they quickly became a cult fashion trend among competitive surfers, donning colours including black, tan and brown.
THE MAKING OF...
Quality and craftsmanship
Some manufacturers use lower grade sheepskin, synthetic materials or use wool that has been sewn into a synthetic lining. Burlee Australia only uses genuine A-grade Australian sheepskin. All of our raw materials are sourced from reputable companies and are carefully selected to ensure that only the highest quality materials are used. We are continuously looking for new materials from local suppliers to support small Australian businesses.
There are seven stages in the production. At every stage each boot will undergo Quality Control to ensure only the highest quality is delivered.
RAW MATERIALS & PATTERN MAKING
Each pair is comprised of 8 individual sheepskin panels. A “clicking press” is used to cut individual panels from the sheepskin.
Once the panels reach this station, they are subject to another quality check. This is where other material such as denim is bonded to the sheepskin.
At this stage, the heel panel is assembled. A durable plastic is heated and bonded to the chosen heel material, this will strengthen the heel to ensure that the boot maintains its shape through years of wear. A double stitch line is used for extra strength and detail. Our Burlee logo is glued into place and then stitched for added strength.
Sewing and Construction
There are a number of steps to stitching a sheepskin boot, and different sewing machines are required for each step. Firstly, the front and back panels are sewn together using a Cup Seamer. Then the heel is sewn by a Twin Needle Flat machine. The buttons and bows are stitched to the boot using a specialized button sewing machine.
Final Boot Assembly
Our Burlee boot soles are made from EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate), which is the same rubber product that most running shoes are made from. At this stage, the sole is attached to the boot.
Our finishers clean each sheepskin boot and check thoroughly for any signs of imperfections. Our tags are attached the products are packaged. Any boot with imperfections will be rejected so you can be assured that you will only receive a perfectly hand crafted sheepskin boot.
Postage and Packaging
All of our products are posted directly from our factory. A daily pick up is scheduled Monday to Friday excluding public holidays. Every posted order is wrapped and includes a certificate of authenticity.
Free guided tours are offered to all our customers and no appointments are necessary. Watch our production team create your boots or get inspired to design your own black, leopard or denim pair in our adjoining factory outlet.