I stick my sweaty feet into a pair of wool slippers after yoga and I don’t feel a slight sense of guilt for not having socks on; that’s because I know this is exactly what Kyrgies are made for.
Haven't heard of Kyrgies? Well, let us fill you in on the trend -- Kyrgies is the hottest new name in the wool slipper game, and they are the brainchild of a D.C. native!
But the meaning behind this funky name is deeper than one could imagine. D.C. local Barclay Saul, President and co-founder of Kyrgies, and his business partner Steve Anderson very intentionally chose to produce their slippers in a factory in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, which only employs women from a small art collective. This factory is not only providing jobs for women in one of the only democratic countries in the Middle East, but it also pays them a living wage, allowing them to comfortably take care of their families.
Going back thousands of years, the women of Bishkek have been nomads living off the land. In this part of the world they have had to use sheep as essentially their only resource; no other textile withstands heat in the summer and the cold, wet winters as well as wool felt does. The actual sheep that the wool comes from are shorn once a year, and the rest of the time they are free to roam around comfortably. Once the artists have their wool, it takes them six weeks to shape, form and dye the slippers, before they are sent to the U.S. for marketing and distribution. The “middleman” is eliminated in this business model so the product can be sold for a more affordable price ($39-49), allowing the artist to receive a larger cut of the profits.
Saul and Anderson have truly made a unique slipper. They are a comfortable, simple slipper that comes in many different colors and made to be worn in the winter or summer. The slippers are also perfect for absorbing moisture after a sweaty workout. Kyrgies come in two different forms: one with silicon tread, meant for in-home use, and one with an outer sole, perfect for running errands or taking the dog around the block. The outer soles are made of EVA foam, which is environmentally safe and very lightweight.
So, if you are looking for a socially responsible, hip and cool gift for your woke friend, while supporting a local business, Kyrgies is it!