Every Tasmanian knows the joy of warm fluffy slippers in autumn and winter to keep your cold feet toasty on a frosty morning. They are not only an iconic piece of Australian footwear; they are a staple for people of all ages.
A pair of sheepskin boots are a practical, stylish and essential part of your shoe collection. Lake Leather’s sheepskin boots and slippers for men and women are made with 100% real Australian sheepskin, which is naturally water resistant, breathable, and wicks perspiration away from the wearer into the fibres. There, it traps between 30 and 36 percent of its own weight in moisture.
Previously made in Melbourne, under the name Cherokee Starlight, Lake Leather has sold the slippers made on this machinery for over thirty years. Now that the original manufacturers have retired, they offered us the opportunity to purchase the machinery and equipment to continue their legacy.
Behold, The Tasmanian Slipper Company is born! The machinery is being installed in the garage of the Evandale shop building as we speak…promising to be an exciting new chapter in Lake Leather’s life.
At Lake Leather, we love to develop new skills and grow, so this is an exciting addition to our business – none of us have done this before, so we are thrilled to be learning a new tradecraft and adding another line to our productions.
The specialised slipper machinery will compliment the on-site workshop that has been active for the past ten years. Now not just producing bags, belts and purses etc. on-site, but our own range of sheepskin slippers boots and slides in addition.
We are working on offering our own custom Ugg-style boots, ‘Thugg Boots’, which our customers can design themselves and have made in our Evandale factory. These will not be available for some time, but plans are currently underway, and we will keep you posted when we have the first of the fluffy slippers rolling off our production line.
Watch this space!