What is the difference between good and bad quality sheepskin?
1. Wool Density & Loft
The density of wool refers to the amount of wool fibers per square inch. High-grade sheepskin, like that of Echo L California's premium Australian sheepskin, has a very high wool density, largely due to the breed of sheep it comes from. Also important is the wool's loft, or its ability to stay upright and straight. A lower quality sheepskin rug may flatten quickly.
2. Wool Length
To achieve premium-grade standards, sheepskin must possess both the necessary wool density and length, which is a minimum of 10 mm. Lower grade sheepskin may have the necessary length, but if it isn't dense enough, the long wool fibers won't be able to retain their loft.
High-quality sheepskin should have a nice, natural ivory tone, unmarred by stains or discolorations in the underlying wool. Premium sheepskins in other colors should display the same clean look, with no visible imperfections.
Perhaps the most enjoyable attribute of high-quality sheepskin is its soft, silky feel. Wonderfully plush to the touch, premium sheepskin adds luxurious comfort wherever it's displayed (making feet oh-so happy). When comparing higher and lower end sheepskins, you should be able to feel the difference. Echo L California's premium Australian sheepskin footwear have a lusciously soft texture that you'll have to feel to believe.
5. Texture & Thickness
The leather on premium-grade sheepskins is firm and reasonably thick, with a soft, supple feel – though not so soft as to slide and wrinkle – and you won't be able to peel the layers of leather apart. Echo L California's premium Australian sheepskin footwear have leather that have been buffed and polished with a fine stone, giving a smooth, suede finish. Lower grade sheepskins won't have nearly as good a finish – they'll typically have thinner leather that's susceptible to peeling apart or cracking under pressure.
6. Free of Defects
Low-grade sheepskins may have some minor holes, cracks, scratches or other defects on their suede side, which you won't find in higher grade skins.
High-quality sheepskin footwear should be free of any chemical smells, which may be apparent in lower quality footwear, due to their tanning processes.
Fitment & Comfort
- Echo L California's footwear should fit snug and comfortably to prevent sliding or twisting.
- Echo L California's footwear is best worn barefoot for maximum comfort and warmth from the sheep fur.
- Because natural sheep fur wicks moisture away and keep your feet dry and comfortable.
- Sheep fur keeps your feet warm and dry no mater if its -30° F or 80° F.
How do I clean my shoes?If you need to clean Echo L California or Echo footwear it is recommended to take the shoes to be cleaned by a professional dry cleaner to prevent any damage to the footwear.