Giesswein Innsbruck Indoor / Outdoors Shoes
Giesswein, a brand focused on creating products with boiled wool started in Austria in 1954 through creating sweaters for family and friends. Today, Giesswein primarily on indoor and outdoor footwear along with winter wool hats. In the last few years, Giesswein entered the US market with styles made for it’s US customers(US typically has different taste in style than Europe) I’ve had the opportunity to test out the Giesswein Innsbruck shoe that fits under their Lodge Footwear category.
What really sets the Giesswein Innsbruck shoe apart from other indoor/outdoor shoes is the footbed that comes with it. The footbed is made of Cork, similar to Birkenstocks. Cork slightly molds to your foot shape and has a more supportive feel than your house typical house slipper or a pair of traditional casual shoes that you wear on the town. I really like the footbed as the second you put your foot into the shoe, it says this shoe is high quality vs. when you put your foot into a shoe with a cheap foam footbed.
Giesswein Innsbruck Shoe with Indoor/Outdoor Style
The Giesswein Innsbruck shoe is a true blend of indoor and outdoor footwear. With some hints of an indoor shoe, the Innsbruck is best used as a casual shoe or an indoor slipper. I have hardwood floors in my house and it’s sometimes nice to wear a support shoe without getting yelled at by my wife that I’m wearing my shoes in the house. Honey, I’m wearing slippers :). I tend to not wear these shoes to work as they lean towards the slipper look and my coworkers would likely give me hell for wearing slippers. I’ve worn the shoes out on the town and while you sometimes feel like you’re wearing slippers out in public, you quickly get used to the look.
The durability of the Giesswein Innsbruck has been good so far. I wasn’t sure how they would hold up as this is the first time I’ve worn a wool shoe. If you’re walking on a dirt road, you have to be careful that you pick your feet up when walking and try to avoid dragging your feet. If you drag your feet, the dirt will get into the wool which is one downside to using wool. Keep in mind, other shoe fabrics also get dirty, so you just need to be a little careful.
The sole of the Innsbruck is made of rubber that grips where you need it and has held up well through my testing. I haven’t seen any odd wear spots which is great to see.
I have been really happy with the Giesswein and highly recommend this shoe for it’s intended purpose. I like to use this shoe most for around the house and in situations where I don’t need to get too dressed up. The footbed is one of the standout features to me as I really like how it provides great support and molds to your foot shape. For more information, visit giesswein-usa.com.