Our Commitment to Sustainability
Nestled in the scenic Tyrolian Alps of Austria, Stegmann has been crafting high quality wool comfort shoes since 1888. Over the generations we have perfected our methods, and modernized our processes, but have always remained true to our roots. Today, only the highest quality wools and leathers are used in the production of Stegmann Clogs. In our iconic wool clogs, we use a combination of select merino wools and locally sourced rare wools from Tyrol, and other parts of Europe. Our tannery in Portugal is a nationally certified leader in chemical reduction and sustainable production practices as well as a rated member of the Leather Working Group. Our anatomically shaped cork/latex soles are made in Austria and Portugal using natural materials. We have intentionally kept our supply chain footprint within western Europe and the United States. This helps us ensure a high quality product, as well as minimizes the environmental impact of shipping and manufacturing.
Our American wool clog styles incorporate both merino wool, as well as locally sourced wools from farms in Austria and across Europe. Much of this wool is brought in from quite literally, right up the road, as we utilize a significant amount of local Tyrolian sheep's wool in our Original 108 Wool clogs. These small, specialty farmers produce wool from rare and endangered sheep species. In some cases our wool supply chain is only 30 miles long. A truly farm to foot experience!
By supporting these local farms and rare sheep species, Stegmann enables farmers to preserve and maintain breeds of sheep that are not typically used for large scale wool production. Without the financial support of Stegmann, the Tyrolian wool industry, and our wonderful customers, many of these sheep breeds might no longer exist. Stegmann is committed to continually partnering and expanding our use of rare and endangered wools in order to preserve these precious creatures.
Meet our Sheep
The local wool used in our Original 108 and WoolFlex clogs is never dyed. It was chosen for it's natural color and is part of the the "secret recipe" the achieve perfect depth in each of our unique colors.
The Tyrolean Stone Sheep (Tiroler Steinschaf) is one of the oldest existing sheep species on earth. They have been bred in Tirol on remote mountain farms for centuries. Their wool was in high demand in the 20th century to produce Loden cloth. Today, the Tyrolean Stone Sheep is a rare species. Stone Sheep wool is the most widely used local wool in Stegmann Clogs.
The Tyrolean Mountain Sheep (Tiroler Bergschaf) came into existence post WWI and is a crossbreed of the northern Italian mountain sheep and the Tyrolean Stone Sheep. Mountain Sheep are white, brown or black. In the Austrian and Swiss alpine regions the Tyrolean Mountain Sheep is popular, as it is ideally suited for alpine pastures and mountain landscapes.
The Swiss Mountain Sheep (Schweizer Juraschaf) originated in the 14th century and dates back to the Frutig-Sheep. The species is especially widespread in Switzerland and its wool is in high demand for its high quality, dark color, and fine fibers. As the two Tyrolean sheep species, it is well known for its resilience even in harsh alpine conditions.
While our materials are second to none, it’s our unique felting process that truly sets apart Stegmann wool clogs.Most wool clogs available today originated from sheets of felted wool that is sewn together to form the clog “upper, ” or main part of the wool shoe. At Stegmann we see this as cutting corners. Over the years we have perfected our carding and felting methods to produce a smooth, seamless shoe that is truly an exceptional product. While other companies sew their wool clogs, at Stegmann we hand mold and shape them. No chemicals are used during the felting process, only fresh, alpine water.
At Stegmann, we place a premium on quality and sustainability. To us these are much more than buzz words – it is our way of doing business. When you wear a Stegmann Clog you can be proud, as we are, that you chose a handmade, sustainably sourced shoe. Because they are made with care, you can expect your Stegmann clogs to outlast most of the other shoes in your closet. We ask you to please recycle your delivery box, and enjoy your Stegmann comfort for years to come.
- The team at Stegmann