BureBureSlippers

Handmade felted slippers for women, men, kids.

Vilnius, Lithuania · 3415 Sales

BureBureSlippers

Handmade felted slippers for women, men, kids.

Vilnius, Lithuania 3415 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Inga

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Announcement   Ultimate comfort. Felted slippers designed so that your feet would touch natural wool only.
Organic. Much of undyed wool we use comes from family owned organic ForestSheep farm in Lithuania.
Express delivery. Door-to-door quick and cheap worldwide delivery is our excellence. All orders over $99 will by shipped via DHL Express in 1 to 3 days for its standard price.
My husband’s shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Forestsheep

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Last updated on Feb 14, 2017

Ultimate comfort. Felted slippers designed so that your feet would touch natural wool only.
Organic. Much of undyed wool we use comes from family owned organic ForestSheep farm in Lithuania.
Express delivery. Door-to-door quick and cheap worldwide delivery is our excellence. All orders over $99 will by shipped via DHL Express in 1 to 3 days for its standard price.
My husband’s shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Forestsheep

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Bure Bure - Handmade natural wool slippers and shoes

My name is Inga. I am crazy about shoes. Every pair I own must have an enduring value, exclusive design or specific innovation, which make those items unique. I also felt shoes. After more than 10 years of this craft, I can boldly admit that felting shoes is still the most interesting job to me. Most probably, it will remain so until the end of life.
BURE BURE handmade slippers shop emerged from strong passion for the shoes, which started in my early childhood. I was born in Lithuania, occupied by Soviet Union (If you don’t know what this means, just think about the life in an analogue for it, current North Korea).
I grew up in a country where people built buildings which looked exactly the same, worn clothes and hairstyles, which never went out of fashion, and bought boring grey shoes, because this was the only model produced in state factories. Soviet union was a country where creativity and individuality were sacrificed for the sake of predictable society. Therefore, mass production of lifeless, boring items was a must. Back then we were unable to buy anything from the western countries since these items were forbidden for a “virtuous” soviet citizen, living on the otherside of ‘iron curtain’. Imagine this and you will understand how heroic our parents were when they seeked for something beautiful and suitable for their little children to wear.
My feet kept growing constantly and instead of feeling great about that, I felt ashamed. I still can’t get rid of those memories of identical shoes, standing on the shelves in dark and dusty shop. Looking just like soviet soldiers - sad, boring, grey. I really hated that shop.
Thus I would have a hysteria when we needed to buy me new shoes. I screamed, cried and refused to put on any of those until my mom surrendered and promised me to find something else.
My dad was a sailor. Sometimes I was lucky enough to get secret gifts from the outside world. Still, most of the times my mum used to get a perfect pair of shoes from somewhere else.
As a child, I loved drawing. I could draw from the early morning till the late evening. Most of the times I depicted girls in different beautiful dresses, with two dreadfully horrible legs… So every time I finished an elegant evening gown and moved my pencil down to the place where the legs needed to appear, I got stressed. How should those legs look like? What to do with feet? All the effort I put became one big disappointment in the end. And then one day my grandpa looked into my work. After an intent observation, he whispered that I drew legs the wrong way. At first I couldn’t understand how my old moustached grandad could know anything about princesses’ legs. But then, when he erased my effort and drew two perfect legs with the most wonderful shoes, I decided to take his advice into consideration very seriously. Since then, every time I shown my princess drawings, everyone was fascinated by their beautiful legs and shoes.
Soviet era ended. I grew up and enrolled into architecture studies. First couple of years were productive since I loved thinking spatially and making models. However, little by little things have changed. When we needed to start modelling big structures, actual buildings, I understood that I can’t make them look beautiful... Optimal form I could model was not bigger than a size of human foot.
This is the reason I dropped my studies.
I was 29 when my life turned upside down because of the perfect material I discovered. It was natural, sewless, fitting… it was fascinating. I could make everything from it. This material was called felt and the first thing I created were a couple of comfortable slippers.
When my mum saw them, she called me a third generation shoemaker, because my grandad and gran grandad were shoemakers... I did not understand that as I child, but I actually spent my first years of life playing in their workplace, surrounded by sewing machines and shoe lasts.
Felt overpowered me.
I used to wake up at 5 a. m. in order to felt before work. While packing for a weekend trip with friends I would take all the equipment for shoemaking. At that time, I have created half of BURE BURE designs: slippers, ankle boots, sneakers, two-in-one, three-in-one. I started to decorate items with leather strips as my grandad used to do, got rid of any unnecessary stitches and clipping, learnt to felt shoes so that skin would only touch wool. As a peculiar 3d printer, I used to take wool curls and mold shoes from it.
Little by little, the time to start BURE BURE has come. Our family moved out of town, established an organic farm “Forestsheep”, avoided chemical fertilizers, actively engaged into recycling, saving “product miles” and founded BURE BURE shop where now I sell our handmade slippers.
Being a mother of three, I understand perfectly how important it is to ensure a healthy environment for the new generation. Therefore, I could not let myself use wool from unknown manufacturers. I wanted to know all the details how it was made, so it became evident that it’d be proper to grow sheep on our own. Everything seemed so simple: I wanted to felt from high quality wool, so we needed sheep. And since we had to choose a breed, it felt right to pick a rare one, which genetic resources should be preserved. Infertile land we lived in became an advantage in this situation: being unimportant for farming industry, it remained natural so suitable for sensitive Skudden sheep breed. We are the only wool artisans in our small country using raw unwashed unpainted wool material produced in our own small sheep farm, but some part of wool and another material is purchased from abroad (One third part of wool materials is purchased mainly from Europe sheep breeders. A small part of wool is purchased from Australia and New Zealand).
Now my husband Kestas takes care of an organic farm “Forestsheep” while I felt BURE BURE slippers. My husband twice per year shearing sheep. The wool is carded in our farm using small carding equipment. This is cruelty free wool. Felt making process takes place in our farmstead and in our studio in a small town near by us, on my husband's constructed special felting table, using no chemicals, just handwork, warm and hot water, natural olive soap. In the very beginning wool is laid on prepared template and moistened with warm water. Some decorations from another fabrics and fibres are added. The item begins felt using natural olive soap and adding hot water. After the felting item reaches desired shape and size, item is formed on a special shoetree and left to dry. According to the needs, the felted shoes or slippers soles can be covered with the layer of a natural rubber. All items can be outsourced. The client can choose desired model, color, size, decorations.
Environmental responsibility and product quality are much more important than quantity for us. We work by hands, slowly. We put care and attention to every item we make. Our businesses will never grow too big. This is not our aim.
I think we just chose to work so that we could live, not to live so that we could work.
We’ve been felting slippers for a decade and holding training courses for 8 years already. We offer short, beginners’ workshops as well as advanced level explicit trainings, which combine theoretic and practical tasks. You don’t need any special preparation for BURE BURE courses since we provide students with all the equipment and materials needed. If you choose our programme, you can expect to finish a first pair of slippers on the first training day. Our team loves travelling abroad! We have international trainings experience and are interested into meeting new people. Therefore, if you are not able to come to our studio, invite us to your country.
Main lecturer of trainings - BURE BURE establisher Inga Samusiene. For groups of 10 students or more, Inga’s husband Kestutis Samusis joins her. Trainings can be held in Lithuanian, English or Russian languages.
My husband shop here https://www.etsy.com/shop/Forestsheep

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Shop members

  • Inga

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Photography

    I am a third-generation shoemaker, mostly I am working with handmade felted shoes and slippers, and I am a teacher of felting and shoes making.

  • Kestas

    Creator, Owner, Designer

    I am a forester and farmer. Deep in the forests in our farmsted we grow an flock of ancient local sheep breed. So wood and wool is around me all the time. https://www.etsy.com/shop/Forestsheep

Production partners

  • Kestutis Samušis

    Molėtai, Lithuania

    Slippers decorated with handmade wooden buttons from my husband shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/Forestsheep?ref=search_shop_redirect

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Last updated on Apr 9, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Care instructions

Ventilate and clean with a vacuum cleaner. Light hand wash with mild detergents and cool water.
Caution: Slippers with wooden buttons can not be washed in a washing machine.

Custom and personalized orders

I am happy to discuss custom orders - please contact me with your requests.

Gift wrapping and packaging

I'm happy to gift wrap! If you have any questions, contact me!

Wholesale availability

We offer wholesale and have a catalogue we can send out. Please email us.

Men's Size Conversions

6US-39EU-5.5UK
6.5US-39EU-6UK
7US40EU-6.5UK
7.5US-40,5EU-7UK
8US-41ES-7.5UK
8.5US-41,5ES-8UK
9US-42ES-8.5UK
9.5US-42,5ES-9UK
10US-43ES-9.5UK
10.5US-43,5ES-10UK
11US-44ES-10.5UK
11.5US-44,5ES-11UK
12US-45ES-11.5UK
13US-46ES-12.5UK

Women's Size Conversions

4US-35EU-2UK
4.5US-35EU-2.5UK
5US-35,5EU-3UK
5.5US-36EU-3.5UK
6US-36,5EU-4UK
6.5US-37EU-4.5UK
7US-37,5EU-5UK
7.5US-38EU-5.5UK
8US-38,5EU-6UK
8.5US-39EU-6.5UK
9US-39,5EU-7UK
9.5US-40EU-7.5UK
10US-40,5EU-8UK
10.5US-8.5EU-8,5UK
11US-41,5EU-9UK
11.5US-42EU9.5UK
12US-42,5EU-10UK

Toddler Kids Size Conversions

US-7.5, EU-23, UK-6.5, 5 5/8 inch, 14.3 cm
US-8, EU-24, UK-7, 5 3/4 inch, 14.6 cm
US-8.5, EU-25, UK-7.5, 6 inch, 15.2 cm
US-9.5, EU-26, UK-8.5, 6 1/4 inch, 15.9 cm
US-10,EU-27,UK-9,6 1/2 inch 16.5 cm
US-10.5, EU-27, UK-9.5, 6 5/8 inches, 16.8 cm
US-11, EU- 28, UK - 10,6 3/4 inches, 17.1 cm
US-11.5, EU- 29, UK-10.5, 7 inches , 17.8 cm
US- 12, EU-30,UK-11, 7 1/8inches, 18.1cm

Youth Kids Shoe Size Conversions

US-12.5, EU- 30, UK-11.5, 7 1/4 inches, 18.4 cm
US-1, EU- 31, UK-12, 7 1/2 inches, 19.1 cm
US-13.5, EU- 31, UK-12.5, 7 5/8 inches, 19.4 cm
US-1, EU- 32, UK-13, 7 3/4 inches, 19.7 cm
US-1.5, EU- 33, UK-14, 8 inches, 20.3 cm
US-2 M, EU- 33, UK-1, 8 1/8 inches, 20.6 cm
US-2.5 M, EU- 34, UK-1.5, 8 1/4 inches, 21 cm
US-3 M, EU- 34, UK-2, 8 1/2 inches, 21.6 cm
US-3.5, EU-35, UK-2.5, 8 5/8 inches, 21.9 cm
US-4, EU-36, UK-3, 8 3/4 inches, 22.2 cm
US-4.5, EU-36, UK-3.5, 9 inches, 22.9 cm
US-5, EU-37, UK-4, 9 1/8 inches, 23.2 cm
US-5.5, EU-37, UK-4.5, 9 1/4 inches, 23.5 cm
US-6, EU-38, UK-5, 9 1/2 inches, 24.1 cm
US-6.5, EU-37, UK-5, 9 5/8 inches, 24.4 cm
US-7, EU-39, UK-6, 9 3/4 inches, 24.8 cm

Babies and Walker Kids Shoes Size Conversions

US-0, EU-16, UK-0, 3 1/4 inch,8.3 cm
US-1, EU-16, UK-0.5, 3 1/2 inch,8.9 cm
US-1.5, EU-17, UK-1, 3 5/8 inch,9.2 cm
US-2, EU-17, UK-1, 3 3/4 inch,9.5 cm
US-2.5, EU-18, UK-1.5, 4 inch,10.2 cm
US-3, EU-18, UK-2, 4 1/8 inch,10.5 cm
US-3.5, EU-19, UK-2.5, 4 1/4 inch, 10.8 cm
US-4, EU-19, UK-3, 4 1/2 inch, 11.4 cm
US-4.5, EU-20, UK-3.5, 4 5/8 inch, 11.7 cm
US-5, EU-20, UK-4, 4 3/4 inch, 12.1 cm
US-5.5, EU-21, UK-4.5, 5 inch, 12.7 cm
US-6, EU-22, UK-5.5, 5 1/8 inch, 13 cm
US-6.5, EU-22, UK-5.5, 5 1/4 inch, 13.3 cm
US-7, EU-23, UK-6, 5 1/2 inch, 14 cm

Expedited shipping

STANDART shipping takes up to a week to deliver online offer, while worldwide DHL EXPRESS shipping can shorten this duration to 1-3 days. Choose what‘s most convenient for you.
All orders of $99 will by shipped via DHL EXPRESS.