Made in Tirol: Perfection in craftsmanship and pure natural materials are what make the “Hartl Doggl” Clog so special. The family owned and operated business out of Tirol’s scenic Zillertal Valley has been making wool clogs for about 50 years. A look behind the scenes.
Winter is the perfect time of year to get warm and cosy in our homes. With the harsh weather conditions outside, the only thing to do is sit inside in the comfort and warmth. So, how do you get comfortable? Do you opt for slippers? If you are one of those who choose slippers to wear around the house at this time of the year to keep your feet toasty and comfortable, you are strongly recommended to invest in a pair of these special clogs that are handmade by Günter and Marion Hartl in Zillertal Valley. For decades, this family owned and operated business has been producing hardwearing slippers named “Doggln” from felt, merino wool and loden. And, let me tell you, these are not your ordinary slippers. This icon of wool clogs are handmade from purest and finest natural materials that are locally sourced and has achieved cult status in Tirol. What makes “Doggln” Clogs so legendary is that they can be customized to your liking with embroideries, from monograms over the heraldic animal of Tirol, the eagle, to a skier—the choice is all yours.
In days past, farmers’ wives mixed old pieces of used cloth from worn-out clothing such as trousers and jackets together with a paste made from rye flour and water to create this footwear typical of the Zillertal Valley. The modern technique for making Doggln has changed very little. The Hartl Shoemaker Family has been producing the legendary slippers for four generations. It is made like this nowhere else and this is what sets the authentic Doggl apart from other slippers and clogs. Only Hartl are masters of this craft.
Four layers of wool – felt and loden – are sticked together. These layers are then hand stitched to the interior sole, which is made of three-ply merino wool. The top layer is made of finest loden and glued once again. The felt sole of pressed merino wool is glued, pressed and smoothed. With the classic Doggl Clog, the tongue is cut out in the end and hand trimmed. It takes six to eight hours to craft a pair—with three days of resting in the process in order to dry the glue paste made from rye flour and water. Doggln are hardwearing slippers you will wear for a long time, up to 20 years, and your feet will thank you. The natural materials breathe and naturally regulate moisture. There are three different styles to choose from, the authentic and original Doggl with arch support, the popular clog with raised rim and the slipper, which is an ideal house shoe because they are so easy to kick on or off. Over the course of time, the Doggl moulds itself to the shape of the wearer’s foot. Upgraded with a durable rubber outsole, you can wear it outdoors, too. And the model with Zillertal Loden uppers is waterproof, designed to withstand everyday wear and keep your feet comfortable. Insulated and warm in winter, cool in summer!
Unadulterated nature and perfection in craftsmanship are what the Doggl from Zillertal Valley is all about. Made from pure natural and sustainable materials, it is suitable for composting at the end of its life cycle. You’ll be perfectly all right doing so, after all, they even use sheep’s wool to fertilize gardens nowadays. With personalized stitching and a range of styles in bright colours, a pair of Doggln is a new take on an old classic.
Learn more about authentic Zillertal Doggln: www.tyrol.com