Enter Canterbury Leather: a New Zealand-based company who have been handcrafting sheepskin boots since 1974. After hearing of my boot plight (it was front page news) they offered to send me a pair of their boots to trial and I gleefully accepted, picking a pair of their Robyns.
When they arrived about a week later I literally spent five minutes marvelling that these boots had come all the way from New Zealand. Isn’t the postal service fascinating? And then I marvelled at just how fricking comfortable and lovely they are. They’re completely different to UGGs: they feel much more solidly crafted (the heel stiffner is heat shaped and set and you can tell), they’re beautifully warm because of the sheepskin lining and I love the way they look.