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Sometimes in order to use up lower quality sheepskin, manufacturers will use them as a single-faced liner for a pigskin outer. Although this is a considerably less expensive product, it loses the special attributes associated with real sheepskin boots and slippers, most noticeably breath-ability and the wonderful ability to be washed and come out like new again. Pigskin can often be identified by small “dots” which cover the hide and are caused by the pig's thick bristles, the “dots” being the original location of these hair follicles. Awareness of this process can protect you from buying a product only to learn that it does not possess all of the superior qualities of the original Ugg boot and today's real sheepskin boots and slippers.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|