Tasmanian-made ugg boots

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PROUD to be the first and only manufacturers of ugg boots and slippers in Tasmania, husband-and-wife team Brett and Christine Kinnear hand-make all their Nicky River brand footwear, plus a range of sheepskin and leather accessories and gifts, from their rural workshop in the beautiful Huon Valley.

Brett and Christine made a tree-change from Western Australia in 2013 and found their corner of paradise, building a house on 28 acres in Nicholls Rivulet.

They began selling Australian-made ugg boots and slippers at Salamanca Market in 2013, and wanted to stock a local Tasmanian product.

But when they couldn’t find anyone in Tasmania who made sheepskin boots and slippers, the couple decided to do it themselves.

They set up a workshop on their property and in June 2019 set about making their own high-quality yet affordable boots.

Nicky River Uggs has grown a lot since then, and now make a full range of ugg boots, slippers and scuffs for men, women, children and babies.

Made from double-faced A-Grade Australian sheepskins to ensure durability while feeling soft and luxurious, Nicky River Uggs are comfy, warm and Tasmanian!

Hot water bottle covers, stubbie holders and patchwork rugs are proving to be popular gifts; while their sheepskin innersoles are great for rejuvenating ageing ugg boots and terrific in hiking boots.

When Salamanca Market closed in 2020 because of the COVID pandemic, Christine and Brett opened their workshop to customers, who could now be fitted and purchase their new footwear direct from the maker.

This proved so popular with customers that workshop direct sales are still available three days a week.

Visitors to the workshop can chat with Brett and Christine, watch the boot-making process in action and meet Molly the dog, Forest the alpaca and the rest of the family’s animal friends.

Over summer, Brett and Christine have been busy building up their stock of boots and slippers ready for the Tasmanian winter months.

Christine also developed a website so customers can buy online. Just visit www.nickyriveruggs.com.au to view the full range of styles, sizes and colours. You can also follow Nicky River Uggs on Facebook.

Nicky River Uggs offers a flat rate of postage per parcel within Australia, whether it be one, two or three pairs.

Nicky River products are exclusively available from site 206 at Salamanca Market every Saturday; direct from the workshop at 935 Nicholls Rivulet Road (Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm); and www.nickyriveruggs.com.au

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