36 Valenki, Russian Shoes

Valenki, Russian Shoes

Posted on February 4, 2007 by


Valenki is a traditional Russian footwear, solely made of wool.

Many centuries it was widely used as the best protection for legs during Russian winters.

Nowadays manufacturers of valenki decided to export it abroad, targeting mainly cold North European countries. They made a special designed versions to satisfy western customers. They hope to get the market. What do you think, would they?


Subscribe to our Facebook, Twitter to stay updated for the new posts. Also we have many more stories to explore below:


More stories:

Click here to read next random post from English Russia

36 Responses to “Valenki, Russian Shoes”

    • Administrator says:

      Americans have better solution – mickey mouse boots (black) or bunny boots (white). They are standard footwear for US military in cold climates and the only boots that are used in antartica, dog sledgers in alaska, ice fishermen in Dakota, etc.. It’s pretty much the same “valenki” only layered and covered with rubber both outside and inside. It is completely waterproof and it will protect your feet against cold even if you get wet. You simply pour water out off your boot and continue on your way. The only drawback is their weight, but thats the price you pay if you don’t want to get a frostbite.

  1. Acts_of_Atrocity says:

    Those are VERY warm. Your legs just can not get harmed no matter how long you stay outside, as long as valenki remain dry.

    Some more: http://www.madein.kirov.ru/valenki/prod.html

    • Shizo says:

      To keep Valenki dry one has to use Kaloshi (rubber shoe covers). Somehow they forgot about promoting those.. now THAT would make a fashion statement! Some Valenki+Kaloshi combination!

      • mrcann says:

        on the first picture you can see how “Kaloshi” were replaced with a rubber sole. Thats the whole point with promoting this stuff to other Northern countries – it looks much nicer.

  2. russ says:

    Valenki is another reason why beat nazis in ww2. In harsh winter warfare it is huge advantage.

    • Alex Levitin, Moscow says:

      Actually, Nazis manufactured them too, in the occupied areas of the USSR. Which didn’t save them from the result of sabotage =)

  3. Robert says:

    Felt boots. These’d go down very well in the UK… ‘cept they’re a bit warm most likely… aaah, it’d be funny to watch at least.

  4. grazny says:

    I like the cherry ones and the white ones.. They look very “Dutchy”…

  5. matka lososi says:

    yeah, those would be huge in the US, especially right now when those Ugg boots or however they’re spelled are so popular. though those ugg boots are one of the ugliest things i seen in my life

  6. Robert says:

    Hehe, I just noticed the Khugo Boss shoes.


  7. Vanya says:

    They were also proven to help older people with bad legs and varicose veins. It is a natural wool and the treatment is similar to German wool blankets that are popular all over the world. I got my grandmother a slippers version of valenki to wear around the house and she said that her legs do not hurt as much as they used to.

    p.s. by the way those pictures with brand names were made as a joke.

  8. Miksa says:

    Those look similar to the inserts that are used with the winter rubber boots in finnish army. Excellent in cold weather, you just need to remember to dry them after the day.

  9. Dave says:

    Emporio Armani. Hmmm.

  10. d.b.suchin says:

    One should go for hand-made ones, factory-mades (Yaroslavl plant) are of inferiour quality. Elsewhere, villagers settle small co-ops – these are the ones to go for.
    In StPete, go for Russian Shoes, Nakhimova St., 1.
    Cost approx. 25 EUR incl. rubber over-boots (galoshi).

  11. Dimon says:

    Need version with 10 cm. heels for devs in Kiev.

  12. illlich says:

    yes, the “Armyani” ones are quite nice– you could cash if you could convince urban American kids to buy Ralph Lauren “поло”-gear.

  13. S_C says:

    I would go for a pair of those, given how cold Chicago is now . . .

  14. Moon says:

    We had these in the 60s in North Dakota. They were called “boot liners”.

    Now somebody is trying to sell them as shoes???

  15. L says:

    I’ve shopped for these on the internet. It’s hard to find outlets here in the U.S. selling felt boots. It’s impossible to find anyone selling felt boots here in California.
    There’s nothing warmer than a pair of valenki. With the correct marketing strategy, valenki would be very profitable.

  16. louisiana says:

    i would buy a pair. if they can keep my feet warm when i go hunting.

  17. jariska says:

    hello everyone,

    I like these boots verry much.
    and i’ve got a question, i’m looking for a valenki factory who will sell valenki in big orders. want to sell them in holland.
    so does somebody know where i can find them, and do they speak english?
    or need i someone who speak russian?


  18. brbrbr says:

    yes, they sell overseas.
    order russian yellow pages[yes, we got YP, too ;]and contact them.

  19. ez says:

    hi brbrbr,

    can you be more specific which producer you mean by ‘they’?

  20. Justi says:

    People they are called Ugg’s

  21. Northstar says:

    Dear all Valenki-lovers!
    Valenki; without sole, you need galoshes (in all color)
    Chesanki; with rubber sole.

    I will kindly give you two web adresses:

    http://www.ruvalenki.ru (also english writing)
    Olga Chernikova

    http://www.rusvalenki.ru (only russian writing)
    Boris Smorodov

    You can use google translate!
    I hope you find this information interesting.
    Love from the Northstar!

  22. Vasya says:

    So would valenki be popular in US?

  23. Dolgih says:

    The most remarkable winter shoes iiiiiiiiiiiiii

  24. Kathryn says:

    I don’t think valenki would be popular in the USA because the Winter temperature here is much warmer than it is in Russia. It is usually 20-30 degrees Fahrenheit during December in the northeastern states. Although valenki might sell well in Alaska.

Leave a Reply

  • Random Post