Felt Boots Factory

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There is footwear in Russia that is quite popular in the country, and it’s called felt boots. But also, they have the other name, Russian one, which most of you probably know, here they are called Valenki. And recently they’ve started gaining popularity again because of their low price, warm and usability. But even here there are few people who know how and where they are made. Today we have a bit of insight to Kalyazinsk felt boots factory for you.

Presently, the plant doesn’t have any problems with its business and sometimes it happens that the day that lot of goods reaches a shop – it is being sold out immediately. But in spite of such high demand, it doesn’t have anything to do with prosperity of the plant and its employees.

Shabby-looking working-rooms, worn-out outfit and average wage of 5000 roubles or $170. That’s how the valenki is being made.

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Felt boots are being made of several kinds of wool. After the kneading, wool is chopped and transferred to a blending tower.

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Under pressure, wool is transferred from blending towers to the shop floors and packed into special wool beating machines.

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Afterwards, the newborn cotton wool is being shaped into to-be valenok by hand.

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To make it much harder the felt boots should be sent to a compactor.

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Then the shaping process goes in.

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A bit after the valenki are shrinked on a metal shoetree and stay there for 8 hours approximately.

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Duty operator person.

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In finishing shop they clear the nap off the felt boots.

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Then they sort the boots out and pair them

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If the rubber soil is needed, the valenki are being sent to a curing room.

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And the last stage is a room where all the felt boots are smartened.

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Industrial retail store.

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And as a special treat is a sunken belltower in Kalyazino.

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25 thoughts on “Felt Boots Factory”

  1. Nice boots but those workers need to wear dust masks. The air has to be loaded with the dust of those fibers. I suppose there are no health and safety standards. The working conditions look kind of primitive.

    • Are you kidding ?

      No one cares about the workers !! In this former workers paradise it might seem strange, but it is true.

      Sc<mbag chiefs are trying to squeeze as much money as they can from their fellow Russians, making them work until they drop.

  2. americans have something similar – even better. It’s a felt boot, but covered with rubber from both sides. These boots are called Mickey mouse boots and warmer version Bunny boots. They are standard issue boots in Antarctica.

  3. They look warm, I’d like some! The job seems to be quite old, century or two? With the machines ofcourse.

    Awesome! I’m overexcited! Blame Vancouver 2010!

  4. They look like liners that we use for rubber/nylon winter boots in the west. If the right fashionista started wearing them, they could be the next Ugg boots.

    • No Cracker! They will not catch fire, but will be burned just as wool does. The fibres will shrink together and smell bad. Thats all.
      My aunt knew the way to make wool boots quite similar tothese, and I had both these and Russian originals when I was a little boy. My feet was never cold, even in -30 or 35 C / -25 F
      They are great in what they are made for, and that’s cold weather.

      • Out of curiosity and since I’m interested in purchasing one of those boots online vs. Uggs, do they smell any sheepishness? What about in the long term? Do they make your feet smell for not letting air get in or they actually let them breathe well? Thank you!

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  6. Those boots look great. Probably very warm during the winter. I also found some great boots at Russian Fur Fashion Accessories.

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  9. Out of curiosity and since I’m interested in purchasing one of those boots online vs. Uggs, do they smell any sheepishness? What about in the long term? Do they make your feet smell for not letting air get in or they actually let them breathe well? Thank you!

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