14 thoughts on “Where ‘Valenki’ Are Made Today?”

  1. Many new businesses don’t plan to fail but do fail because they fail to plan. It does look like 19th Century which actually looks very cool, makes me want to start making valenki myself, best of luck to them.

    Musa

    • You do not want them in Moscow with cold but still bearable temperature, but in Sibiria regular footwear just fail to protect from cold. Then when valenki come to rescue.

  2. Nice, but the question is: will they sell? Last time I was in Russia the only people wearing valenki were the babushkas and that’s because they couldn’t afford anything else.

    I imagine that they would still be popular out in the village.

  3. He needs to sell them on the internet. I am unfamiliar with “valenki” but if they could be custom made for size and design/color and a reasonable price people might be interested. Customization would set them apart from the big companies. ALSO- they could be marketed as authentic Russian boots and Americans and Russian immigrants would be interested. Americans might not know or care that “real” Russians don’t actually wear them.

    As an American I would LOVE to design my own boots, pick out the colors and design… They would be different and most likely higher quality than factory made.

  4. People wouldn’t have to constantly struggle to survive if Government would help them. Yes, Socialism IS the solution. And I’m not gonna watch the capitalist Super Bowl today, I’m gonna read a bio of N. Bukharin…

  5. If this master craftsman could use some of this special warm material to make underwear for men to wear during the winter, he would be a national hero! Nothing inspires a feeling of gratitude like toasty testicles.

  6. Urbanization in Russia is of 73% of the population + 7% who live in the vilages of the southern regiones with their booming agriculture + 5% of those who worked in mega farms or combinates = and the life of the other 15% you can see above

  7. Ah… felt boots. I have read many accounts of German solders risking their lives for Russian felt boots. Especially in 1941. And then they would ditch their mp38 for a ppsh. As a person that runs a modest 4 km trap line wool is heavy. But worth every pound as it keeps it’s warmth even when wet.

  8. There is many such small businesses today with nice design approach (author design) etc…

    Just googled examples:
    http://zimograf.ru/ (expensive)
    http://ruvalenki.ru/catalog.php?t1=%C2%E0%EB%E5%ED%EA%E8
    http://art-valenok.ru/exclusive.html
    http://www.gorizont.org/catalogue/tovary_dlya_zdorovya/valenki/avtorskie_valenki/all/

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