For centuries, handmade felt shoes, the so-called Valenki, covered the elite feet of the Russian empire. Felt boots were very expensive in the 19th century, and the average family could afford only one pair, so they often had to be worn in shifts. In a museum in Moscow, a nostalgic photo of soldiers in felt boots at the front exploits the legend that Valenki boots helped Russians prevail in the Napoleonic wars, as well as World War II, as western European leather boots were inadequate for the Russian winter. Felt Boots are even said to have healing affect against flu and rheumatic disease.
The ZDAR boot is a contemporary reinterpretation of this classic Russian boot ” The Valenki”
It combines the unique natural attributes of wool with modern comfort. The quality of the raw material is of crucial importance. Therefore we are only utilizing top quality wool felt Made in Germany. Our felts are highly compressed and elaborately processed to the highest quality and environmental standards. Our felt is made on traditional machines and is naturally made of 100% lambswool. The unique attributes of wool combine breathability with water resistance, thus keeping your feet worm even in lowest temperatures. The softly cushioned foot-bed is covered in natural leather and provides superior comfort. The rugged outer sole is reinforced with a layer of hamp fabric, which at the same time adds to the grip of the outsole.