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  • Why cork insoles?

    Cork is a versatile natural material, having wide spectrum of utilization from flooring to stopping wine bottles. In shoes, the material's remarkable properties shows themselves to the best advantage. What makes cork so special? It is shock absorbing and softens impact by walking at hard surfaces, dissipating energy It is an naturally antibacterial product, which [...] More  →
  • Why Wool?

    Facts & Figures Wool has unique characteristic and possess very special properties, which can not be matched by other fibres. Due to complex protein structure wool fibre outstands with its resilience, elasticity and durability.  It has extraordinary abilities of humidity exchange, making it a perfect isolation medium. Especially thicker felted wool possess exceptional properties of …

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  • Short excursus in history of felted boots

    The tradition of felting shoes from wool has it’s roots in Eurasia, but many associate it with Russia and it’s traditional boot called Valenki. Progenitor of Valenki was shoe of nomads, called Pima, whose history is going back over 1.5 thousand years. During the period of the Golden Horde, felt boots began to penetrate the [...] More  →
  • What is felt and it’s origin?

    The opinions, where wool-felt has his roots are still controversial. But one is known, sheep is the first domesticated animal and felted wool probably the first textile used by humans. Since wool has good biodegradable properties, it makes difficult to archeologist to be certain about the human knowledge of felt and its manufacture. Scientific estimates …

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  • What are specifics of vegetable-tanned leather?

    You cannot expect flawless homogeneous surface, even color distribution and same weather resistance you might know from products made from chrome tanned leather. The vegetable tanning process imparts the typical natural characteristics, which makes each leather piece unique. There might be small marks from insect bites or scars on the leather surface, which are not …

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  • Why vegetable tanned leather?

    What is the technology behind leather tanning?  The leather making process is one of the oldest technology and started to be developed with the meat consume. There are different methods of preparing animal hides and skins for future utilization as leather. Tanning is the process of treating animal skins to produce leather - a durable [...] More  →
  • How the journey began

    Beeing a native of Russia, Elina Weinberg cherished the child memories of wearing hand crafted wool felt boots, called Valenki. There were no better material choice than wool to pass cold Russian winter. But let’s be honest, design of this traditional boots were fare from what we would call stylish and comfort leaves a lot [...] More  →
  • What is wool?

    Wool is a natural fibre produced by sheep, which grows in the same way as hair by humans. Wool became somehow umbrella term for other natural fibres produced by other animals. In such context the term is often used for following fibres: mohair – from hair of angora goat angora –from angora rabbit hair camel [...] More  →
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