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Soviet socialist style worker boots, surplus

Soviet socialist style worker boots, surplus

Price 18.99 USD excluding VAT

One-off lot of Soviet "worker boots". Kinda like the soldiers' Kirza boots, but with a lower shaft. We can imagine the hordes of Soviet workers in their dirty coveralls sweating it out in the coal mines wearing these. Only a handful in stock!

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One-off lot of Soviet "worker boots". Kinda like the soldiers' Kirza boots, but with a lower shaft. We can imagine the hordes of Soviet workers in their dirty coveralls sweating it out in the coal mines wearing these. Only a handful in stock!

The outsole is rubber, which is nailed on leather midsoles. The lower is made of surprisingly good quality, thick unlined leather and the shaft comprises of Kirza with a leather support strip on the back. Kirza (or some call it Kersey) leather was one of the most important developments during the war, saving hundreds of Roubles when they made soldiers' boots. The inventor, a chemist named Plotnikov, was given a truckton of money and the hallowed Stalin stat Prize medal for his efforts. To the best of our knowledge he wasn't even transported to Siberia. Kirza leather is still made today.

The shaft height varies from short to pretty short, we really couldn't be arsed to go through them more elaborately. If you want a higher shaft, get a pair of soldier's Kirza boots and if you want shorter, just fold the shaft and you're done.

Size info

Sizes in the Soviet system, which is first the recommended foot length in millimetres, then EU/French size. These are roomy enough for thicker insoles and proper woolen socks or footwraps.

The last is sorta human shaped, but not excessively wide.

Care

Care for your boots and they might care for you! Clean the boots with a moist rag and/or a brush. Apply grease and polish to the leather. Kirza does not need to be treated.

Condition

Some used, some not. All look pretty crude, and probably won't get any worse in use.

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