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How We Produce

A little bit of history…
Valenki shoe production started towards the end of 16th century in Russia to answer the need to protect the feet from the -40C Siberian cold. During that time, a Velenki pair of wool shoes was quite expensive due to the tedious and painstaking process of creating these handmade shoes and only the rich could afford a pair. Valenki shoe production often started right after the autumn harvest until throughout Easter when cattle is out grazing the pasture. Worn indoors and outdoors, and had been part of the traditional Russian dress- noblemen, children, soldiers and even peasants have all worn a Valenki shoes.

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Tradition Meets Modern

BAABUK produces the old Valenki natural shoes in the traditional way but presented in modern day styling that all folks will love. What makes a pair of Baabuk natural wool shoes different from any other shoes is the seamless and stitch-less profile incorporated from the traditional Valenki shoe making technique made possible by felting the wool in one piece. This production process is quite meticulous and delicate but the outcome is exceptional producing a Baabuk wool shoes that are undoubtedly the warmest and the most comfortable shoes in the planet.

On-going perfection process

Through intensive research and study Baabuk has perfected the art of making a one piece felted wool shoe. In reality, anyone can just make a flat wool layers then stich it together to form a pair of shoes but we chose a different path. Each pair of Baabuk is a complete masterpiece utilizing all natural and recycled materials into each handcrafted shoe piece. We use gentle soap, water and pure wool in producing the body of each shoe. For the sole we only have 3 natural options from natural rubber, leather or recycled old tires.

Never Compromise Quality

Baabuk would never compromise quality so we proceeded with our own unique production and designed our own machines to keep up with the high standard of quality that we are committed to deliver to those who want the best warmest shoes ever produced. Keeping everyone’s feet warm, cozy and comfortable with styles that appeal to modern fashonistas.

TEDIOUS FELTING TASK

We take time to manually rub our delicate wool in warm water and soap so that the wool fibers will intertwine and bundle up to form into one shape.

shrinking process

Once wool is felted into the desired form we toss it into the washing machine in high temperature for several hours. This process will naturally shrink the wool by 30% making it cohesive and virtually indestructible.

HAMMERING STRATEGY

After shrinking we will embark in a physically demanding task of hammering the wool shoe material alongside with constant brushing to ensure that each shoe will become sturdy and has water repelling property.

shaping & drying

This is the final step that each Baabuk shoe will have to go through. Finally, the shoes are mounted on the shoe mold to get into a perfect shape then left to dry naturally for at least two days and after which the final decorative accents are added to give each pair its own Baabuk character.

BAABUK SHOES TRIVIA

Each pair of Baabuk shoes needs around a half kilogram of sheep wool.
Each shoe is felted in one piece by layering wool until desired shape is achieved.
Recycled materials such as rubber tires or used rubber and natural rubber are utilized.
It takes up to 3 days to finish just one pair of Baabuk wool shoes.
All shoe work and processing is done with uncompromised passion manually.

Size Chart

Women's

US Length
5 35 8.64"
6 36 8.86"
6.5-7 37 9.05"
7.5-8 38 9.33"
8.5-9 39 9.56"
9.5 40 9.72"
10 41 10"
10.5-11 42 10.23"
11.5-12 43 10.51"

Men's

US Length
7 40 9.72"
8 41 10"
9 42 10.23"
10 43 10.51"
10.5 44 10.79"
11.5 45 11.06"
12 46 11.29"
13 47 11.57"
14 48 11.85"

Kid's

US Length
8 24 5.75"
9 25 6.12"
9.5 26 6.25"
10 27 6.5"
11 28 6.75"
12 29 7"
13 30 7.25"
13.5 31 7.65"
1 32 7.75"
2 33 8.12"
2.5 34 8.25"

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Baabuk Sizing

Baabuk's are made of 100% wool. Wool is a stretchable material that will adapt to your foot.

If your fit still isn't right, just remember we offer free exchanges.
Contact info@rustandsalt.com and follow the instructions on our Returns page .

EU to US size conversion chart below. If you're between sizes, we suggest rounding up.
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Women's

US Length
5 35 8.64"
6 36 8.86"
6.5-7 37 9.05"
7.5-8 38 9.33"
8.5-9 39 9.56"
9.5 40 9.72"
10 41 10"
10.5-11 42 10.23"
11.5-12 43 10.51"

Men's

US Length
7 40 9.72"
8 41 10"
9 42 10.23"
10 43 10.51"
10.5 44 10.79"
11.5 45 11.06"
12 46 11.29"
13 47 11.57"
14 48 11.85"

Kid's

US Length
8 24 5.75"
9 25 6.12"
9.5 26 6.25"
10 27 6.5"
11 28 6.75"
12 29 7"
13 30 7.25"
13.5 31 7.65"
1 32 7.75"
2 33 8.12"
2.5 34 8.25"

 

SLIPPER SIZING:

The slipper are hand-felted in one piece without any stitching. The advantage of these kind of slippers is that with the time, your feel will continue to felt the slippers and they will take the shape of your feet.

We have cut the opening of the slipper a little bit tighter. For the kids and smaller adult sizes we have cut a little 'V' cut to make it easier to get the slipper on. In case you feel its still too tight, just cut with a scissor the 'V' a little bit bigger. That is only possible with hand-felted wool slippers.

Size Chart

Women's

US Length
5 35 8.64"
6 36 8.86"
6.5-7 37 9.05"
7.5-8 38 9.33"
8.5-9 39 9.56"
9.5 40 9.72"
10 41 10"
10.5-11 42 10.23"
11.5-12 43 10.51"

Men's

US Length
7 40 9.72"
8 41 10"
9 42 10.23"
10 43 10.51"
10.5 44 10.79"
11.5 45 11.06"
12 46 11.29"
13 47 11.57"
14 48 11.85"

Kid's

US Length
8 24 5.75"
9 25 6.12"
9.5 26 6.25"
10 27 6.5"
11 28 6.75"
12 29 7"
13 30 7.25"
13.5 31 7.65"
1 32 7.75"
2 33 8.12"
2.5 34 8.25"