OUR STORY

BAABUK is a Swiss company founded in 2013 by a dynamic couple, Galina and Dan. Passionate about wool, they have always dreamed of creating a product that combines tradition and modernity, trend and originality.

 

It all began when Galina’s parents, returning from a trip to Russia, offered a pair of “Valenkis” to Dan. In the past, these Russian felted boots were essential to fight the Siberian cold. Not only are they part of the Russian culture, but also part of Galina’s childhood as she grew up there. After trying them out in the snow on the night before Christmas, the couple decided to share this tradition outside Russia.


The first BAABUK chapter started with the slippers. Living temporarily in Asia, Galina developed the initial prototype. The slippers are now produced in the country of wool, Nepal, where Galina & Dan founded their own workshop from scratch.  Handmade thanks to ancestral know-how, the Baabuks are ethically produced. The process using three main elements: wool, water, and soap, the BAABUK slippers are environmental friendly.

Full of ideas, the second chapter of Galina and Dan was to come up with a sneaker made of wool as well. After a year of hard work, the Urban Wooler, “a sneaker that you can wear from the beach to the city and from work to the gym”, was launched. The sneakers and Urban Woolers are made in Portugal. This country seemed to be the right place to produce these sneakers due to their knowledge and experience in shoe making. Redesigning tradition, these outdoor shoes will please amateurs of non-mainstream fashion and will be of great comfort.

The very last project of Galina and Dan was the Baabuk Unisex Wool Boot that was also crowdfunded on Kickstarter. This boot is a combination of tradition and innovation and keeps your toes extremely warm during the coldest winters! Baabuk reinvented an ancestral know-how to produce a boot made of a single piece that is modern, comfortable, and made of wool. Moreover, the Baabuk Boot has been awarded with the GOLD WINNER award during the biggest outdoor trade show ISPO with more than 80'000 visitors from all over the world.

All the projects were successfully financed on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. The first project regarding the slippers was launched in January 2014. The Urban Woolers, the second Kickstarter campaign, was launched in September 2015. The third Kickstarter campaign, the UNISEX WOOL BOOT by Baabuk, was launched in February 2017 and was successful as it raised 67K (CHF). 

“All new is a well-forgotten old.” (Russian Proverb)

Throughout history, the need to cope with the cold climate in Russia’s countryside has produced some interesting inventions. After trying several ways to keep their feet warm, Russian peasants came up with the idea of using sheep’s wool to produce felted boots, now known as "Valenkis".

The production of Valenkis began at the end of the 16th century. It was a result of scrupulous and time-consuming handwork. At that time, these wool shoes were both expensive and fashionable. Valenkis were worn inside and out, and served to protect feet even in the -40C Siberian cold. They are a part of Russian traditional dress that transcends classes – Russian leaders, soldiers, kids and peasants have all worn valenki. 

What is unique about how we produce Baabuk : like traditional shoes, Baabuk shoes are felted in one piece, without seams or stitches. It makes the production process more complex but the shoes more durable and more comfortable.

Sizing Chart

 


To find your perfect size, please use our Size Finder page.

This is the BAABUK sizing chart for our sneaker/urban wooler collection

Choosing the right shoes online can be difficult, in addition to regular sizing, we offer additional measurements in the chart below so that you can measure your foot to get the perfect fit.

Note that our shoes are made of wool. Wool is a stretchable material that will adapt itself to your foot. I general we recommend that if you have a larger feet or if you are in between two sizes  to take the size above (e.g EU 42 1/2 -> 43).

Size chart :

EU Size

Lengths (mm)

Girth (mm)

35
217
23
36
224
23
37
230
24
38
237
24
39
243
24
40
247
25
41
254
25
42
260
26
43
267
26
44
274
27
45
281
27
46
287
28

 

In order to choose your perfect pair just measure the length and girth of your feet.

To measure the length you can put your feet on a with page of paper and draw the line in front and at the back of your feet (the highest point at the front and at the back). The length can vary between 1 and 2 mm. To measure the girth you will circle your feet at the ball part. Check this link how to measure the ball girth.

If your feet is large we suggest that you choose the size above that is matching to the girth given in our chart.

The pictures below will help you with these measurements : 

Size Chart Baabuk

Please not that if the size you choose doesn't fit you perfectly you can exchange your shoes.

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 shoes a little bit tighter. For the kids and female sizes we have cut a litle 'V' cut to make it easier to entre the shoe. In case you feel its still too tight, just cut with a scisor the 'V' a little bit bigger. That is only possible with hand-felted wool slippers.

Converting US/EU Sizes? Use our Size Finder page.

Conditions : Please contact us if you want to exchange the shoes. Once we have validate your request you can ship us the unused shoe (on your charges). We will ship you back a new pair (on our charges).

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