Economy of Belarus - - TOURISM IN BELARUS -

in 2010 Smilovichy walk-mill, Cher­ven district, sold over 180,000 pairs of felt boots.

Smilovichy-made valenki, or felt boots, are pop­u­lar not only in Be­larus but also abroad. Ex­ports in­creased by 30% in 2010 over 2009. They were ex­ported to Rus­sia, Ukraine, Baltic States, Nor­way, Swe­den, Fin­land, Ger­many, etc.

Felt boots sell ex­tremely well in Be­larus, too. At the be­gin­ning of win­ter the com­pany even had to re­strict ex­ports to meet do­mes­tic de­mand.

Thanks to a mod­ern Ital­ian line, the com­pany now pro­duces polyurethanesoled felt boots of the small­est and largest sizes. The prod­uct range has been greatly ex­panded. Now the com­pany of­fers felt boots with rib­bons, pom­poms and em­broi­dery, with nat­u­ral and ar­ti­fi­cial fur. Chil­dren’s felt boots come with light trans­par­ent ga­loshes. The com­pany is now work­ing on fe­male low-heeled mod­els.

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