Author: Evgeny Bogomolov
Frankly, almost half of the brands surprised us, because we sincerely believed that they were European brands! We didn't even have questions about quality and design …
There are more than 250 footwear manufacturers in Russia, but the overwhelming majority of domestic manufacturers have not gone far from Soviet design - they are still focused on the production of rubber boots, galoshes, felt boots and army boots. However, there are exceptions, and quite interesting ones. If you do not know in advance, you might think that we are dealing with a German or Italian brand.
I myself thought for a long time that Ralf Ringer was a German or Austrian brand. Agree, the name is quite consonant with the name of some Prussian shoe maker. It turned out that the brand is Russian, with production in Russia and China. The design, frankly, does not differ in particular grace, but this is also typical for German footwear. But the quality is excellent. My Ralf Ringer boots have not been demolished for the third winter, and they cost about 5,000 rubles.
Another brand that attracts buyers with a foreign name. Although the company's website honestly says that the shoes are made in Russia. As with the Ralf Ringer, the rustic design is offset by the high quality and durability of the shoe. All materials in Eber Klaus are natural, you especially feel this when you put on their winter shoes - they are warm and cozy in them. The pricing policy is again similar: the price of a pair starts from 4000-5500 rubles.
Shoes from this brand can be found in many shoe stores. On the company's website, you can find a vague wording about Italian designers and low cost due to lower production costs. Apparently, Italian designers work at the Togliatti factory "Leader", and "production costs" are reduced due to the transfer of some orders to Chinese factories. However, one should pay tribute to the pleasant atmosphere and a decent level of service that prevails in the Tervolina salons. Prices for shoes of this brand start at 3500 rubles.
The name and design of the footwear is associated with Germany, but the production is located in St. Petersburg. Judging by the reviews on the Internet, the brand produces really reliable shoes, and the price is not high - from 4000 rubles.
A company with such names could exist anywhere in the world and produce anything from nuclear reactors to chocolates. In our country, Camelot specializes in the manufacture of clothing and footwear in the mid-low price segment. Brutal footwear for teenagers, well copying the design of foreign brands. Behind the low price is the use of unnatural materials and partial production in Chinese shoe factories. In any case, prices start at 1,500 rubles and, judging by the reviews, boots serve faithfully for a couple of seasons.
The brand's universal name also corresponds to the impressive geography of production: “in Russia, Turkey, Brazil, Portugal, China, India and other countries,” says its website. Thus, it is impossible to understand where the shoes are made. The approach to design is traditional: you watch fashion shows a year ago, simplify the design and launch it into production. But the prices do not bite either: women's shoes can be bought for 3000 rubles.
A beautiful name that refers to the Iberian Peninsula, a wonderful site, prices are above average (from 7,000 rubles) - and not a word about who and where produces shoes. The manufacturer talks a lot about Italian traditions, designers and the brand's worldwide fame. However, on the Internet you can find information that Corso Como distributes shoe production between Chinese and Russian factories. The shoe design is modern and very "Italian".
The name of the brand and the content of the site hint that the shoes should, if not be made, then at least be modeled in Italy, but the brand is 100% domestic. I would like to believe that the information about high-quality natural materials is true. The entire range of Francesco Donni presented on lamoda.ru varies in the price range from 3,000 to 10,000 rubles.
After reading the information about the company on its official website several times, it is impossible to understand where the shoes are made. But not in Italy, you can be sure of that. The Russian brand is widely represented in our country, in any large city you can easily find stores of this network - buyers love this style of footwear. With discounts, prices start at 3500 rubles.
When I bought shoes for the first time in the Carlo Pazolini store, I was firmly convinced that I was buying real Italian products - the store's interior, the current shoe design and its quality strengthened the impression. Imagine my surprise when I learned that Carlo Pazolini is a Russian brand! Web searches uncovered information on production lines in Eastern Europe and China. And the prices of this brand are closer to the Italian ones - from 5,000 to 20,000 rubles.
The company's website and information in stores directly indicate that the company is German, respectively, the design and production of shoes are made in the estate of Frau Merkel. However, Internet users report that no one has heard of Thomas Munz in Germany or other European countries. The company's website exists only in the Russian-language version - strange for a truly German company. Prices do not bite, women's shoes can be bought for 1,500 rubles.
More than 60 percent of the shoes sold in Russia are made in China, while only 2% of the shoes are actually made in Italy, England or Germany.
Can you trust Russian-made shoes? Our answer is yes (if you are happy with the design). There are at least three reasons for this:
- Russian manufacturers take into account the climatic conditions of our country: not all European shoes are suitable for an eight-month winter or a six-month off-season.
- Russian factories still operate in accordance with GOST (and you remember that in the Soviet Union, shoes were inherited, they were indestructible) - all that remains is to find a Russian brand that does not locate production in China.
- Large shoe factories are equipped with European equipment, many employees undergo training and training in Italy, Germany and England - this, of course, affects the quality of products.