Herring Shoes

Russian icon meets British classics

17 December 2021

We have always had a fantastic following from Russia, a country where good quality leather boots are a necessity due to the often extreme weather (warm lining is always a welcome bonus too), When we had a call from local customer Nigel Sture to say he had a Russian TV crew on their way to film his classic ‘Moskvich 412′ car, and, most importantly, that he would be wearing his Herring boots, we knew we had to tag along. After all, we love to share stories of our customers’ interesting hobbies (we were hoping to get a ride in this magnificent piece of Soviet history too, of course).

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Nigel and London based journalist Timur Siraziev, accompanied by his cameraman who were reporting for ‘Channel One Russia’. The burning question was, of course, what exactly were they there to report on? Well, it turns out they had spotted Nigel from an article in The Telegraph about Russian car enthusiasts in the UK. After seeing this article, they made contact and were keen to interview Nigel in person and go for a spin in his car. They were looking for a ‘feel-good, light-hearted’ story to report on as it turns out there are very few Moskvichs in the UK. This had clearly caught their imagination!

Herring Coleford

So, let’s get down to business and talk about boots. I have chosen four styles that are popular in colder countries: Herring Stockholm, Copenhagen, Coleford and Buxton.

We’ll start with the Stockholm and Copenhagen. They are both lightweight, fur-lined boots. They are the ultimate winter warmers and with Blake-stitched soles, they are not as heavy as a Goodyear welted boot. A great option if you don’t like heavy footwear. Not forgetting they have a zip too, so they’re easy to pop on and off (I’d hate to add up the time we spend lacing our boots). Asides from comfort, you are also going to need a rubber sole and in keeping with the ‘lightweight’ theme, they are equipped with Vibram rubber soles. Not only are they light, they are hard-wearing and flexible.

Herring Copenhagen

The difference between the two styles is minimal. The Stockholm comes up a touch higher over the ankle and the Copenhagen is a Chelsea style so there isn’t any stitch detailing. They both offer something slightly different to one another and if you are looking for a warm-lined boot then either of these will do a great job.

The Herring Coleford has proved to be one of our best selling boots. They aren’t warm lined, but what they lack in indulgence they make up for with rugged, country looks. The leather is thick and hardy with an antiqued finish to them which will only get better the more you show them off outside. Again, as the above they are Blake-stitched, but instead of a Vibram sole, they have a more solid rubber variant. Crafted on a well proportioned last that without being narrow, still gives the country vibe so if you’re going for the country-chic look, then the Coleford are for you. The Oxford toe cap really finishes this style off.

Finally, we come to the Buxton. This style is almost over-qualified for dealing with extreme terrain, they will take pretty much anything you throw at them and being made on a G fitting last helps to compensate for thicker socks. If you weren’t planning on wearing them with thicker socks, it may be a good idea to drop down half a size to get a good fit. Weighing in at around 1.35kg a pair, you will know you have them on but this doesn’t mean they aren’t comfortable. Calf leathers and a sizeable last shape will ensure a comfortable fit and, of course, with them being Goodyear welted with a rubber stud sole, you don’t need to be scared of taking them ‘off road’. That said, there is no reason why you couldn’t also wear these more casually. They are a very good looking boot and show you mean business.

Hopefully, the above has helped. If you have any questions or a story you think we should know about please do get in touch either by commenting below or by emailing me at chris@herringshoes.co.uk .

Finally, a big thank you to Nigel and Timur for having us and inspiring this journal. We had a great time learning more about your Moskvich. For any readers who want to read more just click here .

Thank you/Спасибо

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