Vintage Boots Novella by Henke of Switzerland Hair on Hide

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Perhaps best known as the foremost name in Ski boots, the Henke brand is iconic all over the world for quality, rugged mountain wear. Matthaus and Andreas Henke set up a shoe factory in Stein on the Rhine, Switzerland in 1885; the company collapsed in 1936 and was rebranded with the merging Ski industry and in the 1960s Henke was the largest Ski Boot producer in the world. Perhaps due to their unrelenting requirement for quality craftsmanship and materials, Henke officially went broke in 1973. These Novella boots showcase the injection molded plastic soles that the company was famous for, supposively sealed for life. This pair was one of their luxury alpine options with pony hide – no, not real ponies! Top grain cow hide or goat hide was shaved to simulate the look of the hair on the hide of a horse. Not only are these boots soft and shiny, they are also naturally water resistant. Highly collectible, these boots are in fabulous condition with many more years wear in them. Shiny black hide, injected rubber sole with grippy, hiking soles; rear zip, tonal smooth leather trim, real fleece wool lining. Circa early 1960s, made in Switzerland, approx. size 7. Measures 9 1/2 inches inside toe to heel, footprint measure s 11 inches front to back, 3 ½ inches wide at sole, 1 ½ inch gradual heel, 8 ¼ inches tall.

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