Croatia’s oldest shoe manufacturer is to produce another series of boots made famous by soldiers during the 1990s Homeland War after interest in them from abroad.
Vukovar-based company Borovo is to produce another series of their yellow ‘Zenge’ boots after they received a number of requests from Germany, Canada, Australia and the United States.
Borovo’s Zenge boots were worn by soldiers as they defended Vukovar in the early 1990s, and were brought back into the limelight when Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic wore them during a procession on Vukovar Remembrance Day.
“After (she wore Zenge), and the media reports that followed, there was a lot of interest from all of Croatia, as well as from the diaspora, in the boots. We had requests from Germany, Australia, Canada, USA…Because of that we have made space in our production line to make another limited series,” said Marija Rušnov from Borovo, Poslovni.hr reports.
Borovo will manufacturer both men and women models in the latest series, which will go through 60 pairs of hands during the manufacturing process.
The waterproof boots will have Vukovar’s famous water tower stamped onto the side of the boots in the new series.
Borovo says they are planning in future to continue manufacturing ‘yellow boots85. which they first started to produce in 1985 after an order from American company Royce Shoes.
The boots are available on Borovo’s webshop.
Borovo’s products have been available in the United States since 2015.