At Bertsi UA, we take pride in providing top-notch boots that cater to the needs of military personnel, police officers, and first responders worldwide.
Our boots are made with high-quality materials that ensure durability and comfort, making them perfect for those who put their lives on the line to protect us.
But our commitment to serving our community doesn’t stop there.
For every pair of Bertsi UA boots purchased, we donate a pair to first responders in Ukraine.
We believe that everyone deserves access to reliable, comfortable and safe gear, and we’re honored to be able to make a difference in the lives of those who serve.
So why not join us in our mission to provide the best boots to those who protect us?
Our mission is to provide men and women in uniform, and first responders with durable and comfortable footwear that can withstand the harsh conditions of military and emergency response. We take pride in our work, and we are committed to ensuring that every pair of boots we produce meets the highest standards of quality.Олександр Божагора
Buy One, Donate One: With every purchase of a pair of Bertsi UA boots, we donate a pair to first responders in Ukraine.
When you purchase a pair of our boots, you’re not just getting a superior product – you’re also helping deliver a pair of boots to first responders in Ukraine.
Since 2014, we have provided over 25,000 of the highest-quality pair of boots to first responders in Ukraine. Bertsi UA helps first responders get the boots they need to stay safe and comfortable under challenging conditions.
Basic materials The boots are made of high-quality natural cattle leather, designed for increased loads the leather of Ukrainian production is used for all components of the shoes.
Our boots use leather with increased moisture resistance. Usually, to increase the moisture resistance of a shoe made of ordinary leather, the finished shoe is treated with a water-repellent agent, and leather with increased moisture resistance (PVA) undergoes such treatment at the stage of finishing at the manufacturer, which ensures the preservation of the moisture-repellent properties of the leather for a long time.
Leather with a thickness that meets the requirements for leather for military footwear is used, namely 1.8 – 2.0 mm for the souzka (toe) and free (sidewalls), 1.6 – 2.0 mm for the tongue-valve, and 0.6 – 1.1 mm for the interior decoration. In the case of using leather with increased moisture resistance (PVA), it can have a thickness of 1.8 — 2.2 mm for the main elements of the shoe.
Additional structural elements Between the outer skin and the lining in the area of the front part of the foot (union), a thermo-adhesive interlining is inserted – it ensures the preservation of the shape of the shoe (stretching within 10% of the linear size of the skin, not tens of percent in the case of ordinary leather without a lining) and increases the mechanical reliability of the shoe in places intensive operational load. The material does not interfere with natural ventilation.
A tongue of high value The boot has a tongue – a valve of full height, which is placed under the lacing, and prevents moisture from getting inside even when the boot is immersed in water along with the freebie, and also protects against dust and dirt getting inside the boot.
The valve also serves as additional protection of the front part of the lower leg from mechanical impact (especially relevant during active tactical operations in the field or when working with equipment).
Cushion and filament for softening The valve is equipped with a cushion for softening, which prevents the ankle from being squeezed when the boot is actively bent in different directions. The upper part of the freebie is equipped with a cushion for softening, which protects the lower leg from being pinched when the lacing is tight.
Soles Mechanically and chemically resistant soles made of rubber (RB), thermoelastoplastomer (TR), as well as a two-component sole with an upper layer of polyurethane and a lower layer of rubber (PU+RB), are used. The soles have a protector that provides a good grip on various surfaces. The pattern of the tread is designed to push out dirt during movement, which prevents dirt from sticking to the sole of the shoe.
Our sole is glued and stitched, which increases the reliability of the connection even for extreme shoe operation modes
Main Insole A main insole made of latex leather cardboard or fibrotexon is placed on the sole, which is one of the main elements to ensure the mechanical stability of the structure, as well as additional protection of the foot in the event of a puncture of the sole.
Overlay Insole A removable composite insole is superimposed on the main insole. As a rule, the composite insole consists of the following layers:
The bottom – a synthetic non-woven material with a fibrous structure (usually of the “granitol” type) 1.2 mm, the middle – shock absorption material “EVA” 2 mm, the top – natural finishing leather of cattle 0, 6 — 1.1 mm. The insole has holes for ventilation.
It is also possible to use insulation – stuffed fur or combined felt (upper layer – natural felt, lower layer – synthetic felt) as an upper layer, or use insoles for the cold season of a different design.
Interior decoration The lower inner part of the boot and the places of intense contact with the foot are covered with a lining made of natural decorative cattle skin with a thickness of 0.6 — 1.1 mm, sports fabric, a membrane bag, a cotton lining, or various combinations of these materials, depending on the implementation of a specific model. In insulated models, the inner surface of the boot is covered with a combination of insulation-stuffed fur, as well as sports fabric, membrane package, and decorative leather in various combinations depending on the implementation of a specific model.
Stuffed fur is a synthetic frame into which natural wool is woven (the total content of natural wool is about 80%). Such a material has a uniform density specified during production, does not roll off from mechanical impact and moisture, and at the same time warms the leg like high-quality natural wool.
Reinforcement of the toe and heel The toe and heel of the shoe are reinforced using elements made of “granitol” material, which, together with the main leather and lining, provides reliable protection of the foot from damage during movement in populated areas or outside of them.
Seams and threads No metal rivets are used in the joints of the shoe parts, but only seams made of resistant threads. Places critical to mechanical loads are sewn with several seams according to special stitching schemes. Threads that do not rot and have high mechanical resistance are used.
Lacing and lacing fasteners The boots are equipped with strong lacing, which is treated with a substance to prevent slipping and unwanted untying. The lacing is made in the form of cotton viscose capromonolith, the length of the lacing is 150 cm.
When installing the lacing block, an additional washer is used, which ensures the smoothness of the surface of the block both from the outside and from the inside, due to which the lace during operation comes into contact only with a smooth surface without irregularities from unstitching
The weight of the boots The weight of one shoe of size 42 is in the range from 570 to 790 grams depending on the model, type of sole, and configuration.
Country of manufacture of shoes and country of origin of materials
All models of boots are made in Ukraine.
The materials used are mainly Ukrainian production.
Composite shoes and the country of manufacture (origin) of the corresponding materials:
main leather __ Ukraine
non-leather insert for the Lightweight model __ Ukraine, Turkey
non-leather insert for the Combat model __ USA, Turkey
leather on the lining __ Ukraine
synthetic material on the lining __ Europe, Turkey
natural material for the lining for the Lightweight model __ Ukraine
sole __ Ukraine
glues and other special substances and solutions __ Europe, Ukraine
accessories, auxiliary materials, threads __ Europe, Turkey, Ukraine
Links to additional information about shoe models and the Bertsi UA project in general
Model Elite D PVS one year after the start of operation
Light olive + PVA pixel model for soldiers of the DB OUN
The tactics of Elite D PVS in the Avdiyiv industrial zone is an interesting perspective
Operational report of the tester for the Elite D PVA model for September 2015 — February 2016
The fighter presses the back of the car and slows down with the help of Elite D – such a ride in winter…
Shoes from Bertsi UA in Switzerland
Elite D from Bertsi UA and the “thread of life” – a unique non-staged photo from the front line
Overview of the Combined Classic PVA model
About the shoes at the exhibition and the condition of the Elite D of the PVA after eight months of exploitation at the front by the legendary “shoe killer” Ivan Savelyev
Museum of footwear from Bertsi UA, which was used in combat operations
Shoes for Cossacks at the front
Review of Tactics Elite D boots after use in combat conditions and on the range
About the use of Elit D PVS by women
Boots model Lightened for “seals of the sea” – 73 CSO
Boots of the model Lightened on the soldiers
An interesting comment from Heorhiy Tuka from “Narodnoi Tilu”
Lightweight footwear for special forces
Testing for moisture resistance for the Facilitated model in the field at the front
Evaluation of the operation of the Elite D model by a fire training instructor from Israel
Moisture resistance test from a user of our shoes
The Elite model with regular leather is analyzed
A lot of interesting things in the comments
The first industrial batch of the Elite model
Volunteers of the People’s Front and People’s Project groups ordered a thousand pairs of boots from Berka UA (the Standard insulated model was delivered). The order was successfully completed
The first mass delivery of shoes to border guards in the front-line zone
Shoes for aviators – the most popular models on the 5358 sole
More than 160 pairs for aviators of two brigades
One of the first deliveries of the Elite model
More information in the comments
About shoes for the marines (including for the brigade commander)
Our exposition at the exhibition at Yavorivsky Polygon at the end of December 2014
About the “special guys” in the photo wearing Bertsi UA shoes
Shoes from Berca UA on a special forces officer in a combat zone
One of the first pairs of Elites that were put on the front line in hot spots
One of the first deliveries of boots for aviators
Information for users and photos from the front line
Promotional video for the model Elite D
Review “Under the gun” (Conscious consumer) for the Elite D PVA model
Review “Under the gun” (Conscious consumer) for the model Podlitkovi Elite D PVA
Testing of the Tactic Elite D model – mountain river – moisture resistance
Testing the Tactic Elite D model — stability on wet stones in a mountain stream
Testing the Tactics Elite D model — wet grass on a mountain slope
Testing the Tactics Elite D model — snow on a mountain slope