The Standard Model gives non-zero mass to the electron via the coupling to the Higgs field. Issues of renormalizability aside, this is fundamentally unrelated to the fact that the electron couples to the EM field. However, if the Higgs mechanism did not operate - that is, if there were no vacuum symmetry breaking, the electron field would have no effective mass term. In QFT perturbation theory, this model offers no special difficulty.
My question is, what is the classical limit of this theory, if it has one? Does the electron acquire a purely EM mass? If the low energy renormalized mass is set to zero (is there an obstacle to doing that?) what do the classical field configurations look like? My puzzlement is related to the classical description of the EM field of a relativistic charged particle - namely, that it becomes "flattened" in the direction of motion, just like a Lorentz-contracted sphere. That is, the field is weaker than for a motionless particle in the longitudinal direction, and stronger in the transverse directions. The limiting case is that the field becomes concentrated on a 2-d surface transverse to the particle location, where it has infinite strength - obviously an unphysical situation. So what actually happens?