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Russians keep alive winter boots tradition

MOSCOW --- As freezing temperatures are setting in, Russians are rediscovering an old winter staple --- felt boots called valenki. Valenki are traditional winter footwear in Russia, prized for their ability to endure frosty conditions and a dry winter, which is typical for most of the country. Dating back to the times of nomads in the windy steppes of southern Russia, valenki didn t become widespread until the 19th century, when they started being produced on an industrial scale. They were quickly adopted by all classes and everyone wore wearing valenki --- from the czar to the peasant in the most remote village. The felt boots, however, went out of fashion in the 1950s, whe...

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