Traditional Russian boots of the popular “valyenka” were once used only by the inhabitants of Russia. Today, these boots are used all over the world. These are comfortable, durable and long lasting boots. They are made of 100% sheep wool.
Russian boots are made of rolled sheep’s wool. They are made in one piece so they have no seams. Therefore, they protect well from winter and low temperatures. One pair of boots requires one kilogram of wool obtained by shearing one sheep. After shearing the sheep, the wool is thoroughly cleaned of impurities. Russian boots are usually made in hard form and less often in soft form. A leather or rubber sole is added to the boots for longer use. The boots are additionally lined with woolen material in areas with harsher winters. There are rubber Russian boots. Traditional wool boots are made in white, gray, brown and black.
Small pieces of rolled wool footwear were first found during archeological excavations in the city of Pompeii. Archaeologists have found woolen shoes from the 4th century BC in the mounds in the Altai. In the oldest Russian epic “A word about Igor’s campaign” (from the 12th century), woolen boots are mentioned. Scientists believe that these 3 mentioned woolen boots are the forerunners of modern Russian woolen boots.
Woolen boots became popular in Russia in the 8th century. The boots at the time were shallow with a seam. They were made by hand mostly in northern Siberia. The upper part of the boot that is sewn to the lower part of the boot is especially valid. Back then, boots were called “chuni”. In the 18th century, woolen boots appeared that resemble today’s Russian woolen boots. They appear in the Nizhny Novgorod region. They become part of the Russian folk costume. Russian woolen boots are gaining great popularity in all parts of society. They were a valuable gift. The groom was chosen for the brides by Russian boots. If the groom wore boots, it indicated a good financial situation in the family of the future groom. Russian boots were used to predict the fate of girls. The girls went out into the yard and threw their boots over the fence between Christmas Eve and Epiphany. If the boots were facing the house when stopped, it meant that the girl could not hope to get married that year. If the thrown boots were facing the gate, it meant getting married and leaving the parents’ house. Depending on the position of the thrown boots, the direction from which the groom came was also predicted. In less affluent families, one pair of woolen boots was used by all family members.
Woolen boots were used by Russian rulers and members of the court. After the treatment in the steam bath, Peter I always looked for “schi and woolen boots”. Catherine the Great in woolen boots sought salvation for her aching feet. Empress Ana Ivanovna allowed court ladies to wear these boots even with ceremonial dresses, because fireplaces could not heat spacious dance halls. Woolen boots were also worn by Russian soldiers and researchers on expeditions to conquer the northern territories.
Mass production of woolen boots began in the 19th century. Then the boots become available to everyone. At the same time, they are becoming famous throughout Europe. 1851 At the First International Exhibition in London, traditional Russian boots attract a lot of attention from the audience. Demand outside the borders of Russia begins. Woolen boots are considered to have healing properties. Sheep’s wool absorbs moisture, which it then releases, leaving the foot dry. That is why these Russian boots protect against colds. Wool contains lanolin, which relieves rheumatic pains and muscle aches. Lanolin helps in wound healing. Antiallergic components of wool have a beneficial effect on patients with asthma. They can be worn all year round, ie during summer and winter – because they provide excellent protection against heat, cold and frost. The feet do not sweat in woolen boots. Sheep’s wool provides natural air circulation. As they adapt to the shape of the feet, they are excellent for people with various foot deformities.
According to scientific research, constant wearing of woolen boots (especially on bare feet) prevents thrombosis and has a positive effect on male potency, because wool dilates blood vessels. Also, woolen boots bring the pressure to normal, which is important for the treatment of certain types of headaches.
Russian wool boots are a part of fashion and fashion events today because they are no longer associated with rough design and dark colors. Experts consider these boots an interesting topic for design development. They are a good example, where the heat retention feature can be successfully combined with elegance.
Well-known Russian designer Slava Zaitsev also promoted woolen boots in the world of fashion.
9 most commonly used types of Russian wool boots:
- Classic woolen boots are the simplest models of woolen boots, without any decoration. In that way, they leave a lot of space for the owners to express their creativity and decorate them according to their own taste.
- Designer woolen boots are decorated with embroidery, rhinestones, ribbons and other decorative elements. They are unusual or exclusive in appearance. They can also be made to order.Zircons, pearls and fur are some of the modern decorations for woolen boots.
- Woolen boots with laces are the perfect solution for winter walks and going to nature. Laces allow the shoes to be well fixed to the foot.
- “Burki” are a men’s version of woolen boots where leather elements are most often combined with white rolled wool.
- Home wool boots are models of boots exclusively for home use. These boots are a more comfortable alternative to warm socks, room slippers or slippers. They are a great gift for children and adults, for Christmas or New Year.
- Woolen boots are souvenirs of boots of miniature dimensions. There are various decorations made in the form of souvenirs. There is always a great demand for these souvenirs.
- Woolen wedding boots are bought especially for newlyweds. They are decorated with typical embroidery and elegant lace. Models intended for the bride and groom, sometimes go in pairs and complement each other.
- Woolen boots for mom and baby are also an interesting variant. This style has become very popular. It’s called Family-look.
- Woolen boots are part of the uniform of railway workers, workers in the oil and gas industry.
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