Valenki Felt boots are synonymous with Russia, and Winter, and staying warm. Eskimos and Canadians have there Muklucks, which I’ve previously wrote about, but not to be outdone, the Russians have their Valenki’s. Valenki boots are supposed to be based off of the boots worn by Asian Nomads 1500 years ago, so there is plenty of history to go with these boots. If you’re interested in the full run down, check out this “Russiapedia” post. Or if you’d like to see how they’re made check out this article by yahoo on a factory in Belarus http://news.yahoo.com/photos/historical-felt-boot-factory-in-belarus-slideshow/. Like all things Russian, when it comes to staying warm or making boots, they’re pretty serious about it, and they don’t look too bad either. Lastly, according to one source, due to the electrostatic energy that’s built up by walking in wool boots barefoot, they’re supposed to help the circulation in your feet, and maybe even help with hangovers according to Peter the Great! I’m not sure about all that, but it can’t hurt to try them.