Re: [sig] Valenki question
Friday, March 05, 2004, 8:14:41 PM, you wrote:
TN> DOH! Wrong part of the appendage! I meant the
TN> portki. My question though is about the valenki, the
TN> felt boots. Have you found any mention of soles or
Haven't, tyhough never dug the question deep enough.
TN> pattens or spikes for ice in period in your research?
No such stuff. Stiff sole (able to bear spikes)
is a rather an OOP device for Russia. When
you fare on snow, there's no need to use spikes. I'd say valenki had
soles rather for longer durability but not for walking on hard
pavements. Afair, the [mercenaries'] boots with metal on the soles were
invented for stone-paved Western European roads. In Russia they never
paved roads with stone in period.
TN> I would also like to know whether the onuchi were worn
TN> INSIDE the valenki? I'm doing my wool and linen
Of course! It's the ancestor of all socks, I'd say.
TN> outfits right now and was curious.
TN> --- "Alexey Kiyaikin aka Posadnik" <Posadnik@...>