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Hot Russian Women Wear Valenki. Are Olympic Athletes Next?

10. December 2009 by Christy 0 Comments

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The traditional Russian winter boots known as valenki are making a comeback in Russia. The warm, felt boots were once the winter footwear of choice for many Russians, but city-dwellers begun shunning valenki in the second half of the 20th century as they thought the boots were too rustic. This all began to change in the late 2000s and now young, hip Russians spend around $70 for valenki created by popular designer Olga Chernikova.

Valenki may even become the official footwear for Russian athletes in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. Design university graduate Hovhannes Gadyan recently presented a test collection of Olympic-themed valenki in the Russian city of Gatchina, Leningrad region. From here they will go to the Olympic committee who will determine if Russian athletes will sport the traditional footwear at the Games’ opening ceremony. The proposed boots, both stylish and practical, can withstand temperatures up to 60 degrees below zero.

 

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