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Cold feet? Get a pair of valenki boots made in Belarus

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A worker processes wool used to make traditional footwear at a factory in Smilovichi, Belarus, Dec. 5.

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A worker processes semi-finished valenki, in Smilovichi, Belarus.

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A worker moves a cart of semi-finished valenki at a factory in Smilovichi, Belarus, Dec. 5.

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Workers sort semi-finished valenki at a factory in the village of Smilovichi, Dec. 5.

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A worker processes semi-finished valenki, Dec. 5.

Valenki, a traditional Russian felt boot specifically designed for extreme frost typical of severe winter, remain popular in rural areas. Established in 1928, a factory in village of Smilovichi, 22 miles east of Minsk, still produces 17,000 pairs of boots a month, according to its director.  If you love these boots, there is a valenki museum in Vyshny Volochok, Russia.