Siberian ice maidens trample on Russian traditionBack to list
BBC published an intresting article about high-heeled bootsand valenki's.
It is -35C in Siberia's main city, Novosibirsk, but many young women here are tottering through the snow in elegant, but perhaps rather impractical high-heeled boots.
And that, despite doctors' warnings and attempts by fashion professionals to promote far warmer traditional Russian footwear.
Even at extremely low temperatures, high heels are still the number one choice for many here. And they contrast sharply with the felt boots, "valenki", worn by headscarved babushki in padded jackets or long fur coats.
The city is covered in white. The crisp snow underfoot squeaks with every step, and the air is so cold, it is easier to breathe with your mouth and nose completely covered.
Ksenia, 22, strolls through Novosibirsk's main square, passing by the huge Lenin monument and walking hastily through snow and ice towards the renowned Opera Theatre.
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