.......are traditional Russian winter footwear, essentially felt boots. Its very name, valenki literally means, "made by felting". Valenki are made of wool felt.
According to Manolo’s Shoe Blog
Manolo says, recently the Manolo he has been hearing much talk about the Russian Valenki boot as being the next Ugg, the next ugly boot to be the big trend.
Here, allow the Manolo to nip this in the bud.
If you are the shuffling, toothless, 100 kilogram Russian babushka with the head scarf then by all the means, wear the valenki. If you are not the Russian granny then, in the opinion of the Manolo, you have no business wearing the Valenki.
Trust the Manolo, nothing says, Comrade, I have in my soviet-era apartment stockpiled 500 rolls of the low-quality toilet paper like the valenki.
Do not be the babushka, do not wear the valenkis.
I don't know about the toothless part but I love mine.
There are times when I jump in bed and my feet are frozen! They are like ice, hence the "Popsicle feet" reference.
How to warm up my feet, tucking them anywhere near my DH is not satisfactory and he really does not like it. I must confess I don't like him doing the same to me either. As a matter of fact I've been known to get hostile about even thinking of doing such.... the solution is the Ugg Sock.
I knitted a giant sock, size 13 needles DK weight wool yarn and tossed them in the washing machine to shrink/felt. Then I needle felted fleece to the inside.
The softest and warmest of all. Warm toes for me, and yes I made DH a pair too.