How to use 'Portyanki' foot wraps of Soviet boots sapogi: Practicality and Convenience

How to use 'Portyanki' foot wraps of Soviet boots sapogi: Practicality and Convenience

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The Soviet army placed great importance on practicality and comfort in military footwear, and in this context foot wraps became an integral part of soldiers' equipment. Why were foot wraps preferred to ordinary boots, and how to properly use this convenient accessory?

Why portyanki?
The use of foot wraps combined several advantages that made them preferable to ordinary boots. Firstly, boots were often quite hard, and wearing them without a suitable layer of protection could cause chafing on the feet. Portyanki provided a soft and supportive shell.
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Secondly, foot wraps were practical. They could be used for a long time, and if the footcloths got wet, they could be rewound and used again. In addition, spare foot wraps could be used to secure damage, providing an additional layer of protection.

Finally, foot wraps were made from natural flannelette fabric, providing excellent ventilation, preventing sweating and fungal infections.

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How to use foot wraps?


Step 1: Place your foot on the edge of the footcloth, then wrap it over the top.

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Step 2: Wrap your foot in several layers of footcloth.

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Step 3: Turn the footcloth over and wrap it around your shin.

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Step 4: Wrap the rest inside.

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Step 5: Done! Now you are ready to use Soviet boots with maximum comfort and protection.

So practical and comfortable, foot wraps were officially used in the Russian army until 2013. Then, as in Western countries, they switched to more modern military boots. But even today, knowing the art of using foot wraps, you can go back to the times of Soviet boots and appreciate their unique advantages.

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