Lapti – Woven Russian Footwear

I recently returned from a trip to Russia and I noticed many similarities between Russian and Mexican culture and not just their strong traditions of distilled drink.

I also discovered many very interesting traditional crafted footwear, but specifically I was able to purchase a few pairs of woven shoes called Lapti.

Its fascinating how the upper and the sole can be woven as one part.

This design is called Stupni and also exists in Finland called Tuohivirsut made with birch bark.

This one is a traditional Lapti made with Linden bark.

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