« Valenki » or the ‘felt shoe’ is traditional Russian foot wear whose history can be traced to the 4th century BC.
As felt shoes were expensive in old Russia only the prosperous could afford them. Thus Valenki were passed from generation to generation and inheriting the Valenki was considered good luck. A man who wore the Valenki among the girls was considered good marriage materia.
Production techniques were kept secret so the number of artisans practising was very limited.
When: 11 April. Meeting place: at the exit from the green line, Paveletskaya Metro station
Cost: 1000 rub