In this answer @Vorac mentions footwraps. So I wondered, if I want to try them, how should I put them on?

Does anyone have experience with this? Are there different methods to try?

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портянки (portyanki)

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The Russian army wore portyanki (footcloths) up until the ministry of defence abolished them in 2008. There's an interesting article about them here, the author of which apparently wore portyanki for 695 days in the army.1

How to put on footcloths:

  • spread the piece of cloth (40cm x 90cm) flat on the floor;
  • put the foot closer to the edge of the cloth to wrap the edge around the big toe (the left foot should be closer to the left edge – and the right foot – to the right) ;
  • take the side of the rag and wrap it tight around the foot;
  • take the back of the rag and wrap it tightly around the leg;
  • pull the edge to adjust tightness and bend it behind the rest of the cloth;
  • put your boots on.

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1 Russiapedia. Of Russian origin: Portyanki.

Properly tying a portyanki takes a lot of practice, and improperly tying them can result in some serious blisters and foot sores. Learning how to properly and quickly tie a portyanki was the first thing a rookie in the Russian army had to learn at the beginning of his military career.

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    this reminds me of the little plastic soldiers I had when I was a kid, turns out they must of been wearing foot wraps and I didn't know
    – user2766
    Commented Apr 10, 2015 at 13:18
  • There are apparently a lot of youtube tutorials (in russian) on how to tie a portyanki. They appear to be quite the tradition in Russia.
    – ShemSeger
    Commented Apr 10, 2015 at 21:03

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