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The most common types of footwear of the Slavs were traditional postols, lyachi (bast shoes), pistons, shoes (cherevichi), boots (blackies).

Lychak or lychynnitsa, they wove from the tree bark - bast, bast. They were common among the Eastern Slavs and their neighbors since the early Iron Age. The lychees were worn mainly by peasants. The townspeople wore shoes, woven from bast mixed with leather straps, and sometimes completely woven from leather straps. Such leather bast shoes could be decorated with metal small plates. 

Simple leather footwear of the Slavs were pistons, made of a rectangular or oval piece of leather and collected on a leather rope.

Pistons were decorated with embroideries. Pistons and bast shoes were worn on footcloths or sewn pants, wrapped with leather straps around their feet a few turns or crosswise.

Boots were worn by townspeople and rich peasants. The remains of such shoes were found during excavations in Volhynia. The cords were made of thin skin, made up of two layers. They looked like short boots, reaching to the ankles, half-boots with wide lapels. Front of the boots ended with sharp or rounded socks and tightened in the ankle with string, for which vertical sections were made.

The feudal elite wore boots (chobots). This name occurs in chronicles from the 10th century. Old Russian chebot were knee-high, had a soft sole sewn from several layers of skin, pointed or blunt nose.

Cherubs and black tresses were decorated with embroidery with red or yellow threads.

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