Iceman's Shoes Beat Modern Hiking Boots

Shoe expert Petr Hlavacek claims footgear discovered on a Copper Age hunter is more efficient than modern hiking boots. The discovery in 1991 of a Copper Age hunter frozen, complete with gear, in a mountain glacier, has given researchers an unique opportunity to study the life of these ancient people. Shoe specialist Petr Hlavacek has had a chance to study the iceman's footgear and has now reconstructed a pair of the shoes which are, in many ways, superior to modern hiking boots. Made of bearskin, padded with hay, the shoes have a net upper, rather than leather, and would dry quickly when soaked with water. Christian Rathke, curator of the Leather Museum in Offenbach, said the shoe was the "most interesting and best tested" reconstruction yet.

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