You’ve probably seen such overboots worn by German and Russian soldiers on the Eastern front during the Second World War, but the very same straw overboots were already in use during the First World War on the Alpine front. Indeed, the standard metal-shod leather marching boots worn by most troops conducted the cold directly to man’s feet with awful consequences. These overboots made of straw enclosed the conventional footwear, and although cumbersome ideally insulated the leather boots against the effects of sub-zero temperatures. Shared by men on static duties, such as sentry details, this footware proved to be effective. Several examples of such items are displayed in MART Museum in Rovereto and were probably found in glaciers after the war.