Otzi is the name given to the “Ice Man”, the frozen man discovered buried in ice in the Otztal Alps between Austria and Italy. He was remarkably well preserved and is now refrozen and in the Museum of Archeology in Bolzano, northern Italy.
His clothes and shoes were also well preserved in their icy grave and some clever people have recreated his shoes for modern times. There is a shop in Helsinki selling them.
They don’t really look much like the original shoes, but not many of us would want real Otzi shoes. The inner shoe was composed of grass as insulation. The outer part was deer skin fastened to an oval sole made of bear skin. The shaft around the ankle was bound with grass fibres.
There is a reasonable version recreated in the shop.
Here is the delightful updated versions of the shoe. I can report that they are very comfortable.
There is a canvas espadrille shoe for summer. These would be in store now.