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Luaan posted a comment on a question, as follows (emphasis mine):

Take an old-school shoe with no rubber, and you'll see that it's extremely slippery on wet surfaces - medieval Europeans went barefoot most of the time, especially in winter.

Is this claim correct? Given that Europe's winters are often freezing, how would someone be capable of walking around barefooted without getting frostbite, let alone losing their toes in sub-zero temperatures? I'd expect some sort of animal skin wrapping at the very least.

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    See the accepted answer here – Steve Bird Jun 4 '16 at 22:22
  • And also here – Steve Bird Jun 4 '16 at 22:24
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    Both Greece and Norway are part of Europe; I imagine that there is some variation in the experience. I'm more bothered however by the fact that this question is skeptical of accepted answers but provides absolutely no research. Should be possible to determine the range of winter temperatures in Europe, and to research whether "barefoot" is a statement of fact or hyperbole. – Mark C. Wallace Jun 5 '16 at 2:03
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    Legend has it that every Friesian farmstead has an old pickled and frost-bitten toe on the hearth, "from the time great grandfather won the golden skates in the big skating race (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elfstedentocht)." One must then realize that traditional Friesian skates are two pairs of wool socks tied sandal like to steel runners by a thong running between the big toe and the other toes. If a good skater has a chance of winning - then frost bite be damned he is going to win the race even if he never skates again. – Pieter Geerkens Jun 5 '16 at 6:34
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    @MarkC.Wallace Nothing came up on the related questions at the time so I ended up missing those. – Ahmed Tawfik Jun 5 '16 at 9:11

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