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Sami Finneskoe, along with snowshoes, used in Fridtjof Nansen's Greenland expedition of 1890.

Finneskoe (also known as Finnesko) is a soft hide boot used for cold climate travel. Because it is soft, the Finneskoe will not freeze as solidly as thick boot leather. It can be relatively easy to put on after overnight exposure to subzero temperatures.[1]

Originally from Lapland, Finneskoe were traditionally made from reindeer skin stuffed with grass (such as sennegrass) for insulation and water absorption. From 1890, they are regularly mentioned in accounts of polar travel.[2][3]

The name "Finneskoe" comes from the Norwegian Finn (Lapp) + sko (shoe).[4] This type of boot made by the Sami people of Norway are called Skaller.[5]

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  1. ^ Hince, Bernadette (2000). The Antarctic Dictionary: A Complete Guide to Antarctic English. CSIRO Publishing. ISBN 0 9577471 1X.
  2. ^ Shackleton, Ernest (1998). South: A Memoir of the Endurance Voyage. Robinson. ISBN 1841190349.
  3. ^ Scott, Captain Robert F. (1905). The Voyage of the 'Discovery'. London: Macmillan and Co. p. 244.
  4. ^ Hince, Bernadette (2000). The Antarctic Dictionary: A Complete Guide to Antarctic English. CSIRO Publishing. ISBN 0 9577471 1X.
  5. ^ Thornews editorial staff (August 25, 2013). "Traditional Sami Reindeer Fur Boots: Skaller". ThorNews.com. ThorNews.com. Archived from the original on 13 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)