I chose to draw a pair of valenki boots for this blog post because this week's section of the book rotated around warmth, food, comfort, etc, and that all eventually came down to the boots. Not the hat he was wearing, the coat over his shoulders, or even the gloves on his hands, it was mainly the valenki or at least some kind of boots. For example, to stay warm, Shukhov would pack his boots with different kinds of rags to warm up his feet. Also, he also kept a spoon that meant a lot to him inside his boots, tying food/soups to the boots he was wearing. Adding on, he became really attached to boots he was given, and dreaded turning them in for a new pair that was better in the winter. This proves that the valenki become a very important symbol and part of life in gulag camps (or at least for Shukhov, who's the main character in the story, or at least for now,) symbolizing food sources, comfort, and heat.