Sometimes, when those big Bavarian men were out chopping down trees and hunting large animals, their calf muscles would cramp up. It was too hot in the summer to wear the full knee socks with their lederhosen, so they began wearing Wadelwärmer, or calf muscle warmers. These wonderful pieces of clothing are less common than knee socks, yet equally as traditional. Compliments of the Oktoberfest frenzy that gripped Munich, here is a series of Wadelwärmer pictures:


Author: Hannah Johnson

When I first came to New York City, I almost ran over Liza Minelli with my suitcase. Then I got a job in book publishing.

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