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Bears-paws is the term used by the members of the northern mountain clans to refer to the real-world snowshoe.[1] They are made with bent wood and leather strips and are lashed onto the bottoms of boots. Some members of the clans even have bear-paws made for their horses.[1] Bear-paws are also used beyond the Wall by the free folk.[2]

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A Dance with Dragons

During the march on Winterfell, Asha Greyjoy sees the northmen putting on bear-paws. At first she jugdes them as queer things but she quickly realizes how useful they are when she sees the northmen easily outpassing Stannis Baratheon's southron knights.[1]

Jon Snow sees lads of the free folk wearing bear-paws as they pass through the Wall.[2]