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The Dutch have worn wooden shoes - or klompen as they’re known in the Netherlands -since the 13th century. Just don’t come to Holland expecting to see locals going about their day wearing the traditional Dutch clogs. While they’re a common footwear choice for farmers, the closest a modern-day city dweller will come to wooden shoes is in a souvenir shop.Just like windmills and tulips, wooden shoes are a commonly recognized symbol of the Netherlands. In fact, wooden shoes have been worn throughout the ages all over Europe. It’s in Holland, however, that the humble clog has found its fame. It wasn’t until the 16th century that wooden shoes gained momentum as a form of footwear in the Netherlands. Crafted from a single piece of wood, they were practical and affordable. Naturally water resistant, they protected feet from the wet Dutch climate, and enabled their wearer to move across sodden ground with ease. Clogs continued to be worn by agricultural workers well into the 20th century, as their sturdiness guarded against injury.

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MarcViskens02-Oct-2020 16:22
did you try them?
Eli Finkelstein24-Sep-2020 12:01
Great photo, great feeling, great explanation.
victorswan19-Jun-2020 19:02
Sweet so really dutch great image BV
Julie Oldfield19-Jun-2020 01:52
Great information and well photographed. V
Dennis Hoyne19-Jun-2020 01:10
Thanks for the interesting information and the neat photo!
Hank Vander Velde19-Jun-2020 00:16
Neat close-up shot Jose.
bill friedlander18-Jun-2020 23:58
They look kinda cute, but the neighbor living in the apartment below mine might not appreciate me wearing them. V
Bill Miller18-Jun-2020 22:40
Good details and an interesting story
Nick Paoni18-Jun-2020 21:51
I wonder if they make orthotics to fit them.
John18-Jun-2020 21:27
Kinderdijk. A must do and see. Not only for tourists. Nice to see some wooden shoes. V
Tom Munson18-Jun-2020 20:25
Nice shot and commentary, Jose.
Nestor Derkach18-Jun-2020 19:52
Nice shot of the old time shoes I guess you can get used them if that is the style in during life time nice sharp shot.
Nice to take home and display.
Colin Storey18-Jun-2020 19:29
Nice sharp image of these clogs.
Industrial Heritage18-Jun-2020 19:12
These were also common in Belgium with farmers and tl work in the garden. My father wore them and I when I was around 10 in the garden.
Frank Brault18-Jun-2020 18:53
A excellent presentation. They look comfortable. Thanks for the history. V
Helen Betts18-Jun-2020 17:29
These would make a great souvenir, and interesting history of clogs. V.
Walter Otto Koenig18-Jun-2020 16:30
Nice shot and glad you added the history of the clogs. Having worn them myself I think modern shoes are a more comfortable choice."V"
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