Working Clogs

Clogs (shoes made of wood) are one of those “typical” things indelibly associated with our image of Holland. Called klompen in Dutch, these shoes are basically a form of protective sandal. Because they are hard, your feet are protected if something drops on them or you step on something sharp. So they are designed for farmers, gardeners, and the like. 

Nowadays, very few people wear clogs. The professional market has mostly died out and clog-makers depend on the 100,000 or so clogs bought by tourists each year. Many of these clogs are decorational. Nowadays they even make furry clog-slippers which are manufactured in China.


About Home Strange Home

I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.
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2 Responses to Clogs

  1. david fahrland says:

    My friend Marian says that klogs are still heavily used in agriculture, etc. where danger of something falling afoot is high.

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