A wooden shoe has many advantages: protective, dry, warm and healthy for the foot. It is also indispensable for walking in swampy areas.
In the 19th century the clog was the most common form of footwear worn in the countryside at that time, not only because it was inexpensive and functional but also practical at work. It was as if the wooden shoe was given a soul of its own according to the particular style of region. The wooden shoe became so popular that each region in the Netherlands developed its own distinctive model.
Daily use throughout the centuries has proven how functional the clog is as a safety shoe. The wooden shoe offers a great deal of protection, for example it is still worn in the Hoogoven blast furnaces insulating the foot against the extreme radiating heat in the rolling mills.
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