Wooden shoes

We had been in a tour for spouses while in Netherlands, and while our husbands were in a management meeting. Dang, everywhere I look there are a pair or two of wooden shoes of varying sizes from baby shoes to wooden shoe houses! But honestly they're beautiful. Wearing clogs is considered to be healthy for the feet. Traditional clogs/shoes were made out of willow or poplar wood and are associated with the Netherlands and Sweden (though Swedish clogs do not resemble Dutch clogs) as part of the touristic "Holland"/Sweden image, where they are seen as a form of national dress. Because of this, Dutch people are sometimes called cloggies, that is, clog-wearers. In Dutch, clogs are known as klompen. The traditional, all wooden, Dutch clogs have been officially labelled as safety shoes, passing European standards for the CE mark with flying colours. Today, Dutch clogs are available in many tourist shops.

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