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Clogs!

Wooden clogsHa ha… as a true Dutch girl, I had to discuss this topic at some point: Wooden shoes!

First of all, I have to put something straight: contrary to popular belief elsewhere in the world, NOBODY in the Netherlands wears wooden shoes on the streets anymore. Okay, what they say about tulips and soft drugs is true. But seriously, we ALL wear leather shoes, or even sneakers!
Every now and then you still see the odd Dutchman with wooden shoes though. Some farmers and fishermen still wear them, and the other day I saw a roadworker with clogs (not surprising if you knew that Dutch wooden shoes have been officially labelled as safety shoes)! Thinking about it, my father-in-law wears wooden shoes when he’s tending his garden…

Also, both my children have little yellow clogs and they absolutely love wearing them. They were able to put them on by themselves from a very early age and of course they make that funny clog-clog-clog sound. As a bonus they are believed to be extremely healthy for their feet!

Clogs Victore & RolfIf you thought clogs were lame you are mistaken… Last year wooden clogs were seen on the runway of the famous Dutch fashion designers, Victor & Rolf!!!
A pair of clogs, in my opinion, is a very good souvenir to take home for your kids! They are for sale in most souvenir shops…

xxx Esther


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