It's been awhile since I posted any truly antique clogs on this blog. But when I saw this pair listed on Etsy recently, I knew I had to reserve a slot just for them. Wood soled shoes have long been valued for their ability to withstand water and mud and without deteriorating like leather shoes. Hence their popularity in Europe among both farm workers and factory workers in days gone by. Not surprisingly this same durability made wood clogs the footwear of choice for people who enjoyed puttering about in the muck and damp of their gardens. Just like their contemporary plastic brethren, these shoes would reside by the side door to be slipped on whenever one wanted to harvest a few vegetables or do a little weeding. The garden clogs below reveal a unique sole studded with nails to provide traction and prevent wear. And the sturdiness of the construction is clear from how well they've held up in spite of their clearly rigorous use. Hooray for the lowly clog. A shoe that can weather the roughest of treatment and still come through ready to perform for another day.
The size of this pair is uncertain, but the insole measures 9". Offered for sale from La Rochelle, a small community on the western coast of France, by Etsy seller petitbrocante.