People have been having fun in wooden shoes for about as long as people have had feet. Well, that's an exaggeration. Clearly that 5,000 year old shoe that was unearthed recently in Armenia was probably closer to what our ancient ancestors first started sporting at their neolithic shopping malls. But while many of us were first introduced to clogs in the 1970s, the idea of constructing a shoe out of wood has been around for far longer.
This pair of child's clogs came from eBay seller r_griffin who deals primarily in antiques and collectibles. The rough hewn quality gives them a certain charm, though it's hard to imagine myself doing the things I used to do as a kid with only a pair of clogs to wear on my feet. But hey, if you grew up in the era before rubber tennis shoes, you learned to make do.
Meanwhile over on Etsy.com, seller Forever Classique has this pair of children's 19th century clogs for sale currently. I'll let her describe them:
These little shoes are absolutely amazing. They are done in a heavy brown leather nailed onto a wooden sole. The wooden soles have metal plates aroung the edges. From what I have researched these date around the 1850's and were worn by children working in the mines and in the mills. The wooden soles and metal plates helped keep their feet from absorbing the moisture keeping them warmer. The front of the shoes fasten with a metal buckle. They measure 7-1/2" in length and are 2-1/4" across the ball of the foot.
Then from somewhat nearer our own period in time, eBay seller dcasewoods offered these early 20th century men's oxfords. They say that those who live unaware of the past are doomed to repeat it. Strangely, in fashion that's seen as a plus. Yet I also view shoes like these and marvel at how far we've come.