Why do the Dutch wear wooden shoes and do they still wear them?

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Why did the Dutch wear wooden shoes? Do they still wear them?

Wooden shoes were created for a very useful reason. The Netherlands culture has been very involved and influenced by water in the canals, lakes, the North Sea and the marshes and farms. Being the ingenious people they are, the Dutch found a way to deal with the wet marshy soil on many farms there and the wet climate. Leather shoes get soaked more easily than wooden shoes do so the wooden shoes kept the farmers feet dryer and they were easily removed after a day working out on the wet soil. You have to wear thick socks with wooden shoes for the most comfortable wear. They aren’t the most comfortable things to wear but they do work. Now rubber or plastic clogs are made all over the world and wooden shoes are not worn by as many people as in the past, but they are still worn by some people, especially in more traditional areas of the Netherlands. Because wooden shoes slide off easily, they can be left at the door when workers come inside and the mess gets left there too. Klompen as they are called in Dutch, means clog or wooden shoes in English. If you are ever in Holland, wooden shoes make a fun souvenir and you can find them in all styles from simple smooth wood to hand painted and hand carved and in all colours. Wooden shoes are still being made there for both the tourist trade and some of the natives but most people wear regular modern shoes in the Netherlands. The nice thing is the tradition has been kept alive to share with anyone who goes there. Mama Nono

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