Wooden cloggs: Everyone in Holland knows what wooden cloggs (klompen) are and what they look like. Nowadays wooden cloggs are worn less than in the past. In those days almost every Dutchman had a pair of wooden cloggs and walked on them every day. It is no surprise that we can find some ‘klompen’ in our language, too:
Nou breekt mijn klomp!
(lit: now my clogg breaks!)
I am flabbergasted!
Dat kun je op je klompen aanvoelen
(Lit: You can feel it coming with your cloggs on)
It is only logical to expect this kind of thing
In the old days there were many wooden shoe-makers, who all made their own models with their own variety of colours and decorations. This large diversity in wooden shoes from the past and also those from today, is a valuable part of the cultural heritage of the Dutch.
Museum “Gebr. Wietzes” in Eelde, which was founded in 1990, presents a wonderful survey of this heritage.