Holland Wooden Shoes

Traditional Farmer Yellow Wooden Shoes


Price: 46.88

White Windmill Wooden Shoes


Price: 46.88

Blue Windmill Wooden Shoes


Price: 46.88

Red Windmill Wooden Shoes


Price: 46.88

Plain Blue Wooden Shoes


Price: 46.88

Plain Red wooden shoes


Price: 46.88

Plain Rounded Wooden Shoes


Price: 39.06

Plain Pointed Wooden Shoes


Price: 39.06


Specialty of wooden shoes

  • The orthopedic form wooden shoes support your feet.
  • Especially for children this is important for obtaining a good posture.
  • Hygienic. The wood absorbs perspiration and your feet are always surrounded by fresh air inside the wooden shoes
  • Thanks to the natural ventilation of wood, wooden shoes are cool in summer and warm in winter
  • Wooden shoes are safe your feet are protected on all sides by the wood
    Dutch wooden shoes are recognized all over the world and make an excellent gift.

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History Of Wooden shoes

Who is wearing wooden shoes?
Why are they wearing wooden shoes?
How are wooden shoes made?
The decoration
The history of the wooden shoe
To the end of the page

Who is wearing wooden shoes?

Everybody over the whole world thinks that all the people in Holland wear wooden shoes.
But that's not right!

Only a "few" people in Holland wear wooden shoes, about 10000, maybe more, maybe less, so only a small part of the population And almost all the people wearing wooden shoes are farmers or people in a nursery. That means that people who need wooden shoes for their jobs, have them as industrial clothing.

Why are they wearing wooden shoes?

Farmers, market-gardeners and so on are most of the time wearing wooden shoes. That is because it's very handy to wear them when you walk on dirty ground. It's also to protect yourself. You can wear boots of rubber, so you won't get dirty feet, socks and trousers (at the underside of course).

But there are some disadvantages when you wear boots instead of wooden shoes!
If you are a gardener you probably won't need wooden shoes, but if you are a farmer and you have some dangerous, sharp objects on your farmyard, and it would be everything except nice to have the weight of a cow on, a nail, a point of a pitchfork or something like that in your feet, therefore you can better wear wooden shoes,

because: they protect youYou won't feel or you won't even notice when you are standing on the point of a nail, because the nail won't get into your wooden shoes. And if you do the same (standing on a nail) when you are wearing boots of rubber you'll scream and maybe even cry because it hurts terribly to stand on a sharp points

There are also a lot of people who wear wooden shoes because you can get in and out of them easily without wasting a lot of time.

And mostly you won't sweat in wooden shoes, because fresh air can reach your feet and if you wear boots it's impossible for the fresh air to reach your feet.

How are wooden shoes made?

Wooden shoes are made by hand, or by machines. Making wooden shoes by hand has almost completly disappeared. Only at some places in Holland you can watch people who make wooden shoes just as in the past, like the old artisans.

To make wooden shoes of a piece of wood you need to have professional knowledge. The artisan gets this professional knowledge out of experience, but you have to have some natural ability.

You would know that you need a lot of insight for the making of wooden shoes. The left shoe has to be exactly the same as the right one. Of course, you also need good instruments.

The artisan maintains his tools really well, and his knifes and hatchets become even sharper while he is working.

All the different tools have a special name (the name is even different from area to area). The tools are standing down here, but the text under it is Dutch, because it wasn't possible to translate it into English.

The making of a wooden shoe

There is a problem, not by the making of a wooden shoe, but by the explanation of the making of a wooden shoe in English.

We got the information on this page out of some books, but the books are written in Dutch, because we live in Holland. And in the chapter of the making of wooden shoes there are used a lot of difficult words to translate, they do not even stand in a dictionary ( because it is written in technical terms).

In the Dutch part of this page there is lots of text of how people make wooden shoes, but here there isn't, sorry. So we are not going to write down a lot, but we are going to explain the making of a wooden shoe by scanned pictures and a little explanation under them.

The decoration

The finishing touch of the making of a wooden shoe is, of course, the decoration. Sometimes the decoration is only a painting sometimes also carved work.

As art, the carved work in wooden shoes and to paint on them has not disappeared yet. People who do this kind of work don't do it for a living, but because they like to do it, it's their hobby.

The work of the loving amateur leads to an other "hobby", the "klompendanskunst" (a dance on wooden shoes), and to the wearing of costumes. It's true that people in some places in Holland still wear their costume and their belonging to wooden shoes daily is like a natural, spontaneous thing.

But a lot of costumes are already in a museum, no one still wears them. And the wooden shoe with decoration is going to be only in a museum to look at, too. The valuable wooden shoes decoration process is going to belong to a disappearing folklore