zephyr illusions photo by donna October 1992. The view atop Chasseral, Jura Mountains looking across Switzerland to The Alps on the horizon. Fog, intensely thick, rising from Lac Bienne and stretching its fingers high onto the Lignières-Plateau de Diesse after wholly filling the valley below the plateau.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Wooden Shoes

i began wearing clogs in the '70's as a teenager. i have always found clogs to be comfortable, attractive and convenient footwear.
while wooden shoes have been wore by many cultures, they are probably most commonly associated with Holland. i have wanted a "real" pair of wooden clogs for decades, but when i tell my Dutch friends i want to buy klompen they chuckle, call me a tourist and tell me how much they disdain the stereotype.
yes, i know most Dutch don't regularly wear klompen, anymore.... i think it's only common for the more traditional farmers these days..... but, i think i can still find a pair of geniune klompen to bring home with me.
i only need to find a real Dutch klompen maker.
wish me luck :)


  1. Good luck on your search.. i saw a television item this year about a man who walked the Nijmeegse Vierdaagse (a 4 day walking event of about 50km a day) on his wooden shoes, so they must be comfortable to some. See here to buy online klompen (dutch alert). i cannot garantee anything about quality etc.. but if you are really looking.... :)

  2. bedankt, Prof. :) i appreciate you pointing me to a good online source. i've already picked out a couple pair of klompen i want.
    and, yes, i'm still really going to look for a real klompen maker ...i'm such a tourist :p lol

    i know about the Nijmeegse Vierdaagse. a friend of mine completed the march held this past July. he complained of a few blisters... maybe he should have worn klompen instead of sports shoes? :D

  3. Well.. very good for him to finish. I keep thinking i should do it sometime, but 4*50km is a bit much for me.... and definitely not on "klompen".

    When will your travels start by the way? And will you be keeping us informed of your trip? I hope so....

  4. my young friend who finished the Nijmeegse Vierdaagse began training 2 or 3 months before the event. he took it seriously and was able to finish which i think is great. lol, i'd have to begin training now for the 2006 march to have any chance of finishing.

    i'm arriving Amsterdam 8 september... been busy catching up on work and making preparations for traveling hence not much posting activity here.
    jah, i'm going to try and keep a journal here of my adventures :)

  5. alright so it's almost there then.. well i'll certainly be checking out your blog to see how you fare.. :)

  6. thanks, Prof. :) your company as i travel will be welcomed.... even if only in cyberland :p

  7. Wish you good luck but i think its difficult to use it what you say? anyway nice post thanks for sharing it. I would like to appreciate from the team Vans Trainers UK