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#921 Matthijs with his Wooden Shoes - Zaanse Schans (Holland)

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Matthijs with his Wooden Shoes in front of the "Klompenmakerij" (Wooden Shoe Workshop) at the Zaanse Schans (Zaanstad - Holland)

The so called "Klompen" are whole feet clogs from the Netherlands. Approximately 3 million pairs of klompen are made each year.
They are sold throughout the Netherlands. A large part of the market is for tourist souvenirs. However some Dutch people, particularly farmers, market gardeners, and gardeners still wear them for everyday use. Outside the tourist industry, klompen can be found best in local tool shops and garden centers. The traditional all-wooden Dutch clogs have been officially accredited as safety shoes with the "CE" mark and can withstand almost any penetration including sharp objects and concentrated acids. They are actually safer than steelcapped protective shoes in some circumstances, as the wood cracks rather than dents in extreme accidents, allowing easy removal of the clog and not continued pressure on the toes
by the (edge of) the steel nose.

Randy Fath
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