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Belgium - Cattle dealers Sundag clog - early 20th century

The robust, solid and plain working clogs had their counterparts in finely finished and decorated wooden shoes. In the 19th and early to mid 20th century not many people could afford luxurious leather shoes. Clog makers therefore decorated their finer clogs to look like normal shoes. Stitching was simulated by painting or carving and even shoe buttons were carved to imitate a shoe as much as possible. These finer clogs were reserved for Sundays, church and for special occasions. Cattle dealers wore them to impress and look more well-to-do on cattle markets. Sunday clogs in this execution can be found all over Holland and Belgium.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland