5 / 2005

Switzerland - "Urnerboden" woodbottomed sandal/overshoe - mid 20th century

This type of footwear can be found in the Uri "canton" or province in the Alp Mountain range in Switzerland, around the plains of the river Po in Italy where they are called: "Zoccoli", as well as in Jamtland Sweden and south-west Finland. In the latter two countries, they are executed with a single laced leather strap on the instep. This multi-purpose footwear with raised edges can be worn in summer as a sandal and in wintertime as a mud or overshoe and is facilitated with adjustable laced leather straps. The same style, however executed with leather laces running through holes in the raised edges and called "tupeles", were worn in Latvia and Estonia.

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