6 / 2005

Norway - Women's wooden shoe with upturned toe - early 20th century

Like in Holland and Belgium not all people could afford leather shoes with buckles to be worn with the traditional "Bunad" dress in the Setesdal (dal=valley) area of Norway. So sunday clogs were created here too with carved decorations. The turned-up toe part, made it easier to unroll the foot during walking. It is also said to prevent cracking of the toe-part on sudden impact. Around Christmas time, another custom involving wooden shoes comes to life in Norway, when colourful inside and outside painted clogs are used as containers for children's sweets and candy.

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