Clogs, or “Klompen”, in the Netherlands

by Christy on

Klompen is definitely my new favorite word.

It sounds like a verb (“Don’t make me klompen you!”), but really it’s the Dutch term for clogs that cover the whole feet.

Klompen (Clogs) in the Netherlands

These are klompen.

Did you think clogs were all the same? Silly you. Clog-type foot contraptions are native to many cultures, and even just within Holland itself the range of klompen varieties is quite diverse.

First of all, there are many different sizes: large, jumbo, and gigantron.

Klompen (Clogs) in the Netherlands Klompen (Clogs) in the Netherlands

Klompen (Clogs) in the Netherlands

The gigantron is obviously my favorite, as it could also potentially serve as a small vehicle. The Klompen Kart!

But there’s so much more to clog styles than just size. If you need to skate, there’s a clog for that. Are you a fisherman? Special klomp for that! And if you’re working in the garden, don’t forget your square clogs.

There are even special backward-pointing-footsteps klompen for those smugglers amongst us.

Klompen (Clogs) in the Netherlands Klompen (Clogs) in the Netherlands
Klompen (Clogs) in the Netherlands Klompen (Clogs) in the Netherlands

It turns out that while brightly colored klompen are a fixture around the Netherlands’ more touristed areas, aside from the occasional farmer most Dutch don’t actually wear them these days.

Which is sad, really. These things are awesome!

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Jonathan Look, Jr.twitter: lifepartII July 5, 2012 at

I was going to pick up some of these but don’t think they will fit well in my pack.
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Christy July 12, 2012 at

Yeah, they’re not the most convenient shoes to transport. :)

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Leightwitter: hikebiketravel July 5, 2012 at

Love the word klompen too. And what a cool set of photos you got. I used to wear clogs a lot and I had a pair that were surprisingly comfortable though definitely not a fashion statement.
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Christy July 12, 2012 at

It seems like some clogs are infinitely more comfortable than others. I understand having a wooden base…. as long as there’s some padding in there, lol.

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Caanan @ No Vacation Requiredtwitter: NVRguys July 5, 2012 at

This will be the next big thing here in the States at some point. And we will read about a movement to run marathons in klompen, accompanied by expert studies of how it is the ideal shoe for running. We will have to listen to a bunch of middle aged hipsters talk about how klompen cured their back pain. :)

Now, I am going to shuffle off in my Danskos (which have totally cured my back pain).
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Christy July 12, 2012 at

Hahaha, hipsters WOULD start wearing wooden clogs “ironically”. Don’t give them the idea! Save their feet!

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Ayelet - All Colorestwitter: allcolores July 5, 2012 at

The gigantron klompen look great! Is it just me or did it rain all around the gigantron klompen that posed for a photo with you – but not on the gigantron klompen itself? Just from the look of the sidewalk…
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Christy July 12, 2012 at

I didn’t notice that until now – how strange!

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Amanda July 6, 2012 at

Haha, “klompen” really IS a fantastic word. Love it! And love this post.
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Christy July 12, 2012 at

I think I’m going to start using it in my normal conversations. ;)

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Scott - Quirky Travel Guytwitter: quirkytravelguy July 6, 2012 at

Wow, I love that whole clog culture. I like the jumbo ones. They’re just the right amount of obscene and tawdry.
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Christy July 12, 2012 at

Hahaha, I like how you’ve decided that there’s a “good” balance of obscene and tawdry. ;)

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Artitwitter: artisdiary July 6, 2012 at

Loved the word, cool!!! And what a fantastic post too!
Have a wonderful weekend:)
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Christy July 12, 2012 at

Thanks, Arti!

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Chrystal McKay July 8, 2012 at

I’m going to have to start klompen my way around Holland soon! klomp klomp klomp! You two should start a business on Klompen Karts – I’d ride them.
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Christy July 12, 2012 at

OMG, best. idea. ever!

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Juliann July 9, 2012 at

Fun klompen. I didn’t see any that big when I was in the Netherlands. In fact, you’re gigantron picture reminded me of a wooden shoe ride they had at Kings Island Amusement park. They dismantled the ride years ago. I wonder whatever happened to the shoes?? Perhaps they made it back to Holland??
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Christy July 12, 2012 at

Oh my, a wooden shoe ride. SIGN ME UP.

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Marisol@TravelingSolemates July 9, 2012 at

I want to go klompening! Want to join me?
Ha! Ha! Whatever that could mean.It sounds like a cool word.
Didn’t realize that there are tons of variety of clogs just like cheese. Interesting.
Ok got to go. I have to go klompening!
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Christy July 12, 2012 at

Ha, klompening sounds like so much fun! We should start a klompening club. ;)

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Ali July 10, 2012 at

It IS sad they don’t really wear them anymore! They’re such fun shoes to look at, but I can’t imagine walking around in wooden shoes is comfortable, so I guess it makes sense. Love the ginormous one!
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Christy July 12, 2012 at

Yeah, they don’t look comfortable at all! It seems worse than going barefoot to me…

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Sabrinatwitter: countryskipper July 10, 2012 at

The good old clogs :-) they totally stand for the Netherlands, don’t they? There are mire commercial ones that many people in Germany wear. They have wood under them and then leather or plastic covering the front half of the food. They used to be totally in for a while. My mom would wear them in all kinds and colors :)
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Christy July 12, 2012 at

I know, some clogs are totally in right now! I think Dansko shoes are clog-like, and they’re super comfortable and well made. Also expensive, of course. :P

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Andrea July 13, 2012 at

We used to have a wooden pair for decoration when I was growing up and I always tried to walk around in them – until they didn’t fit anymore, of course!
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Christy July 13, 2012 at

Clearly your family should have brought back the jumbo size. ;)

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Christy July 13, 2012 at

I had no idea there were so many clogs! You two are adorable in those photos.
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Christy July 13, 2012 at

Haha, thanks! :)

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