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.
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.
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.
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!