Wood is, naturally, one of the first materials that have been used for making footwear. Having been all around us since time unknown, it was not only easy to obtain, soft to manipulate and mould, but was also stable and very hard to ruin. This is why many of the old generations made shoes from wood. But what are the most famous such items from around the world?
Probably the most popular name that comes into mind is this of the Japanese sandals – Geta. The way they are called is said to date back to the Warring States Period (middle of 16th century to the early 17th century) while the first produced geta is probably much, much older. These sandals are entirely made out of wood and are a crucial element of the traditional Japanese clothes along with the yukata and the kimono.
The other widely known wooden type of shoe is the clog. Traditional footwear in many countries including the Netherlands and Sweden, they are made entirely out of wood and have a rather crude form. They are still being used in farms and some mines where the feet of the workers need to be heavily protected.