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Clogs have been a part of Danish culture since the 13th Century and has left traces in the Danish vernacular through language, music and visual arts. “Walking straight in to people with clogs on” sounds odd in the English language, but to the Danes it merely describes someone instantly likable and charming and is really a euphemism for being your good ol’ everyday self in the most positive possible way.

In Danish, clogs are called “træsko”, which literally means “wooden shoes” and they have historically been strongly connected to mid-Jutland, the once mostly forested area and therefore an area with a ready supply of material for wooden shoes.

As it has happened with many old icons of country life, clogs have been associated negatively with countryside folk and have often been frowned upon amongst the progressive middle-classes. Similarly, throughout the last decades, they have readily lent themselves to urbanites expressing their allegiance with those old fashioned values. So, it is safe to say that clogs on or off has been a politically charged statement for many.

Though to some that hasn’t meant much and they have been clogging along producing “wooden shoes” in the good old-fashioned way. We are thrilled to present you to one of these guys: Robert Bordinggård. Robert is a real virtuoso when it comes to clog-making and his craft has been recognised by the heritage museum Hjerl Hede, where he performs his craft every summer as a part of the live experience.

 

Now, Pride & Produce offers the product experience and are proud to enter into collaboration with Robert, where he will produce clogs to order for you guys.

We begin with a classic: the no-heel wooden soled, leather topped clog.

Simply add your size to the order note and weather you want black, blue, red or dark brown (as shown) top-leather.

Denmark: Wooden shoes

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