D E S C R I P T I O N:
Amazing antique pair of hand-painted carved wooden shoes. The design looks like a pair of wingtips from the 1920s to 1940s and size suggests it is a child's pair.

These appear to be wooden shoes that were actually worn, not souvenirs, and would make a cool conversation piece.

E R A:
Circa 1940s

D E T A I L S:
Red. blue, and cream paint designed to look like leather shoes. Metal grommets are attached where shoelaces would go on a normal (non-wooden) shoe. Based on the size, they appear to be a child's shoe.

The shoes are each about 9 inches long and just under 3.5 inches wide at the widest spot.

C O N D I T I O N:
Paint is chippy all over; one metal grommet is missing from the shoelace “holes”; each shoe has a hole in one side where twine or ribbon once held the pair together or for hanging.

Written inside each shoe, in pencil, is what appears to be the same word, though it's not legible in either shoe - perhaps the original owner's name?

Preowned, used item in good antique condition.

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Please keep in mind that this is a vintage/antique piece and its condition and appearance reflect its age and prior use.}

S Y M B O L I S M / H I S T O R Y:

Wooden shoes were once worn all over Europe, including in Germany, France, Belgium, and Spain. The full wooden clog, or klompen, however, is traditionally Dutch and has become an iconic symbol of Holland. The oldest wooden shoes ever found were discovered in Rotterdam and Amsterdam and date from the 13th century.

People would typically have two pairs, a plain pair for daily wear and a more decorative pair for Sundays and festivals. Motifs generally varied for men's and women's shoes and the decorative touches were carved, not painted. Painted shoes started to become popular around the 1920s and were often painted to look like leather shoes. Most villages had their own clog maker and different styles, colors, and designs often reflected a regional influence.

Leather shoes eventually became the norm, but wooden clogs saw a resurgence in popularity around WWI and WWII, when leather and other resources were scarce.

Today, wooden shoe production in the Netherlands is largely for tourism, but you will still find some Dutch farmers and gardeners wearing them.

For more information, see these informative websites: http://www.dutchwoodenshoes.net/wooden-shoes-a-brief-history/ https://www.holland.com/global/tourism/discover-holland/traditional/wooden-shoes.htm http://www.klompenmuseum.nl/engels/exhibition.html http://www.woodenshoes.nl/en/museum

P R O P S:

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