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Sandals with sustainable wooden soles

Between 1938 and 1940, young New York girls began to buy wooden clogs imported from places like Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands. But these were not made with sustainable wooden soles.

From this moment the long life of the wooden-soled sandals began, since they were born from the first clogs.

Also, as the 1940s progressed, with the shortage of leather for the manufacture of shoes, wood was the most desired material for the fashion sector. And not only because of its aesthetics, but also because of the comfort and experience that walking on wood meant.

Another curiosity is that the first wooden shoes were created with tires in the soles, to avoid noise when walking and to cushion the footprints.

A trend that arrived with force and that grew parallel to that of Japan, a country where they already used “Getas”. A shoe made up of a wooden board, two teeth, and shaped like a flip flop.Wood in the manufacture of footwear

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Once we get into the origins of wood, not only the traditional clogs have been the protagonists of the elaboration with wood, but also many current models such as sandals, mules, wedges or platforms.

Nowadays, in the footwear sector, there are a variety of powerful brands that bet on wooden soles and designs (pine, beech…). Both in its natural color and stained in colors, mixing this noble material with leather, cork, EVA, etc.

The sandals with wooden sole Claire Charlotte


Our brand, although it has just taken off in the market, has its origins in the manufacture of plants for international brands. Soles that are introduced in each design with sustainable wood, which are adapted to the creations of the most modern and booming sandals.

After 20 years of experience in the sector, today we are committed to renewing a classic inspired by the traditional clog, shaping it to achieve high quality models, and with the concept of luxury in its finish.

The future of sustainable wooden soles and footwear


Likewise, the evolution of footwear production has brought us into the sector of ecological materials. We find materials from pineapple, coconut fibers, mushrooms, bamboo, hemp, organic cotton, among others. There are already many brands that are born with the sustainable and ecological concept of its production.

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The origin of wooden clogs

In this article we take a journey through the appearance of the shoe, to conclude in the origin of wooden clogs.

The word clog comes from the Latin “soccus”: shoes worn by comedians in Roman theater.

The origin of the shoe

We could say that the birth of footwear began with the appearance of the sandal.

Since the first ones appeared in ancient Egypt. They were made of braided straw or palm leaf sheets.

They were exclusively for men, male, from which women and slaves were separated.

In addition, its use was ceremonial, since the tendency to walk barefoot lasted for many centuries in history.

Later on, sandals were no longer considered a luxury item in Mesopotamia, where it was the footwear par excellence.

They were no longer a symbol of wealth and separation between economic levels.

It is necessary to emphasize that the fashion leaves aside the utility, always putting in front the design and the adornments. Although in many cases, quality, comfort and creativity come together.

The evolution of shoes

In ancient Greece, Homer in his works, describes the heroes wearing luxurious sandals.

A little later, the Greek historian and geographer Pausanias, assured that only the gods should wear golden sandals.

Meanwhile, in ancient Persia, the flexible footwear, the Persikai, was imposed, comfortable footwear for women and old people.

However, some shoe designs were considered almost an element of torture. Confucius, a Chinese thinker, had the idea of saying 25 centuries ago that women should imitate the flexible waving of the willow tree when walking.

To this end, in ancient China, it was imposed on women, the reduction of the size of the foot to one third of its natural development to achieve what they call the lotus flower, ideal of sensuality and elegance.

Citizens of the Roma and Spain

Likewise, the citizens of the Roman Empire, wore sandals at home. Simple leather soles attached to the foot by straps and fastened with bows.

The origin of wooden clogs is fascinating

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In classical Rome, the red shoe on women was typical of courtesans. Until Emperor Arrellano decided to wear them exclusively for himself. Hence the popes wore red slippers afterwards.

From the 7th to the 10th century, Western footwear was transformed
The elegance of Charlemagne’s shoes, launched to the society of the Middle Ages the shoes of cueca point. Impractical and exaggerated.

In Spain, on the contrary, at the end of the Middle Ages, the “chapines” appeared. This trend later reached Italy. Light wooden platform shoes, lined with tissue and leather.

To walk on this feminine shoe, the support of a gallant or a servant was required. The falls were dangerous, and there were already a great number of crippled women who fell from the top of their chapines. Many of them reached twenty centimeters in height.

Sometimes, the shoe was only a problem. To wear them for the first time was a torture, at a time when the idea of a custom-made shoe did not exist.

The servants were in charge of wearing the new shoes for a season so that they would take the shape of the foot.

The first step towards the wooden clog

On the other hand, the Hittites started nailing the soles of their thick boots with iron studs for the first time. They also invented the heel, at first with the utility of fixing the rider’s foot in the stirrups.

In addition, this type of heel helped to walk in muddy areas. It is then when clogs appeared. And cork, leather and wooden soles were introduced as a means of fastening to the ground.

The origin of wooden clogs

Clogs are born in the agricultural times in the most humid regions of Europe. A typical footwear in places like Sweden, Holland, England, Galicia, Asturias or Cantabria, in our country.

They are characterized by being a single piece of wood, whose nature depends on the country of origin, and also by leaving the heel uncovered.

Also, it is considered a shoe par excellence in clinical environments, its comfort and welfare they provide to the foot are widely recognized. Since they adapt perfectly to long working days on foot.

However, they have not only been successful in the working environment, but also in everyday life.

The clog has undergone multiple adaptations to make it an everyday object. It is especially appreciated by people with foot problems, who can thus wear a shoe as well as comfortably.

But without leaving behind a design adapted to the new times. Elegant, sophisticated and highly glamorous creations, both in summer and in winter with socks.

Thus, the great signatures of the fashion, have between their basic ones some clogs type sandal or mules. And they can be seen on the best catwalks in the world.

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Wooden shoes and manufacturing

Wooden shoes are made from a raw material with a low environmental impact. Both in the way of exploitation, in the work or transformation, as well as in the obtaining of the boards for the manufacture.

However, wood is not considered as an ecological material itself. Among its characteristics we find that it is:

Renewable through sustainable processes of exploitation, biodegradable becoming fertilizer products, and recyclable, since it is easy to convert it into another product and reuse.

Also, if we read the latest studies on deforestation, we can see the constant increase in CO2 levels on the planet.

Due to the bad management of wood exploitation processes, fires and construction.

In addition, as a consequence of these negative effects. A variety of environmental organizations are fighting for sustainable exploitation. And this is how the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) came about.

Later on, the Confederation of European Private Forest Owners was launched and called PEFC.

As well as several certificates that confirmed the manufacture with noble wood from sustainable processes.

The PEFC certificate

The PEFC certificate verifies the origin of the wood used to make wooden shoes, clogs and sandals in our case.

Among its key points, this seal certifies several actions by the companies that have it:

  • They avoid deforestation with soil conservation.
  • Fires are reduced, thanks to the protection of the areas.
  • Long-term protection of the environment.
  • Respect and care of the planet when consuming products with this certificate.

Also, as we indicated in the last point, to consume products manufactured in a sustainable way is always a plus.

You will be contributing to stop the massive increase of CO2 in our planet.

Among the variety of products that we find in the market we can choose many in wood: packaging for our company, containers for our restaurant, clothes hangers, handmade products, decoration, among many.

Claire Charlotte, the most sustainable wooden sandal brand

At Claire Charlotte we are environmentally conscious. We always try to choose the highest quality materials, and those that come from suppliers with sustainability certificates.

We believe that the love of wood starts with the conservation and replanting of trees. Without damaging the forests or the ecosystem.

That is why the noble wood with which we work and create our wooden sandal models is chosen through a meticulous process.

We love the details, from the choice of materials, to the creative representation of each model.

We are experts in wood, applied to the soles of our shoes. We know the wood we work with from close up: its origins, the age of the trees, etc. And we certify that it is of high quality.

The manufacturing process of our wooden shoes

The manufacture of our wooden clog style shoes starts from obtaining national pine wood planks.

These trees are cut and wait 1 year in their place of origin. Because the temperature varies and the wood can suffer.

Once this time has passed, the wood can travel and reach any geographical point to work with it.

These noble planks, in our factory are the raw material to create each model Claire Charlotte.

After receiving the wood, we begin the manufacturing process:

  • Design and pattern making: adjust the measures and forms desired.
  • Profiling.
  • Contouring.
  • Sanding and concave.
  • Painting.
  • Wax polishing.

Once the wood is finished, down to the smallest detail, we start with the leather and the decorations.

As well as the side studs, a symbol of the traditional clog that accompanies us throughout the collection.

 

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How to wear clogs in winter

10 keys to wear clogs in winter

Traditional wooden clogs have been a type of footwear loved by many women in the fashion industry. But can they also be wear clogs in winter?

Not only those closed in the front, but also the more modern sandal or mule style.

And in any season of the year, despite being an open shoe. That’s why we want to give you tips on how to wear clogs in winter.

The different designs that we find, are special for their originality and structure. We can find innovations based on the classic clogs. And others that have only been left with the concept of “shoes without heels“.

Since the boom in the 90s, clogs have remained among the trends. They have been followed by influencers and fashionistas all over the world. They have been worn in their daily outfits in both summer and winter.

However, until now sandals and clogs have been a type of footwear worn in summer or in between seasons.

But as in fashion the most important thing is to play and achieve a style of their own. In autumn/winter, all the sandals and mules that we have, can go out to the street style with socks, tights and socks.

Clogs in winter, the most chic trend

Is it true that mules or clogs are very comfortable? The answer is yes, and it is one of the reasons for choosing this type of footwear all year round. Their ergonomics come from the first ones that were used to work. And that’s why manufacturers always put a lot of emphasis on this benefit.

Although we find it strange to wear a clog style sandal with a wooden sole, open, with the cold weather in the middle of December. The reality is that with wool socks, tights, stockings or even leg warmers, they look great. A very chic and elegant trend that will remain.

The success of clogs among fashionistas

Although the impact of this new trend seemed impossible, every season that passes, more success is being achieved among those in love with sandals and clogs.

The past always comes back, and the clog cannot be less. The most prominent international fashionistas have already added it to their outfits (Alexa Chung, Natalia Joos, Miss Fame, among others). Clogs closed to the most classic style, flat mules, sandals with wooden platform, among many other models.

Also, beyond the clog, we find the wooden sandals. They combine perfectly with white, gray, black socks and even in a variety of colors. In other words, your favorite sandals can continue to count steps during the fall/winter season.

How to wear clogs in winter: 5 essential outfits

If you’re going to take a chance with sandals or clogs in winter for the new season. It’s essential that you know some of the main tricks and outfits that will keep you on track every time.

  • Hair coat: choose black or brown sandals, like the ones you’ll find in our collection. Add a tights, a tight skirt and a fur coat – it’s a great look!
  • Dresses: if you’re a dress fanatic, even in autumn. Leave your legs in the air, add a pair of tights and it will look great.
  • Jeans: Lately jeans or jeans are usually hemmed. So wear them with sport tights and sandals – it looks perfect!
  • Long coats: in any everyday look, a brown or gray coat is ideal. And it’ll be more stylish if you add your clog sandals with printed tights.
  • Suit: colored suits are the must-have for several seasons. And now it is worn with sandals and socks (black, plain or printed).

What we want to have with our look

On the other hand, we have to be very clear about what we want to achieve by adding this trend to our style of dressing. Above all, when it comes to choosing socks or stockings.

  • Subtlety or daring: deciding whether our outfit is going to be subtle or more daring is the first step. We can add soft tights or textured tights with our clogs. The message will be very different in terms of strength and noise.
  • Color or nude: bright colors are more warlike. Nude or monochromatic tones soften the look.
  • Black: black gives elegance to your outfit. At night, sandals with black tights or leotards, and if we want to go further. Shiny adornments like those of our Alma and Ana Julia models.
  • Personality: if you want to be unique, don’t hold on to any rules and wear wooden clogs with polka-dotted, flower or cartoon printed socks. Add your usual jeans, and you’re done!
  • Pantyhose: in metallic, pastel or the most classic colors. This style is very sexy to combine with sandals.