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
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.