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Weird and Unique Modern and Traditional Footwear

Travel around the world and you will find out that different people wear different style of footwear. Here are some of the weirdest and most peculiar modern and traditional footwear in the world.

Travel around the world and you will find out that different people wear different style of footwear. Here are some of the weirdest and most peculiar modern and traditional footwear in the world.

World’s Largest Clog – Netherlands

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The largest clog in the world is located in Enter, the Netherlands. It measures 4 meters in length.

Paduka – India

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Paduka is India's oldest, most quintessential footwear. It is little more than a sole with a post and knob, which is engaged between the big and second toe. It exists in a variety of forms and materials throughout India.

It comes in variety of shapes such as the shape of actual feet or of fish. These footwear are made of wood, ivory and even silver. Simple wooden Padukas are worn by common people. Padukas of fine teak, ebony and sandalwood, inlaid with ivory or wire were worn by the upper class.

Clog – Europe

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Clogs are traditionally worn by workers as protective clothing in factories, mines and farms. These are usually made of wood and are associated with many European countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium and others.

Other Examples of Clog

Wedding Clog

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Spanish Clog

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The Asturian and Cantabrian clogs are unusual in that they have two 'feet' on the ball of the foot; so that with the heel, the whole clog is elevated from the ground as a short elevated tripod. This is said to be useful when working outside or in the barn. These clogs are still worn in many rural northern Spanish villages today.

Okobo – Japan

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Okobo is a wooden sandal worn by maiko, an apprentice geisha, during their apprenticeship. Okobo are very tall and usually made from a block of willow wood. Red straps are worn by new maiko, while yellow ones are worn by those who have nearly completed their apprenticeship. Okobo are worn to prevent the wearer’s kimono from touching the ground. It is also referred to as pokkuri, bokkuri, or koppori geta.

Pattens – Europe

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Pattens are European protective overshoes worn during the Middle Ages until the early 20th century. Pattens were worn outdoors over a normal shoe, held in place by leather or cloth bands, with a wooden or later wood and metal sole.Pattens functioned to elevate the foot above the mud and dirt.

Geta – China

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Geta are footwear with an elevated wooden base. They are a form of traditional Chinese footwear also adopted by Japan that resembles both Clogs and Flip-flops. The Chinese stopped wearing Geta already but the Japanese are still using it. .

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They are worn with traditional Chinese/Japanese clothing such as Hanfu, kimono or yukata. It is also worn in Japan with Western clothing during the summer months. Sometimes Geta are worn in rain or snow to keep the feet dry, due to their extra height and impermeability.

Jipsin – Korea

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Jipsin are Korean traditional sandals made of straw. Historically, Jipsin were worn mostly by commoners, working farmers, and scholars while on outings. Today’s Jipsin style is inherited from the Joseon period.

Waraji – Japan

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Waraji areprimitive-looking sandals made from straw. Historically, Waraji were the standard footwear of the common Japanese people. They are mostly worn only by traditional Buddhist monks nowadays.

Caligae – Roman Empire

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Caligae are heavy-soled hob-nailed military boots worn by Roman legionary soldiers and auxiliaries throughout the Roman Republic and Empire. Worn by all ranks up to and including centurions, no other shoes in history stand as much symbol for the expansion of an empire than the famed Caligae. From Rome onwards and over many centuries these boots conquered the larger part of the known world.

See also

Unique Hats From Around the World


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Comments (3)

Very nice presentation!

Ranked #32 in Shoes

Is there nothing to tie the paduka to the foot, or do you just grip with the toe?

Very interesting well-written article Sir Nobert, happy New Year!