Wooden shoes, those uncomfortable shoes, used to be ideal footwear back in the days for the Dutch muddy ground. They were also worn in other countries in Europe but were popular in the Netherlands because the softwoods were plentiful. In the 19th century, wearing clogs as part of a stereotypical Dutch costume.

Foreign countries have the impression that the Dutch are still wearing wooden shoes. However, this has long since ceased to be the case and if someone is walking on the streets now wearing them, it would be noticed immediately. Sometimes they are still worn by farmers for work on the farmland. Besides that, it is mainly the tourists who take them home as a souvenir.