Wooden clogs

Wooden clogs from Trenta

Like most tools, equipment and furniture on farms, shoes were also often made in convenient home workshops. Among the people of Bovec and Trenta, home-made wooden clogs, sometimes called "košpe", were especially popular for everyday household chores.

The people of the Soča Region usually used beech or maple wood to make a wooden sole. In high shoes, the sole was straight, but in the case of clogs, the front had a slightly upward curved tip. The upper part of the clogs could be leather, but in Bovec and Trenta, it was often knit from thin larch strips. For a better grip, a special leather strap was fitted over the heel, and the underside of the wooden sole was studded with a number of iron nails, sometimes even with specially designed horseshoes. The easy‑to‑fit clogs were therefore heavy and awkward, and were useful mainly for working in and around the house. For walking inside the house, people preferred slippers or "žoke" made of wool, leather and scraps of fabric, while for long and difficult work on steep and slippery terrains, they wore high and heavy studded boots or "čižme". This was also the main shoe for all festive occasions.

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