These 19th century children’s clogs have a leather upper that is tacked to the wooden sole, with metal clog-irons (or calkers) around the heel and front of the sole. These type of clogs became very popular among mill workers in the 19th century due to their durability and easy repair. The clog irons were the ancestor of pattens that were worn as overshoes to protect the shoe from wear or damage. Permanently attached to the sole via nails that fit into a groove between the irons to protect the nail heads, iron could be replaced when worn down and save the wooden sole from wear.
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Eleanor Le Couver
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