Friday, July 21, 2006

Klompen, Klompen, Klompen - the most useful shoes on the planet.

Klompen!!! ( wooden shoes - the singular form of the word is "klomp") We know that you've wondered when we would talk about these perfect shoes.

The real Dutch klompen are handmade of wood, carved to perfection, come in loads of sizes, lots of different colors and designs - for every occasion or style. Once you wear klompen for awhile, they fit like gloves, keep your feet dry and warm, and hardly ever wear out.

In the Netherlands (and Dutch homes throughout the world), if you're a good boy or girl, Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas, the original Santa Claus) will leave snoep (candy) in your klompen! In early December, before going to bed, you leave a wortel (carrot) in your klomp for the Sint's horse - try it this year, you never know!

We think klompen are, in a word - fantastische (fantastic) - een veelzijdige schoen (a versatile shoe).

Check out these klompen/klomp we've seen here in Nederland (The Netherlands).

In a winkel (store) in Volendam.

A nagerecht (dessert) of ijs (ice cream) served in a klomp at a restaurant in Delft- it was Lekker! (delicious).

Even our American "mom" has klompen , although she bought them years ago in Disney World - hee hee. She likes to wear them in the sneeuw (snow).

Funny thing though, our Dutch "vader" ( father) doesn't even own klompen ... hmm, maybe we need to get him some for Kerst (Christmas). * two cats chuckling* (Dutch folks really don't wear klompen anymore - to be honest, it's pretty much an image that is a tourists' fantasy, but they do set them out for Sinterklaas - can't tempt fate!)

However, we're going to get some new "kat-sized" klompen soon, but Sacha can't decide if the wants plain ones or pink sparkly ones. * cat rolling eyes*. What kleur (color) klompen do you think Sacha should get?

Tot ziens!
Finn & Sacha


paris parfait said...

Great post! But are they comfy?

Finn & Sas said...

Hi Tara !!!

We're so happy to see you again

Well, our "mom" does think her klompen are comfy, although you do have to get used to them. Most "normal" people (not our "mom" as you can see *eye roll*), wear socks with them. In the winter, klompen are really warm and dry - keeps that good Dutch mud off your paws!

Hugs to you, from all of us!

Finn & Sacha (and Judy)

Kelinci said...

wow nice klompen.


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