Originally it was the Dutch who carved their own clogs, or klompen as it is called from blocks of willow wood or poplar wood which is still used today. The Dutch shoe-makers would first cut the exterior shape of the clog and then when it has been scooped out they would make the interior of the clog.
It was the French factory workers who first wore sabots or clogs during the 19th century. The term was used to describe the sound of the clogs as people walked and also how they walked. The word ‘sabot’ came from the expression ‘sabotage’ as their work performance suffered while wearing clogs.
The subject of conversation in Britain, Scotland and Ireland was at one point in time the sound the clogs made over the cobble stones. This sound is what started the clog dancing fashion. This new fashion soon made its way to America with immigrants and it became the foundation of Appalachia.
The design of clogs have changed over the years. The first change to clogs was adding leather to the top of the clog to add style and colour to the clogs. Clogs took off as people believed that it was good for their health. Studies show that poorly designed clogs place more pressure on the knees.