These are my work clogs. They are about 10 years old and going strong, the thick supple leather is like saddle leather and the stitching unbustable. The wooden soles are great so long as you keep something underneath them. I am not good at the stitch in time saves nine stuff and wore through the treads and have been walking on the wood for some time. You can see how much I wore the heals down but as of this weekend I now have composite clogs with new oak heals. I made the treads from old conveyor belt I have been using this stuff for several years for my pole lathe drive strap and it seems to be pretty well indestructible so I’ll see how it lasts underfoot.
I remember my dad telling me about wearing clogs as a kid on the farm, back then clogs had irons rather than wooden treads and they kept a box of spare irons and nails for fixing clogs. It was the kids jobs to keep their clogs in good order and if they were ever found wearing them without irons they were in big trouble. Having work down the wood and had to deal with building it back up again I will from now on be making sure I keep the tread on them.
I find it an empowering thing to be able to fix my own footwear. Particularly this week as the news is again full of the horrors of another factory collapse in Bangladesh and the appalling effects of the West’s insatiable craving for cheap throw away clothing and footwear. There are alternatives and they don’t need to be any more expensive than the throw away stuff. These clogs were made by Jeremy Atkinson and so far have cost me about £16 a year but they will go on a while yet and are getting better value all the time.