You won’t see many people wearing clogs in Amsterdam, but they are still an important part of Dutch culture. Whatever you may think of them, traditional Dutch wooden shoes or clogs (klompen), are an important part of Dutch heritage and are still worn in rural parts of the country today. The oldest pair of wooden shoes, dating back to 1230 to 1280, was discovered in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. They usually come in three different styles: wooden upper, wooden overshoes, and wooden soled. Clogs were a popular choice of footwear during the 1970s up to the early 1980s for both men and women. In different styles of dance, clogs are the most common footwear of choice. Before the early 20th century and the introduction of machine-made footwear, all wooden clogs were handmade by skilled craftsmen.