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A wooden shoe worn in various European countries

Common clues: Wooden shoe; Clunky shoe; Cousin of a clog; Clog kin; Dutch shoe

Crossword puzzle frequency: 2 times a year

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A clog is a type of footwear traditionally worn by workers as protective clothing in factories, mines and farms.

There are various types of clog. Traditional clogs are shoes or sandals made predominantly out of wood, and are associated with the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Northern England, Galicia, Lithuania and Sweden. They can also be a type of heavy boot or shoe with sides, uppers and typically thick wooden soles, and may have steel toecaps and/or steel reinforcing inserts in the undersides of the soles.

A clog can also be a special kind of shoe worn while clog-dancing (clogging). They are similar to tap shoes, but the taps are free to click against each other, therefore producing a different sound than tap shoes.

Nowadays, "clogs" also mean comfortable slip-on shoes. They are often made out of leather, but some clogs keep the bottom part out of wood. All-rubber clogs are often worn while gardening, because they can be easily hosed off and allowed to air-dry. Some clogs come with heels, and are usually distinguished from mules by their higher vamp. It is commonly accepted that men and women can wear low-heeled or high-heeled clogs

The French wooden shoe or clog (sabot) was, in the 18th and 19th century, associated with the lower classes. During this period, the years of the Industrial Revolution, the word sabotage gained currency. Allegedly derived from sabot, sabotage described the actions of disgruntled workers who willfully damaged workplace machinery by throwing their sabots into the works. However, according to some accounts, sabot-clad workers were simply considered less productive than others who had switched to leather shoes, roughly equating the term "sabotage" with "inefficiency".

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SABOT (77) 44 Tu >1 06 Wooden shoe

6 Th >1 05 Clunky shoe

5 Fr- NYT 09 Cousin of a clog

2 Th >1 98 Clog kin

2 Th >1 04 Clog's cousin

2 We >1 00 Dutch shoe

2 Th- >1 06 Heavy shoe

2 Sa- >1 06 Thick-soled shoe

1 Th NYT 87 Brinker footwear

09 Carved footwear


1 We CSy 09 Clog cousin

1 Th LAT 96 Flanders foot cover

1 Th NYT 74 Footgear

07 Footwear carved of wood

1 We CSy 09 French peasant's shoe

1 We CSy 05 Peasant shoe

1 Th WaP 99 Vandalizer's footwear

1 Th NYT 03 Wooden footwear

1 Th CHE 09 Wooden shoe worn by peasants

1 We NYT 04 Wooden-soled shoe

1 We NYT 94 Work shoe