International Wooden Shoe Museum Eelde

Coordinates: 53°8′17″N 6°34′7″E / 53.13806°N 6.56861°E / 53.13806; 6.56861

The International Wooden Shoe Museum Eelde is a museum in Eelde, the Netherlands, for clogs, clog-making equipment and machinery. It has the largest collection of wooden footwear in the world.[1]

The International Wooden Shoe Museum Eelde
Dutch traditional clog making and trading, 1925
LocationEelde, the Netherlands
CollectionsOver 2,200 different pairs of wooden shoes and footwear with wooden soles from 43 countries.


The collection had been put together by Eiso Wietzes (1916–1977) and Egbert Wietzes (1925–1988), two brothers, who were the last wooden shoe makers in Eelde. After their deaths, the collection was enlarged by the private collection of wooden shoes owned by H.P. Bongers, a teacher at the Technical College in Enschede. Besides wooden shoes, Bongers’ collection consisted of traditional and early industrial clog-making tools, from Western-Europe.[2] In 2009 the museum acquired a large collection of French clogs.[3]


Among the museum’s collection are:

  • Over 2,200 different pairs of wooden shoes and footwear with wooden soles from 43 countries.[4]
  • Hundreds of pieces of clog-making equipment from seven European countries.
  • Simple machinery dating from the 1920s, from the Netherlands, Germany and France.
  • An extensive collection of international literature, including photographs.

The Museum provides guided tours and thematic exhibitions are held regularly.[3]


  1. ^ * (in English) International Wooden Shoe Museum (Eelde) Writing Travellers. Let's rediscover the planet. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  2. ^ (in English) General (History of the Museum) International Wooden Shoe Museum Eelde. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  3. ^ a b (in Dutch) Chic op hout. FeetBag. Website van de vakvereniging van ontwerpers en makers van schoenen en tassen. 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  4. ^ (in Dutch) Klompenmuseum Gebr. Wietzes Archived 2012-04-03 at the Wayback Machine Stichting Internetplatform Drenthe. Retrieved 11 November 2011.

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