Object: Clogs

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Wyckoff House, 17th Century Kitchen

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Although we find no direct mention of clogs in the papers relating to New Netherland and New Amsterdam, it is very likely that the residents of New Amsterdam would have used them.   Wearing wooden clogs outside was  a Dutch custom to prevent feet from getting dirty.    When entering your house, the clogs would be removed and often left on the front stoop.   This custom kept the interiors of the houses much cleaner, especially considering that pigs and horses left refuse in the streets frequently.