Clogs

1985/001

Safety clogs (size 7) with leather uppers and beech (?) soles

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Description

Safety shoes (size 7) with leather uppers and beech (?) soles with horseshoe shaped irons screwed onto the soles. Worn by road workers when laying tarmacadam and bitumen-macadam, the shoes have wooden soles to provide insulation from the heat of the material being laid.

The shoes were apparently referred to as “clogs” by staff at the time of donation to the museum by Lothian Regional Council’s Direct Labour Organisation (DLO). The shoes had reportedly been in the DLO store for many years and had likely been purchased by the previous local authority (The Corporation of the City of Edinburgh).

The letters on the sole (“BGS”) could refer to the BGS Shoe Corporation which was registered in 1941 in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA.

Additional information

Acquisition Number

1985/001

Item Type

Short Description

Tar workers' clogs

Manufactured by

Date of Manufacture

c. 1960

Sub-items

None

Supporting Items

None

Makers Number

None

Marks

"7" and "BGS"

Dimensions (mm)

Each clog: 290 (L) x 103 (H) x 180 (W)

Donor

Date Donated

October 1985

Materials

Wood (beech?), leather and iron

Condition

Good – some spotting on the leather.

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