Traditional wooden clogs were unexpensive forerunners of modern mountain boots
In the Alpine valleys, where there is generally plenty of wood, before mountain boots came on the scene, the most popular form of footwear were wooden clogs: the sabots.
The origin of this kind of footwear is ancient and unknown: we can assume that they originate from the clever invention of a craftsman and the need for sturdy, comfortable shoes suitable for the climate and nature of the ground underfoot.
The sabots, were not only cheap but had the added advantage of being warm and dry, suitable for harsh winters, mud and rain. Men's sabots were clumpier and sturdier while the ladies' version had a higher, slimmer heal and finer shape; lastly, the children's ones were fitted with laces that were tied round their ankles.
These shoes are mostly used nowadays for decorative purposes; only in Valle d'Ayas are they still traditionally worn on a daily basis.