Discover the clogs made by this Galician artisan1 hourFree
Clogs are still made by hand in several regions of Europe, although since the advent of the industrial revolution and new footwear technologies, the number of people wearing them has decreased considerably. Elena Ferro continues to lead her family's third generation of wooden clog makers to keep this artisan tradition very much alive and in good health. She has adapted her Galician “zuecos” to modern times and has even turned them into fashion accessories in the big cities. Elena, who learned the craft from her father and aunt, is aware of the importance of passing on this practice to new generations. That is why she organises guided tours to her workshop, where she explains all the details of the handcrafted process of making these humble and popular wooden shoes and recalls how her family has persevered in their task for more than a hundred years. It is a story of rural entrepreneurship that is worth knowing. By appointment only.