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Sabots: Acadian Tradition

Sabots: Acadian Tradition

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A sabot is a clog from France or surrounding countries such as Belgium or Italy . Sabots are whole feet clogs, a shoe made of hollowed-out wood.

Both men and women wore woolen socks in natural color, or dyed grey or blue indigo, then moccasins or clogs, sometimes lined with straw to absorb humidity. Made of a block of a light hard wood such as willow or poplar, clogs were probably no longer worn in the second half of the 19th century. After rawhide shoes came into use, clogs were used mainly as overshoes in rain or on the muddy soil of the fields.

Sabots were in the 16th to 19th centuries, associated with the lower classes. During this period, the years of the Industrial Revolution, the word sabotage gained currency. Allegedly derived from sabot, sabotage described the actions of disgruntled workers who willfully damaged workplace machinery by throwing their sabots into the works. However, according to some accounts, sabot-clad workers were simply considered less productive than others who had switched to leather shoes, roughly equating the term "sabotage" with "inefficiency

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