Cantabrian albarcas

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Cantabrian albarcas coloured in black.
Asturian madreñas

A Cantabrian albarca is a rustic wooden shoe in one piece, which has been used particularly by the peasants of Cantabria, northern Spain.[1][2][3] In the neighbouring province of Asturias madreñas are still being widely used in rural areas, and have been used for millennia.[citation needed]

Cantabrian albarcas are similar to other clogs from Europe, but have significant features and different characteristics in terms of woodworking process and in their use.[3] They have a characteristic set of three dowels on the bottom of the shoe.

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  1. ^ "Las albarcas en El Diario Montañés" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  2. ^ "Artesanía de Cantabria, en Casas y Hoteles Rurales" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2008-05-12.
  3. ^ a b Linares Argüelles, Mariano; Pindado Uslé, Jesús; Aedo Pérez, Carlos (1985). "Tomo I". Gran Enciclopedia de Cantabria. Santander, Cantabria: Editorial Cantabria. ISBN 84-86420-01-6.