Ariège is also known for the eccentric-looking Bethmale pointed clogs.
In Ariège, the Bethmale Valley is famous for its cheeses but also for its magnificent folk costumes set off by amazing wooden clogs. These backless clogs, intricately decorated with nails and leather, end in a flourish with impressively long, turned-up toes. They are connected with a 9th century legend. It is said that a man from Bethmale was betrothed to a local woman who was untrue to him with a Moor, the age-old enemy, and he impaled their hearts on the ends of his clogs!
In Ariège today, Pascal Jusot is the only artisan still making these clogs that are unique worldwide. The hand-made clogs are used by folk groups for dancing, and sought after by collectors. Pascal Jusot also makes amazingly comfortable wooden garden clogs in both children's and adult's sizes.