Bethmale, France is famous for its distinctive clogs, which feature tall spiky toes with heart shaped decorations. Traditionally, men in the region would hand-carve these clogs and then give them to their betrothed on Christmas Eve as a symbol of fidelity.
The origin of these clogs is told in a legend set at the time of the Moor invasions across the Pyrenees. The story tells of a pretty girl in Bethmale who, although already engaged, fell in love with the handsome son of the invading general. To punish her infidelity, her fiancé carved a pair of spear-like tipped clogs and led a revolt against the invaders. After much struggle, he and his men emerged triumphant. Pierced through the tips of his two clogs were the hearts of his betrothed and her lover.