Remember that these are farmer's shoes. They have points that are upward so they can walk in the fields and not get bogged down. They are also elevated with the little clogs on the bottom. Fishermen's shoes have no points so that they do not get caught in the nets.
These are the shoes Leonard bought while he was on his mission in Denmark (May 1957-December 1959). When we went there for the Danish Temple Dedication, wooden shoes were not as easy to buy. Else said that many of them were now exported.