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The scenic Dutch village of Zaanse Schans is most famous for its windmills, once used to power everything from paint-making to paper production. Today, the Zaanse Schans is set up like an open-air museum, with five working windmills open to visitors. Wander the village, view the preserved architecture, and watch the locals at work—in their traditional wooden shoes and Dutch garb, naturally. Green wooden houses, a historic shipyard, and a pewter factory are among the village’s top attractions.

The Basics
The Zaanse Schans is a popular day trip destination from Amsterdam; the scenic drive through the Dutch countryside—past lovely fields, green pastures, and winding canals—is a tour highlight in and of itself. Visit on a half- or full-day tour to explore the five Dutch Golden Age windmills, including some that serve as a sawmill and an oil mill, and visit the workshops of local craftspeople. Cheese-making and clog-making demonstrations are other key experiences, in addition to pewter-casting and mustard-making demos. For a fun photo souvenir, stop by a shoemaker’s shop and try on traditional Dutch clogs and costumes. When you get hungry, pop into a bakery for a taste of the sweet white duivekater bread, head to the cheese factory for some famous Edam cheese, or step inside Albert Heijn—the village’s oldest shop—for a bag of sweets. A boat trip or a canal cruise is another excellent way to see the Zaanse Schans and the surrounding villages.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Zaanse Schans is a must-see for visitors interested in learning about traditional Dutch culture.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for exploring the outdoor area.
  • The Zaanse Schans is free to visit, but some individual attractions may require fees.
  • Not all areas are wheelchair accessible due to the historic nature of the area, but accessible bridges and parking are available. Jonge Schaap is the only wheelchair-accessible windmill.
  • Most shops and restaurants in the neighborhood accept credit and debit cards; ATMs are located at the Zaanse Schans parking office.

How to Get There
The Zaanse Schans neighborhood is set in Zaandam, near Zaandijk, about 13 miles (21 kilometers) northwest of Amsterdam. The village, located on the eastern bank of the Zaan river, is easily accessible from Amsterdam’s Centraal Station by transit—it takes less than an hour to get there by bus, train, or car. Fee-based parking is available.

When to Get There
Though there is plenty to do year-round in the Zaanse Schans, much of the village’s charm lies in its outdoor attractions, making late spring and summer the best times to visit. Winters in the Netherlands are known to be rainy and windy, so if you’re visiting then, wear warm layers under a waterproof jacket.

The Dutch and Their Bicycles 
It’s said that there are 1.5 bicycles for every inhabitant of the Netherlands. The Dutch love their bikes and can be found pedaling them to work, school, the grocery store, and everywhere else in between. Renting a bicycle is a great way to see Holland like a local. In summer, a bike tour from Amsterdam to the Zaanse Schans is a popular way to experience the quaint village and the bucolic countryside.
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Private sightseeing tour to Zaanse Schans windmills and Volendam from Amsterdam

Private sightseeing tour to Zaanse Schans windmills and Volendam from Amsterdam

Because of COVID-19 we have taken special hygiene measures. Each vehicle has a plastic screen, is disinfected before each journey and our drivers are trained and provide appropriate materials to ensure social distancing measures are met with all passengers. Enjoy a half day Sightseeing tour to the windmills and Volendam. A unique piece of Dutch history on the River Zaan and Volendam.
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  • 5 hours
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$226.03
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$226.03
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Private Tour to the Windmills, Cheese and Clogs Volendam, Marken from Amsterdam

Private Tour to the Windmills, Cheese and Clogs Volendam, Marken from Amsterdam

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Escape the crowded city of Amsterdam on a private trip through Europe’s most charming countryside. Just half an hour from Amsterdam, enjoy traditional Dutch culture at the fishing village of Volendam and the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. Eat lunch at a traditional seafood restaurant and take a ferry cruise on the Volendam-Marken Express. A luxury vehicle with a personal guide takes you round trip; no need to navigate trains or crowded buses.
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  • 7 hours
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$327.14
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Private River Cruise in Zaandam And Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam

Private River Cruise in Zaandam And Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam

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Visiting Amsterdam is wonderful, but the crowds and lines can be exhausting. Leave it all behind for a day on this private tour of Zaandam from a unique vantage point - the river de Zaan. Your private skipper will guide you towards views of majestic buildings, working windmills, historic wooden houses and craft shops. Your tour ends at Zaanse Schans, where you can experience life in 18th and 19th century Holland and eat a delicious pancake lunch before the drive back to Amsterdam.
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  • 4 hours
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$267.66
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4-Day Tour: Amsterdam and Zaanse Schans from Zaandam

4-Day Tour: Amsterdam and Zaanse Schans from Zaandam

When traveling in another country, it’s helpful to have a guide give you insider tips and show you where to go and how to get there. On this 4-day trip, you enjoy the historic city of Amsterdam, experience traditional Dutch culture at Zaanse Schans, and visit Europe’s most charming countryside. 3 and 4 star hotels and transportation make your tour comfortable and relaxing.
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  • 4 days
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$617.32
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Private Day Trip from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam

Private Day Trip from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans Windmills and Volendam

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Escape the crowded city of Amsterdam on a private trip through the charming Dutch countryside. Just half an hour from Amsterdam, enjoy traditional Dutch culture at the fishing town and souvenir promenade of Volendam and the windmill village of Zaanse Schans. A luxury vehicle with a personal guide gives you a private tour; no need to navigate trains or crowded buses.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour to the Windmills, Wooden shoe making and Volendam from Amsterdam

Private Tour to the Windmills, Wooden shoe making and Volendam from Amsterdam

Don’t let limited time in Amsterdam stop you escaping to the countryside: eliminate the stress of advance planning on a private day trip to Volendam, a traditional Dutch village famous for its wooden shoes and windmills. Exploring with a private guide means that you’ll benefit from both undivided attention and insider info while also enjoying the flexibility to customize your itinerary according to your interests.
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  • 5 hours
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$241.15
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$241.15
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Private Tulip Fields gardens, Windmills, Volendam and Marken tour from Amsterdam

Private Tulip Fields gardens, Windmills, Volendam and Marken tour from Amsterdam

Skip the crowded group tours and travel to Keukenhof in comfort on this private tour. Get picked up in a Mercedes sedan or minivan and head for the Netherlands' best-known flower garden to see more than seven million bulbs with a total of 800 varieties of tulips.
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  • 9 hours
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$446.11
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$446.11
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Keukenhof, Zaanse Schans & Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Keukenhof, Zaanse Schans & Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Visit two of the Netherlands’ most magical springtime spots during this full-day excursion. First, visit the famous Keukenhof gardens where you can find millions of flower shows and sculptures, primarily tulips, on display. Continue to the 18th-century village of Zaanse Schans known for its windmills, barns, and wooden houses. At the end of the tour, receive a voucher for a canal cruise in Amsterdam to be used at your leisure.
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  • 9 hours
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$118.96
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Half Day Tour Zaanse Schans/Volendam/Marken

Half Day Tour Zaanse Schans/Volendam/Marken

This Half a day tour our driver will take you to the 3 most famous historical places in the Zaanse region. This excursion consist of a visit to Zaanse Schans an open air museum, with traditional green wooden houses and windmills. Before the afternoon we will take you to Marken & Volendam which are the most famous traditional fishers villages in the Zaanse region. You will have the opportunity to experience how the cheese and Wooden shoes are made.
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  • 5 hours
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$291.46
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Exquisite North Holland and Amsterdam Canal Tour

Exquisite North Holland and Amsterdam Canal Tour

Discover Dutch delights including cheese, wooden clogs, and windmills, and enjoy a cruise along Amsterdam’s canals. On this tour, visit the traditional village of Zaanse Schans, tour a clog factory, and admire 18th- and 19th-century windmills. Continue to Edam, home of the world-famous cheese, and picturesque Volendam, before returning to the city for scenic canal cruise.
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  • 8 hours
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$122.19
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Private Sightseeing tour to Keukenhof Gardens and the Windmills from Amsterdam

Private Sightseeing tour to Keukenhof Gardens and the Windmills from Amsterdam

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Discover the natural beauty and traditional heritage of Holland on this sightseeing adventure from Amsterdam. Following a pickup at your hotel, spin through the countryside in comfort by private vehicle to the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens—where tulip bulbs bloom into a carpet of seasonal color. Take a treasure hunt or visit the petting zoo and playground, before your second stop—the elegant windmills of Zaanse Schans.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$296.61
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Small-Group Zaan River Cruise Including 3-Course Dinner from Amsterdam

Small-Group Zaan River Cruise Including 3-Course Dinner from Amsterdam

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See the windmills of the River Zaan from the water and enjoy a 3-course dinner on this 4-hour small-group river cruise experience from Amsterdam. Travel to the picturesque region around the city of Zaandam, savor a glass of bubbles, and embark on a leisurely cruise along the Zaan. Pass the enchanting windmill village of Zaanse Schans; and visit three restaurants to enjoy a starter, main course and dessert. As you cruise, admire Zaandam’s wooden warehouses and cottages, and hear about the area’s industrial heritage and working mills from your skipper-guide.
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  • 4 hours
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$133.95
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Escape the city crowds and dive into the scenic Dutch countryside-private

Escape the city crowds and dive into the scenic Dutch countryside-private

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Escape the city crowds and take a glimpse into the Netherlands’ industrial past at the Zaanse Schans while walking past traditional houses, windmills, old warehouses and visiting a traditional bakery. Enjoy watching cheese bearers and cheese traders at the world-famous Alkmaar cheese market and its vibrant city center. Look inside a historical windmill. You can climb all the way to the top and enjoy the view. Immerse yourself in the authentic scenery of 2 characteristic old fishing villages. Watch a real clog maker, taste local food and wonder through picturesque spots in an atmosphere of history and romance. All this right at Amsterdam’s doorstep. Highlights Enjoy the historical Alkmaar Cheese market (only available fridays 27/03 - 25/09) Look inside a historical windmill (only available on saturday & sunday) Watch the art of making clogs Discover Netherlands's industrial past at the Zaanse Schans Visit an authentic bakery All entrance fees included so no surprises
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  • 10 hours
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$321.53
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$321.53

Private Holland Tour

Private Holland Tour

Enjoy a full day private sightseeing to the northern part of the Netherlands. A short city tour or tulip tour can be included in this 8 hour tour . See and learn with your private guide all about the typical Dutch Polderland with the beautiful landscape, the windmills, canals and lakes. During the spring time several tulip fields can be spotted on route. As a private tour, your guide can personalize the tour according to your own preferences. -From 21 March 2019 till 19th of May the flower gardens of " Keukenhof" can be visited, entrance fees are not included.-
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$385.83
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$385.83
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4-hour trip to the Zaanse Schans + Volendam

4-hour trip to the Zaanse Schans + Volendam

We have many years of experience in offering day excursions. Many customers have already preceded you. With a large or small group, we will offer you an unforgettable experience. Our guides speak excellent English.
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  • 4 hours
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$218.64
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$218.64
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Amsterdam Zaanse Schans, Volendam

Amsterdam Zaanse Schans, Volendam

Through our experience we show our clients beautiful and secret places during this tour that makes unforgettable journey
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  • 6 hours
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$59.48
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$59.48

Amsterdam-Zaanse Schans Windmills-Volendam

Amsterdam-Zaanse Schans Windmills-Volendam

We will discover the main spots of the most touristic capital of Europe, with its canals and beautiful buildings, then we will go to a cheese factory close to Volendam and to see the windmills of Zaanse Schans.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$1,157.47
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$1,157.47
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Volendam & Zaanse Schans Tour: Dutcher than Dutch

Volendam & Zaanse Schans Tour: Dutcher than Dutch

This tour offers you pure Dutch culture. Discover the ultimate windmill town of the Netherlands, visit the country’s most famous fishing village, learn about cheese making and watch how a shoemaker crafts traditional wooden clogs. Volendam is the most famous fishing village in the Netherlands, and not without reason. It used to be the harbour of the nearby town of Edam, before the inhabitants found another shortcut to the bay, after which Volendam became the home to local fisherman and farmers. The vibrant atmosphere, folkloric costumes worn by Volendam’s inhabitants, and the traditional music are part of the local culture of this picturesque town. Where the river Zaan meets the green meadows full of grazing cows, you will find one of the most famous landmarks of the Netherlands: the windmills of Zaanse Schans. This line-up of the oldest windmills in Holland is like a skyline on the horizon of the flat country, with the windmills rotating around their axis in order to catch the wind.
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  • 4 hours
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$401.27
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8 hours Wheelchair Accessible Tour to Zaanse Schans, Volendam & Marken

8 hours Wheelchair Accessible Tour to Zaanse Schans, Volendam & Marken

Enjoy a wheelchair accessible tour of Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Marken with this 8-hour private tour. Designed for people with limited mobility, your guide will help you explore the most typical Dutch cities. Discover windmills from the inside and enjoy some cheese tasting at the cheese farm and shop.
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  • 8 hours
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$1,464.42
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Full-Day Tour to Zaanse Schans village and Amsterdam with Cheese Tasting

Full-Day Tour to Zaanse Schans village and Amsterdam with Cheese Tasting

During the tour, you will travel to the village of Zaanse Schans, past the Dutch landscapes of polders and canals, where you will visit a windmill, a cheese farm with a tasting of Dutch cheese. Then you will return to Amsterdam, where you take a panoramic tour. You will see Central Railway Station, St. Nicholas Basilica, Dam Square, Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk, Royal Palace, Canals and bridges of the city, Canal houses, Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Red Light District, etc.
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  • 6 hours
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$1,274.00
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Private Tour: Highlights of Amsterdam + Zaanse Schans village + Cheese Farm

Private Tour: Highlights of Amsterdam + Zaanse Schans village + Cheese Farm

During the tour, you will travel to the village of Zaanse Schans, past the Dutch landscapes of polders and canals, where you will visit a windmill, a workshop for making wooden shoes, a cheese farm with a tasting of Dutch cheese. Then you will return to Amsterdam, where you take a panoramic tour. You will see Central Railway Station, St. Nicholas Basilica, Dam Square, Oude Kerk, Nieuwe Kerk, Royal Palace, Canals and bridges of the city, Canal houses, Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Red Light District, etc. The tour ends with a return transfer to your hotel.
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  • 6 hours
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$761.00
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$761.00
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Private day trip to The Keukenhof Gardens and The Zaanse Schans Windmills

Private day trip to The Keukenhof Gardens and The Zaanse Schans Windmills

Explore the Dutch country side with this private day trip to Keukenhof and the Zaanse Schans Windmills. Get picked up at your hotel by your private guide that will drive you around in a comfortable vehicle. First your private guide will drive you to Keukenhof where you will discover its outstanding flowerfields. Inside the Keukenhof gardens you can admire the beautiful and internationally renowned display of all sorts of flowers. Explore 32 hectares of gardens full with tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and other spring bulbs in all sorts of colours. Next, you will arrive at Zaanse Schans where you will explore the Dutch countryside and windmills. Learn all about the area and enter various windmills, barns, shops and explore many traditional wooden houses. Your private guide will also bring you to a traditional Dutch waffle factory and Dutch cheese farm where you will be able to taste cheeses. At the end of the day your private guide will drive you back to your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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$463.95
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$463.95
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Private Volendam & Zaanse Schans Tour: windmills, cheese, clogs and folklore!

Private Volendam & Zaanse Schans Tour: windmills, cheese, clogs and folklore!

Explore the windmill village of Zaanse Schans and visit fisherman town Volendam. At your own pace, surrounded by comfort in a luxury vehicle with private driver. Your local chauffeur knows the region like the back of his hand. A day of culture and tradition awaits you! Visit a real working windmill, learn all about how wooden clogs are crafted and discover the secrets of the cheese-making process. Is there anything particular you would like to see or do? Just let us know!
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  • 4 hours
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$366.05
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Private Marken, Volendam & Zaanse Schans Tour: windmills, cheese, clogs and more

Private Marken, Volendam & Zaanse Schans Tour: windmills, cheese, clogs and more

Explore the windmill village of Zaanse Schans, visit fisherman town Volendam and discover marvelous Marken. At your own pace, surrounded by comfort in a luxury vehicle with private driver. Your local chauffeur knows the region like the back of his hand. A day of culture and tradition awaits you! Visit a real working windmill, learn all about how wooden clogs are crafted and discover the secrets of the cheese-making process. Is there anything particular you would like to see or do? Maybe have your picture taken wearing typical costume? Or get yourself a pair of fresh polished clogs? Just let us know!
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  • 4 hours
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$366.05
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