With 1970s-inspired fashion still swinging its loon pants this season (and next), it’s no surprise that foot-stomping shoes are making a resurgence. Rather than wobbling around in precariously high platforms or taking the safer option of the “royal tour” wedge, my footwear of choice is currently the wooden sole clog.
Originally worn as protective footwear in heavy industries, the clog has flounced in and out of fashion across the centuries. This year I’ve been relentlessly wearing a pair of khaki leather Swedish Hasbeen boots (with a lovely thick pair of socks) – and much like Instagram’s Eva Chen in this photo, I prefer to team them with a pair of cropped slim fitting jeans (J Crew’s Toothpick style, available in white denim, classic indigo, grey and black denim). But now it’s time to make the transition to summer, I’m considering swapping my boots for the more traditional mule style. And I’ll probably be adding some khaki to the equation…
On my radar is the clog collaboration between footwear designer Penelope Chilvers and star of the British Fashion Council’s New Generation programme Molly Goddard. There’s a lovely ponyskin clog in watermelon pink that would look fabulous with a tea dress or faded jeans.
Needless to say this popular centuries-old shoe has also popped up in designer collections this summer. Gucci’s horsebit detail leather clogs (available HERE), come in red, camel or black leather. Though to a vegetarian like myself, the natural goat-hair version, feels a bit too hairy – this season’s take on last year’s fashion crowd-pleasing kangaroo-hair mule?
For more reasonably priced wooden-soled shoes, Toast sells Swedish clog brand Moheda (available HERE); and for year-round Hygge Chic there’s the Birkenstock leather Boston clog (available HERE) and FitFlop has a mule style in linen, leather, felt and suede (available HERE) – my favourite is the indigo blue colour that looks like denim (available HERE):
I’ve written about clogs for the FT’s How To Spend It (read the full feature HERE). And here’s a collection of clogs: