In 2019, it might have seemed unlikely that the clog would become the ‘it’ shoe of the summer. But, post-pandemic, not only does it make total sense, it feels exciting and fresh. After months upon months at home, it’s only natural that we need a middleman between our cosy slippers and the outside world, and clogs are here to offer us just that. Combining a chunky silhouette and metallic detailing with the slip-on utilitarianism and cosy fit of an at-home shoe, the clog is the unsung hero of our new-found social lives. The perfect partner for wide-hemmed linen dresses and washed out denim alike, this modest shoe has become a wildly versatile wardrobe essential.
Are clogs in style in 2023?
In a word: absolutely. 2020 saw an unstoppable rise in the cottagecore, prairie and homespun aesthetics and, coupled with this season's resurgence of 1970s style, has made the clog the most stylish shoe to be seen in this season. The perfect finishing touch on a fashion mood-board full of wide-leg denim, floaty house-dresses, organic cottons and oversized blazers, the clog gives instant cool-girl style points. Style icon Kendall Jenner nailed her go-to model-off-duty look in a tonal ‘fit featuring an oversized beige blazer and cream clogs back in April, whilst fashion latest it-girl Dua Lipa teamed her jeans and puffer jacket look with heeled cow print clogs. And of course, we couldn’t mention celebrities wearing clogs without paying homage to Sarah Jessica Parker, who has been donning her trusty leather clogs with jeans and cargo pants since back in 1993.
How to style clogs
With comfortable style reigning supreme, the clog offers a fashion-lead take on chilled out style. When looking to put together a relaxed, or comfortable, off-duty look, this is the time to opt for quality cuts, premium finishes and muted shades, in order to avoid looking unkempt or ‘thrown together’. Invest in key, classic pieces, which work well together, and you will always look put together. Try pairing a pair of dark-wash or ecru straight leg jeans with a neutral clog for a comfortable and chic look, which can be teamed with a sharp, tailored blazer or a crisp white shirt for a smart finish. There are endless outfits to wear with clogs, and they are a great style staple to experiment with. If you're looking for how to wear clogs with dresses or how to wear clogs with jeans, we’d recommend keeping your hemlines wide on both counts. The chunkier and more rustic nature of a clog lends itself best to a broader hemline to balance out the profile of the shoe, which can also have a flattering effect on the ankle.
How to wear clogs with socks
In summer, slip those bare toes straight into your clogs, no pedicure necessary. But come winter, you can completely transform your clogs with the addition of a pair of cosy socks or tights. Be wary that this can increase the amount your foot could slip inside the clog, so tread with a little more caution. Perfect for pairing with Autumn-ready midi skirts or dresses, a pair of woollen tights tucked under a sweeping coat with your clogs is a chic look for the cooler months. Or, to keep your jeans in rotation all year round, try pairing a pair of blue jeans with cable knit socks and clogs for a Scandi-girl approved look. You could even invest in a shearling lined pair of clogs, which are sure to keep you cosy as well as stylish come the big chill.
Are clogs comfortable?
A classic slip-on clog provides not only comfort, but utility too. Despite being splashed across just about every major catwalk in New York, Milan and Paris, clogs are just as comfortable and practical as they are a fashion statement. The combination of the open heel cup and the slightly elevated heel, the shoes offer effortless all-day wear. With many clogs imagined with a more generous toe-box, it allows for a roomier fit too. A clog also slips on and off with ease, perfect for those who like to be able to slip off their shoes and feel the grass between their toes.
Can you wear clogs in the evening?
Forget every preconceived idea you have when you think of a clog. No longer reserved only for pottering around at home, a clog can be styled, and very chicly we might add, for a night out. You can add a fun, casual touch to a pair of leather trousers and a silk blouse with the addition of a studded clog. Or, why not try pairing your clogs with a pair of super-flared denim jeans and a pussy-bow blouse? For the complete 1970s notion, just add a dancefloor.
HOW SHOULD CLOGS FIT?
Because everybody’s feet are different, clogs will fit differently on everyone’s foot form, but there are some good general rules of thumb to consider. Your heel should be able to lift freely, without the clog slipping off your foot. If your heel is secured to the insole, you should consider sizing up as you won’t have the flexibility you need to walk comfortably. The clog should feel snug in order to support the foot, but not tight. Finally, make sure that you have some ‘wiggle room’ at the end of the toe-box. If your toes are touching the end of the shoe, try the next size up.