WORDS BY FLORENCE TROTT
More haute than hippie, this season’s clogs are a new breed of shoe.
Hermés brought back the iconic clogs for SS21 . Image courtesy of Imaxtree.
Wave farewell to your skinny stilettos and say hello to a pair of sturdy wooden soles. They may be the milkmaids’ shoe of choice, but, yodelling aside, it turns out clogs are pretty stylish in 2021. Sometime in the early noughties, clogs were a hallmark of 1970s style, think Joni Mitchell in billowing peasant dresses and bell bottom jeans. The dream. Chanel and Miu Miu brought the iconic shoe back 10 years ago, remember those kittens and daisies? Remove Mitchell and Chanel from the picture, and, well, clogs haven’t made much fashion sense for a while.
This year’s clog renaissance, though, is just a logical extension of fashion’s generally relaxed, WFH mood. Hermès take on the chic garden shoe has us convinced that this style will be big news for the summer to come. The much-maligned Croc has been leading the charge for clog redemption, fuelled by high-profile collaborations with Balenciaga and Christopher Kane. One of Time magazine’s top 50 worst inventions, if the plastic shoe is a step too far for you, you’re in luck. This season’s clogs are more haute than horrible – see Gucci and Miu Miu for retro-inspired styles, Ancient Greek for classic clogs or Simon Miller for a pared-back, modern feel. Whether you like it or not, clogs are happening.
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