WHAT? The only shoe with the same 1970’s boho-beauty as being completely barefoot
For the love of clog
I have long loved the clog, the epitome of Dutch simplicity and Scandi-cool can be styled ‘just-so’ on many many levels. I’ve traced my love of said shoe all the way back to 1996, when after much persuasion I finally got my mum to buy me my first pair of clogs. I was the type of child at primary school that wore jodpur boots all year round (though likely only went horse riding in them no more than twice) Come summer a school dress and boots wasn't exactly presentable ideal so off my mum took me to the high-street in our very small town where I first met with my dream shoe. A pair of black, flat (but still a heel) clogs with shiny silver stapled soles with an adjustable strap that could be worn around the heel for function or pushed forward over the front for full on traditional slip on clog style.
The thing I love most about the clog is the combination of natural materials; leather and wood all held together with metal studding or stapling – so simple yet such a strong aesthetic. I was so excited to discover go-to clog brand Swedish Hasbeens after their collaboration with H&M when I first moved to London. I was interning in PR at the time I couldn’t afford the real thing so bought the H&M ones there and then and I still wear them now.
There’s been quite the influx of clogs of late, Coach fresh under Stuart Vevers launched a leather metallic slip on worthy of a glam rock dame , Swedish Hasbeens with forever be the go to while I try to track down my ultimate Miu Miu’s from 2010 and trying to decide which pair of Lotta from Stockholm‘s incredible line up should be my next purchase.
How do you style thee? Let me count the ways
My absolute favourite style combination and a match made in natural fibre heaven. Whether you’re going for the whole 1970’s vibe with flares or vintage 501’s the clog can change up your style story in an instant. They are the curveballs of footwear.
‘Clogs and Socks’; another perfect un-perfect pairing. Style it up for summer with fine knits or transparent patterns and go on through to autumn with heavier textures in fair isle or cashmere.