If you told me two years ago that 2016 would be the year of the clog, I would have laughed for days (but then again, a lot of strange things have happened in 2016). After all, clogs were ‘mom shoes.’ You know, kind of ugly, but wayyy comfy (the kinds of shoes that moms fall head over feet for). Oh, how wrong I was.
It started with a pair of red sandal clogs. I had gone shoe-shopping to find a pair of practical walking shoes, but when I spotted that first pair of Danskos I was sold. These babies had a mix of Wizard of Oz ruby slippers vibes and earthy chic style (that farmer’s market + fair trade coffee + biking to work vibe). Apparently, I had become a clog person.
I was pretty sure I was the only millennial in the entire world wearing clogs (after all, I had found the one pretty pair, but all other clogs were still ‘mom shoes’), but I was quickly surprised. Apparently, clogs had made a comeback among younger generations while I wasn’t paying attention.
As I quickly discovered the wonders of my own pair of clogs, I realized what moms had been on to this whole time. Not only were clogs super comfortable (mothers and nurses and all the doctors from Grey’s Anatomy had been right about something), but their style was growing on me.
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Clogs, it turns out, give off this artistic, earthy, active vibe that can’t be matched. Slip on a pair and you’re instantly ready to bike to the public library where you lead a creative art class for local children. Slide your feet into another pair and you’re off to your local co-op to buy just-picked radishes for that community picnic next week. Choose another pair and you’re ready for an evening of swing dancing with friends. It doesn’t matter who you are, clogs will bring out your hip and alternative side.
Perhaps the greatest part of wearing clogs is that they’re perfect for almost any occasion. Getting dressed for work? Check. Heading to class? Check. Taking a long walk or bike ride? Check. Girl’s night out? Check. Date night? Check. They’re both comfortable enough for activity and cute enough for work or fun.
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And,they no longer come in just the boring shades of black and brown that your mom probably wore to work when you were in your pre-teen years. Gone are the days of limited colors and cuts; you can pick between red sandals or purple studded slip-ons, autumnal work shoes or t-strap style dancing shoes. Thanks to the rebounding popularity of clogs, the options are limitless.
As we head into winter, don’t be afraid to match colorful socks (or that hand-knit pair that you found last week at the family-owned fiber arts store down the street) with your clogs.
There are no rules when it comes to wearing clogs: just comfort and effortless earthy style.