The Sunday Telegraph - Sunday
Retail therapist Slip into summer style with easy-to-wear clogs
Reader, I think I have a problem. No matter what the weather, or what I’m wearing, I keep reaching for a pair of clogs. It’s become an addiction. Forget trainers, forget boots, forget the return of the ballet flat. I’m even wondering how my sister-in-law will feel about me wearing clogs with my bridesmaid dress at her wedding in a few weeks. I joke, of course, but I would if I could.
My relationship with the Netherlands’ greatest export didn’t start out this way. They don’t look particularly easy to wear, and I didn’t want to be the little mouse going clip-clippety-clop around the Telegraph newsroom. But then I tried on a pair of Sezane’s £175 Taylor clogs… I wasn’t expecting them to be comfortable. I didn’t know that my feet would slide into them like a pair of gloves. I didn’t expect to get compliments wherever I go. And they add three inches to my height without hurting my feet, which is a big deal when you’re 5ft 4in small. If my clogs don’t look good with my outfit, I change the outfit, not the shoes.
High fashion is having a love affair with clogs, too. There are 46 different pairs on Net-a-Porter alone. Chloe’s done a pair, so have Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant. Loewe’s bold, buckled version is a reliable bestseller. Over in New York, the No 6 clog boot has become a “Brooklyn mom” cliché – yet I’m tempted to buy a pair all the same.
You don’t need to buy a designer pair to wear this look well, though. In fact, specialist clog brands lend a degree of authenticity to the look. The Swedes do this particularly well – Lotta from Stockholm, Swedish Hasbeens and Kitty Clogs are the names to know. Birkenstock’s Boston clog is a more comfort-driven iteration; if you have money to burn, consider Brunello Cucinelli’s £970 woven leather take on the look.
One important element unites them all, though. Summer footwear is often annoyingly high maintenance, but the clog is pure ease; just slip them on and go – no pedicure required.