Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.
“I hate the whole concept of the clog!” Christian Louboutin unapologetically declared in a 2011 interview with the New Yorker. The shoe icon went on to compare the comfortable shoe to a too-comfortable relationship: "'Comfy’—that’s one of the worst words!" And hey, we get it: Clogs feel like something your wild aunt Judy wears to the family reunion. But for the Spring 2021 season, designers like Hermès and Louis Vuitton breathed new life into the style. Not to mention, brands like Dior and Chanel boast evergreen styles of the shoe; that's how much they believe in them. Today, this modest shoe is a wardrobe essential. Style with a loose-fitting pant, a sundress, or a pair of denim cutoffs—no matter how you wear clogs, the effect will always be effortless. And just like that, clogs clomped their way back into our hearts.
Looking for new ways to wear clogs? Try this fun animal print style with loose-fitting leather pants.
Pro top: This woven style from Everlane runs a bit small so be sure to grab a half size up.
Your gardening dreams come true! Take a cue from our Fashion Editor, Sara Holzman, and pair with a lightweight jumpsuit to offset the heavy rubber makeup.
If you want color (but not too much) in your footwear, this olive green pair is the ideal pick. It has a soft and gentle look that complements the wood, so it looks less clunky than your traditional black or brown option.
Coming in at under $50, this pair is the perfect budget-friendly style.
Even Gherardo Felloni, Creative Director of Roger Vivier, is in support of the clog. This jeweled style will keep you comfortable and stylish from day to night.
A worthy addition to your shoe arsenal, this alpaca and wool-blend style will stand the test of time.
These cream shearling clogs are a pure dream. They're sure to keep your feet warm while making you feel like you're walking on clouds.
Try this flat style in grapefruit from Brother Vellies for a fun, Western take.
For the clog newbie, go with this quintessential Swedish staple. The black will prove to be the wardrobe workhorse you didn't even know you needed.