Clogs come in many shapes and styles and are characterized by their thick wooden sole. Clogs have been a staple in footwear across many countries, dating back to the 13th century, as a wooden flip-flop in feudal Japan and the iconic wooden shoe worn by 19th-century Dutch farmers. Swedish clogs known as Träskor came into fashion in the 60s and 70s and have seen a resurgence over the past few years as a hip and versatile footwear option. Modern styles include the closed-toed slides, varying heel heights, and open-toed sandals, all anchored on a singular carved piece of hardwood.
Last year when these Swedish Hasbeens strolled into the shop our minds started to race with the styling possibilities for such fun pairs of shoes! Clog-style shoes have typically been known for their comfort and have been loved by nurses and gardeners alike. But now that they have made their way from the garden to the runway, we thought we would share four ways you can style them!
1. Keep it natural. Clogs are a great summer shoe made from natural materials, primarily wood and leather. Pair a low-heeled pair of brown leather clogs with other natural fabrics such as cotton and linen for an effortless summer look. Balance the weight of the shoe with volume on top with an oversized shirt.
2. 70s Inspired. A modern take on overalls, pair clean lines and minimalist accessories with your clogs for a whisper of 1970s Mamma Mia vibes. The key here is to find pieces with a modern fit to balance out the retro look and avoid looking too costumed.
3. Cozy and cute. When clogs first came into fashion in the 60s and 70s, they were often paired with socks. Channel today's cottage-core aesthetic and cozy-up your clogs with a cute crew sock. Pair with a smart sweater dress and a wool hat to complete a fall look.
4. Feminine and chic. Balance the weight and ‘chunk’ of the clog with an ultra-feminine dress. The light, flowy fabric will contrast the clunkiness of the clog and the height of the heel will elevate the look. Make sure the dress falls above the ankle, not only to show off the shoe, but to create definition on the leg.