The Clog Blog

Try to look past the afro

It would seem Tony Cenicola of The New York Times has noticed the fashion power of the clog! Check out an exert of her piece below.

Once reserved for nurses and vegans, clogs were seen stomping all over the spring runways. For Chanel, it was “Green Acres” complete with aprons, flower baskets and hopsack clogs with bold CC’s — a nod to the thick-soled footwear favored by Dutch and Swedish farmers. Marc Jacobs outfitted his sportier, colorful clogs with kitten heels, tassels and a mustache-like fur. (A buxom Lara Stone wears them in the new Louis Vuitton ad campaign; she is surrounded by moss, trees and white doves in a bucolic scene of innocence and luxury.) Meanwhile, Miu Miu took clogs the ’70s route with huge platforms and kitschy prints of dogs, birds and daises.

The New York-based designer Karin Bereson of No. 6 is a big step ahead of the game; she began producing a line of clogs for her boutique in Little Italy in the fall of 2006. “I just felt it,” says Bereson, who was looking for an antidote to the generic and the mass produced. “There has been a movement back to simple, organic things.”

She started with a basic clog boot. “People were loving the boots, buying four to six pairs, so moving to other styles seemed like a natural progression,” Bereson says. She now offers a slingback clog and a T-strap clog sandal. These and other styles are riffs on a vintage clog she found. She played with its shape, making variations that were taller, narrower and, she says, “more urban,” adding tassels, peep toes and kilties in order to “make them more whimsical, less literal and purely fun.”

We too have some tassled clogs, in the form of the new black suede Sanitas’. Afro optional!


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