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Sunday, 14 February 2010

Clever Clogs

In appearance, clogs are a close relative of the Birkenstock and as such, have long been considered as a shoe reserved for argumentative vegans or perky Dutch women. However, according to sartorial veterans Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs, the clog is the must-have shoe of the season. A staccatoed stampede of models clip-clopped down Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2010 runway wearing an assortment of clogs, charmingly adorned in ruby-red poppies and ebony corsage clusters. Jacob’s clogs for Louis Vuitton were a little more daring. His models—who all wore seventies-style, sky-high afros made from five smaller wigs sewn together—showcased tasselled, brown, clog-loafer hybrids which had furry ponytails and precariously placed kitten heels. Prada, Gucci and Alexander Wang have also recently embraced the clog.

Although this trend might be considered a little impractical for everyday wear and would be more suitable for frolicking through a field of tulips than striding purposefully down Oxford Street, it has already been adopted by some of the style elite. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were spotted trotting around LA in wedge-style clogs even before Kaiser Karl tapped into the trend. Style maven Alexa Chung is currently on the front cover of the March edition of Vogue wearing a pair of chestnut Chanel clogs and Sarah Jessica Parker’s on-screen alias and international style queen, Carrie Bradshaw was spotted wearing clog’s while filming a scene for the Sex & the City sequel. The film is due for release on the 28th of May in the US so now’s the time to get acquainted with the shoe of the summer and be one step ahead of the rest.

In terms of styling, clogs perfectly compliment the folkloric theme that has emerged as one of the key trends for the coming months. Both haute couture collections and the high-street have been awash with naturalistic shades of olive greens and rose-petal pinks and humble, hippie-inspired materials such as cheesecloth, linen, hessian, muslin and crochet have been resurrected from the 1970’s. The mantra for S/S ’10 is to be care-free and many designers’ have loosened up and let rip on their spring wardrobes: Fendi’s blouses are wispy with frayed edges and Bottega Veneta’s sack-sheath dresses are slashed at the neck and sleeves leaving an ‘undone’ effect. When teamed with such apparel, clogs can be instantly transformed from dowdy to dainty.

More demure than the flip-flop and you can wear them with socks (or tights) without looking like your granddad; the clog is sure to become your staple summer shoe. The practicalities of walking in clogs mean that in the fast-paced world we live in, you will finally be forced to slow down, stop and smell the roses. So it’s time to pull your feet free from your winter uniform of army-style or UGG boots, give your heels a good buff and get ready to clip-clop your way gallantly into summertime...

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