Flashback Fashion — How to Wear Clogs

collage of four outfits with clogs

In 2009, Lindsey wrote in to us to ask: Here’s a challenge. Could you do an article on how to wear Dansko clogs with some pictures? I have recently acquired plantar fasciitis and I hear these shoes can help. I have a pair, but I’m not sure how to style them. Help! 

Our 2009 Answer: Lindsey, here’s the short answer to your question. The key to staying fashionable while rockin’ clogs is to maintain balance. Clogs add bulk to the bottom half of your body, so you want to balance your upper half with a cool jacket or statement necklace.

Another key style tip is to pair your clogs with tights (please, for the sake of all that is good in the world, DO NOT wear them with nylons or bare legged), and you can even go a little bold with the color or pattern. Just keep in mind that if you go too extreme with color or pattern, you might end up with a kindergartener vibe.

Fast forward to 2017, and we stand by our 8-year-old advice. But we’d like to add a little more depth to the clog conversation. And the first point to tackle is this: how the heck did clogs become a fashion statement anyway?

Short History of Clogs in Fashion

The dictionary defines a clog as a shoe with a thick wooden sole. In practice, a clog is usually backless and has a platform-type sole. The style traces back to 14th century Scandinavia — for centuries thereafter, peasants and the working class chose clogs for comfort and protection.

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