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How to Wear Clogs


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While I was studying abroad this summer in Spain, clogs were in all of my favorite stores. Tons of cute, fashionable girls were rocking them with their outfits– and they looked great! The more I saw them, the more I liked them. Feeling inspired, I purchased my own pair of tan clogs before I returned home to Minnesota.

While I love living in Minnesota, it isn’t exactly the style capital of the world, and clogs are considered pretty fashion-forward here! So because of this, at first I felt a bit awkward wearing my new shoes at home. Fortunately, I soon developed a system that worked for me, and let me wear my clogs casually.

These are the guidelines I follow when wearing clogs… Check them out if you’re interested in incorporating this trendy shoe style into your wardrobe!

Tips for Wearing Clogs

  • Get inspired. Feeling unsure about clogs and how to wear them? Try checking out pictures of celebrities and other girls trying the trend. and Chictopia are great places to find images. Also, check out features and articles on clogs: Kim’s Would You Wear…Clogs? and Audrey’s Fashion Challenge: Clogs both discuss the trend, as do these pieces from Who What WearStyle Bakery, and Blue is in Fashion This Year. They just might inspire you to pick up a pair of your own!
  • Choose a heel. The main clog heel options are flat, chunky, or wedge-heeled. If you want height but aren’t into the classic, chunky bottom that most clogs provide, clog wedges provide a different, often more wearable look. They’re also easier to walk in than traditional clogs!
  • Keep it classic. Whenever you’re sporting a trendy or over-the-top item, it’s a good idea to keep the rest of your look classic and simple. This way, not only will your statement piece (in this case, the clogs) stand out, but you’ll also avoid looking trend-obsessed and silly.
  • Try wooden-heeled shoes. This fall we’re going to be seeing shoes featuring signature clog details: wooden platform heels and visible studs. So, if you’re into that look but dislike the shape or feel of traditional clogs, you’re in luck! Expect to see clog-inspired sandalsboots, and even shoes this season!

Hot Picks

Cute clogs for fall

Product Information: Cayenne Cutout Clog, Free People. Jeffery Campbell Snick Wedges, Lori’s Shoes. Vintage Tie Clog, Miss Selfridge. Lattice Clog, Oasis. Thaddea Peep-Toe Clogs, Target. HOWDY Platform Clogs, Asos. Jola Clogs, Kurt Gelger. HOWIE Suede Double Buckle Clog Sandal, Asos.

Outfit Inspiration

Clogs outfit

Product Information: Vintage Tiger Drop Earrings, Avalaya. FreeSpirit Quilted Bag, Very. Gold Metal Chain Link Bracelet, Fantasy Jewelry Box. AG Tomboy Crops, Anthropologie. Rested and Relaxed Dolman Top, Ruche. Leatherette Peep Toe Cork Wedges, Go Jane.

Your thoughts?

What do you think? Do you love clogs? Hate them? How do you wear your clogs? What do you think about clog-inspired shoes? Let us know what you’re thinking with a comment!

Posted on on September 2, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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28 Responses to “How to Wear Clogs”

  1. 1
    September 2nd, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I thought we were getting past this trend, but I guess not. Been seeing it again all sorts of places lately… Still not sure about it…

  2. 2
    September 2nd, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    i adore clogs! i want to get a pair myself, worn with socks and paired with a dress is perfect for fall, these are great tips on how to wear them!

  3. 3
    September 2nd, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you for this post! I have been hearing so much about clogs lately, but had no idea how to wear them. I loved almost all of the clogs you picked and your tips were very helpful. Thank you Liza!

  4. 4
    September 2nd, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I love clogs! I prefer the chunkier heel as opposed to the skinnier one though.

  5. 5
    September 2nd, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    I think clogs are one of the worst trends right now…I just dont think they are very attractive

  6. 6
    September 2nd, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Ohmygoodness…. I’m sorry but I think clogs are one of (if not the) worst trend this year. Not the most flattering.

  7. 7
    September 2nd, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I must agree with Shay Monet and Lindsey, not personally a fan. But fashion can be fickle– I DO like most trends. There are just a few things I would never wear: clogs, velour, wide leg pants, to name a few. But I love the bright clothing challenge, I love oxfords (always will!) and grandpa cardigans (call me crazy…) But to the girls who wanna rock it, wicked!!! Great article, CF!

  8. 8
    September 2nd, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I’ve personally have never been a fan of clogs, however, the HOWIE Suede Double Buckle Clog Sandals are adorable!

  9. 9
    September 2nd, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I got a pair of wooden heeled, brown studded clogs at my local vintage store for ten bucks! Took it to a repair shop to replace the lifts, and I couldn’t be happier! I think I’ll wear them with jeans though, I love my legs but I just can’t pull off the clogs/dress combo.

  10. 10
    September 2nd, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Clogs are slowly beginning to grow on me.. I may have to pick up a pair soon. Great post, Liza! I absolutely adore the sample outfit =)

  11. 11
    September 3rd, 2010 at 12:22 am

    When I saw the title of this post I thought, “Ew, I would never wear clogs.” But after seeing the clogs featured here, I’m jumping on the clunky bandwagon and going to buy a wedge heeled pair tomorrow!

  12. 12
    September 3rd, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    i dont like this trend
    but some ppl make it look good

  13. 13
    September 3rd, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I love it when we push the fashion envelope, but clogs to me are just the wrong direction. The make your feet look bigger, which is always unfashionable. I’m going to pass.

  14. 14
    September 3rd, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I work in a hospital. I even see men wearing clogs! What’s the deal? I think they’re hideous, and I’d rather avoid them infinitely.

  15. 15
    September 4th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    those ones in the first picture!! ahh!! want!!
    I’m living in minnesota now and they find my style “adorable” which i find really funny!!
    i love clogs!! I really want a pair but i wasn’t sure how practical they’d be and if they were going out of style now. but this is a great piece :]]]

    Charlotte xxx

  16. 16
    September 6th, 2010 at 4:23 am

    nope…will never wear this. UGLY!!!!

  17. 17
    September 11th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I absolutely love clogs! My sister had bought a couple pairs of clogs about 5-6 years ago. I loved them right away, so much that I went to the store where she purchased them and they were out of my size. Here we are 5-6 years later and I found this really sassy pair of black suede clogs at Kohl’s. The clogs I purchased have the wood platform and heel that is 5″ high, there are studs all around on top of the suede and platform with a chain detail across the top of the shoe. I am going out to get another pair today. One thing I would recommend is if you see a pair or style you like, call the store and have them put your size on hold. Oh and one last thing if you wear say for example a size 7.5, have your size put on hold and then another pair in either the next half size up or down depending on the shoe style and heel height. I personally have found that clogs tend to run a little bit big. Happy Shopping!

  18. 18
    September 22nd, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Hello, I have a silly question. Can clogs be worn in winter?With socks, tights and dresses.Or it’s only for the autumn and the again for s/s ?
    Sorry if the qustion is too silly .. :)

  19. 19
    September 30th, 2010 at 7:13 am

    thanks for this love! x

  20. 20
    October 11th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I dislike the trend. I don’t like having wood at the bottom of my shoes and what is up with some people wearing the clogs with holes in them? That is just so unfashionable

  21. 21
    November 24th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I remember when this post came out, i automatically thought “i would never wear that” but i gotta say.. there really growing on me! i want a pair RIGHT NOW

  22. 22
    June 29th, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    i love clogs.i wore dr scholls clogs for years and cant say enough good things about them.they tone your whole leg because you have to grip the shoe with yuor toes so my legs look fantastic. i even like the really high ones because i get so many admring looks form men when im wearing them.i prefer to wear them without socks so i alwyshave to make sure my heels are nice and smooth and my toes are freshly polished

  23. 23
    June 29th, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    i love clogs.i wore dr scholls clogs for years and cant say enough good things about them.they tone your whole leg because you have to grip the shoe with your toes so my legs look fantastic. i even like the really high ones because i get so many admiring looks form men when im wearing them.i prefer to wear them without socks so i always have to make sure my heels are nice and smooth and my toes are freshly polished

  24. 24
    September 28th, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I am a man, I too love clogs. I am truely addicted to the style. I typically prefer a wedge at least 6 inches high. I am 6’3″ standing flat footed. So when I go out they always get the attention I desire and create welcome comments. Women are not the only ones who love this style of shoe.

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