Clogs have a long and interesting history that has spanned the last several centuries. Today, a pair of clog shoes typically feature a chunky heel that’s made of wood or rubber, and they’re backless and easy to slip on. Hundreds of years ago, however, the clog was what it was because of both its shape, and the material used to create them.
The Origin Of Clog Shoes
When we think of “clog” shoes, most of us envision the wooden shoes that the Dutch or other Nordic countries sported centuries ago. Truth be told, this type of shoe has been worn all over Europe for centuries. From the British Isles to the Mediterranean countries like Greece and Italy, clog shoes have been worn for a long while.
Clogs In Western Culture
Today, clogs have two primary associations;
• Clog dancing
• As a current fashion statement
Clog dancing shoes don’t actually resemble what a traditional clog was, looking more like a man’s dress shoe with a rather boxy toe.
As a current fashion statement, you can find clog shoes ranging anywhere from looking like the traditional clog shoe from way back when to any modern variation of the shoe. Many of the shoes of today resemble that retro 1970′s look, while others have been crafted in such a way that they feature more brilliant or neutral tones and look very little like the original clogs from Europe two centuries ago.
The Clogs Of Today
Most clog shoes that you’ll find today will be catering to women. A lot of them feature a heel that is anywhere from 1 inch to 2 inches in height, and they come in a variety of different styles, textures, and colours. That being said, it’s still possible to find some more traditional looking clogs on the runway (look to Prada if that’s what you’re going for). Some men may even be able to find clog-like shoes created with them in mind rather than women.
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