Whoever said that wooden clogs were going to be the next big thing could have meant it literally.
Wooden clogs are moving beyond the stereotype of being a Dutch’s heritage piece as designers seek to reinvent something that is hideous to the modern eye when compared to a pair of Christian Louboutin red-soled stilettos.
Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2010 Ready to Wear collection is a commendable attempt at convincing the conservative dresser that adorning a wooden platform with studs and corsages can make a potential monstrosity look like the season’s must-have.
Though, on second thought, these shoes look safest and most at home on a runway decked with dry soil and grass patches.
Louis Vuitton takes clogs a step further (or backwards) with the inclusion of 70s style kitten heel or loafer clogs with tassels in their Ready to Wear collection, while other notable names like Vera Wang and Miu Miu have followed suit.
But just because some of the biggest names in fashion have earmarked clogs as the new must have doesn’t mean you’ll be seeing your girlfriends cruising down town in these so soon.
One can imagine that a wooden platform so stiff looking will hardly be a joy to walk in without practice, and they definitely don’t match your everyday pair of jeans easily.
If you don’t have the cash to burn, you’re better off investing in a pair of safe espadrille wedges that exudes the same rustic character and earthly colours.
If not, jump on the bandwagon, tap those wooden heels together three times, and head back to the 70s.
In any case, it remains to be seen whether this emerging trend of footwear will remain a consistent fixture on runways in the near future in a manner that leggings and tights have.
Writer: Danielle Han