The Clog Is Back, And It’s Set To Be The Shoe Of The Summer – Just Ask Dua Lipa

This season's most unlikely trend strolls into focus...

Dua Lipa wearing a pink and orange puffer jacket

by Laura Antonia Jordan |

If you were to look only at the shoes that dominated the last 10 years, you might assume that the 2010s was the decade that sex died. In footwear, what was hot was what was most definitely not. Clumpy trainers, hiking boots, camping sandals and, perhaps most unimaginably, Crocs, united in their outright rejection of sexiness, all enjoyed their moment in the limelight.

Dua Lipa wearing clogs in a recording studio
Dua Lipa in clogs ©@dualipa

But if you were on board with any of the above, you’re in luck – the ugly shoe isn’t going anywhere. The latest evolution in ‘ugly’ shoes is the return of the clog – a shoe so unapologetically orthopaedic, that even those of us who are normally steadfast in our dedication to dad styles might think twice about dipping our toes in.

Clogs on the catwalk at Hermès SS21 ©Getty

Now they've had a high-fashion call up, with a winning endorsement from none other than Hermès. The maison made the case for the haute clog, teaming sleek leather versions - complete with telltale H straps - with every look. These are not just clogs, they're Hermès clogs; AKA the end word in quiet, ultra-desirable luxury.

As a nation currently committed to comfort and practicality, the clog's time is now. You can expect to see a lot more of them this spring; Dua Lipa just posted a picture of herself wearing a sky-high platformed pair. Celine currently has an excellent version, as do Bottega Veneta who have reinterpreted their rubber Puddle boots as a new mule. Don't think it's going to die down by next season, either. Eudon Choi proposed them with thick socks and A-line skirts and Sandy Liang with knee-high pop socks.

Clogs on the catwalk at Hermès SS21 ©Getty

LA-based designer Rosetta Getty, a woman renowned for her pared-back, art-inflected aesthetic, is a committed clog-advocate who's been wearing them since her teens. Last year she teamed up with ECCO, the Danish shoe brand, on a clog design that had fashion editors on the hop (you can still buy some styles on her website).

Rosetta Getty

‘The clog is an incredibly practical and comfortable shoe,’ she told Grazia at the time of the ECCO launch. ‘I think it’s interesting that they date back to the 1200s, but still feel so modern today because of the clean, architectural silhouette.'

When many other ostensibly 'ugly' shoes have been done to death, the appeal is also in their unexpectedness. As Getty put it: ‘Clogs are still a relatively novel choice of everyday shoe in comparison to, say, a simple tennis shoe, but that’s the beauty of them’. It's time to get involved with the clog collective - before everyone else does.

SHOP: The Best Clogs To Buy Now


Clogs You Can Buy Now

Zara, Leather Studded Clogs, £59.99
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Penelope Chilvers, Low Horsebit Clogs, £159
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Russell & Bromley, Snaffle Loafer Mule, £185
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Uterqu00fce, Embellished Leather Mules, £135
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Celine, Les Bois Clog In Calfskin, £690
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Birkenstock, Boston Shearling, £135
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Ancient Greek Sandals, Classic Closed Clogs,  £280
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Bottega Veneta, Rubber Sling-Back Sandals, £370
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Fabrizio Viti, Jean Floral -Appliquu00e9 Shearling Clogs, £490
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Rosetta Getty x ECCO, Clogs, £285
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Kurt Geiger London Ozark Leather Rainbow Chain Clogs, £159
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