What Is It About Clogs?

June 26th, 2006

I’m usually ignorant of fashion trends, especially footwear trends, but I’m suddenly noticing blog posts about clogs all over the place. Today Blurbomat even posted a slide show about Clogs vs Flip-Flops (slaps). I don’t wear either, but if I had to choose, it would definitely be slaps. Clogs are a fad. Slaps are timeless. Clogs are klunky. Slaps are streamlined. Geeks write about clogs. Jimmy Buffett writes about slaps. Clogs will fade. Slaps will prevail.

People think clogs are cool? What is wrong with these people?

When it comes to shoes, you’ll rarely ever find anything on my feet besides a pair of Sperry topsider classic boat shoes. I have a pair of boots, and I have a pair of dopes, but I rarely wear either. The Sperrys just have too many benefits. Topsiders are casual. They can be worn at the office or at home. They can be worn with (office) or without (home) socks. And like any good shoe, a topsider gets more comfortable the longer you have it. Best of all, topsiders can be slipped on or off without tying and untying. This is important because I’d just as soon not wear shoes at all. Even at the office, I frequently kick off my topsiders and walk around in my socks.

Clogs? Please. Don’t make me laugh.

Update: Summer read this and said “Clogs and flip-flogs? That’s WEIRD!”

Update 2: Cindy of Dusting My Brain notes that she has discussed the clog issue and the issue of topsiders with socks.

I should note that I only wear socks with my topsiders when I’m wearing long pants, and even then only when I’m wearing them to the office. Bare feet at work, though I would love it, is probably pushing the envelope too far. With shorts and topsiders, socks are strictly forbidden. I also don’t understand why anyone would wear socks with sandals, clogs, or any other “nearly barefoot” shoe. Isn’t the whole point of those kinds of shoes to air out your feet? My philosophy on footware can be summed up in five words: “Feet want to be free.”

3 Responses to “What Is It About Clogs?”

  1. Cindy Says:

    I blogged about clogs a while ago [see http://dustingmybrain.com/archives/000925.html as well as sounding off about wearing topsiders with socks in "Are You Dressed to Distress?" which you can find here [http://dustingmybrain.com/writing/archives/002127.html] I think you might get a chuckle or two
    reading it as I did with your clogs post.

  2. Leigh Ann Says:

    I love my Crocs! They may be ugly, but they are comfy. Just like not wearing shoes.

  3. Natalie Says:

    Ugh, clogs are horrid — just today I saw a girl at school wearing a pair of bright blue plastic ones and did a double take.

    Flip-flops are lighter, more aesthetically pleasing, and easier to keep on your feet. I probably have 7 or 8 pair. Dunno what there is to argue about: I can’t even imagine wearing closed-toe shoes in summer. Gross.