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!”
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.”