HOW TO WEAR CLOGS

  • Nice neutral
    Nice neutral
    The beauty of this wooden-soled River Island sandal is in the graphic simplicity of the upper, and the contrast of leather and wood.
  • Beautiful blue
    Beautiful blue
    Free People bring their quirky bohemian aesthetic to this open boot. The unusual "marino" blue upper is a fresh twist on traditional clogs.
  • Beige bliss
    Beige bliss
    For a soft Ugg experience without looking as though you've stepped out in your slippers, opt for this beige suede mule.
  • Racy red
    Racy red
    Swedish Hasbeens are one of the most well-known clog brands. They are great at producing simple but beautiful styles like this retro scarlet beauty.
  • White wood
    White wood
    Jigsaw's simple slide has the extra support of an ankle strap. The platform wedge against a sleek white upper reminds me of a beautiful sailing boat.
  • Bold black
    Bold black
    A cleverly woven toe is complemented by a chunky strap which has a back strap that swings around. Moheda's sole is only wood veneer but is flexible.
  • Organic ochre
    Organic ochre
    Cool Scandi brand Monki has teamed with Moheda to bring us this mule in a deliciously warm hue. The plaited strap adds just enough detail.
  • Back-in-time brown
    Back-in-time brown
    This Y-strap Dorothy Perkins sandal is a classic 1970s style. Perfect with all of those flowing maxi-dresses or a pair of flares this summer.

Wooden soles and backless footwear are key fashion trends this summer, so the beloved clog is having a moment.

Here are my top 4 tips on how to choose clogs wisely:

1. Wooden-soled footwear is not usually flexible, so look for styles with an exaggerated upward curve towards the front of the sole. This helps the rocking movement you’ll need to walk.

2. If you try on a pair of mules or slides (slip-ons) and it takes some effort to keep them on your feet, then they will be a nightmare to wear. Save your ankles from twists and your poor toes from having to grip constantly: pick a style which clings naturally to your feet.

3. For those who stick to smooth pavements, the clog could be very comfortable. If you frequently walk off-road or on cobbles, then the inflexible nature of this sole will make walking very tricky indeed. Match your footwear to your lifestyle and preferred terrain.

4. Even if the style fits perfectly, if the leather gives a little bit due to the weight of the wooden sole, then your new pair might have a short life. In case your clogs end up a bit bigger than they started out, a back strap could be useful. Note that sometimes a back strap is swung over to sit around the front of the shoe, so don’t miss it.

Have a look through the slide-show, for my pick of the most practical, beautiful wooden-soled styles available this summer.

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