Clogs—Traditional and Deluxe—Are Spring 2021’s Best Footwear Trend
Like espadrilles and gladiators, clogs are a classic footwear style that never really goes out of fashion. Still, a certain impression was made when Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski, the creative director of womenswear at Hèrmes, styled every look on the brand’s spring 2021 runway with a pair of wood-and-leather clogs. Called the Calya mule, this studded design features a beechwood sole and H leather cut-out—and has quickly sold out online in Canada.
It wasn’t only Vanhee-Cybulski advocating for clog-style footwear—both with and without the traditional wooden sole—for spring; styles of varying heights and colours were also spotted in the new collections at Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton, Antik Batik, and Pierre Hardy, proving that this is one seasonal trend with potential for broad appeal.
Comfortable and supportive by design but still offering some added height and a sculptural silhouette, clogs are in some ways an ideal shoe for these unusual times. There are no galas or red carpets to attend, and their relaxed, easy-wear aesthetic is well suited for both outdoor excursions and indoor living. Plus, thanks to their sturdy shape and materials, these are not shoes that have to be worn with care.
The top styles for spring, including the Hèrmes Calya mule, all feature a moderate-height sole and closed-toe design, but otherwise the selection is far from monotonous. In fact, there is a clog for every trending look: traditional, luxe designs made with leather and wood work with suiting and jeans alike, whereas clunkier, playful styles in lightweight rubber shine when paired with loungewear and athleisure.
Here, 10 stylish pairs of clogs to step into this season.
Possibly the most covetable take on the trend for spring 2021, Hèrmes’ studded Calya mule has already sold out online.
Celine Les Bois Clog
These retro-inspired, handmade calfskin and wood clogs feature Celine’s distinctive Maillon Triomphe emblem.
Swedish Hasbeens Swedish Husband
Less is more with this monochromatic, squared-toe style that you’ll likely continue wearing for years to come.
Ancient Greek Sandals Classic Closed Clog
Handmade in Greece, this sturdy clog features gold-coloured hardware and a heel strap for improved stability.
Rachel Comey Grader Clog
The addition of an adjustable strap offers a fresh update to the classic wood-sole clog this season at Rachel Comey.
Marni Fussbett Leather Slip-On Clog
A textured-leather take on the utilitarian garden clog? Consider this luxe pair from Marni your dream WFH shoe.
Toga Pulla Shoe Eyelet Metal Sabot
An oversized buckle and plenty of hardware gives this leather pair a playful western spin that’s true to the toga aesthetic.
Hunter PLAY Clog
Available in seven different hues, Hunter’s newest shoe is waterproof and made with natural rubber and nylon webbing.
Adidas Originals Adilette Clog Sandals
These unisex sandals offer a fun new alternative to the brand’s now-ubiquitous rubber pool slides.
Everlane The Clog
Minimalist and easy wear, Everlane’s 75mm-heeled clogs are ideal for summery dresses and wide-leg jeans alike.