The wooden clogs shoes, which are farmers’ shoes, are upgraded by luxury fashion brands with superior materials. On the spring-summer 2021 catwalk, it is easy to see the appearance of comfortable shoes. It’s also easy to understand. The whole world has not yet escaped the COVID-19 pandemic. Staying at home all day, what’s the need to put your feet on those precarious high heels? So stilettos give way to more comfortable models, like sneakers or clogs.
What are clog shoes?
This is a kind of wooden sole shoe. The defining feature is the base hewn from a seamless piece of wood.
This wooden clogs are the shoes of farmers and laborers. The wooden base is raised so that the user does not sink into the mud when walking. Wood material is easy to clean. The roof is usually made from leather or thick canvas, closed to the nose to protect the instep and toes. There is also an open toe version to help the feet breathe better in hot and humid climates.
Famous wooden clogs in the history of world clothing include the Japanese geta; the Finnish klompen is hewn entirely from wood; Swedish träskor pattern mixed with leather.
Generally, this is a fairly popular shoe model in Europe, where it is rich in forests and easy to find natural wood sources. Finland appeared the first clog shoemaker’s association in 1570. In the 19th century, clogs were a common footwear product used by factory workers in England.
High fashion and handmade wooden clogs
However, like every other fashion product, gradually, the shape of wooden clogs was integrated into high fashion.
In the olden days, wooden clogs had to be hewn entirely by hand. So that it can be quite time consuming to implement. Through the 20th century, wooden shoes gradually disappeared, to make way for leather or rubber shoes that could be machine-made quickly and cheaply.
Clogged shoes only made a comeback in the 1970s, thanks to hippies and maxi dresses. The pair of wooden clogs and floral print maxi dress create a very poetic, handcrafted feel, away from the cold rigid stereotypes of mass production.
The high fashion world is also obsessed with clog shoes. They represent the impeccable craftsmanship of skilled artisans, from cutting the wood to finishing the pubic area to fit the user’s foot. The luxury brand associated with today’s rustic clogs is Maison Margiela, whose split-toe Tabi clogs are influenced by Japanese culture.