A clog may be with or without a back and the toes are usually enclosed. The difference between a mule and a clog is that a clog sits atop a chunky, platform-style sole, specifically at the ball of the foot. Right now it’s all about clogs, a classic shoe that has been reinvented in all styles you can imagine. This old-school shoe is getting a makeover for Spring/Summer 2021 and we are here for it!
HISTORY OF CROCS SHOES
There has never been more controversy over a single brand of shoes than Crocs. Is it a gardening shoe, boat shoe, clog, or fashionable everyday street shoe? Whether you love it or hate it, Crocs are making yet another comeback in a major fashionable way. Just to give you an example, sales for Crocs rose 64% in the first quarter 2021 compared to last year’s profits, breaking record sales for the company. Their profit grew to $122.5 million during the first three months this year compared to its previous $18.7 million.
Crocs were created back in 2002 by Lyndon Hanson and Geroge Boedecker, Jr. after they had discovered a revolutionary material of antimicrobial resin foam by a company named Foam Creations. They used a molded foam product to create their first design which they named The Beach. They brought 200 pairs to a Fort Lauderdale boat show and sold out of virtually every single pair of shoes they had made at the time.
Crocs took a genius angle back in 2018 by collaborating with rapper Post Malone and released a pair of Crocs inspired by his tattoos. The “Post Malone X Crocs Barbed Wire Clog collection” sold out in minutes (I remember because I tried to buy a pair by myself waiting *impatiently* on my laptop for the opening of the release). Everyone said they would be a collector’s item and to this day are being auctioned off way above their original $59.99 sticker price. Fashion resellers have new pairs listed anywhere from $500-$2,000 depending on the size. More recently, Crocs did another collaboration with Justin Bieber and the Justin Bieber X Crocs Classic Clog was their biggest collab to date. Lastly, musical director Questlove appeared on the Academy Awards red carpet and created a social media fashion frenzy clad in his gold spray-painted Crocs.
The shoes continued to have much success despite their controversial style. However, they keep bouncing back to stay afloat (so to speak) and today, is another one of those times. Crocs have made a comeback and this time, they are taking the fashion world along for a ride.
CLOGS ARE IN
Now that we have introduced the number one trending clog at the moment, the Croc, let’s dive in and also discuss other styles of clogs that have most definitely hit the fashion scene by storm.
Who could think of a better way to wear your clogs than with an outer layer of sherpa?! Most of these styles have a comfortable footbed that makes them perfect for lounging or to wear outside the house. They are super cozy looking and also give you that sleepwear chic vibe.
Neon clogs are all the rage as we are loving bright, bold colors for spring. It’s also a great twist on a classic retro-style clog that we haven’t seen before. These are adorable to pair with even the simplest of outfits as they will stand out and get lots of attention on their own.
ANIMAL PRINT CLOGS
Instantly jazz up any outfit with animal print clogs! Animal print clogs are taking over in prints like zebra, leopard print, and even calf-hair cow print. Such a cute way to wear your clogs this season.
Clogs with high platforms give your clogs an elevated look which is perfect if you want something a little dressier. You can find them in neutral cognac suede or back leather styles which are equally as chic. Added details like buckles and embellishments are fun extras too.
Even luxury designers are making a high-fashion version of the rubber clog with a rounded toe, slingback style, and rugged sole. These are definitely an on-trend style that will transition well from the garden to dinner out with friends.
FLORAL PRINT CLOGS
Just in time for Spring/Summer: floral prints (or hand-painted florals) are so cute to wear on your clogs. Floral print clogs are super fun even with a simple summer dress or T-shirt and jeans.
The ever-popular Birkenstock brand makes a wide variety of clog-style Birks. I love their Boston style which is a casual one buckle style that you can buy in neutral suede or leather styles alike, Colors like taupes and light browns are classics.
This is your classic Swedish or Dutch staple if you are new to clogs and want to start out slow. Try a neutral color like navy, black, white, or even red if you’re feeling a little bolder.
And finally, to round out this list, it’s the Crocs. Don’t be shy and even wear your Crocs with socks as that’s also a major trend this year. From sherpa to neon, to platform Crocs with charms of your choice, this is a trend we can’t escape. I can’t deny, I’m here for it! I bought my first pair last weekend in white!
After all that talk about Crocs, what do you say? Are you going to rock the Crocs or clogs this Spring and Summer 2021?