Chanel, Alexa Chung and Maya Rudolph all agree: clogs are the next big thing. No. 6, a fashion forward boutique in downtown Manhattan has been stocking clogs via its house footwear line for a few seasons. But just this past fall, at Chanel’s SS10 collection presentation, the Kaiser himself, Karl Lagerfeld, caught on. He sent soaring wooden versions down the runway that were so unexpected they prompted Style.com to ask, “Is this Crocs crossover?” The newly championed form of slip-on is no doubt revered for its comfort just like its perforated, plastic ugly step sister. But a Croc it is not.
Fast forward to today: Chung is already a convert. Not only did she show up on the cover of the latest issue of Vogue UK with her Chanel clog-clad feet front and center. She’s likewise been seen sporting them around town on her own accord.
As for Rudolph, she was wearing a more demure cherry red pair at a Tenacious D-hosted benefit last night in Los Angeles at the Wiltern Theater for Haiti. While there’s nothing sleek about the style itself, clogs pack a distinct jolie laide-esque charm. After all, that’s fashion for you: taking something seemingly so nauseating and repackaging it as something you think you can’t live without (read: harem pants, acid wash and countless other debatable trends that have resurfaced in recent seasons).
As Garance Dore recently wrote: “what we will first criticize, and then hate, and then give a second glance, and then reconsider, and then finally steal from all the stores and no one will be able to find them anywhere anymore: clogs.” According to street style photographer Hanneli Mustaparta, Zara is already stocking a knock-off. And, don’t worry boys, come fall Louis Vuitton will be stocking a boot version that’s just for you.