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The 13 Pairs of Clogs We Want for Every Stylish Step of Every Trip

In case you haven’t heard by now, clogs are back in a big way. The biggest question isn't, "Who would wear clogs?" It's, "Who isn't wearing clogs?" These wood-soled and chunky shoes have been spotted on the feet of fashionable women on chic vacations around the world. Clogs offer the ideal marriage of style and ease, and if you think they’re unsexy or uncomfortable, you’re in for a surprise. Clogs come in an endless array of styles, and can be worn in all seasons—making them the perfect vacation shoe. And let's talk (and talk and talk, seriously, we could go on forever) about how they're easy to walk in, weigh very little, and slip off without a problem at the airport. We’ve rounded up our 13 pairs of favorite clogs to take on every step of every trip. Get ready to join the cult of clog.

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What to Look for in a Pair of Clogs

  • Lightweight, moldable wood bottoms keep clogs comfortable and easy to walk in.
  • Ankle straps or a closed heel ensure that your feet stay firmly in place if you want extra stability.
  • Genuine leather is ideal. If the leather feels stiff at first, it will eventually soften with wear.
  • Don’t be afraid to pair clogs (especially closed-toe versions) with socks—it’s chic.

What to Avoid in a Pair of Clogs

  • Many clog brands use European sizing, and the sizes are not always consistent. Some clog brands run large while others run small. Read what the brand says about sizing and check out any user reviews.
  • Don’t immediately wear your clogs for an entire day. Wear them around the house first, and give them some time to break in.
  • Avoid soles that seem too rigid and unforgiving. While walking in clogs can take getting used to, some versions are more shock-absorbent than others.
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The Best Clogs Overall

 

Swedish Hasbeens LACY SANDAL BLACK.

Swedish Hasbeens Lacy Sandal

Whether you’re new to the world of clogs or have already embraced the look, you’re going to love the almost-three-inch-heel Lacy. Swedish Hasbeens was at the forefront of the high-fashion clog movement, and with this delightful pair of clog sandals, it’s easy to see why. These clogs keep your feet secure, thanks to a buckle and closed toe, and can just as easily be worn with a pair of colorful tights as bare feet. The heel is manageable for walking while still providing some lift, and the silhouette and cutouts offer a truly charming dash of 40s-style retro chic. Get ready for clog compliments anywhere from Brooklyn to Berlin.

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Best Statement Fashion Clogs

See by Chloe Saya Clog Sandals.

See by Chloe Saya Clog Sandals

Sure, the Dutch invented the clogs and the Swedes improved on them, but it was French fashion house Chloe who took the style and made it fashion. If you’re headed to Paris on a honeymoon or girls’ trip, these three-and-a-half-inch wooden platforms are the clogs you need to trick tourists into asking you (obviously a well-dressed local) for directions to the Champ de Elysee.

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Best Wooden Clogs

Vollsjo Women's Genuine Leather Wooden Clogs.

You can’t get more classic than this pair of Vollsjö clogs. The under-$50 price is hard to beat, and the construction is traditional and high quality. The minimal design of this pair shows off the natural wood base. While there are a lot of fashion-forward clogs out there now, the Vollsjö’s lack of embellishment sets it apart, giving a casual, easygoing vibe to any outfit. Reviews praise these clogs for both their low cost and their comfort (especially for those with wider feet), and while the classic clog construction may seem heavy, these are actually quite lightweight at just over one pound. We’d wear these with everything from a vintage band tee and bell bottoms to a flowy midi skirt and blouse. Slide these clogs on and you’re good to go.

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Best Clog Wedges

No.6 New School Clogs.

No.6 New School Clogs

Ultra-hip No. 6 is one of the brands leading the clog renaissance. Walking in almost any cosmopolitan city on a nice day, you’re bound to see some stylish women rocking the their sandals, slide-ons, and booties. Handmade in the United States, these all-season suede wedge clogs are perfect for those who want the simplicity of a step-in/step-out style. We’re wearing outs with boho dresses and gold hoops in the spring and, come fall, flared denim, a chunky sweater, and cute socks.

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Most Comfortable Clogs for Walking

Dansko Professional.

Dansko Professional

Okay, we’ll be honest: a lot of clogs designed for walking and orthopedics aren’t exactly stylish—but over 500 five-star reviews on Zappos prove that these Danskos are all-stars. The brand’s classic Professional clog may not look super chic at first glance, but this is a shoe that’s beloved by those who work in industries that require constant standing and walking—nurses, masseuses, and chefs. The shoe has an ergonomic shape and is designed so that your heel lifts up and down as you walk. This takes the pressure off your feet, allowing you to walk for hours in a pair of shoes that go with anything. The husband-and-wife team who own Dansko operate an eco-friendly enterprise out of rural Pennsylvania, and claim their clogs are comfortable enough to walk across the continent of Europe.  

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The Best Summer Clogs

Swedish Hasbeens MADDE HOT PINK METALLIC.

Swedish Hasbeens Madde Sandals

Summer festivals and hot pink metallic clogs go together like Coachella and Instagram. The hand-painted gladiator-style leather straps on these clog sandals are perfect for summer, giving your feet some much-appreciated ventilation on a hot day. These gorgeous sandals look a bit like the lovechild of clogs and huaraches, thanks to the design of braided leather combined with the light-wood base and heavy-duty rubber sole (great for stomping around festival fields). Instead of traditional stitching, the leather is affixed to the wood base with small metal studs that add even more flash. The two-and-a-half-inch heel will save your feet during long summer days and provide just the right amount of lift. And if you end up in the VIP tent, your feet will fit the stylish dress code. 

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Best Clog Boots

 

Sanita Puk' Milled Leather Clog Boots.

Sanita Puk’ Milled Leather Clog Boots

When you think of clogs, rugged boots might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but these high clog boots from the Danish brand Sanita are solid and reliable. The Puk is made from a pleasingly textured brown leather that’s sure to look even better as it ages, and the simple, almost unisex shape is timeless. The boot tops can be folded down for a more versatile look that pairs just as well with skinny jeans as it does with a prairie skirt. The slip resistant soles offer much needed traction for icy conditions if you’re sightseeing in the winter or headed out for après-ski hot cocoa. These clog boots are sure to keep your clog obsession going all winter long. 

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Best Shearling Clog Booties

No.6 Pull On Shearling Booties.

No.6 Pull On Shearling Booties

We’d argue it was NYC boutique/brand No. 6 that brought clog fever stateside. Everything about No. 6’s classic winter clog boots exudes casual-cool. And thanks to the shearling lining, they’re also cozy. Loops on the back of the boot make them easy to pull on (though this style runs one full size small, so order up). They’ve got a definite downtown thing going on, and would look great with some black tights and a faux-fur coat in Chicago or New York‘s chilly winters. 

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Best Clog Booties

Dansko Women's Maria Bootie.

Dansko Maria Bootie

If you want to try a more subtle take on the clog trend, the Maria clog bootie from the ever reliable and comfortable Dansko brand (see above for most comfortable clog) is your best bet. The ankle boot features a low two-inch heel and supportive synthetic soles. A side zipper ensures that getting them on and off is a cinch. The toe box is distinctly rounded, which gives the boot an old-school clog look and lets you can walk all over town without tired toes. Free of any embellishments, the boots (five available colors, all in nubuck) can be worn with any number of outfits, and the low profile looks particularly good with cropped jeans and midi dresses. If you’re going on a family vacation where you need to chase your kids around, and look good doing it, order these clog booties.

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Best High-Heel Clog Sandals

MIA Abba.

Mia Abba

Since 1976 (a high point in the clog’s popularity), Swedish brand MIA has been making reliably cool clogs. The Abba clog sandal is an updated take on a classic silhouette of the era, featuring a street-smart lug outsole that adds unexpected flair in addition to making the shoes more durable. The platform tread helps keep your feet steady, balancing out the three-inch heel. There’s a selection of colors available, including a gorgeous deep wine hue. The sandal can look demure or—thanks to the platform and chunky sole—edgy, depending on how you style it. If the three-inch heel is too high for you, the MIA Anja is a similar option, but with a one-and-three-quarter-inch heel. Clearly, the Abba is one of MIA’s bestsellers for a very fashionable reason. It’s easy to picture wearing them while sipping cabernet and walking through the vineyards in Napa

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Best Platform Clogs

No.6 Alexis Cutout Platform Clogs.

No.6 Alexis Cutout Platform Clogs

With a platform base and four-inch-plus heel, the Alexis is the clog you wear when you really want to be noticed. The streamlined shape is bold and flattering, and leather cut-outs make the clogs perfect for brunch and an afternoon shopping. The heel height and slip-on profile may be mildly intimidating but never fear: No. 6 calls them “our most comfortable platform clog to date.” It isn’t always easy to find clogs that combine glamour and comfort, which makes this stylish pair of clog the best in their category. 

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Best Low-Heel Clog Sandals

Sandgrens Swedish Handemade Wooden Clog Sandals.

Sandgrens Saragasso Clog Sandals 

If you want a cute low-heeled clog for everyday wear (maybe wandering around the Los Angeles Flower Market), look no further than Sandgrens, a Swedish brand that’s been around for over 100 years and still makes each pair by hand using natural vegetable tanned leather in Sweden. The Saragasso clog sandals have an under-two-inch heel and the slight V shape of the top of the toe box is flattering to the foot. The heels are low enough to make them a summer go-to, and after breaking them in (the company suggests wearing them around the house with socks for a few hours) they’ll adapt to the shape of your feet and become a classic wardrobe staple that looks just as good with a floral sundress as a pair of jeans. You can even bike in these. Plus, they come in 13 different colors, including some particularly fun options like red, plum, and stone.

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Best Closed-Toe Clogs

Free People Cedar Clog.

Free People Cedar Clog

This closed-toe clog sandal pick offers a happy medium between sandals, shoes, and boots—exactly what you need in early autumn and late spring. With a three-and-a-half-inch heel and jodhpur-bootie-like profile with cute cutouts, Free People’s Cedar Clog is ideal transitional footwear. If you’re nervous about jumping into the clog look, these are a particularly good option, given that they’re available in five excellent neutrals, including an inky black version. It’s easy to imagine these clogs in a European market, like in Barcelona’s Mercado de La Boqueria. 

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