From practical workwear to a celebrated Scandinavian staple – Vogue Scandinavia's shoe and handbag expert Sandra Hagelstam shares how to give the classic shoe a very modern twist
Clogs, the clunky wooden gardening shoes much-loved by Scandinavians, have had many revivals over the years – from 70s wooden platforms to high-end brands like Chanel and Miu Miu redefining the easy summer shoe. Love them or hate them, the controversial clog has certainly earned its place in our wardrobes (and our hearts).
First introduced as sturdy and durable working shoes – that were not just practical, but affordable too – the style then came back into fashion in the 70s helped along by Swedish band ABBA. Both male and female members of the iconic band were regularly seen donning a pair, even later launching their own line of clogs with footwear brand Tretorn. And the rest is fashion history... The movement also gave rise to Scandinavian brands like Swedish Hasbeens to build a business rooted in the bohemian style of 70s wooden mule fashion.
Luxury brands also later got in on the action, with Hermès putting the shoe back on the fashion radar in their SS21 collection, while the sleek ‘Calya’ mules have since become a permanent, best-seller. After investing early in this sought after Hermès pair, this trusty footwear has served me on multiple occasions, from fashion week favourites to loyal holiday shoes, and will undoubtedly be in high rotation this coming season.
From linen dresses to tailored summer suits, here's how to style your beloved clogs in 2022.