Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Quick History Lesson: Clogs

I was reading an old copy of Real Simple that was lying around my house and noticed an article on clogs. It reminded me of my trip to Amsterdam a couple of summers ago and got me thinking of the traditional clogs they sell in all the gift shops over there. I realized I didn't know much about clogs or how they were made so I knew it was time for some research. This is what I found out:

Clogs first came around in Scandinavia and the Netherlands during the middle ages. They were made from willow wood for warmth and protection. By 1830, clogs became popular in the British working force and were also being used through out Europe and the United States to make rhythms to dance along too. By the early 1900's they still haven't gained much popularity outside Netherlands, Sweden, and the working force. Around the 1960's the emerging hippies were starting to spread the new trend around the United States, thus making them popular through out the rest of the world as well. Today, the clog was rediscovered when Karl Lagerfeld designed a line that was showcased in the 2010 Chanel runway show. Now stores everywhere from Nordstroms to Forever21 are selling the item. We even see certain stores devoted to only selling the clog, such as No. 6, a store in New York City as well as Clog Factory downtown Seattle.

Here are a few of my favorites in stores today:


3. Diane Von Furstenburg, $175

4. Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony, $380

5. Jeffrey Campbell, $66

6. Miu Miu, $495

7. Opening Ceremony, $395

8. 3.1 Phillip Lim, $278

9. Asos, $95


1 comment:

  1. Loved reading this!! I knew clogs started out in the Netherlands somewhere, but I love the evolution to what they have become since I'm still in love with my MiuMiu clogs from last summer, I'm sure you've seen them :) Great post!