Clogs Are the So-Bad-They’re-Good Shoes You Need This Summer

It wasn’t too long ago that the clog—the footwear style of choice for stressed-out sous-chefs and kindly medical professionals alike—seemed doomed to remain relegated to the back of bustling restaurants and squeaky-clean hospital halls for all of eternity. I mean, c’mon. It’s the clog. It was never going to be…cool, right? Right? Well, in a word: wrong.

Sure, the style’s functionality and comfort have always been big selling points (made all the more relevant by our current WFH reality), but it’s more than that. See, there’s something about the clogs’ adamantly anti-fashion status that’s suddenly the most fashionable thing a shoe can be right now. And yes, for those keeping track at home, we’ve been headed this way for a while, but it’s only recently that the clog really popped off, turning up on the IG accounts of guys who readily acknowledge Guy Fieri as the bona fide style icon he’s always been.

Undoubtedly, part of the clog’s appeal lies in its utter lack of regard for the tired norms of what most people would consider, uh, conventional “good taste”. The clog doesn’t give a fuck if you like it and, much like your first unrequited middle school crush, that only makes you like it even more. So if you fancy yourself a glutton for punishment, here’s 12 of the best to buy now, from high-end designer takes that riff on the original silhouette to OGs that’ll still be around long after fashion’s typically fleeting interest in the style fizzles out.

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Classic Clog

Crocs crocs.com

$44.99

Still setting the standard, even after all these years.  

Moc 3.0 Shoe

Nike ACG nike.com

$64.97

This one is more “clog energy” than “clog proper,” so if you’re not yet ready to commit fully to the vibe, you can at least get started.

OOcloog

Oofos zappos.com

$69.95

These were built with post-workout recovery in mind, but they’ll still make your feet happy even if your entire “workout” was shuffling from the couch to the fridge. 

Super-Birki Shoe

Birkenstock birkenstock.com

$79.95

Birkenstock is, and always will be, the first name in the clog game, and for good reason.  If you stopped scrolling now you’d still be set. 

Sport Slip 900

New Balance zappos.com

$99.95

All of New Balance’s signature comfort with none of the super cumbersome laces involved. 

Waterproof Chillbies

Dancer X Hathenbruck dancerdancerdancer.com

€118.66

Like a sturdy pair of rubber galoshes you don’t have to struggle to get into. 

Monet Shoe

Needles x Troentorp nepentheslondon.com

£138.95

Nepenthes stocks a bevy of slip-on options, but these— of Needles’ collaboration with Swedish clog connoisseurs Troentorp— are some of the best. 

Black 101 Backless Sneakers

Fear of God ssense.com

$266.00

More of a mule, perhaps? Let’s let it slide. These are as buttery as any designer sneaker, only backless. 

Black Toscano Agora 4 Sandals

Officine Creative ssense.com

$295.00

The swankiest Made-in-Italy slip-on you didn’t know you needed (tonal treaded EVA sole and all). 

Bostonian Suede Sandals

Yuketen mrporter.com

$365.00

A premium take on a certified classic, done up in super-soft suede. 

Raised-Sole Mules

Guidi matchesfashion.com

$433.00

An ultra-luxe leather style of the cult-beloved master craftsmen at Guidi. 

Sabot Leather Mules

The Row saksfifthavenue.com

$950.00

Sure, these are technically women’s shoes. You going to argue with the Olsen twins, my guy? I thought not. (Go up a size and a half and then get the hell out of here.) 

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Avidan Grossman is the Style eCommerce Editor at Esquire, covering men’s fashion, shoes, grooming, and accessories.

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