Tuesday, April 10, 2012

{Dancing Queen}

            I'll always love clogs. 

Gold clogs custom made by Cape Clogs (shown with Sugarbear)     caramiaphotography.com

Oh they may clomp in and out of fashion every couple of decades but for me, they have endured as a true staple in my closet ever since my beloved blue suede pair which I acquired in the 7th grade.

The origins of wooden shoes date back more than 700 years to the Northern Europeans when they were originally worn by farmers or working people in order to protect ones feet.  

Once known as an icon of anti-fashion they became popular with hippies in the 60's and were especially celebrated when combined with patch-worked Levi's, fringe bags and a homespun colorful poncho.

The height of the clog trend must be attributed to that decade of glam and stardust--the 70's. Along with the meteoric rise of the supergroup, ABBA came the Swedish clog. Represented by Björn and Benny (the male half of the pop group), they released a song called "Träskofolket," in Swedish translating to "The Clog People." Throughout the decade high platform clogs became de rigueur on the stage, street and dance floor.

The most recent clog resurgence arrived only a few years ago when designers such as Prada, Louis Vuitton and Chanel sent their own reinterpreted versions down the runway complete with such adornments as lace, fringe, fur and studs. Alexa Chung is credited for relaunching the clog craze by posing for Vogue while wearing Chanel’s SS2010 clog. Other die hard clompers include Kate Beckinsale (again in Chanel), SJP (while wearing cuffed boyfriend jeans) and Mary Kate Olson (often in shorts).

My loyalty however lives for two brands longstanding in the clog community:
Cape Clogs is a company which manufactures their shoes the traditional way, originating from Sweden and handmade with real alderwood soles. I'm especially a fan of their gold version (shown above) custom made at no extra charge in the highest heel version. www.capeclogs.com
The second, Swedish Hasbeens is another Nordic company that quickly rose to the top of the clog pile in 2010 and has since become the name in high fashion leather and wood slip-ons. Their hot pink number below is another fresh find. According to Hasbeen's the "Sky High Slip On is based on a high-heeled clog from the late disco 70’s."
Along with 'Fernando' and 'Dancing Queen', ABBA has unquestionably cemented their legacy.

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