I’ve been wearing versions of clogs since around the seventh grade. (Dr. Scholl’s count, right?) What’s not to like? Comfortable, easy to slip on and off (great for airport security!), and come in a million colors, styles, heights, and range of prices. Clogs have made a big comeback in the last few years and, unlike many footwear crazes, have had remarkable staying power. Part of the appeal might be nostalgic. We wore them as girls—one friend has sweet memories of shopping with her dad for an annual pair of red clogs beginning in kindergarten—as did our role models. Writing for New York magazine’s The Cut about the trend, Allison P. Davis reminisced, “My style has long been inspired by my zany art teacher . . . lots of eccentric dresses, ‘artfully’ unkempt hair, and, of course . . . the preferred sensible shoe: the clog.”

They can be damn sexy, too. Clogs are leg lengthening and feminine (which is why they look funny on men, to me, at least), and even with the clomping, they still give the allure of a heel without the precarious balance and pinched toes. I bought my favorite pair ever, a high-end, four-inch, black Prada version with silver studs where the leather meets the wood, about ten years ago at a consignment shop. Walking the dog in these shoes, as old and scuffed up as they are, makes me feel like I’m in Paris, or like I could strike up a conversation with the next man who crosses my path. Even at seven a.m.

For the winter I have a pair of gray No.6 clog boots with shearling that peeps out at the ankle. They’re not delicate in the least, but something about the design makes them perfect with almost anything—jeans, skirts, even certain dresses, all while enabling me to stay warm, walk in snow, do whatever the day calls for. And like my summer pair, they look hot.

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Nina Lorez Collins
Nina Lorez Collins a lifelong New Yorker, born there in 1969. She graduated from Barnard College in 1990 and got a Masters in Narrative Medicine from Columbia in 2013. She has four kids who are mostly launched, is the founder and author of WWVWD, and serves as a trustee on the board of the Brooklyn Public Library.