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Wooden clogs - a symbol of a breakthrough from the countryside to the catwalk

Wooden clogs - a symbol of a breakthrough from the countryside to the catwalk

Recently, it is not difficult to see footwear with simple and comfortable designs on famous fashion catwalks and especially recently in the Spring Summer 2021 collections.

This is not difficult to understand, in the past many fashion stars have also been promoting convenient outfits that help keep the real "comfort" for the wearer and still look stylish.

And especially, when recently the whole world has to "bury their feet" in the house and gradually get used to comfortable sandals or clothes, wearing too cumbersome clothes when stepping out on the street now seems to make them think again.

Yeah, that's it, that's what Yvette LIBBY wants to introduce in this blog post, why should you sacrifice comfort for a good outlook when you can have both? That is also what many designers think, and a series of fashions that are both comfortable and stylish was born. Clogs is one of them.

Let's see with Yvette LIBBY about this fashion accessory that has come a long way from the countryside to the catwalk.

1. What are clogs?

The clog is a type of wooden sole shoe, the identity of which is the sole hewn from a seamless piece of wood. In the past, wooden clogs were the shoes of farmers and laborers due to features such as:

  • The wooden sole is raised to help users not to sink into the mud when walking.
  • The wood material is easy to clean.
  • The upper part is usually made from thick leather or canvas, sealed to protect the instep and toe.
  • There is also an open toe version to help the feet breathe better in hot and humid climates.

Famous wooden clogs in the history of world clothing include the Japanese geta; the Finnish klompen is hewn entirely from wood; Swedish träskor pattern mixed with leather. These are quite popular shoe models in Europe.

In 1570, Finland appeared the first clog shoemaker's association. In the 19th century, clog shoes were a common footwear product used by factory workers in England.

 2. The process of appearing as a couture accessory

However, like every other fashion product, gradually, the shape of wooden clogs was integrated into high fashion.

In the olden days, wooden clogs had to be hewn entirely by hand. So that it can be quite time consuming to implement. Through the 20th century, wooden shoes gradually disappeared, to make way for leather or rubber shoes that could be machine-made quickly and cheaply.

Wooden clogs only made a comeback in the 1970s, thanks to hippies and maxi dresses. The pair of wooden clogs and floral print maxi dress create a very poetic, handcrafted feel, far from the rigid stereotypes of the mass production industry.

The group ABBA also has great merit in promoting the clogs. As a group from Sweden, where wooden clogs are part of the traditional costume, they enthusiastically brought these clogs to the stage to perform. Clogged shoes are also very suitable for unisex style, exploding in the LGBTQ+ community.

The high-fashion world is also obsessed with clogs. They represent the impeccable craftsmanship of skilled artisans, from cutting the wood to finishing the pubic area to fit the user's foot. The luxury brand associated with today's rustic clogs is Maison Margiela through the split-toe Tabi clogs influenced by Japanese culture.

3. Clogs in the Spring Summer 2021 collections

Wooden clogs had a strong breakthrough and played an important position in this collection of famous fashion houses such as

  • The Cottage Clog Mule model features Louis Vuitton's cottagecore fashion. Light beechwood sole, with natural cowhide trim. The sole is lined with leather to enhance the comfort of the shoes.
  • Hermès wooden clogs are made from beechwood with easy-to-match colors such as black, cream, and brown. The soft calfskin upper lid makes the French fashion house's name, shaped with the letter H. The studs and screws are all palladium plated, so it's glossy, not tarnished and hard to be scratched.
  • The Bally clogs were inspired by a design in the Swiss fashion house's library, based on the silhouette of Nordic träskor clogs. The 6cm high sole helps you cheat your respectable height. Inner rubber sole for heel support.

 4. About Yvette LIBBY

With a progressive spirit in the fashion world, Yvette LIBBY also does not let it fall behind.

SABOT YVETTE - Thick wooden sole fashion clog with embroidery from Yvette LIBBY N’guyen Paris. With hand embroidery inspired by the game of Poker, Yvette LIBBY wants to bring the beauty of Western freedom and Eastern mystery into your every step.

 Discover more fashion styles with Yvette LIBBY in the next blog posts…

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