It all started at the shows of spring/summer 2010. Or did it?
I remember clomping and stomping around in my white buckled leather sandals as a kid, probably to the delight of all the neighbours. Clogs - we are talking footwear that has grown out of traditional Swedish clogs here, not those bizarre, fully wooden Dutch ones - have been around, loved and hated for a long time, and now they are back in all shapes and sizes, or rather, heights. Chanel, Céline, Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu have covered the basic shapes we are - and will be - seeing on the high street.
In this first part, for inspiration, we will look mostly to Chanel and Céline, as we look through heeled mules, slingbacks, peeptoes and slip-ons.
I still need to figure out what to make of the trend but, fond memories already made me place an order for two pairs of summer sandals in the spring pre-season. What I will steer very clear of, quite obviously, are the high heeled mules, that is, the most typical piece of the whole trend. But there is a little something for everyone, making it easy to add a piece or two to your personal collections.
How do you wear them, then? Well, you just pair them with any of your basics, like you do with other shoes. Think pencil skirts, skinny trousers and skinny cargo pants, aviator, military or biker jackets, or use them to toughen up any otherwise softer or more understated look.
Chanel £650, Dune £85 (sales: £34)
Kurt Geiger £190, New Look £20
Swedish Hasbeens £135, Clarks £40
Ralph Lauren £250, River Island £49.99
Dune £60, Topshop £85
Aldo £85, Dorothy Perkins £40 (sales: £25)
Asos £113, Clarks £40
Dune £60, New Look £40 (sales: £20)
Chanel £850, Topshop £68
Dune £85, New Look £29.99 (sales: £20)
Aldo £60, Dune £80 (sales: £54.98)
Dune £85, Clarks £49.99 (sales: £24.99)
Chanel £650, New Look £24.99 (sales: £20)
Slingback and peeptoe mules / sandals / slip-ons
See by Chloé £215, Ash £130
Asos £130, Topshop £80
Céline £650, Dune £85
Kurt Geiger £140, Dorothy Perkins £40 (sales: £30)