Why The Open Toed Clog Deserves Space In Your Wardrobe

It’s all the things we like about the classic clog (comfort being #1), but more delicate, more fun, and more warm-weather approved.
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They say the first clogs came on the market in Europe in the 1300s, thanks to the Dutch who loved that the wooden sole protected their feet from the elements.

Who’d have thought that by the 1970s  the utilitarian clompers would become a fashion must-have all over the world? AND that they’d pop in and out of style about once a decade ever since.

This spring they’re back and better than ever 1) because they’re still comfortable and 2) because they now come in a myriad of iterations—heel heights that go from flat to a few inches and in every color and fabrication imaginable.

As we head into warmer months, we wanted to bring you a new take that you’ll be seeing everywhere: the open-toe clog.

Some makers are calling it the “clog sandal” and others the “platform mule.” All we know is we love the combination of clog comfort with a spring-appropriate peep-toe sensibility.

Whether you want to dip a toe into this trend by choosing a classic style and color or want to make a statement, we’ve got you covered.

Splurge: Under $500

No 6. When investing in more elevated price points, we look for timeless style power—an item we know we can wear for years to come. The soft desert color is stunning, and we appreciate that the toe box leather strap is designed for regular to slightly wide widths (no problem with summer swelling!). The guiding mantra behind No.6 is “anyone, anytime, anywhere,” and this fits the bill. Plus we love that it’s female-owned, designed, and handmade in New York.

No.6 Two Strap Clog

Ancient Greek Sandals. Details like the winged buckle and polished studs elevate this clog, making it wearable for casual and more dressed-up occasions alike (versatility at this price is a must). Plus, with an uber-flattering crossover upper, it’s no wonder this style is flying off the racks. The AGS site has full inventory, but we have found a few sites with different colors and styles on sale (here, here, and here), although sizing is limited.

Ancient Greek Sandals Marilisa Clog

Under $300

Penelope Chilvers. Penelope Chilvers is a Spanish designer that combines contemporary-led design with enduring styles and great fabrication. The leather quality on this slingback clog is gorgeous, while the scallop detail around the stud adds femininity.

Penelope Chilvers Kampala Slingback Platform Sandal

Tory Burch. For the Tory Burch fans out there—yep, we swear by her shoes too—this shoe is for you. We like the contrast of the gardenia and dark brown, but it also comes in a monochrome tan. Plus, it’s a perfect height if you are keeping your footwear to lower profiles.

Tory Burch Ines Clog Slide Sandals

Under $200

& Other Stories. We like this pick for a lower-heeled, more classic clog sandal. The green-brown is also beautiful.

& Other Stories Open Toe Clogs

Kork-Ease. For those who like pure cork footbeds (read super lightweight shoes), this platform is for you. The caged leather straps have personality without being over the top, and it comes in four neutral color options. Fun fact: Kork-Ease was started in 1953 in Brooklyn with a commitment to comfort and craftsmanship. YES!

Kork-Ease Devan Platform Sandal

Veronica Beard. With two buckled accents and a studded trim, this open-toe sandal is a glamorous take on the clog. Reviewers can’t stop talking about how comfy this shoe is, and at 60% off, it’s a great investment.

Veronica Beard Halifax Clog Sandal

Dolce Vita. In six dreamy neutral colors and a simple profile, this clog will easily integrate into your wardrobe—today and for years to come. Made from recycled materials is a plus.

Dolce Vita Emol Heels

Sam Edelman. It’s the monochrome studs and the fact that this shoe comes in five colors (including an unexpected yet stunning green), that make us huge fans of this design.

Sam Edelman Josselyn Mule

Save: Under $100

Charles David. Featuring a more sandal-like style, we like this for a more minimal “clog” option. Cognac is an extremely versatile color (easy to style, which we likey), while the horse-bit hardware is understated but gives just enough to be fashion-forward.

Charles David Exposed Platform Sandal

TOMS. Known for their comfort and social impact, these clogs feature TOMS OrthoLite® insoles, making the 2 ½ inch height totally approachable and comfortable.

TOMS Florence Platform Wood Block Heel Mule Sandals

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