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iSpy… The return of the clog

Kate Vandermeer

Kate Vandermeer

Fashion is returning to a more relaxed, nature loving mode. Ironically if you want to go with the flow, one of the best ways to do it with flair is to get “clogged up”, as iSpyStyle reports.

Kate Vandermeer is Director of iSpyStyle – a website and consultancy that spies on the design and fashion industry providing trend and business information targeted to inspire, inform and connect the creative community. You can follow Kate on Twitter at – http://www.twitter.com/iSpyStyle_Kate and subscribe to her website for free on http://www.ispystyle.net

In the world of trends, everything goes in cycles. It’s much like dating someone new, you love them, you love them not… and then…

When you look at footwear, its fairly safe to assume – after a couple of seasons in which sky high platforms and stilettos have reigned supreme – that the next trend will be about flats and wedges. Following a saturation of aggressive buckles, gladiators and punk influences in shoes that take us that inch or five closer to heaven, we are starting to see a return to lower heel heights and a more naïve, natural aesthetic.

iSpy_clog_w250If fashion is a metaphor, than the aggressive gladiator took us to war and now we are ready to wave the white flag of peace and tranquillity and embrace clogs! Yes, you heard it correctly. Wooden heels, soles and features will be the next big statement in shoes.

Offering a contemporary twist to the Swedish or Dutch clog, this new fashion statement is in the details; getting back to nature by offering grainy wooden stains, wooden embellishments and leather stud work attached to the wooden heel. Instead of a 70s influence, this new style of clog is a mix of simplicity and more Scandinavian in inspiration.

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