Shoe crush: chunky platform sandals and clogs

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I’m a sheep – a slightly stylish one, albeit, but a complete and utter sheep nevertheless. And when fashion magazines and style blogs started vomiting kinda-ugly, kinda-cute platform clogs in their editorial photos, the seed of desire was hopelessly planted. Yes, folks, the seventies are indeed in for Spring 2011.

The tipping point for me? A pair of brown Kork-Ease Bette wedges worn by blogger Erin of calivintage.com. Take a look at this style blogger’s daily photo snaps and you’ll see her coordinate these wedges into practically dozens of outfits, from pants to fifties-silhouette dresses to high waisted shorts. And while you might think that these sandals only work for milder weather, they look great under a pair of knitted tights. These shoes and similar retail at $150, but I’ve found online deals at $90.

korkease-shoes-avaKork-Ease is a brand that was started in fifties Brooklyn and gained popularity in none other than the seventies. The brand was so popular that a pair is included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Landmark Shoe Collection, an honor bestowed to only twenty-five shoes. Kork-Ease shoes are made of Vachetta leather, which the company website touts as “ecological, biodegradable and environmentally safe” – granola that looks good!

swedish-hasbeens-slip-in-super-high-clogsAnother clunky sandal/clog brand that’s been making waves is Swedish Hasbeens, which was started in 2006 and by 2009 was one of Sweden’s fastest growing clothing brands. The label, and its shoes, were actually named Sweden’s trend of the year during the Trend Award Gala 2008 in Stockholm. Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie wore them on the Sex and the City set, Maggie Gyllenhaal has also been spotted on multiple occasions wearing Swedish Hasbeen’s “Slip in Super High” clogs multiple times. The shoes get indie fashion cred from Alexa Chung and the Olsen twins too.

I imagine that hearing this, the eyes and ears of global retailer H&M immediately perked up, because the trend factory partnered with the brand to produce their own line of Swedish Hasbeens. This collaboration offers three different designs priced between $59 and $69, a deal considering that Swedish Hasbeens typically retail at $200 and more.

Like Kork Ease, the brand is self-proclaimed eco-conscious: the company website proclaims that Swedish Hasbeens are “hand-made using the same craftsmanship as in the the 70s which is kind to people and nature. We use natural materials and you could pretty much bury your shoes in your garden.”

And if you’re more a fan of the closed-toed look than strappy clogs, you may want to check out Tory Burch clogs, particularly their woven leather Widdianne clog. You may be more familiar with their Reva flats and possibly with their boots, but Tory Burch has a great resort collection that includes cork wedges, flip flops and flat espadrille slip-ons.

Balk at styling these babies? Try wearing them with:

  • Cropped cigarette pants
  • A short summer dress and pastel socks
  • A maxi skirt and a floppy hat
  • Flared pants

Sandals with socks never felt so good.

-Kim

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