Clogs are the kind of polarizing footwear that can divide an entire room — or an entire fashion team. For those who love them, it's not just about style, but also how comfortable they can be. For others, they're simply too clunky and hard-to-style to buy into. Well, this winter clogs with heels are the 2018 footwear trend that even the staunchest critics may have to consider. With the proliferation of ugly sneakers, open-toed mules, strappy platformed sandals, and even hiking boots, it was only a matter of time before clogs too resurfaced as footwear worth breaking out.
Still not convinced? If you're wondering exactly how to get on board with the trend this winter, below you'll find outfit inspiration that will help you feel a little more comfortable making them your go-to fall shoe. A heeled clog is dressier than other "ugly" footwear like Birkenstocks, but thanks to their wood platform, they still attain a casual daytime vibe. So, while you may not want to break them out for a black tie event, they're an ideal daytime choice that you can easily wear to brunch or the office: Style them with a bohemian maxi dress, simple pair of jeans, or even tailored, cropped trousers; they're refreshingly versatile for being such a statement-making shoe.
To really sell you on the comfortable footwear trend, check out three ways to wear them along with the shopping options to help you finally just embrace the fact that yes, you can pull them off and maybe you are a clogs person after all.
The Street Style Way
When it comes to street style outfits, there are no trends too bold to mix and match. For this take on pulling off clogs, consider styling them with an eye-catching statement top and a colorful leather jacket. Your look won't be all about the shoes, but they're still sure to garner attention. This take on the footwear is ideal for a girl's night in or even for a Sunday brunch.
The Celebrity Way
For an off-duty take on pulling off this comfy footwear, take a page out of Rachel Bilson's book and style them with relaxed jeans and a simple black tee. For chillier weather, consider adding in a chunky knit or down jacket to finish off the ensemble. Like your Birkenstocks, clogs are a casual-cool way to put a new twist on your everyday outfit for running errands. Stick to the classics: a simple black or tan clog and you'll be good to go.
The Fashion Insider Way
Footwear designer Aurora James doesn't just wear clogs: She created a pair all her own (which swiftly sold out) for her line Brother Vellies. To put your own twist on James' styling, try wearing the shoes with a printed coat and statement bag. While you might not consider clogs to be an evening shoe, when styled with a more fashion-forward outfit they actually hold their own surprisingly well. In this case, clogs in a unique material or with embroidery or beading details make for the ideal choice.