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How To Wear Clogs, Spring 2019's Sleeper Footwear Trend

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Click, clack, click, clack — that's the sound of everyone's favorite Dutch footwear tradition sauntering back into the spotlight. Yes, clogs. Crafted from wood and traditionally finished with colorful hand-painting, these historic shoes have somehow surpassed the limitations of time and maintained their status as the fashion world's friendliest footwear, a huge feat for an accessory that's been around since the 1300s. It goes without saying that opinions remain divided when it comes to how to wear clogs — they evoke images of windmills and sprawling hillsides but the contemporary interpretation of clogs, as you know, is far more wearable than their 14th-century versions. Leather and suedes are often woven into clog designs now and artisanal finishes like embroidery and unique hardware are added to help give the overall look a modern aesthetic.

With spring around the corner (March 20, mark your calendars) it's an appropriate time to start ideating a shopping list for the new season. And rather than opting for a new pair of sneakers or sandals, consider the clog. The footwear is plenty practical (they're a favorite in the nursing industry), but with brands debuting more sartorially-inclined iterations, expect to see them more and more on the street style circuit in the months to come.

Ahead, a handful of recent looks to get the creative juices flowing and an assortment of classic and cool clogs to add to your wardrobe. Click, clack, and don't look back.

@hannahbaxward

Burnt reds don't always have to signify autumn style, embrace the passionate hue for spring by mixing and matching different tones with a pair of saddle-brown clogs.

@heitzali

Transition to slightly-warmer temperatures with a pair of white jeans styled with your favorite statement jacket and a pair of cute clogs — sans socks, naturally.

@sandgrenclogs

If your style is pared down then consider making your uniform as such: cozy knit, flattering denim, and a pair of suede clogs. Repeat. It's polished, simple, and timeless.

@abolajiooo

The appeal of clogs is their unexpected versatility. Wear them with everything from a white cotton frock, to button-down and trousers, or a pair of classic blue jeans, as stylishly spotted above. Take things up another notch and wear them with a pair of sheer socks to give an extra pop.

@rearwindowvintage

Ah, yes, the denim-on-denim look. It's an enduringly chic nod to western style and what better way to polish the ensemble than with a pair of classic clogs below and a printed scarf knotted around the neck?

@shoprhoan

Embrace the quirkier side of clogs and style them with a pair of the season's most artisanal jeans trend: patchwork denim. Finish it off with a lived-in white tee and you're prime and ready for a weekend jaunt.

@hannahbaxward

Once temperatures are warm enough to bare your ankles (so soon!), do so with a pair of — you guessed it — clogs.

@kammi.boheme

Clogs: Great for picnics and all other whimsical weekend getaway activities that appeal to you. Style yours this spring with a pair of light-wash denim, a breezy blouse, and a basket bag.