A little over twenty years on, and it’s safe to say I’ve done a full 360. Having forced me to sit through an hour of 90s pre-reality fashion TV The Clothes Show each week and taught me, at length, about her favourite designers (namely Westwood, Helmut Lang, and Gianni himself), not only is my mum largely responsible for my love of fashion, and therefore in part my job, I’ve also joined her as a fully committed, signed-up member of the ugly shoe appreciation society (or would have, were that actually a thing).
From cloven-toed boots, to snakeskin loafers, truly, I cannot get enough – the more aesthetically challenging a shoe, the better. And where once my mum coming down the stairs in a pair of clogs would result in a series of dramatic moans and abject mortification, I’d kill to get my hands on those high street-procured, long-since-disintegrated cow print babies right now. That old adage about eventually becoming your mother? The absolute truth, footwear propensities and all.
The good news is that clogs are having a moment right now. Slowly but surely, as a quick scroll through Instagram or a flick through Vogue Runway will attest, clogs are making a comeback. Originally popular as a casual shoe in the mid-1970s in their current minimalist guise, the clog’s popularity has waxed and waned. But in recent seasons, the chunky wooden-soled style has been clomping down catwalks around the world. And while there are plenty of classic leather versions to keep the purists among us happy, there are plenty of designers putting their own unique spin on the style (a crystal-embellished pair, anyone?)