Last week, many of you readers stepped up to voice your thoughts on what you'd like to see in the world of men's clogs. We've been fortunate here on Every Clog Has Its Day to have caught the ear of Dave Giese, the owner of Ugglebo. And so I've asked for your input on how to make see clogs for men you'd to see so that I can pass that information along to him and his team. I posted the replies I received on the last edition of Guy Day Friday, but this week I wanted to pause to let another regular reader be heard. And then I'll take a moment to summarize what the consensus seems to be.
David, I am excited to be heard by someone who will not just listen but may act based on the content of my words. When it comes to wearing clogs or any other shoes, there are many aspects to consider. I have been wearing clogs for over 30 years as I grew up in Marin County where clogs, bellbottoms, and Birkenstocks were just the norm. I like the cool style, the easy on/off feature, the support of the clog (I have high arches), and the fact that the wood never breaks down like foam, cloth and rubber do. As my clogs become worn, they make it to the “wear them in the garden clogs”. I have worn them to the dump and stepped on glass and nails and my feet have been protected with no worries. They last forever and I have had many pairs for over 10 years. I make clogs my own style and separate myself from the Wal-Mart/Target "wear what everybody else does" norm. I find it cool if that works for you, but it is just not me.
When someone wears a pair of clogs and looks great it is not just the clogs that makes them look good. It is the attitude of the wearer that makes the difference. When one feels good and looks great they emulate this when wearing clogs. I can remember when Birkenstocks were nothing but hippy or Jesus sandals. Then they became all the rage. Earrings on guys and nose rings on girls used to be for the drug dealing school dropouts. Now you will find Michael Jordan with earrings and Christina Aguilera with a nose ring. Nobody blinks an eye. My point is that, it is not the shoes or rings that have changed; it is the perception of society that has changed. There is reality and perception. Reality is that clogs are a great shoe for men.
The challenge is to change the perception of society to the reality that clogs look good on men and are a good choice for the smart man. David Beckham, Gene Simmons, Bruce Willis, Mark Edwards, and Harrison Ford are all men who wear clogs and do it well.
What clogs would I like to see for men? The truth is that many of the “women’s” styles would look good on a man. Many of the women’s styles I think are very manly but are just marketed to a woman. Lindsey posted at one time how women think clogs are too manly and men think they are too feminine. I have seen many styles that I thought would look good on a man only to find that they stop at 41 or 42. Make all clogs up to 45 or 47. You will sell a lot to men and also find that there are women who have a larger footprint, too. Make clogs unisex. I see sites with men’s clogs and women’s clogs. You could say women’s clogs and the size go up to 42 and then offer men’s clogs of the same styles that go up to 47.
When it come to styles, look at cowboy boots. What man would not like an ostrich set of clogs. Exotic clogs would be expensive but a great conversation piece. Special order as a choice.
Below are some [clogs and other styles] that would be motivation for some new men's shoes.
Thank you for listening.
We've had an exceptional variety of insightful and well-reasoned input on the topic of men's clogs over the past couple of weeks. I've tried to summarize our suggestions with the following list. Take a look and let me know if you feel I've left anything out.
- The most popular suggestion by far was to make clog boots in men's sizes.
- An equal number of people said they would enjoy seeing men's clogs and clog boots offered with higher heels (a heel height higher than the traditional Swedish clog).
- Running right behind those two suggestions is the wish to see clog sandals in men's sizes.
- The consensus for all three of these ideas seems to be that there are women's styles that men like and would enjoy wearing if they were made available in men's sizes.
- There was a considerable amount of desire to see more variety in the basic construction of men's clogs: more colors available in the leather or suede used, more variety in the kind of wooden bases offered (with various heel styles and thicknesses offered), more options in the colors of those bases, more range in the widths offered.
- There were also quite a few requests to see more variety in the design details: zippers, laces, buckles, straps, lug soles, etc. The idea boiled down to using these accents to make a clog more masculine.
Please weigh in via the Comments section (or contact me via the e-mail link on my About page). I'll take our collective insights and present them to the folks at Ugglebo early next week and see where our dialogue takes us next.
Thank you all for taking the time to participate. I count myself fortunate to have such an open and thoughtful readership. I look forward to seeing what the outcome of all this will be. Stay tuned!
[On my feet as I blog: my new Tunacha lace up clog booties from N. Y. L. A. God, it's hard to get anything done when you just want to sit and stare at your feet all day.]