Clogs have evolved from their bohemian, wooden-soled beginnings into full-on comfort-driven styles. Often designed for nurses, chefs and other people who spend hours on their feet each day, many looks are now equipped with plush footbeds, arch support and flexible outsoles to keep you moving.
While these supportive styles may not appear to be the chicest of clogs, they actually fit right into the current “ugly shoe” trend. As street-style aficionados prove, all you need is some sartorial prowess to pull them off outside the gym or hospital.
Whether you’re brave enough to rock them in your everyday wardrobe or are simply looking for a pair to add to your work rotation, there’s a clog here to suit every need and style. Read on to shop our top picks.
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1. Dansko Women’s Professional Clog
These Danskos, the Cadillacs of clogs, are designed to support nurses, so they’re pretty darn comfortable. And with the right styling, we reckon these could add a unique touch to everyday outfits, too.
Pros: These are some of the best clogs you’ll find for comfort, support and durability. They feature a padded instep collar, arch support and a roomy, reinforced toe box for added protection. Meanwhile, a PVC inner frame helps provide stability and prevent pronation. Underfoot, the rocker-style outsole allows the heel to move up and down while walking, helps absorb shock and protects feet from very hot and very cold surfaces. The upper is finished in a natural oiled leather, which is available in a range of neutral hues and set atop a sleek cork-style base.
Cons: These tend to be a little heavy.
2. Easy Spirit Women’s Traveltime Mule
If you plan to be on your feet all day, these sneaker-like clogs are the perfect combo of supportive and sporty. They’re also perfect for traveling.
Pros: The upper is done in fabric with mesh overlays for breathability, while the flexible outsole helps absorb shock. It’s also equipped with arch support and a removable insole, in case you’d like to incorporate custom orthotics. They’re available in narrow to extra wide widths and over 25 colors, including this sleek taupe version.
Cons: These tend to run narrow and may not provide great traction on slippery surfaces.
3. OOFOS Sports Recovery Clog
Designed for recovery post-workout, these clogs are a must for athletes and gym junkies.
Pros: The style features special OOfoam technology to absorb up to 37% more impact with every step, support your arches and allow your feet to move naturally. On top of all that, the insole is designed to reduce odors and is machine washable for easy maintenance. This pick is ideal for saving sore feet, backs and knees.
Cons: These tend to be clunky.