Beyond Obsessed: Clog Boots

Long before the weather got evil, I had been on the hunt for winter boots that I could also wear to work. But no matter where I shopped — nothing grabbed me. The practical choices — like Hunters — are heavy, hot and don’t translate in the boardroom. While boots with heels are just impractical for my snowy subway commute. I needed a style that looked chic and would hold up in the elements. For months I searched — everywhere.

Then, one day while riding the elevator I spotted them! The gallery girl from the 4th floor had on the perfect winter boots. The clog style was made with a black-pebbled leather upper and a suede shaft that was doubled over to expose the cozy shearling lining. I had to have them. They looked so chic and dressed up her otherwise bulky (and boring) winter wardrobe: oversized anorak, boyfriend jeans and cable knit turtleneck.

I never considered a clog for winter but it makes a lot of sense — they are durable and downtown. The classic Swedish design is popular among trendsetters who believe in wearable style: Alexa Chung, Rachel Bilson and Michelle Williams. Brands including Sandgrens, No. 6, Swedish Hasbeens, Sven and Frye sell big. Even Madewell sold out of their version. I figured Gallery Girl was wearing one of those designers. When I asked, I was shocked by her answer, “They’re Uggs and I can’t live without them.” I have since gotten a pair of Ugg Australia’s Amoret Boots and I wear them on the reg. Not only do they look rad they feel just as heavenly as wearing classic Uggs. It makes walking in winter weather feel like walking on clouds.