Brand: Brain Dead
Season: Fall/Winter 2021
Buy: Brain Dead's website
Editor's Notes: Fashion is witnessing a clog renaissance. The wood-soled shoe, once confined to the feet of Dutch farmers and fishermen, is getting a trendy makeover thanks to a number of brands, most recently Brain Dead.
The Los Angeles-based creative collective just launched the Energy Absorber Zoccolo, an Italian-made clog in two colorways, black and silver.
The former boasts a charcoal crepe upper while the latter — made of a texturized silver textile — mimics the look of steel grating. Harkening to the construction of traditional Swedish clogs, Brain Dead secures the shoe's upper to the midsole using small silver studs. A rubberized toe cap and grosgrain heel strap give both styles a sportier feel.
Muffling the clog's typically noisy nature (personally, I'm a sucker for loud footwear), Brain Dead considerately adds a Vibram rubber outsole to the shoe's clomp-y wooden platform, making for something significantly beefier than its collaborative Reebok Beatnik.
The clog is one of several heel-baring shoes to make a comeback. Thanks to the pandemic, casual footwear such as the mule, slide, and their Dutch cousin have seen a rise in demand. In fact, searches for Birkenstock spiked 367 percent during Q4 of 2020, according to Lyst's quarterly ranking.
Fashion houses are releasing their own takes on the clog, too: Bottega Veneta's rubber slingback, Gucci's platform mule, and 1017 ALYX 9SM's futuristic thing are ample evidence that laid-back footwear is here to stay, pandemic or not.
Ready or not, clogs are coming for your feet — prepare to show lots of heel this fall.