By Kerry Pieri
It started with an Hermès clog that elicited gasps among the shoe-loving elite. Concurrently, Versace, Valentino, and Gucci were rolling out increasingly high platforms, calling girls back out onto the dance floor (actual ones, with other people dancing too). And now, we have the love child of both shoe moments: Larroudé's platform clogs.
The young brand founded by fashion vet Marina Larroudé (she hails from magazines and Barneys New York) finds that sweet spot between luxury and accessibility. The clogs fit right in there—wearable and of the moment, without the storied French maison price tag—and they're made with locally sourced leather in the brand's own Brazilian factories.
So why clogs now? "Clogs are a great middle ground between slides and classic platform heels," Larroudé tells BAZAAR.com. "When they're well made, they can be as comfy as sneakers."
The style evolved from another popular Larroudé design: the label's best-selling Miso Platform Sandal, a slip-on now sold in a vast array of colors and prints. The Miso Platform Clog launches today in three colors—white, brown, and a green plaid that serves to reinforce the shoe's intrinsic Clueless vibes (a moment that is eternal, if Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman are any indication).
So why take the classic clog shape higher? "In my experience, women love the extra height," the designer explains. "The chunky shoe trend has been around for years, too, and designers like Versace and Valentino made us all fall in love with sky-high platforms. The Miso Clog combines those elements of quirkiness and luxury."
The closed-toe clog means this shoe works right now to add a lift to summer dresses and maxi skirts, and later with jeans and cozy knits when fall hits. In other words, they're looking back a bit to the '90s and forward to a chic autumn ahead.