Old Fashioned Cape Clogs

Sep 13, 2009 (Updated Sep 14, 2009)
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Pros:Unique, comfortable, quality handmade clogs

Cons:Price, availability

The Bottom Line: Very similar to Dr Scholl's wooden sandals, except these have heels. Very comfortable.

We have a very small boutique in our town that sells both new and used clothing items.  For the past 8 or 9 months, the owner has started to bring in a few lines of European casual shoes.  I have fallen in love with several of them, but there is one brand that is selling like hot cakes, the Cape Clogs.


Do you remember the Dr. Scholl's sandals that were made with wooden soles?  These were very popular in the 70's and 80's, and were said to be good for the posture and the back.  I believe that they were actually called exercise sandals.

Well, these Cape Clogs remind me of those Dr. Scholl's sandals.  The insoles are made of the same style of formed wood, it's actually an alderwood footbed.  When I first saw them, I thought that the upper portion of the clogs was also made of wood.  They actually have leather uppers, but they lool like they are hand painted in a variety of bold colors (both light and dark patterns), which give them the look of Dutch wooden clogs that were made completely of wood.  I don't think these are hand painted, it's just the pattern in the leather, but they certainly have that look if that's what you are going for.

There is a raised wooden arch, but the only wood you see on the bottom is between the heel and the ball of the foot.  There are rubberized soles on the heel and bottom of the clogs that make these non-slip.  The leather uppers are hand stapled to the wooden sole.  Cape Clogs are available in 42 different patterns.  These clogs have a 2 inch heel.

The Company

The founder of Cape Clogs, Pamela Irving, lives in Cape Cod Mass, and the company name is a play on where she lives.  She started Cape Clogs in 2006, designing a shoe that is considered to be a Swedish orthopedic clog.  (They are starting to sound more like those Dr. Scholl's to me!).  Irving partnered with a Swedish clog manufacturer with a proven track record.


If you have ever owned a pair of Dr. Scholl's wooden exercise sandals, and liked the high arch and the way they are molded to your feet, I think you will love Cape Clog shoes.

These definitely make a bold fashion statement, as they look like the typical clog, but the bright designs painted on the leather upper add a very distinct look that you won't find very often.

This is the second brand of European shoes that I have worn, and I suggest trying them on first if at all possible.  Some websites do have a size conversion chart, but even this is confusing to me.  A European size 37 is equivalent to a size 6 - 6 1/2, and a European size 38 is equal to a size 7 - 7 1/2.  Therefore, even though the European sizes are going from one size to the next (37 & 38), in US sizes, this encompasses four sizes (6, 6.5, 7, & 7.5). 

With the Cape Clog shoes, I can wear a size 37, where as when I purchased the Josef Seibel shoes, I took a size 38.  Of course, each style of shoe is unique, depending on the style and fit, and since clogs have open heels, they are more forgiving, providing you have enough wiggle room for the toes.

When I tried these on in the shop, they felt incredibly comfortable, and I'd say they are for several hours, but after about 5 or 6 hours, they start to feel like I am walking barefoot.  They are great for wearing to church, but I wouldn't want to work 8-10 hours in them. 

While the styles are very festive, I just can't wear these clogs with a dress or skirt, I wear them with either dress pants or jeans - and they look equally fine with either.  On a side note, I have been having some sciatica pain on my left side, and standing for long periods seems to aggravate it, but when I am wearing the Cape Clogs, they seem to take some pressure off of this nerve pain, and for that reason alone these are worth buying!  (I think the arch is what helps, but again, the hardness of the soles do make these hard to wear for a full day).

The staples that connect the upper to the soles remind me of a pair of clogs I owned in 1980 that I purchased in Isla Vista, CA.  You can tell these are hand stapled, because the staple lines aren't always exactly uniform.  They are very secure though.

Style wise, there is something for everyone.  The patterns come in flowers, polka dots, fruit designs, leopard, zebra & cow prints, soccer & golf patterns, puzzle pieces,  the peace symbol, and geometric designs.  They also come in plain colors for the less adventurous.

Like all European designed shoes, Cape Clogs are well made, (hand made) and are a quality product.  As such I expect to pay more money for a pair, and these are running around $90 at the shop in my town.  Considering I pay that much for a good pair of running shoes, I really didn't have a problem with the price. 

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