Clog or Mule? How to tell the difference!

A very common question asked by women shopping for clogs and mules is, what is the difference between these two types of shoes?

In today’s fashion, the words clog and mule are used interchangeably, however, there a few subtle differences between the two shoes. Clogs originated in Scandinavia and the Netherlands and are typically defined as backless wooden shoes with low heels and platform soles.  Clogs were the most popular shoes worn by the working class because they protected the feet and they provided comfort and support better than any other shoes available at that time.  The mule style of shoes originated in France around the same time as clogs and were typically worn by the aristocracy.  Mules were considered dressier shoes with open backs, high heels and no platform bottoms.  Mules were made in many different types of materials like leather, suede and various fabrics and sometimes they were decorated with buckles, beads, feathers and colorful embroidery. The fancier appearance of the mule shoe was a favorite among aristocrats, but the style eventually lost it’s appeal and popularity because it became a common shoe worn by prostitutes.  With the passing of time, mules were able to loose their bad reputation and once again establish themselves as a shoe style loved and worn by many. Clogs and mules are both very popular shoe styles in today’s women’s fashion.  Each of these styles have evolved over time, but the concept of the shoes have remained unchanged. When trying to distinguish a clog from a mule, the best thing to look at is the design of the soles of the shoe and also the shoe’s heel height–clogs have platform soles with lower heels and mules are a higher heeled shoe with no platform base. Clogs are much more popular than mules in today’s professional world.  Clog shoes are best known for their support and comfort, which is why they are in constant demand. Designers like Clarks, Dansko, b.o.c. and Alegria have created classic styles of clog shoes that have a simple and tasteful appearance and are available in many different colors.  When looking for a basic women’s professional clog, Dansko is one of the more popular brands to choose from.  Dansko clogs for women are available as true slip-on style clogs, but they are also being made with low backs and straps which help to hold the shoes in place and ultimately make them easier and more comfortable to wear. Dansko clog style shoes are available in solid neutral colors like black and brown, but they also come in fun colors and cute patterns.  The different colors, styles and patterns  of the Dansko clogs are what make these shoes unique and add creativity to a professional style shoe. If you’re shopping for a comfortable shoe to wear to work or wear around town, clogs are the perfect shoe style for you.  If want a dressier shoe with  a little more fashion and style, try a pair of mules.  Both clogs and mules are fun to wear and they are both great additions to any woman’s wardrobe.


How to Look Your Best in Riding Boots

You don’t have to be an equestrian to wear riding boots with style.  You just need a few key pieces in your wardrobe to pair with them.  You may be looking for comfortable boots or maybe you want a boot that makes a fashion statement, either choice, the riding boot is the perfect shoe to complete your look.  If you’re unsure of the best ways to wear the equestrian style boot here are a few suggestions:

Skinny jeans:

Women’s riding boots look great with skinny jeans. Choose a color of jeans that compliments your boots, like grey denim with Bussola’s Trapani black boot or a dark blue denim with the Chancery Stout brown boot from UGG.  Also, don’t be afraid to wear your equestrian boots with colorful jeans. Choose darker colors like burgundy, brown or evergreen. The darker shades help the boots blend into your legs and give you a long lean look. Create another fun look wearing your skinny jeans and layering socks underneath your boots.  Neutral color socks are best because they add a spark of creativity, but don’t draw too much attention to the boots or legs.


Leggings are another great option to pair with riding boots. Again, choose complimentary colors to make the outfit work.  Neutral colors of leggings such as black, brown, navy and gray are safe color options, but you can wear patterned styles as well. Wear tunics, solid, patterned or plaid blouses, or long over-sized sweaters with your leggings and boots. Dansko’s Odessa, an equestrian style black boot for women is a great choice because it provides comfort and style.  The Dansko Odessa boot looks great when worn with gray or black leggings and a tunic or a sweater

 Dresses, pencil skirts and A-line skirts:


If your are trying to dress up your boots, pencil skirts, A-line skirts and dresses are great combinations. Frye’s Phillip Tall brown boot is the perfect boot to wear with either dresses or skirts. When wearing boots with a dress or skirts, make sure the hem is several inches above the knee, but still a tasteful and appropriate length.

Riding boots are a great investment. When paired with the right clothing they can be worn year round. This style boot offers comfort, fashion and versatility to any woman’s wardrobe. Because of the popularity of the equestrian boot, there are a ton of different brands and price ranges to choose from.  Popular brands and styles of riding boots for women include Frye’s Phillip tall boot, the Chancery Stout riding boot from UGG, Clarks Niki black or brown boot, the Dansko Odessa black bootBussola’s Trapani and many more.


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Clog Shoes: a popular trend in shoes this Fall and Winter

Clog shoes are no  longer exclusive to the hard wooden shoes normally associated with the Dutch.  Clogs have been around for centuries and their name and style are recognized worldwide.  In the fashion world, the popularity of the clog changes frequently depending on the latest fashion trends.  These shoes are best known for their comfort and were not considered as fashion forward shoes with style until the 1970′s. Clogs were a huge hit in the 70′s and became fun stylish shoes worn by both men and women.  The wooden soles of the clog shoes still exist today but because people want more comfortable shoes, the soles are now being made with various other materials that have improved how the shoe feels.  With the increased comfort and more fashionable appearance of clogs, they are now one of the most popular style shoes available.  Today clogs are being worn by men, women and children of all ages in an array of different styles and colors.

The clog style of shoe has established itself as one of the better shoe style options for people who are on their feet for extended periods of time.   Clogs are popular among many different professions because they have a work appropriate appearance but more importantly, they provide the necessary support and comfort that people are looking for. Clogs are not limited to just the professional world.  This style of shoe has been a major fashion trend seen many times throughout the years and people are now wearing them everywhere.  Designers have put their own unique spin on clog shoes and their different styles and colors make them more versatile and fun to wear.

Dansko clogs are very popular. Dansko’s Professional line of clogs are great for any working environment because they are super comfortable and they have that a professional and stylish appearance that people are looking for.  The Dankso Professional clog is the most basic style of clog, but if you’re interested in a fun clog shoe with more personality,Dansko’s Trista in black or cognac or the Dansko nubuck natural Shannon Tassel style are both great choices.

Another great brand of clog shoes for women is b.o.c by Born.  The b.o.c. Peggy is a popular style that comes in a variety of colors and unique patterns.  If you’re looking for a clog to wear with jeans, khaki pants or dress pants, the women’s b.o.c. Peggy clog in tooled navy,  the Peggy black clog or  the Peggy brown clog is the perfect shoe.  Also, the women’s b.o.c. Karley clog in black or brown is great to wear with any style of jeans.

Dansko clogs for women and b.o.c. by Born clogs for women are both available at Houser Shoes.  Check out our website today to find a clog shoe that’s great for you.