It’s becoming pretty clear that the craze for funky, clunky clogs is digging its heels in. This week I’ve even seen two guys—yes, two!—rocking clogs. Whether or not this means the season’s clog obsession has officially crossed gender lines or the neighbourhood is experiencing an influx of Dutch backpackers, I couldn’t tell you. Fortunately, the styling was more flip-flop than platform heel, but I’m unsure how I feel about the man clog. Actually that’s not true, I’m quite certain I don’t care for it.
But I digress… we’re not here to discuss clogs that concern me but, rather, ones I really quite love. Enter Funkis, a label that until recently I thought was some neat little Scandinavian brand—turns out they’re as Australian as making wild assumptions about people from other countries.
Having said that, the brand makes no secret of taking inspiration from Swedish design which is where the current breed of leather-on-wood kicks take their cues (as opposed to the all-wood versions perfected by the previously alluded-to Dutch) . The Funkis online store is a clog-tastic clog-athon with close to two dozen styles—black, natural, closed toe, ankle strap, you name it—ranging in price from $80 stretching to $160.
The really great news is that the locally-designed shoes are made in Sweden from plantation wood and the leathers are coloured using vegetable dyes, aka chemical free.
Don’t be surprised to see Funkis join the HowBigIsYourEco directory soon…