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Sneakers Vs. Clogs

The two most popular footwear types go toe-to-toe.

Round 1: Outsoles

Sneaker: These athletic styles are made with lots of tread to work well both indoors and out. They also don’t tend to add a lot of height since the heel ranges from about ½“ to 1 ½”.
Clog: Many styles are designed specifically to be slip-resistant, even on wet surfaces. If you’re looking for extra lift, you can easily find clogs with a heel height between 1 ½ “ and 2”.

Round 2: Arch support

Sneaker: You can usually find removable insoles to accommodate custom orthotics. The lightweight materials used to construct sneakers are great for keeping you light on your feet, but may not provide as much support, especially over time.
Clog: Almost always feature built-in arch support. Sturdy construction can be a bit heavier, but tends to resist wear and tear longer.

Round 3: Stepping-in

Sneaker: Features a lace-up style that lets you adjust how snugly you want the shoe to fit. Perfect if you’re in-between sizes-just make sure to double-knot.
Clog: Typically a slip-on style with elastic at the sides. No laces to potentially trip over, and quick on-and-off, though maybe not as easy. Also available in open-back styles you can step right into, but don't feel as snug.

Round 4: Cleaning

Sneaker: More likely to have a mix of materials, plus fabric laces. Leather sneakers can clean-up with special solutions, but the laces you’ll likely have to wash by hand.
Clog: Since they’re typically leather, suede, or polyurethane, most brands offer their own specific solutions meant to clean and protect each type of material.

Sneakers are more adjustable and lightweight, but clogs are made to be ultra-durable and slip-resistant

The winner:

Only you can decide, but here’s the bottom line- sneakers are more adjustable and lightweight, but clogs are made to be ultra-durable and slip resistant. Of course you can always find exceptions for both, but in general this is what you’ll get. If you’re ordering online and can’t try both types on, this guide can help you figure out which style is a better fit.