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Gadling Gear Review: Alegria Clogs
Alegria shoes have all those qualities; they make shoes that are designed to be worn all day while keeping your feet comfortable. They have a thick spongy but not too soft sole that's got a little bit of a rock too it, similar to that used by the Masai balance shoes or Sketcher's fitness shoe, but not as extreme. They have that slightly duck web shape to the footbed that's mirrors the shape of your foot. And they come in a whole array of styles from very plain to somewhat outrageous.
Alegria clogs are great airplane shoes – they meet all my requirements. I think they'd be great shoes for cruisers too, and for the kinds of long drives when you kick off your shoes in the passenger seat but put them back on to go grab a diner breakfast. The clog and shoe lines are all built on the same basic footbed, so you get that comfortable walking shoe base with a wild variety of uppers.
The look isn't going to be for everyone. They're bulky and kind of blocky, you have to be into that kind of style. But if you do like the look, your feet will be quite comfortable for many, many, many hours. They run just a tiny bit small so if you think you're going to wear them with big wooly socks, get a half size larger.
Alegria clogs are about $110; the closed toe styles are priced a little bit higher. Buy them online directly from Alegria.
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