It may have seemed like Jordan Brand sat aloof from the recent spike in clogs and mules, but throughout, he’s been working his own take on the popular slip-on silhouette. Not only does it follow a distinct last that is different from other backless models on the market, but the shoe is also two-piece – with a dual slip-on element.
The elephant in the room – At first glance, not much is going on aesthetically. Starting with the inner piece, the wearer can slip on a snug neoprene bootie that molds to the shape of their foot. The removable sock boot features a signature Jordan brand gray elephant print and can be pulled on with two tabs at the collar and heel.
As for the exterior, a rubber-shell mold is dressed in Cream Off-White and branded with a Jumpman to the heel and midfoot. Perforations appear at the toes for more breathability, and another window is integrated into the heel for more ventilation. Once the two are combined, the inner bootie pops out of the clog for a touch of contrast. You probably don’t want to make hoops in them, even with sneaker-like soles, but they just might be your next running shoe.
Join the mule gang — The Jordan Brand clog, which does not yet have an official name, likely won’t debut with the same fire as other popular slip-ons from Salehe Bembury and Kanye West. While it links to the brand’s signature elephant print and innovation through the two-piece construction, it’s not exactly groundbreaking.
Kanye West’s Yeezy slip-on shoes – from Foam Runner to slides – changed the game of casual molded shoes that were previously dominated by simpler and possibly uglier Crocs models. Salehe Bembury completely changed the mold of his own Crocs silhouette, sparking a frenzy for classic fingerprint-inspired clogs. Other brands have also merged sneakers with mules, such as New Balance and Converse, but Jordan Brand gets points for connecting the more comfortable parts of the two (soft interior and durable exterior) in a new way.
Jordan Brand’s next clog doesn’t yet have a release date or price. If it drops while it’s still warm, wear it without the sock for a Jerry Lorenzo-approved look. If it falls in winter, your feet will be warm. Either way, it’s versatile and that’s the point.