It’s getting on clog season

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Clogs seem like classics to me at this point, but they’re also having a bit of a moment this season, and I found a lot of cute ones to share with you, starting with this pleasingly clunky Rachel Comey pair.

Ancient Greek Sandals, a brand I like for summer footwear, has just introduced clogs, and I really, really like this laser-cut pair.

A grey suede pair like these are just about as versatile as black, and somehow much cooler.

I’m a huge fan of the California-based commerce site Beklina, and they make the best ribbed clogs. The dark wine hue on these is just divine, but they come in several other good (and unexpected) colors as well.

I’ve been seeing this puffy vegan pair in fashion editorials lately, and I have to say that they are growing on me. I’ll also bet that they’re deeply comfortable.

Another pair from Ancient Greek Sandals, with their trademark wing on the buckle, which is a cute touch. I also like that they have studs and not staples.

A nice low pair for lounging about.

The buff hue here is just about perfect.

How delightful (and delightfully chic) is this daisy-strewn pair?

These are from Dansko, and they currently appeal because the sole isn’t wood, which makes them more flexible.

A pink snakeskin pair from Rachel Comey that I’m having to sit on my hands to keep from ordering.

These take me right back to high school, and the scary girls who used to sneak smokes in the parking lot.

These are so polished they’re practically office-worthy—when we go to offices again—but also subdued enough to work with jeans.

I dig the knotted detail on this Loeffler Randall pair.

Not only do these have studs, which I always prefer, but they also have a really cute, retroish heel.

And why not a zebra-striped pair, I ask you?

The notches on this J. Crew pair are pretty spiff.

And finally, I bring you No 6 wedge clogs, which are high enough to make you satisfyingly taller, but low enough to be truly walkable.

 

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64 Thoughts on It’s getting on clog season
    RebeccaNYC
    31 Mar 2021
    12:47pm

    I have been a huge clog fan since the early 70’s when wooden soled clogs were the only shoes I pretty much wore. I don’t even know how many pairs I have had over the years, and how many brands I have cycled thorough. I wore out my most recent pair of daily wear black Dansko clogs and replaced them with what I thought was the exact same pair, same size, same everything. They have changed something, even though they say they have not and they are too tight in the arch. I have tried stretching out the instep to no avail. Heartbroken. Meanwhile, I saw a cheap pair at Target that were just too cute for words, very well made “vegan” (which just means plastic in some form or another, no matter how expensive they are) and SO COMFORTABLE. I’m sure they will only last one summer, but I don’t care. They have helped me get over my Dansko heartbreak. https://www.target.com/p/women-s-harlow-clog-heels-universal-thread/-/A-81279105?preselect=80849339#lnk=sametab

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      Karin
      1 Apr 2021
      8:52pm

      Rebecca, they’ve got the Professional, XP and XP2.0 now – it’s so confusing! I agree, I have worn their clogs for years and recently ordered some and they are NOT the same. I tried all 3 options and none of them were like they used to be…so sad! But the backless ones spotlighted here are awesomely comfortable.

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      Lisa
      31 Mar 2021
      4:27pm

      Thanks so much for this info! I was a huge fan of Mia clogs back in the day, and want to try out clogs again but not willing to pay up for the spiffy brands until I’m SURE. I’m trying the Target ones, based on your excellent review. Plus, somehow I had gift cards and a rewards balance on Target’s site so I’m paying $18 for them? My bargain hunting mom in heaven is beaming.

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        RebeccaNYC
        1 Apr 2021
        2:19am

        Yay! Glad it helped you out. Check out the other ones they have, too. Very cute styles.

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    AK
    31 Mar 2021
    2:47pm

    You guys, I just counted and I have eleven pairs of clogs.

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      bjv
      24 Apr 2021
      6:52pm

      Impressive!..I only have two pairs, but already want more!!

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    kimbersam
    31 Mar 2021
    3:52pm

    Feeling like an anthropologist, eavesdropping on the Clog-Wearer diaspora in their native language.

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    cw
    31 Mar 2021
    1:36pm

    The Mia Birdsong podcast is lovely. I must order her book and also want to watch her Ted talk from 2015. Thank you for that introduction to such a compelling person!

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    patty
    1 Apr 2021
    2:14pm

    Have you been in my head? I’ve been thinking about getting clogs for the new season, but wasn’t sure where to turn. A trip to Nordstrom Rack netted me 3 pair of shoes (not clogs). A slip-on backless sneaker with thick sole, a pair of Nike leather sneakers, and a pair of lug-soled black strapped sandals. Yay.’
    A clog side-note: They can be extremely aerodynamic. I winged one at my ex back in 1978. Thankfully, it missed his head, but BAM! It whacked into the wall pretty good. I do not condone violence, it was the one and only violent act in my life. haha

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    Karin
    1 Apr 2021
    8:50pm

    I have the Dansko Berry clogs – they are THE most comfortable Danskos I’ve ever owned! Whatever they’ve done with the soles, it’s SO cushy and the lining is soft leather, not that weird “moleskin” they were using for the past few years that wears out in 6 months.

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    Cara
    31 Mar 2021
    9:08am

    For anyone with hip, knee and/or foot problems these work wonders:https://www.oofos.com/collections/womens-clogs

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      Viajera
      31 Mar 2021
      11:54am

      Just out of curiosity, what about them has helped your feet and knee problems? Are these supportive, or are the soles more soft? (I am wondering if my oofos were typical.) Thanks! I am always looking for input on healthy footwear.

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      themis
      31 Mar 2021
      8:01pm

      Also curious: are they plastic? Are they of some kind of breathable substance?

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        Viajera
        1 Apr 2021
        12:50pm

        Based on my pair, the substance isn’t breathable. It seems to be some kind of a rubbery foam. Some styles are thong sandals though, for summer. https://www.oofos.com/

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    JB
    31 Mar 2021
    9:15am

    Ever since I broke my foot wearing clogs with socks (cute but idiotic – especially on an “uneven surface”), I’ve taken a pass. I’m all about loafers with no-shows. And btw, a post on the best no-shows would be good. I’m partial to Stance and Bombas.

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      Linden
      31 Mar 2021
      1:52pm

      If there are any no-shows that DON’T slide down, I want to hear about them!

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        Debra
        31 Mar 2021
        4:04pm

        Try ONDO! They’re guaranteed not to slip. I’ve only worn mine a few times, but so far they’ve been great.

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        Mamavalveeta03
        31 Mar 2021
        8:05pm

        No kidding!

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      Ellie
      31 Mar 2021
      5:13pm

      I hear you, JB. Between at least two sprained ankles and one full-length, face-first wipeout caused by rolling over the outside of the platform sole while walking on a normal–not even cobblestone–sidewalk, I can no longer contemplate clogs, no matter how cute.

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        Mouse
        2 Apr 2021
        6:51am

        Me too, permanently stretched ligament, and after a lifetime of wearing clogs I am SO SAD. But the pain isn’t worth it.

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    CC
    31 Mar 2021
    9:18am

    I envy those with the ability to walk in these without ankle issues or falls!

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      Cora
      31 Mar 2021
      4:08pm

      Yeah, me too – I always wonder: how do you walk your dog in them? Can you run with clogs? I live with the irrational fear I might hit my miniature dachshund with a clog on the head, on some otherwise fine summer morning …

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    Tamara
    31 Mar 2021
    8:27am

    love this post which totally vindicates my embarrassingly vast clog collection….

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    Heather
    31 Mar 2021
    9:03am

    I love the look of these but don’t understand how one walks in them.

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      Clatie
      31 Mar 2021
      10:22am

      If they fit properly, they’re a dream to walk in. I wore clogs to Disneyland!

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        Viajera
        31 Mar 2021
        11:56am

        Agree with Clatie – they should fit/be snug, or else they are dangerous. (I don’t even usually wear mine out of the house. Only if they have straps.)

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          Heather
          31 Mar 2021
          6:35pm

          I was thinking more of the nonbending sole.

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            Clatie
            1 Apr 2021
            10:47am

            The sole is super supportive – you can get flexible soled clogs but I like the wood more.

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            Viajera
            1 Apr 2021
            12:57pm

            Ah, well, strangely enough, I find that the wooden sole is my favorite part, and I can walk easily in my Svens (with my superfeet in). The sole is shaped and it sort of rocks. They feel very very light once you get used to them. (I haven’t actually compared the weight to a sneaker.) You can get them with a little bendy part in the ball of the sole, but I haven’t tried those yet. If you haven’t clogged, I would just try them on in a Rack first to check. It’s too hard to return things now. Back in the day, my most comfortable shoes were my Sauconys. Now after PF, I really like to have a hard sole, because my feet aren’t getting (over?)stretched all over the place on rubber. Boy I like to talk about feet and shoes a lot now. It *would* be nice to get back in a sneaker.

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              Viajera
              1 Apr 2021
              12:58pm

              Oh, I mean, go to a Rack eventually … don’t get sick! Mind the variants, right?

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    Caroline
    31 Mar 2021
    9:34am

    Adore clogs!
    No I was definitely not a scary girl in high school, but wanted to be one badly and had the high clogs.
    They did not make me any cooler but I loved them anyway.
    My fancy suburban high school had a designated student smoking area,
    Which seems bananas now. However it did prepare me for college where teachers and students smoked in class. No wonder everyone was thin!!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      31 Mar 2021
      8:08pm

      My dad was a principal and I can recall having to meet him in the smoke-filled teacher’s lounge after school to catch a ride home.

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    cw
    31 Mar 2021
    9:35am

    I love my Dansko full-on clogs, but have never been successful in walking in a backless clog––they always fall off my foot. However, if I could walk in a backless clog about half of these would be winging their way to my feet. Such a great selection!

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    MARGARET
    31 Mar 2021
    9:41am

    I realized not long ago that my forever idea of stylish, and what I now ape in my late middle age, is the very specific hippie look of the Hollin Hills moms of the cool kids in my middle school: jeans, dangling silver earrings, embroidered tops from whatever country they were last stationed in (there were lots of diplomatic families which I only recently learned meant that in that neighborhood, dad was a spy). And of course the footwear of choice was CLOGS. Anyway, in tribute to those ladies, I just bought some leopard-print Dansko Brendas and they feel so good on my feet. Highly recommend.

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      Rae
      31 Mar 2021
      1:12pm

      I love this and so relate to it! I too still hold as a sartorial ideal the clothes of my mother / friend’s mother’s / beloved baby sitters. In my case New England in the 1980’s – early ’90’s. Lots of relaxed but expensive preppy. Somehow the camp counselor clothes especially stick with me: faded polo shirts, layered Esprit tanks, moccasins, levi cutoffs with Indian block print tops…Those looks are my ideal of self-confident beauty : )

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        D.Morgendorffer
        31 Mar 2021
        2:09pm

        Rae, your comment made me smile. There used to be, a long while back, an e-shop that carried designers like Samuji and Kieley Kimmel. I wrote a couple pieces for the shop’s blog, including a piece on Normcore and 90s fashion revival. In it, I argued that younglings were affectionately emulating adults from their 90s childhood, (including their Birkenstock-wearing babysitters, of which I was one). So, I am now grinning as I consider that the generation of babies, for whom I poured countless sippy cups of juice and put in VHS tapes of The Little Mermaid a ZILLION TIMES, now have adult teeth, driver’s licenses, and so on. I bet your babysitters would be beaming if they read your comment, awww.

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          Viajera
          31 Mar 2021
          4:20pm

          See, to me it is amazing when anyone looks back on 80s looks with fondness. When I look at photos of that time, of just about anyone, it looks like a sartorial and hirsutical(?)/hairstyling horror show. (We had some good music though.) Clearly I lack these same style references. I’ve never heard of this Kieley person. It’s pretty fascinating. Thanks again, D.!!

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      cw
      31 Mar 2021
      9:14pm

      Margaret, I want to read the Hollin Hills novel. Cool bohemian moms and spy dads!

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        MARGARET
        1 Apr 2021
        6:21am

        Here’s the article i found about the spy dads: https://granta.com/the-fairytale/
        Please note that I did NOT live in Hollin Hills, I just aspired to (I lived in another neighborhood, in tiny brick rambler with my single mom who wore polyester pant suits). Another thing to know about that HH is that some of the moms had art/pottery studios in their leafy backyards that later turned out to be excellent places to smoke weed and make out with their sons.

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          CC
          1 Apr 2021
          8:20am

          Thank you so much for this. My dad works still in Northern Virginia and I had never heard of this community. Those hippie moms sound like my style idols even if I can’t hang with the clogs.

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          Viajera
          1 Apr 2021
          1:03pm

          Margaret, you sound way more interesting than the other people to me, and your mom too. I have super fond memories of my teacher who *made her own* polyester pantsuits. In pretty colors. Iirc, she wore them with high heeled Candies. She was kind of a hard*ss though and hurt lots of kids’ feelings. But, they learned a lot too.

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    Clatie
    31 Mar 2021
    10:20am

    If any of you are, like me, fitted Clogmasters customers, Sven Clogs has taken over the business and has your size in their files. They have even more choices than Clogmasters did, and are also made to order . https://svensclogs.com/

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      Susanna
      31 Mar 2021
      1:22pm

      Are those Sven shearling clog boots identical to No. 6? They sure look like it, and I know that No. 6 has theirs made for them, so I suspect they’re identical. Moot for me—I had to stop wearing No. 6 altogether when I twisted my ankle and fell one too many times.

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      Viajera
      31 Mar 2021
      12:00pm

      Gosh, I never heard of clogmasters, and now they’re gone? I should get out more. (I’m already a Sven fan though.)

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      Kate
      31 Mar 2021
      11:21am

      Just so good, Clatie- Thank you!

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      Shara
      31 Mar 2021
      12:41pm

      Love my Clogmaster clogs and so glad that svenclogs now has my info so I can order the clog sandals I have been thinking about

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      laura s
      31 Mar 2021
      5:10pm

      longtime clog master customer (back to the days on LaBrea). I ordered my first pair directly from Sven (after loading up before clog master closed) and it was a great experience. Once you have custom fitted clogs you can appreciate the difference. Not that it stopped my from buying some #6 wedge clogs. love a clog!

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        Clatie
        1 Apr 2021
        10:52am

        Yes, I was fitted by Cecelia in the shop. That first pair I ordered astonished me – they were so comfortable, never slipped off, I wore them to Disneyland and didn’t have tired feet when I got home. Now I can’t decide which to get next – I want SO MANY.

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        bjv
        25 Apr 2021
        9:44am

        unfortunately I jumped on the clog train after clog master closed shop. I talked with one of their employees and he let me know that they no longer had bases in my size. as a guy, it was a bit unique talking to another guy about clogs, we both joked about that. but I wanted and needed custom fit clogs as my feet have a difference of about 1.5 in shoe size. on etsy i found someone who could make me custom clogs. my first pair of open back danskos I dealt with the size difference, but for actual wood sole clogs and I am sooooo glad I had them custom made for my feet. amazing difference and as previously stated they are a dream to wear after I fully learned how to walk in clogs!

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    Steph
    31 Mar 2021
    11:58am

    I love my Beklina clogs that I learned about from you. They are super comfy and stylish and I receive compliments whenever I wear them. I have two different colors. Thanks!!

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      Steph
      31 Mar 2021
      12:01pm

      Also, I have no issues walking in them at all. They are very supportive and fit my foot well.

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    MaryAlice
    31 Mar 2021
    12:03pm

    I have the Beklina ribbed clogs, and while I really love them, be aware: while the store accepts returns, it it ONLY for store credit. No refunds. A little bit of a shock when you’re buying shoes online without being able to try them on.

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      Cynthia
      31 Mar 2021
      1:13pm

      Good to know! Any tips on sizing (for instance, as compared to No6)? Thanks!

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        MaryAlice
        1 Apr 2021
        11:34am

        Sizing seems to be true to standard ( I wear my normal size 10 in the Beklina). I have narrow feet and a high arch, most clogs don’t fit me, but the Beklinas fit me well and are very comfortable. The fit is comparable to No.6, which is the only other clog I have ever tried on that are narrow enough.

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        Kim France
        31 Mar 2021
        2:24pm

        I think Beklina runs a tiny bit small.

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    Mae
    31 Mar 2021
    12:10pm

    The vegan puffy pair reminds me of the Famolare “Amsterdam” clogs I had when I was a teenager in the 70’s. I had yellow ones and my best friend had red ones. We wore them with our Faded Glory jeans. We were so cool.

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      Viajera
      31 Mar 2021
      4:17pm

      Oh wow .. I just searched for pix, and oh wow they were gorgeous. Hmm. So so cute.

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    T_Heather
    31 Mar 2021
    7:30pm

    My earliest fashion memory was getting a pair of clogs when I was 5 or 6 (late 70’s/early 80’s). It was around the same time Dr. Scholls were big, so I guess wooden-soled shoes were having a moment? Well, I just recently bought my second pair of clogs, some 40 years later. While not *quite* as comfy as my regular flats, they make me feel like the cool girl I most certainly am not.

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    rachel in berkeley
    31 Mar 2021
    7:26pm

    My most recent clog purchase was from Magnafied and their bendable sole is very cool. Plus their unique camo print is great, too. They’re a small company and were responsive to my large-foot-needs. https://magnafied.com

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    bjv
    23 Apr 2021
    4:12pm

    Hi all. I’ll be the first guy to comment on this thread. I’m new to clogs and LOVE them. Incredibly comfortable and supportive. I have two pairs of open back styles, Danskos and a pair of wooden sole. Recognizing they aren’t worn much if at all by guys, I just wanted to say that guys can enjoy wearing clogs as well!…I’m now wearing them whenever possible and am lucky enough to have a job I can wear them most of the time and have begun wearing them at home frequently. And yes, my wife calls them “my girl shoes”. Am also of the same age as most of you here.

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    Lori
    31 Mar 2021
    11:43pm

    Love clogs! Have been wearing various styles off and on since college, both fashion-y ones and regular old Danskos for actual work. Happy they’re having a moment — though the high-end designer versions currently getting press (Chanel, Hermes, etc.) are above my budget! In any case, every clog fan should know about SF’s *beautiful* handmade Bryr clogs: https://www.bryrstudio.com/ ; and real-deal, super-affordable, Swedish and Danish Lottas and Sanitas: https://www.lottafromstockholm.co.uk/ . (-:

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      bjv
      25 Apr 2021
      9:52am

      Lori, I too love clogs!! As a guy I’m slowly losing any shame of saying that. Relatively new to wearing them, began with Danskos for work as well and immediately knew they were awesome. I know have a traditional pair with wood soles that I wear at home and occcasionally when out. Love the Sanitas and am thinking about going with them or Sven for my next pair. Eventually I may end up like some of the other girls on here with way too many pairs of clogs in my closet..hehe

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      MARGARET
      2 Apr 2021
      6:16am

      I hesitate to post this for this crowd since it could be injurious to our credit cards but check out clogoutlet.com. Great prices, funky patterns, lots of sizes. I got my Sanitas there and the service was great: https://clogoutlet.com/

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