Free People Park Circle Review
The Inception of the Free The People Company begins in the 70’s at the height of the hippie counter culture. Back in the early 1970s, Richard Hayne opened a store in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his first wife, Judy Wicks, and named it Free People.
You know… Because of the free hippie people that used to be his clientele. And yes, his store did attract the young people who lived and shopped in the area, but when his store’s popularity grew, he opened a second store. He was divorced at this point, and whit the help of his second wife, he changed its name from Free People to Urban Outfitters.
And Urban Outfitters’ business began to boom. It began to grow rapidly in the 80’s, so his wife, Meg, oversaw the development of Urban Outfitters’ private label division. This proved to be quite successful move, and by 1984 the wholesale line “Free People” was back in action. And the rest is history.
But for now let’s focus on the of the free People’s most demanded and sought after item. The Park Circle clog.
Wooden Platform and Heel
Wooden Heel (4" height)
Buckle detail along the front and back
Definitely has a significant weight
The platform measures ¾ of an inch while the height of the inch is 3 and ¼ inches in height. The block heel looks beautiful next to the thick platform and the entire shoe screams 70’s even in the 21 century. If you don’t’ fall in love with the gorgeous upper than you’ll definitely fall in love with the thick wooden outsole. It’s definitely the star piece of the shoe and it’s what makes this shoe unique.
However, Park Circle clogs are made to feel you beautiful, confident and sexy in every occasion. They’re once in a lifetime purchase and will become a once in a life time item in your wardrobe. They come in varieties of colors so if the casual but elegant black is not the best choose for you can chose any other color thaw works best for you. Including pink.
But heavy or not, they do make a statement, because of the materials, and because of the interesting design. The four inches high heel is really fun at the back of the shoe, and the round toe silhouette is fantastic at the front of the shoe.
However, if the outsole rubber lining was a little bit thicker and the wooden outsole construction was a little bit shortened, they’d be much easier to walk in. They’re not the most flexible shoes out there, but given the size and the weight, they’re comfortable and very breathable.
You can easily transition them from day to night, and you’ll look fabulous on both occasions. The lightly padded footbed adds to the comfort, but not to the flexibility of the clogs. They’re strong and will keep you down to earth, but don’t expect a lot of traction properties from the thin rubbery lining in the outsole. Also, be very careful where you wear them, as they’re not the most flexible shoes in the entire company’s offering. But one thing is certain.
Not only they’ll brighten your life, but they’ll also brighten your outfit. Because there isn’t anything that you can’t wear them with. They’re versatile and bold in a very down to earth way. You can wear them to after-work cocktails with your colleagues and to a baby shower at your friend’s house. But regardless, what you chose to wear them with, they’ll do the talking for you. They’re loud, big, and expressive and perfect for every woman that wants to leave a loud, big and expressive mark everywhere that she goes.
It would have been nice if the footbed was a bit more padded, but that’s just a personal preference to most of the ladies that left a review in the comment section. But the security and the comfort comes from several different areas of the shoe, the thick wooden outsole and the adjustable strap with buckle on the side. All of them together make one great shoe that needs to be worn more often.