Free People Park Circle Review

  • Free People Park Circle Outsole
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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.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Wooden Platform and Heel

Wooden Heel (4" height)

Rubber outsole

Buckle detail along the front and back

Cons

Definitely has a significant weight

Outsole

Outsole

Wood is not that used in the making of shoes, but because these clogs are retro-inspired, they’re heavy and beautiful at the same time. And what makes the heavy? Well, that gorgeous and hefty outsole. Made from rubber and a block of wood, the synthetic outsole is truly the star piece of this clog. Made from wood, it’s designed in a manner that’s it’s both stable and easy on the eye.

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.
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Park Circle clog has a lightly padded footbed that provides most of the comfort when you’re wearing these clogs.
Upper

Upper

Oh would you look at that gorgeous leather upper topped with a leather lining. It’s both gorgeous and practical, because the only thing that would make a great pair to the wood used in the bottom part of the shoes is strong and thick leather used in the upper. And that’s not it. The adjustable sling-back strap can be seen on the upper, while the ankle strap is secured with buckle closure for a more tight and secure grip of the clog. The buckle on the lower part of the upper is purely decorative, while the buckle on the ankle strap is adjustable to the size and dimensions of your foot.
Comfort

Comfort

Because the platform of the shoe is almost fused with the heel, the comfort that the clogs do provide is greater than most of the thick heeled shoes. And of course, the fact that it’s made out of wood really brings the comfort up a notch. The heel is quite high in height (four inches in height) but at the same time it’s thick and almost fused with the wooden platform of the shoe, and it definitely attributes to the overall comfort of the shoes.
Support

Support

You can thank the lightly padded footbed in the midsole for the support. The padding in the footbed makes the height of the heel a little more bearable for walking and it positions the arch and the toes in the right way, so they don’t feel the strain of the heel‘s height. Of course the design of the heel and the rest of the outsole play a great role in the support, so all of these things attribute to the support and the comfort of the clogs.
Durability

Durability

There is a reason why the famous Dutch clogs were made from wood. The wood is a great protector to the feet, and any shoe made from wood is bound to be more durable than other artificial materials. The wood used in the making of the outsole will last a reeeealy long time, and will attribute to the shoe’s longevity on the long run. The wood will also protect the bottom of your feet, but at this height your feet can rest assured that they’ll be guarded and well protected. Oh and the shoe will guarantee the durability solely because of the presence of the wood.
Flexibility

Flexibility

Unfortunately, the flexibility is not possible, in these clogs precisely because of the presence of the wood. Because of the wooden outsole, the clogs are almost impossible to bend, so the flexibility is practically nonexistent in the Park Circle clogs by Sole Society. Some of the flexibility in the shoe can be found in the leather upper, but again, because of the strong wooden material used in the making of these clogs, it’s not possible to maintain flexibility in the lower part of the shoe.
Stability

Stability

On the other hand, the stability is high in these clogs, and it’s because of that wooden outsole and leather upper. Both of the materials used in different parts of the shoe provide most of the stability to the entire shoe. The wood platform and heal provide the stability form the bottom of the shoe, and the leather from the upper part. You’ll be thankful because of those materials, since they’re one of the best natural materials for shoemaking in existence. Sole Society knows it, and used that knowledge to make the best durable, practical and stable clogs possible.
Airflow

Airflow

The gorgeous leather upper provides most of the airflow, but that’s partly due to the fact that it’s a cut out style of clog and there’s visible skin to the fit of the clog. But don’t worry, your feet will be aerated thanks to the natural wicking properties of the leather used in the upper, and they’ll be also protected from moisture and odor.
Terrain

Terrain

Guessing the best terrain that seems appropriate is a bit tricky in these clogs. Why? Because there’s the rubber outsole on the other hand and of course, the wooden platform and heel on the other. Yes, the rubber provides the best protection from the rough terrains, but one must be careful when walking in such terrains. The wooden construction of the outsole doesn’t give the shoe much flexibility and so any knock and crannies down the rough terrain will become potentially dangerous to the feet. The bottom part of the shoe doesn’t move at all, and it’s carved in an interesting design that makes walking in these shoe a tricky job that one must overcome.
Traction

Traction

The thick wooden outsole, topped with the thick 4 inch heel sure provides a great deal of stability to the foot, but traction is not one of those features. The bottom is lined with rubber and it’s great but that rubber is not exactly ribbed in order to provide the best traction properties. That rubber lining of the outsole is smooth and combined with the sturdy nature of the wood it could make the shoes extremely dangerous. If not careful, you could find yourself in a lot of injury prone situations, and you must be very careful when wearing the clogs.
Style

Style

Practically the entire shoe really does scream 70’s. It’s inspired by the decade, and if you’re in the retro style than these are the shoes for you. They’re quite heavy shoes yes, but it’s all because of the materials such as wood and leather used in the making of them. However, if you chose to buy them it’s not necessary to keep them in your 70’s inspired wardrobe. It’s true that they have a retro style, but you can bring them to modern times, just with the outfit that you already own in your wardrobe. They’ll make a great dress even more modern and funky, and will do the same with a pair of great high wasted jeans. No, it doesn’t have to be bell-bottom style of jeans, but it will remind a lot of older people to the style that used to wear when they were younger. Just take a look at some of your mom’s hippie outfits and you’ll be able to spot similar clogs on her feet but 40 years back in the future.

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.
Bottom line

Bottom line

The Company has a really catchy tagline behind these clogs. They’ll brighten your life. And it’s true. Made I Spain from quality materials like leather and wood, they’re the perfect 70’s inspired shoe. Your mom probably wore one just like it. But now, they’re brought to the modern times of the 21st century thanks to Free People’s retro-inspired footwear. They’re quite heavy for sandals, but it’s solely because of the wood used in the making of the clogs.

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.