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We can all remember so clearly that one kid in school who wore sandals every single day–snow, rain, freezing temperatures; he didn't care and it didn’t matter. The spirit of the sandal kid is very much alive in Bedrock Sandals, a minimalist hiking sandal brand that's gathered a devoted following among outdoorsy types. While Bedrock's hiking sandals target mostly hardcore adventurers by way of the Cairn Evo sandal line, the company's singular closed-toe style, the Mountain Clog, is as functional as it is stylish in a range of envronments. So much so its initial 2023 release sold out in a matter of weeks—and then their entire September restock shipment was stolen in an Oceans Eleven style heist... Seriously!
Good news is, as of fall 2023 the beloved Bedrock Mountain Clog is once again available. Now even in a range of new colorways including red clay and sagebrush green.
For further backstory and full details, let's dive in. Bedrock Sandals made their mark on the adventure sandal world with their ultralight Classic Sandals ($85), which have a design that's akin to a mash-up between flip-flops and hiking sandals. Those familiar with that sandal—or the more supportive Cairn Evo Sandals ($115-140)—will immediately recognize that the Bedrock DNA is still present in the Mountain Clog.
Like the sandals, the Mountain Clog has a lightweight zero-drop Vibram sole and an adjustable strap system to secure the heel. But here, the paracord big toe thong gets replaced by a more protective closed-toe upper, available in both leather or a perforated and lined synthetic. Both material versions of the clog include a pronounced toe cap made from grippy climbing rubber, the same stuff a pair of climbing shoes uses to hold onto rock walls (making it inevitable that somebody will send the proj in a pair of Mountain Clogs).
Compared to Bedrock's sandals, the Mountain Clog is as ready for adventure—unlike Crocs, these clogs are designed for legitimate all-terrain wear—though it's dressed up enough to rock at the coffee shop without getting sandal kid shade. But the best part might be that after miles and miles of wear, owners of the all-terrain clog can ship them off to Bedrock’s Missoula, Montana headquarters for a full-blown resole service, and a few more years of use.
Price: $160 (synthetic upper); $175 (leather upper)