It was bound to happen, of course. When I hit a particularly tedious stretch in my day, I'll often fire up Firefox and see what delights a search for, oh, I don't know, "wooden+clogs" might turn up. Or "Jeffrey+Campbell+platform." I can't remember which particular web wave I was searching at the moment, but somehow I wound up on the pages of a neighborhood shoe store in Italy.
Is the internet not an amazing place?
Having made some droolworthy additions to my footwear arsenal via the Italian e-tailer Yoox.com—at least three very cool Jeffrey Campbell styles in the past year alone—...
...I find myself frequently haunting their URLs and discovering all sorts of variations on a number of different retailers' themes that I've never seen here in the U. S. Remember the Rookbee from Jeffrey Campbell? The lug soled ankle bootie with the massive wooden platform and an industrial strength high heel?
I've only seen it listed in North America from sellers such as Solestruck and Envi Shoes (who currently have it on sale in a full range of sizes!) in washed black leather. But there as bold as day (and certain fashion forward footwear fans), Yoox.com had it displayed in a vividly colored tooled leather.
Woot! Temptation lies forever in my path.
Fortunately, the right size tends to be more infrequent.
Anyway, as with any predator intent on capturing its prey, I had started to develop a sense of where to look and how. Jeffrey Campbell was clearly creating products for a European market that were not intended for American eyes. And with some adroit web searching, I found myself privy to some very appealing shoes.
Needless to say, some forethought and research is essential. Once before I nabbed a pair of size 41 platform booties from an Italian retailer, only to discover they did not fit like the size 11s I expected them to be, but more like an agonizing size 10 or worse. With Yoox.com, returns are nessun problema. When you're dealing with a small mama e papa store, there's more involved. So I sent my too small treasures off to eBay to find a more welcoming home and returned to my international web shopping with a very wary eye.
By now you've got a feel for my taste in shoes. You could sum it up as "eclectic and adventurous with a preference for heels and platforms." Or to be brief, say it in two words: "crazy different." My most recent transatlantic web journey was turning up some intriguing shoes for sure. But then, I stumbled across the most unexpected combination of design elements and daring that I've seen in months. Behold, the Jeffery Campbell Dennon!
It's a wedge built on the same last as the deep jade Damsel and the purple and the brown 99Tie Twos you see above. So right away, I was 99% sure it would fit. And since they had my size, it was just a matter of figuring out how to get them delivered to my door.
Happily, this story has a happy ending, and I found myself rocking the Dennon at work just days after I arranged my purchase. Interestingly, the shoe itself seems to be of richer leather and better construction than many of the other JC styles I've purchased over the years. Maybe that's the influence of needing to appeal to an Italian market. Long story short: thanks to the astounding reach of the internet, I have been able to add a very cool pair of shoes to the Wall of Infinite Pleasure. May your web wanderings bring you your own opportunities for satisfaction this week!