My latest sightings duly noted below. And a few other items of sutorial interest.
First, the Bad News
As mentioned previously on ECHID, I ordered these G. J. L. clog boots from Yoox.com just before I wrote last week's post. Oh, the sweetness of anticipation. I'm happy to say the delivery was nice and speedy and I had my package by this past Saturday. But then the cold, hard reality of sizing intruded on my fantasies, and I had to face the simple fact that the 11s (the largest size offered) were designed for someone with smaller feet than mine.
I should also offer a warning to any clog lover who also feels tempted by this style, the base material is not wood at all, but some realistically crafted substituted. It makes for lighter weight bootie for sure, but those of us who love our wood-soled shoes for their heft and sound may be disappointed with the feel of the G. J. L. line.
It's worth mentioning that the upper looked and felt to be at the cheaper end of the spectrum when it comes to material. This particular boot was originally listed on Yoox for over $200.00, but the sale price of $72.00 that I paid for it seemed better in keeping with the overall quality and feel of the design.
Not a horrible shoe. Just know that you're not getting a clog bootie that's top end for your money.
Me? I prepared myself for potentially being disappointed by these shoes by ordering two other styles at the same time. The calf high wedge boot I picked out was also small, but I did experience extreme satisfaction with the Jeffrey Campbell Damsels that Yoox had on sale in a deep jade color. Mr. Campbell, thank you for coming through for me once again!
Platforms at Swedish Hasbeens
Woot! Clogs that are chunky! How can you not be smitten?
If those images from the recent Swedish Hasbeens e-blast don't win you over, they offer these product descriptions to offer further rationale for placing an order.
More Temptation from Yoox.com
Yes, you read that correctly up above. I ordered three pairs of shoes from Yoox.com recently and I'm only keeping one of them. You'd think that would make me gun shy maybe? But the solitary pair that was a winner more than made up for the letdown of the other two. So of course I'm tempted by what I see listed elsewhere on Yoox.
(Full disclosure: for me it's easy not to give into temptation with the shoes listed below. None of them are in my size. But let me tell you that if they were...!)
Pump from Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony
Ankle boot from Jil Sander
Ankle boot from Missoni
Clogs to Take You Back on Etsy
Meanwhile, over in Denmark, Zappa from Etsy shop Zappasvintage wrote to say there were some new and noteworthy wood-soled shoes that had turned up on their shelves. I feel it my duty to pass along the news to you.
Sandal clog from Gloria dal Porto, size 38
Sandal clog, size 40
Vingtage Work Clogs from the U. K.
Meanwhile, over in the British Isles, a regular reader wrote to say that they'd turned up in an old shed after a bit of housecleaning. The cleats and irons on the sole and heel suggest they were intended for use in heavy terrain or heavy labor. However, the two color leather on the toe and instep makes me think they were intended to do double duty as dress shoes when needed.
I contacted Mark Casperson of Multnomah Leather Shop to get his opinion, and he felt the design was definitely British though the style might still have been in production as late as the 1960s.
Feel free to chime in if you have any insights to offer.
Is it a blue shoe or a white shoe?
I don't expect this question is going to blow up the internet like that blue dress did several months ago. (I still can't see it as anything other white even though I know better!) But I thought I'd offer this post to clarify the look of a pair of Preston Zly boots I featured a few months back. This plucky Australian shoe designer caught my eye with their Patten Boot, a close fitting leather calf boot perched on a solid wood wedge. Initial images I saw had me quite intrigued by what I thought was a distressed denim finish.
But then, I kept running across references to the shoe being available in black leather and white.
I figured the style you see above was a discontinued color in the Patten Boot line. But then I ran across a photo very similar to that one depicting the variation they called "white."
I was well and truly puzzled.
And then my web search wanderings brought me by another photo that looks to be from the same shoot. Suddenly, all was made clear.
The ECHID Clog Detection and Identification Service comes through once again!
Another regular reader wrote at the beginning of June to see if I could help put a name to a pair of wedge clogs that had turned up online. Here's the image that was provided to help me in my investigations.
It's a style that another regular reader asked me to help track down back in the fall of 2011. And here's another image of it that I published at that time.
Note the whimsical image of the flower on the heel pad.
To the best of my abilities, I unearthed the strong likelihood that this wedge clog had been manufactured by a company named Sbicca. Again, note the flower image.
But then,...I ran across this series of listings on eBay...for a very similar wedge clog being offered by Australian seller fashionpiece. And the brand name given to this style is Chero.
"Curioser and curioser!", as Alice once remarked in a moment of surprise.
The style is doubtless from several years ago, but it certainly appears as though the same shoe may have been marketed in different countries under different names.
fashionpiece has this wedge clog available in black in both size 8 and size 9 (the seller says the shoe runs small) as well as in light brown suede in a size 7.
Why, there's that flower image again!