ood Lord! I didn't intend to take that much time off! Life is never without its surprises, as I'm sure you know if you've taken more than four or five orbits around the sun. Nothing cataclysmic or catastrophic has taken place in my world. And all the people I care about and love are healthy and happily motoring through their lives. But I had a few situations arise at the beginning of the month that demanded more than the usual amount of attention and anxiety I devote to them on a daily basis, and I found myself continually without the ability to hunker down over my laptop to focus on getting my latest clog finds posted and swooned over. And it's a darned shame, too. I've had some fun the past few weeks pairing up bits of wooden goodness from the Wall of Infinite Pleasure with some fabulous fashion finds I've picked up at reduced prices. (A word of gratitude here for the wonders to be had scouring the end of season selection at Nordstorm Rack. And just as deserving of appreciation is the targeted search you can set up on eBay. That little feature has brought a whole bunch of good things into my life and into my closet over the years.) In a perfect world, I could still set aside a couple hours every day to post here as I used to do. And I'd set up a dedicated camera in the spare bedroom to treat you to an outfit of the day image on a regular basis. (Today you'll have to use your imagination. It's an oversized poet shirt with tassels and whipstitched cuffs in a gauzy red material from Free People gathered at the waist with a wide black belt paired with black leggings and a pair of black Litas from Jeffrey Campbell.)
But this is the real world. And just like my favorite aphorism "So many shoes, so little time," I find the same to be true of my creative projects. There are a lot of cool things I'd like to make happen on a monthly, weekly, even daily basis. But the reality is, once I'm home from the day job, my body gives me three, maybe three and a half productive hours, and then it says, "Baby, we are going to bed now!" And while it might have worked for me to talk back to it ten years ago, these days it usually has its way.
So as always my heart has been here. And my thoughts, too. Unfortunately my fingertips couldn't match the pace. But enough of this long-winded apology! I intended to create a short introduction, enough to extend the text past the bottom of the drop capital, but here I am still waffling on in a third paragraph. Basta! Let me get something ready to post before my body starts complaining about how exhausted it is at the end of the day! Silly physical vessel. Doesn't it realize we have awesome shoes to contemplate adorning it with?
Sightings from Swedish Hasbeens
Ha! If you're on their e-mailing list, you'll remember seeing these in your Inbox days ago. Still, the eye candy is hard to resist. See the thing about me as a shopper is that I'll buy new if it's the most stupendously amazing shoe since the beginning of the universe. And if you're a long time reader of this blog, you know that such legendary samples of the cordwainer's art do appear from time to time. Three from my list made the Top Ten post I compiled in 2011: the Nadine clog bootie from Koolaburra, the Savanna clog boot from UGG, and the thigh-high shearling clog boot from No. 6 (code name: the Nordic stripper). But if you're a more frugal footwear shopper than I (and that generally is a category that contains everyone else on the planet except for my partner in shoe lust, Melissa), then your approach is to wait and see. And that's what I do with my second tier of clog desires. Sometimes the price will drop. Sometimes the early fashion adopters move on to the next new trend and put their previous purchases online for sale. Sometimes an outlet e-tailer will have old stock priced to move. And that's where I'll pounce on those items I passed by when they were new. Here's the thing, though: I think it's good to have an idea of what's come out recently even if you didn't catch it in real time when the shelves were full and every size was in stock. That way you have an idea what to look out for. At least that strategy has worked for me. So it's in that spirit that I pass along these glimpses of goodies from Swedish Hasbeens that they've promoted this month. (Please note: the links are not active in the photos.)
I should mention that I did just check the Swedish Hasbeens website, and their Summer Sale is still going on and the price reductions are still in effect.
There's MORE from Swedish Hasbeens
I could have included this above, but since I am such a clog boot addict, I felt this merited it's own separate listing. Boots can be found on the SH New Arrivals page.
New Fall Clogs from No. 6
That's what the message from their store read, and when I looked at the photos, I had to agree. For those of you at the extreme ends of the size spectrum, you'll be pleased to learn that No. 6 crafts their fashion forward footwear in a full range from 5 to 12. If we could revisit that perfect world again, I'd be placing an order for three or four of these styles right now.
Asos Has Clogs on Sale
At the more budget friendly end of the shoe buying spectrum is this assortment of wood-soled footwear listed on the Asos website. The upside is that the prices are stunning and the product pages clearly state "Free Shipping Worldwide." The downside for my neighbors and myself is the fine print on one of the listings that reads "This item cannot ship to the USA."
Taupe wrap clog sandals from Free People
Amber Orchard clog shoe boot from Free People
A big thank you to new regular reader Melissa from AZ. She pointed these sale items out to me so far back in the month of August that I'm too ashamed to admit it. But as I said, even if you don't get to buy 'em, at least you got to look at 'em.
funkis Clogs sightings
I'm totally addicted to the dark tights/leggings with cool shoes look. Which is why this image on the recent funkis e-blast caught my eye.
Pay no attention to the text that's overlaid on the photo. It's intended to announce a sale that thanks to my tardiness I can only inform you ended on Sunday.
But maybe I can make it up to you with a pic or two from the funkis Instagram postings. Pay their page a visit here.
That's all for now. My metabolism is starting to cue me that it's had enough excitement for this day. Time to refresh and get ready for another round tomorrow. With fabulous footwear on my feet, of course!