Naturally I came running to her side at the Mac mini to see what there was to be seen.
Sanita have long been known for their creative variety of traditional Scandinavian footwear, and both Melissa and I have been known to swoon over their styles from season to season. Good Lord, I myself even went on a Sanita shopping spree once upon a time (well documented in this post on ECHID). I still have fond memories of the heady experience of having so many new shoes arrive at the same time. I ended up returning half of them as I expected I would, but still it was a delightful challenge determining which ones I would keep.
Suffice it to say Sanita has been a regular in the category of Clog Makers We Adore. And when Melissa became smitten with a cute new style on their website back at the end of summer, I had to take a look.
I wish I had a better photo to share. The models are looking all Game of Thrones in their elegant chunky soles. I'd love to take a closer look at the stylists efforts.
The green/grey pair is remarkable, but it was taupe/grey version with the high rising shaft in front that struck Melissa's fancy. But entertaining as the style was, at the time we first happened upon this shoe the Sanita folks had not gotten around to making it available on their website. It was initially just for show.
Can you say, "Frustrating!"?
Of course, we are diligent clog chasers here at ECHID world headquarters, and this Sanita boot was added to our daily web searches in hopes of spotting a pair posted alongside an Add to Cart button. And eventually the regular trawling of the internet paid off. Melissa discovered the Lexi (for that is this clog boot's name) available for purchase at last.
But apparently a number of other clog boot fans were discovering them, too. And sizes were limited. What was once a search for merely a retailer that sold the Lexi became a frantic rush to find a retailer who still had them in her size.
One retailer came through. And due to their cautionary advice to order up a size, Melissa went with the 39.
Anyone who's fallen under the spell of a new shoe style is well aware of the feelings of loss and desperation when you learn that that new footwear that's just been delivered to your door doesn't actually fit you at all. Melissa and her size 7-1/2 feet were braced for a clog boot that was cut tighter than usual. But instead she learned that the Lexi runs big! Imagine the trauma of finding out that not even two pairs of thick socks and Kleenex stuffed in the toe could make a longed for shoe work. Just look at this photo of a distressed clog fan demonstrating that a new acquisition fit not only her feet, but also her hands at the same time, too.
I say trauma because if you've been there and done that yourself, you know that while you were being unfortunately diverted by a pair that was supposed to fit, other eager shoppers were out there glomming onto the sizes that might have been a better choice for you.
Melissa hopped back online and scrambled to find a retailer who still carried the Lexi in smaller sizes, and with a little digging, she got the size 38 headed her way. But when it arrived, she was shocked to learn that it, too, was still too big. By now, the style had disappeared completely from the Sanita website itself. Which means what? One would naturally assume that they had sold out and had no more to offer.
Insert noises of anxiety here.
Immediately Melissa leaped for her mouse and got the size 37 Lexi pointed toward her doorstep.
All this for a pair of shoes?
Well, of course this story has a happy-ish ending. The smallest of the three sizes did finally arrive, and as you might imagine (if you happen to be of a pessimistic nature), it was also big.
How can this be? Melissa made them work, sort of, with the application of a thick Thorlo sock to each foot. But barefoot, there was still enough room for her to slip a finger behind her heel. You can see for yourself that the 37 is indeed smaller than the 38. But not by much.
The 39s were shipped back days ago. The 38s will be on their way soon. Melissa, I'm afraid, found it lessa stressful to just go with the 37s instead of chasing after yet a smaller size that may or may not at this point still be available.
All in all, it is a very cool clog boot. And I know that if I had been in her position, I would have done the same thing. Heck, I have been in that position and I have done the same thing!
Melissa, you do rock those boots! Good for you for making them your own!
Since this is a blog, here's an obligatory and somewhat unrelated photo of a cat. Because internet.