"Hope you are doing well. Have not seen any new blogs from you.
Well, first off, let me reply with a hearty and genuine, "Thank you!"
This has truly been a fun place to share my footwear fascinations and fantasize about new styles I'd like to own and wear. So yes, I've missed the opportunity to put some of my latest discoveries out there. But it's not for lack of material. Let me assure you, that shoe shopping is still my favorite way to kill a few minutes of downtime or provide myself with some much needed stimulation in the midst of some particularly tedious stretch of my day.
Unfortunately, downtime has been in short supply in my world lately and tedium has been in abundance. I have discovered a number of memorable shoes to share with you here (as you'll see below). But once documented and marked for later distribution on this blog, I've been unable to piece together the additional recreational time to allow me to do the necessary uploading and captioning.
However, after receiving the e-mail I quoted above, I felt myself go all Sally Fields...
...and was immediately suffused with a burst of energy. I allowed myself a moment to feel the warm glow of community (and cut myself a big piece of Achatz apple pie because it is my birthday today)...
...and then sprawled myself out on the leather sofa to compose this much overdue addition to Every Clog Has Its Day.
Sanita is Back on the (Wood) Block!
Kudos to my fellow sharp-eyed shoe shopper, Melissa, for spotting the newest developments over on the Sanita website.
I have fond memories of discovering all sorts of delightful wood-soled clogs on the pages of Sanita.com when I was first launching this blog six years ago. The crazy looking nubby suede and package twine combination on their Dharma clog was a personal fave back in the day.
I've even learned to incorporate it more colorfully into my wardrobe.
And then Sanita inexplicably stopped carrying wood-soled clogs.
Talk about "weeping and gnashing of teeth!"
Well, this summer there was reason for the lamentations to cease. Sanita had a full page of wooden goodness on display online. And some of the styles definitely merited a close look.
I certainly qualify as this blog's biggest clog boot addict so you know the Lexi made me swoon. And I expect Sanita is quite proud of it, too. Click on the photo to see how large a resolution they chose to use for that image. They definitely are giving us the chance study their craftsmanship in great detail.
Thank you, Sanita. It's good to see you back on the pages of Every Clog Has Its Day. (Especially with no ***CAUTION: MANMADE MIDSOLE*** warning.)
Rick Owens Spring 2015 Platform Shoes
You find the coolest stuff when you surf the web. I landed on the pages of a fashion blogger from New York City and discovered that designer Rick Owens had incorporated a variety of extreme platform sandals into his Spring 2015 runway show. These front view photos certainly whet my appetite to see more.
And the full side view did not disappoint.
I like the way the deep insets between the teeth of the soles gives them a geisha geta on steroids quality. If only Mr. Owens would price his creations within the reach of us mere mortals.
Comme des Garcons Oxford Clogs Sighting
Speaking of shoes I can never imagine being able to afford, there was a pair of Comme des Garcons wood-soled oxfords on eBay the other week. The listing has ended. Shame on me for not posting them sooner.
On the other hand, the seller saraheskelton had a transaction tally of exactly 0 so maybe it was all for the best. I know we all have to start somewhere, but seeing no previous record makes me extremely wary.
Of course, knowing me, for the right shoe, I would probably take the risk. And if the size on this pair was right, I'd definitely be first in line.
Vintage Clogs Anyone?
Remember this pair of vintage work clogs I posted a month or so ago? The fellow in Britain who found them in a shed he was cleaning out would love to send them to an appreciative clog fan. He wrote me recently to say the inner sole measures 26cm.
If they catch your eye and you'd be interested in paying shipping to wherever you live, let me know and I'll put you in touch.
Mmm, Swedish Hasbeens Boots!
Got an e-blast the other day to inform me that the Autumn/Winter 2015 clog boots are now available on the Swedish Hasbeens website. I do like the look of their designs. Though also have to say that every day I thank my lucky stars their shoes tend to run small and they don't craft anything in tall sizes. Otherwise I would probably be living in a trailer now since I would have collected one of everything they make.
Guess Who Else Is Back!
A regular reader stopped by the Comments recently to write,
I always enjoy seeing all the clog sellers listed on your site. I just discovered a new one, or actually an old one that is selling clogs again--Mia! They had some really great ones in the 70's and they are selling them again. Plus, they are still made in Sweden.
I ordered a pair of the "Elsa" style. Can't wait until they arrive.
MIA? You mean MIA, the company that put out all sorts of killer clogs in the 1970s?
How cool is that?!?
Here are a couple factoids I gleaned from the MIA About page:
MIA Shoes, originally known as MIA Clogs, was founded in 1976 when pop fashion turned to a more relaxed carefree style. Expanding on the traditional Swedish clog for the hipster crowd, the company became the top-seller of Swedish clogs in the United States – selling more than 20,000 clogs per week well into the early 1980s.
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With its 40th anniversary approaching, MIA has come full circle, trending back to the Swedish clogs that catapulted the company into footwear fame in the late 1970s. The new line features modern as well as classic, original MIA styles
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While styles have changed at Miami-based MIA over the years, the company’s leadership has remained a constant. In addition to CEO and founder Richard Strauss and his wife, Maria, the company’s fashion and marketing director, most of the company's top-management and designers have been with MIA Shoes for nearly twenty years. Today, the closely-held family business includes a Miami corporate office, New York showroom, east and west coast distribution and an e-commerce site.
As always, I'm grateful when one of my readers steers me toward some worthwhile grist for the blogging mill! And the fact that MIA is back is most definitely news! I've owned and worn quite a few MIA clogs in my wood-accessorized life, and if they manufactured sizes above 10, you can bet I'd be adding the Elsa to my arsenal as well! Never met a platform clog I could say no to!
To close, here's a movie about MIA clogs I found on YouTube. I don't think they'll be offering it on Netflix anytime soon, but here on ECHID, it should be a blockbuster!