But nope, they didn't fit.
If you have any experience as an online shopper, you know the moment of truth always comes when you slit open the mailer and slip your purchase out of the box. Delayed gratification can be a beautiful experience when the delay is actually followed by gratification. But when the climactic moment arrives and you discover that your hoped for "most favorite new pair" turns out to be a size or two too small, the disappointment is swift and complete. I used to work with a woman who was never daunted by clothing that was a size or two small. She was such a skilled seamstress that she would just open all the seams and loosen the fit until it accommodated her.
With shoes that are too small, all you can do is stare listlessly into space in dismay.
You may recall I had ordered a pair of Topshop clog sandals back in March, an event documented on Every Clog Has Its Day here. As you could see from the photos, the size 11.5 shoes were mockingly small for my size 12 feet. And even though I may have had some success with Topshop shoes in the past, I should have realized that these clog boots were built on basically the same wooden sole as the sandals. And as you can see, in comparison to my size 12 Litas, those smart looking clog boots weren't even worth attempting to get on my feet. They arrived on a Friday, and I do believe I had them ready to ship back and delivered to my local UPS Store location less than 24 hours later. Wham. Bam. No thank you, ma'am!
But similarly, if you've had any experience as a shopper, you know there'll be other fish in the sea. And until they arrive, you can just cherish that refund that will be credited to your card as soon as the item return gets processed.
Oh, well. Tomorrow is another shopping day, and I'll just try again.
Shoe sighting: Yosuke U. S. A.
At least I think that's the brand name. My Japanese isn't very good. And I would say their English isn't much better:
YOSUKE U.S.A(Yosuke) lace-up design thickness bottom Sabot Tsavo Sandals 2600383
But whatever a "thickness bottom" is, it sure makes for a way cute clog, don't you think?
Available to puzzle over here.
funkis Annual Sale and Garage Sale
And this one isn't just for customers who live hear their brick and mortar stores in Australia. According to their e-blast:
As always, absolutely everything in our stores and online is on sale at 30-50% off.
And just in case you might have forgotten one of the product lines that funkis is known for, they thoughtfully included this photo.
Details on their website here. Key dates (for those of us not in Australia) to remember are:
Wednesday, May 27th:
24 hour online Flash Sale kicks off the Annual Sale from 9am Wednesday until 9am Thursday.
Monday, June 1st through Sunday, June 14th:
Annual Sale continues in stores and online until Sunday the 14 June.
Meanwhile, Elsewhere Down Under
Our ever resourceful clog correspondent in Australia shares some photos of his latest D. I. Y. project. Someday we'll just be able to fire up our 3-D printers and manufacture the hottest new styles in the comfort of our Jetson style condos. But until that day arrives, you can't beat having a workshop of your own for bringing the coolest shoe styles to life right in your own backyard.
Notes from the creator:
Here are a pair of wooden sandals I made earlier in the week. The upper sole is made of 12mm of foam, the sole is made of plywood with a double layer of leather for the upper.
And in other news from Oz, our fellow footwear fanatic writes,
Also a pair of London underground clogs that arrived. And a photo of the Rick Owens clog boots for the price will clean out your bank account.
Meanwhile, On the Other Side of the Planet
Swedish Hasbeens dropped by my Inbox to say,
Strong summer colors are here.
Well, so they are. Here.
Vintage Wood-Soled Shoes on Etsy
And we're talking a true vintage item here. Etsy seller aintweswank took time to let me know she had a unique pair of shoes for sale, a wood-bottomed item with an articulated sole. She reckons that it dates from the '30s or '40s. Considering that it has a canvas upper, I wonder if it might actually come from the World War II era when leather was directed from consumer channels into the wartime effort.
Darling canvas flexiclog style (only better!) round toe clogs with adorable red and khaki/cream upper. They have red laces that can be tied up the ankle or at the side. The wooden soles are a pine color. The bottoms are bendable at the ball of the foot. They have a soft flat leather footbed with little scalloped edges. The bottoms have wooden taps at the toes and a metal tap at the heel as to keep the wooden heel in good shape (which has worked by the way!)
On my feet as I blog:
One very good reason not to feel put out about those Topshop boots not fitting is that I've got plenty of worthy and wearable shoes already at my fingertips. Or should I say toetips. This evening I made homemade shrimp pesto pizza and chocolate oatmeal cookies for my partner in clog madness, Melissa. And I dressed for the occasion in a pair of John Fluevog's finest that she brought into my world a few years back, the Conviction. Here's the photo I took when I first brought 'em home in August of 2011. They've definitely put on some miles since then!