ots of wooden goodness out there! I know. I've been there, and I've seen it. But that doesn't do you any good! So how about I stop storing up links with a plan to share them with you someday and actually kick my blogging neurons into gear and get these cool new shoes posted for your enjoyment? Seriously, if I'm going to fulfill my self-appointed role as clog evangelist of the first order, I need to get the word out! I mean, that's what a blog is for, innit? Posting pics of things that make your world go around and chatting about them with people who share your passions. Life is so much more interesting now that we can surf the world. Whatever did we do before the internet? I know that speaking for myself, there was transition in my being when the web brought its wonders to my laptop. There was the original R. B. S. era that began at birth and continued until my first dial up modem arrived. (R. B. S. stands for Really Boring Shoes.) And then there was the age of enlightenment I now revel in, F. A. F. A. M. O. I. I. M. O. W. It's a mouthful, I know. But it neatly sums up my life these days: Fabulously Awesome Footwear and Most of It Is Made of Wood.
1. Esme clog bootie from Matisse
Okay, I know I cued the angelic choir last week, but this we need to bring them back plus tympani and cymbals. And maybe even fire a cannon, too. This pair of wood soled boots has everything I hope for, crave, and long to have on my feet as I stroll through this world. The only thing this fabulous shoe lacks is my size.
Just look at this awesome creation! I would seriously clear out a shelf or two of long standing faves to make room for this one in my wardrobe rotation. If only it existed.
I first spotted the Esme bootie on the pages of the online marketplace Spring, and I have to give them a shout out for going above and beyond to help me determine whether this faboo shoo had been manufactured in a size 11 or not. Everywhere I looked there seemed to be listing of this bootie that had the 11 greyed out as though to suggest it was out of stock. But thanks to Olivia at the Spring Concierge desk, we were able to determine that Matisse only made this one up to a size 10. So after a short interval spent curled up in a fetal position agonized with despair, I reminded myself that I do indeed have plenty of other awesome shoes to wear and carried on with my life.
I love the Esme as they modeled it on the Spring product page. It's so sweet, I'm tempted to double up on the floor again.
And then I visited the website of Matisse, the maker of this example of clog boot awesomeness, and I learned that the Esme had also been crafted in a black and burgundy colorway.
Oh, the unfairness of life sometimes!
Well, if I've learned anything useful in my six years of clog-blogging and 39+ years on the planet, it's that occasionally one does miss out on The Most Amazing Pair of Shoes Ever. But if you just wait a couple months or so (sometimes only weeks), another Most Amazing Pair of Shoes Ever will eventually come along.
With that in mind I worked through the Five Stages of Shoe Grief—Despair, Swearing, Throwing Things, Opening Up My Browser, Acceptance Due to Finding Something More Fascinating to Lust After—and carried on with my life.
I have a feeling that I'll be getting a pair for my partner in shoe fanaticism, Melissa, and enjoy them vicariously through her. That's worked with a number of other unattainable shoes in the past, and I find it's a nice tradition to keep up. And I'm sure she enjoys the additional shoes, too.
2. Gwen clog bootie from Matisse
If you like your wood-soled shoes to be a little less rough hewn, you might enjoy this style also new from Matisse this season. Chunky heels aren't for everyone, I know. So trick out your weekly fashion statements with this more feminine execution of the clog bootie look. Again, it was the Spring website that first brought it to my attention.
3. Zilla demi wedge boot from Cordani
I also spent some time nosing around Nordstrom.com because occasionally I find shoes (and sizes) there that I can't find anywhere else. And that's where I first spotted this intriguing wood-soled spin on the desert boot. I love the tongueless instep and the simple one eyelet shoelace. This time, though, the word of appreciation goes out to the staff at Switch Shoes in Portland, Oregon for responding so thoroughly to my e-questions about size. This bootie comes up to a size 41, but in the world of Cordani, that's like a 10-1/2. Tall size clog lovers need not apply.
Here's the Zilla as seen on the Switch Shoes website:
But I was really smitten by the brown distressed leather variation being offered by Boulder, Colorado's Two Sole Sisters.
Mmm-mmm-mmm! That is one yummy looking shoe!
4. Shearling lined textured leather clog from Giuseppe Zanotti
One last bit of wooden goodness to mention for this post, and it's a doozy. Price-wise at least. I will say that I've learned from experience that expensive fashion quite often does have the feel of quality. You can tell that the item wasn't just knocked off on an assembly line somewhere overseas. But still, only you can say whether it's worth the extra cost. I love the look of these, but I have to agree with my fellow armchair fashion appraiser, there's something a bit amiss with the proportions. Still, if the maker were to send me a pair to test drive, I'm sure I could overcome any hesitations I feel about wearing them!
This one was spotted on Net-a-Porter.