ount me among the satisfied and sated this week! I'm the proud owner of two new pairs of shoes! And if you know and love unique footwear like I know and love unique footwear, you know I'm not just talking about a shopping trip to my neighborhood Discount Shoe Warehouse. No, fabulous footwear is usually found through painstaking diligence and determined digging. You start with a style name or a brand. Type it into Google. Let the search gnomes do their work. Next thing you know you're surfing fashion blogs from the Philippines or street style uploads from Germany or a post on the Polish equivalent of eBay. As much as I am devoted to having wooden goodness on my feet, I confess I'm almost equally addicted to some of the more dazzling platform styles that Jeffrey Campbell has come along with in the past few years. Even more so now that those styles are making their ways to the discount listings across the internet, and shoes that would have given me pause at their original price can now be crowding my bedroom floor for a third as much. Long story short, my earnest investigations at the beginning of the year unearthed a pair of 99 Two wedge booties from JC in my size and priced to move on the e-shelves of Superfly Deluxe (described as Italy's premiere outlet for streetwise fashion). And not only that, I also spied a pair of Lita booties from Mr. Campbell in an unexpected shade of green. So I came, I saw, and I conquered. And with the assistance of a fellow footwear fanatic, I soon had two new styles to add to my fashion arsenal that I would never have even known existed without the help of the world wide web. So I've been doing the happy dance here. Well, as much of a dance as one could hope to do in 6" heels. And after spending today sailing around in the tan 99 Twos, I can definitely say the effort to get them to my door was worth it.
More clog sightings over on Shopbop.com
These slipped by my radar apparently. I must have been chasing some other styles in some other corner of the web at the time. But in the interest of at least sharing a fleeting sighting of them with you before they disappear from the internet for good, I'm sharing them online today.
Justine clog bootie from Madison Harding
Hiker clog bootie from Penelope Chilvers
Kinkling booties from Jeffrey Campbell
Clogs in search of a new home
Once again, a regular reader from Pennsylvania wants to see this assortment of size 42 and 43 clogs find a new closet to hang out in. Possibly yours? Please contact me through the link in the About section if you might like to give it to them.
Tessa Clogs, black snake, size 43
Eskil's clogs, size 42
Sanita knit cuff clog bootie, size 42
More D. I. Y. creativity from our correspondent in Australia
Can't find the wood-soled shoes you want? Then do what our fellow clog lover down under did: make your own. Here's the blow-by-blow description that accompanied these photos:
The idea of using a foam upper was from the Flogg sandal range and the shape of the sole was from a pair of platform Geisha sandals. The upper style idea came from a composite of a popular style of sandals. I used laminated timber and then laminated it together with glue. I then marked out the upper sole pattern and cut the pattern out on the bandsaw. Then I proceeded to try my hand at making a plaster of Paris mould to be used as a shoe last. Very crude but effective. The leather I purchased was too thin so I laminated the leather together to make the leather thicker. The upper pattern was cut and then nailed to the finished base.
I think I speak for all of us when I say, "Whoa!"