Ah, Halloween. That one time of the year when we can throw sartorial sensibility to the wind and dress for fun. Ever fancied yourself in goth guise? Or wearing an outfit that was totally age inappropriate? Or sporting a pair of shoes that you would never in a million years be caught dead in normally? Well, this is the holiday for you!
A few weeks back I featured an extraordinary pair of vintage Famolare clogs. They were (and still are) totally unique in their design. Formed out of molded fiberglass, they were larger than life. It was as though in addition to the platform on the sole, they also featured a platform on the upper. The pair I first brought to this blog was covered in denim. But at the time they were manufactured, they also showed up on the shelves in a mind boggling variety of colors. At the time, I lived near one of the rare shops adventurous enough to carry the shoe in my college town. But I have to admit, I don't think I saw them on the feet of more than one fellow student. (It goes without saying that I even considered a pair,...but at the time I shied away. Sometimes our practical sides can be so strong.) They were definitely an acquired taste.
Or so I thought. Years later I've marveled at the number of these one of a kind shoes that have made themselves known on eBay. All across this adventurous country of ours, people have been hoarding these unique shoes, unable to part with them, unable to wear them. 'Til finally the tipping point arrived and the need to clean out the closet prevailed. Who knows why they didn't do so sooner? Could they really have been thinking, "You know, someday this pair of shoes might come back in style. I'd better hang on to 'em"? As always, their loss is our gain. And so I'm glad to share with you the variety of sightings I've had of these distinctive clogs via the internet. Including one well scuffed pair that turned up in an eBay auction headed "Clown Shoes" as well as a pair I snapped up to use as decoration in my kitchen. No matter what your taste for costumes is this Halloween, "Don't dream it. Be it!" Well put, Dr. Frank N. Furter. Just be sure to plan ahead. The most satisfying outfits are usually not the ones you try to put together on the afternoon of the 31st.
(These images have been culled from various eBay auctions over the past four or five years. If you see one that belongs to you and wish to have credit for it, please pipe up!)