In case you hadn't noticed, Sunday tends to be the day I take a break from hard and fast blogging about clogs and let my imagination roam a little. Sometimes that leads to a post that focuses on some obscure corner of clogdom...such as toe plates or preferences of fit. Other times I might visit some forgotten history of these shoes via an old publicity pamphlet or take a moment to acknowledge a fan of Every Clog Has Its Day. Sunday is the wild card in each week's deck. The one day I can take a break from the agony of uploading images of shoes I can't afford and go play. And this being a Sunday, I'm taking the opportunity to just share some footwear designs that to me sum up what's wonderful about fashion. Or I should say, one footwear design...and its multiple iterations.
I think fashion is about the joy of self-expression. It's about finding some particular adornment that resonates with your sense of who you are and what you're about, and then wearing it to communicate that sense of self to the world. Fashion is at its best when it helps you give voice to your inner stirrings. And fashion designers are at their best when the marketplace gives them the space and the permission (and the market share) to let themselves run wild. And recently, I noticed, the Jeffrey Campbell folks have been running wild indeed.
I've documented the success of the JC Charli-C clog on many occasions in the pages of this blog. But around the same time this designer launched a whole slew of successful wood soled clogs and clog boots, they also came out with an intriguing platform boot named the Lita, pictured below in their Fall/Winter 2010 lookbook.
Since it wasn't a true clog boot, I didn't cover it here. But that didn't stop me from eyeing it with desire. And apparently I wasn't alone. The Lita has repeatedly sold out in shops near and far, and the folks at Jeffrey Campbell have not only kept the supply lines open, they've also bent over backward...and even leaned far to one side and the other...to keep this shoe looking fresh and imaginative. I thought the Lita was pretty cool when JC unveiled it in their 2010 look book. But just feast your eyes on what they've done to keep that shoe alive since then.
In some alternate universe, I'm not only blogging about clogs, I'm also authoring a blog about platform shoes, too. And this boot would have been one of this year's star attractions!
Lita boot from Jeffrey Campbell in leather (calf leather and distressed leather) via Solestruck
Lita boot from Jeffrey Campbell in suede (sorry the bottom pic doesn't do the purple suede justice) via Solestruck
Lita boot from Jeffrey Campbell in pewter glitter via Solestruck
Lita Fur boot from Jeffrey Campbell in colored fur via Solestruck
Also spotted as Lita Fab in paisley fabric on Lori's Shoes
And spotted in blue suede on fashiontoast
And in leopard print on Fashion Trend Guide
Also in blue leather on HighSnobette.com
And if all that variety weren't enough, Jeffrey Campbell has also rethought the shoe in a buckle crazy version. Look for it under the name Wrecker via Lulu's. Now this is what I call "having some choice."
[On my feet today: alternating between Bernardo XRAY clogs in Beet Root and the boot clog style from Björn Clogs]