I'm really starting to think that there's some merit to the idea of a shoe lending library. You know, where you check out whatever pair of shoes you've fallen in love with this week. (That's "check out" as in "borrow and take home.") Or maybe shoe stores could evolve some sort of rental plan for fashion footwear. The idea would never go very far for running shoes or work boots. But for something you're only going to wear a couple times it would make perfect sense. There's just that issue of so many different sized feet to be accommodated. And I for one would have to get over any aversion to putting my feet where who knows how many other feet have gone before. Hmm. Come to think of it, maybe it's not such a great idea after all. A pre-driven pair of clogs from eBay is one thing, but a pair that's been around the block more than a couple times? Nuh-uh! Where's my credit card number? I think I hear something new calling my name.
6. Gwynith open toed clog from Steve Madden
There have been no shortage of open toed clogs over the past several months of clog mania, but this pair from Steve Madden deserves some recognition as one of the chunkiest styles I've seen.
7. Stiles high heeled clog from Dollhouse
The design feature serves no real purpose, but I always find myself attracted to open heel clogs that have just a hint of coverage in the rear. It always gets the neurons that correspond to "sexy" to fire in my head. Beware, though. While the price is low, the wood content is non-existent.
***CAUTION: MANMADE MIDSOLE***
8. Dasha lace up clog from Steve Madden
Hey, this design is kind of offbeat. A lace up look that incorporates a faux turn down collar. That's totally a different twist. Kudos to the designer who dreamt this one up. I've never seen it before, but considering the Steve Madden reputation of appropriating ideas from others, it's hard to believe they came up with it all on their lonesome.
Available through DSW.
9. Rachie clog from Nine West
Just a simple straightforward high heeled slip on. But Nine West is doing one of their sales right now, and this shoe is available in the full range of sizes in the colors shown for just $39.99. I'm not one to advocate heels to those who know they won't enjoy them, but at that price, the only pinch you'd feel stepping into a stratospheric clog would be on your toes.
10. Sibylla clog boot from Friis and Company
It's a no frills high heeled clog boot. Nothing more to be said.
Available through WeLikeFashion.com.
11. Lace up clog boot from Next
More temptations from the British shoemaker that loves, loves, LOVES those faux wood midsoles. (Damn them for having so many interesting ideas.) Their insistence on wood look clogs makes me think of making chocolate mousse with carob. ***CAUTION: MANMADE MIDSOLE***
Available through Next.
12. Glossy leather clog boots from Marni
This look exists in a slingback wedge clog design, but I can't find it for sale, only listed on another fashion blog. But the boot version is currently very much available through Net-a-Porter. And you're only out of luck if you need the style in a size 42. And if you don't have $1300.00 just laying around waiting for something to be spent on.
[On my feet today: God help me, I'm in those BC Footwear Outerspace clog booties again. I know they're only a plastic soled shoe with a fabric upper, but they're just the right shape for putting on with any outfit when I'm in a hurry.]