was just minding my own business a couple weeks back, busily working in my studio and daydreaming about, oh, I don't know, shoes or something, when a succinctly worded e-mail message popped up in my Inbox:
I knew immediately I was dealing with person of discernment and taste. I liked her already. But then her missive went on to say,
Would I like a pair of clogs? I'm not even sure there were any neurons that needed to fire to make that connection in my brain. I can always find space for another pair. Suddenly, I felt a strong kinship with this stranger. I needed to get to know her better!
And so began a delightful e-conversation with one of the people behind the scenes at Sven Clogs. I've learned a few things about their shoes. I've lined up an interview with the owner and chief clog crafter. I've brainstormed a few ideas for future blog posts. And to top it all off, I was the honored recipient of a box bearing the name Sven.
I had written back to Lisa immediately:
And in just a couple more messages, I had settled upon a pair of Sven clog boots and mailed off a tracing of my feet so that the cobblers could determine the right size to fit me. It wasn't long before I received a follow up e-mail with the subject:
Your Clog Boots have left the building
As one of my regular readers often says in moments of excitement, "Squeeee!"
But I can hear you saying, "Open the bloody box already!"
Gorgeous, no? The thing about Sven styles is that you can order anything they make in any color of leather or suede that they carry. Black would have been the safe choice, but then they offer suede and shearling in chocolate, navy, mahogany, and natural. And they stock the color you see above: olive. How like me to go for something off the beaten path. But I didn't take the plunge sight unseen. Sven is the manufacturer for the attentively fitted Clogmaster line. And when their team was in Chicago to do fittings, I spotted an olive green clog boot among their displayed styles...and fell in love.
"Lindsey, would you take the bloody boots out of the box already?"
Keep in mind that you're looking at these gorgeous boots in luscious suede and shearling as captured by my little Fuji pocket camera. The flash flattens out the rich variations of the suede and washes out the depth of the hue. And of course, a photograph can't conjure up the plushness of the nap against your skin or the soft, pliability of the material. I should have taken a shot of the inside of the shaft. This style is lined with shearling throughout the entire interior. I don't know if I ever told you that about the Sven made thigh-high clog boots I got from No. 6: shearling boot shafts from thigh to heel and the inside of the clog portion is covered with shearling top, bottom, and sides.
"Um, Lindsey? How about putting them on?"
Oh! Right! Well, since they were an e-mail order there's always that initial moment of anxiety when the box is open and the shoe sits there before you and your ABC Sports moment has arrived. Which will it be? The thrill of victory or the agony of defeat?
Let it be known that the verdict is: SUCCESS! (Oh, look! There are my just purchased Arc Half Moon clog sandals from John Fluevog already carelessly kicked to the side. Well, don't you worry about them. I have some very special plans to announce concerning that pair of shoes very soon. Stay tuned!) The Sven clog boots fit like a dream! The Nordic gnomes at Sven plied their craft to perfection! My bare foot sits within the boot comfy and warm in its cocoon of shearling. The soft padding of the Austrian heel cushions each step. The wood sole provides that rocking motion that all of us clog lovers crave. And the boot shaft has been properly crafted not to flop about loosely like so many other brands of boots do. I mean, really! A boot shaft that's too big won't fit under anything but your elephant ear bell bottoms. And though it may provide ample room for pant leg tucking, who wants to have it still wagging about even with your jeans inside? But this boot has been crafted for people who care about how their shoes go with their outfits. Just look! (See? You didn't have to prompt me!)
Cool, no? They look great under my charcoal flares. They look great with my skin tight black jeans. And I haven't even begun to dig into my closet. What's more, they're so cute to look down and catch a glimpse of (or simply stare admiringly at) at the end of my legs. I dig 'em!
But enough about me. What do you think of my new Sven clogs?
Just kidding. I do think these shearling boots are gorgeous, well made, and comfortable, too. I'm sorry I didn't take the plunge when their styles first caught me eye years ago. I can easily imagine these becoming a regular "go to" pair in my closet each morning. To Lisa and the rest of the folks at Sven Clogs I say a heartfelt thank you! I love 'em!
A couple of quick style notes. Looking back at the photos, I notice that the shearling shaft looks appreciably lighter than the nubuck suede upper. That is a quirk of the flash photography. The difference in color is not nearly that marked under normal daylight or indoor lighting.
Also, the boot comes with a decorative ankle strap. I checked with Lisa and learned that it serves no functional purpose, but that you can have some fun if you get one in a contrasting color, say. Lisa wears her black boots with leopard straps. Fun!
So that's my Sven adventure this week. And I have nothing more to say but,
"OMG! OMG! OMG!"
Wondering what Sven style might catch your eye, capture your heart, and enthrall your feet? You can visit their website at www.svenclogs.com or download their mind-bogglingly jam packed catalog right from Every Clog Has Its Day. What was I saying the other day about so many shoes, so little time? That definitely applies here!
Guy Day Friday side note
For months, my male readers have joined me on a quest to unearth some uniquely different clogs in men's sizes. May I put forward this Sven clog boot as an option worthy of consideration? If you've been craving a wooden sole in an extraordinary style, I'd like to point out that this clog boot is certainly not going to get confused with any common or garden variety guy shoes. I'd say they're definitely worth a closer look.
I also had a discussion with Lisa from Sven Clogs about what would be involved in getting their supplier to expand the size range of their wooden bases in medium and other heights. I'll take up that topic in a future post so you can at least be aware of the challenges. Stay tuned.
[On my feet as I blog: just a little something that arrived the other day.]