kay, let's just take it as a given that some weeks there's going to be a dearth of material about men's clogs. As you may have noticed last year, I somehow managed to come up with something to say on the topic every Friday. But this year I'm not quite so lucky. So I'm going to have to do a little restructuring when the need arises. I will do my best to provide some "guy" content on Fridays. If that content comprises a full post, there will be much rejoicing. If it's only a couple of snippets on men's clogs with some other items thrown in (like today's post), you'll understand that I'm trying. And if some week I've simply got nada and have to blog about some other clog-related topic entirely, well, you'll know that my heart is in the right place.
A new reader and the Lynnea from UGG Australia
How fun! I got a comment from Gary, a newcomer to ECHID this past Tuesday:
I'm new to this website, but I feel I'm right at home. I've worn clogs since I got my first pair in the early 70's, and I still love them. I saw your blog about the Ugg "Lynnea" boots on sale at 6PM. I couldn't pass them up, so I ordered a pair of burnished black in size 10. They look and fit great. I'm one of the lucky guys with small feet, and I've taken advantage of my small size! Thanks for the tip.
Well, Gary, let me begin by saying again how welcome you are here. This particular post topic exists precisely because there are men out there who want to wear something more than the same old traditional style clog or clog boot, and every Friday we gather to move the needle a little bit to the left of center.
I will warn you, though, I see it as my mission to connect clog fans with the shoes they love. (The term "enabler" has frequently been applied to me.) If you stick around here any length of time, you may find yourself buying more shoes than you bargained for. Just so ya know.
Gary went on to write:
I hope I become a regular in here. What a great site...
Well, as everyone who haunts ECHID will tell you, the more the merrier.
More UGG Australia styles on sale
And now that Gary has brought up the topic, I should mention just for the record that there are wealth of UGG Australia clogs and clog boots still currently on sale at 6pm.com...including several styles in sizes 11 and 12. So those fabulous wooden goodies you didn't purchase when they were full price last year can still make their way into your closet for half the cost. Take a look. And keep in mind that if you're thinking of pouncing, there are other fervent clog lovers reading this blog, too.
Savannah clog boot, 51% off
Jemma clog boot, 51% off
Lillian clog boot, 50% off
Lynnea clog boot, 53% off
Jolene clog, 31% off
Kaylee clog, 38% off
Abbie clog, 29% off
Brian Protheroe, "Clog Dancer"
And here comes some of that "other" content I told you was in the offing today. But hey, it's a guy singing about clogs! That should fit right in. If you squint a little.
I first became aware of British singer/songwriter Brian Protheroe when I was in high school. I had grown tired of the Top 40 hits that flooded the AM stations I could pick up on my car radio and I was still a bit too young to spend much time with the easy listening outlet that was broadcasting on FM. But if I put my portable radio in just the right corner of my room and pulled the aerial out as far as it could go, I could pick up a very adventurous rock station that was on the air about 90 miles from where I lived. And that's where I heard Brian Protheroe's minor FM hit, "Pinball". If you lived within earshot of album rock station at the time, it probably caught your radar, too, along with "Crazy Eyes" by Poco, "Hypnotized" by Fleetwood Mac, and "I Am the Mercury" by Jimmie Spheeris. This station I was listening to was a bit more adventurous than most so they'd also play other cuts from the albums that were popular at the time. And that's how I got to know about another song on Brian Protheroe's Pinball LP, a song called "Clog Dancer". I can tell you, I was fascinated as soon as I heard it. To think that someone else liked clogs enough to sing a song about them! Amazing! Of course, it feels very much a product of its time today. Somewhere between "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" and "Standing on the Corner" on the PC-o-meter. Still it is about my favorite footwear. And I can't deny that some clog lovers know how to work their shoes so well, they're worthy of this song's lyric,
You can tell by the beat as she walked down the street it was only her feet that were made of wood.
So allow me to present: Brian Protheroe...with his original 1974 recording...and in a club performance from this past January.
[On my feet as I blog: loving me some Jeffrey Campbell heels today, their Ronson ankle boot.]