ylophones and marimbas are not topics I readily discuss here on Every Clog Has Its Day. But as Melissa was helping me wrap up my full alphabet in "Clogvetica" a week or two back, it suddenly occurred to me that it would be a rare blog post indeed that called for the letter Q or Z. Or even X. It was clear to me in that moment that now that I've got all 26 letters accounted for, I'm going to have to be very conscientious about putting them all to use.
Hence today's opening statement. And before you cluck your tongue at me for pulling in a subject that at first glance seems pressed into service for one reason only, let me state that xylophones and marimbas are certainly worthy of the attention of us clog fans. Think about it. They are made of wood, after all. And the signature sounds they deliver are the result of that wood being struck. What could be a more welcome metaphor for the progress we all make through the world with our wooden soles "clock-clock-clocking" along the pavement? Unlike the rest of the world, we're not just walking. We're making music!
I like the sound of that!
Now just you wait for my upcoming posts on Quetzalcoatl and zymurgy!
Oh, and about the title of today's post. Sometimes I run across items of interest online that could easily fit into the category of This 'n' That...from Here 'n' There. But what to do if I've got enough tidbits and factoids to offer more than one This 'n' That in a week. Double up? Gah! That would be too repetitive. How about if I create a new category? One that will readily give me a place to post things that aren't full news stories or even stories at all. What I could use is a catchall classification for little shoe related items I want to share and marvel at with you. Stuff I've Seen On The Internet That I'd Like To Find Out More About.
Yes. That would do nicely.
British fashion magazine Fabulous published an article in August 2010 entitled "Big Country: Leave the city behind in chunky knits and tough leather". And happily the tough leather they had in mind was an assortment of clog boots such as the Love Label style the model below is sporting.
To say the least, I was thrilled to see a pair of clog booties I own and love being showcased. However, as I scanned the rest of the piece, it was frustrating to note that the other images from the shoot had been styled with wood soled shoes from Topshop, ASOS, and Hobbes, but in photos, the clog boots were all but completely obscured. Now, that's just not right!
Meantime, over on the quirky website of Idiosyncratic Fashionistas, the clog below was pictured with not much said about it except that it's "Jean's", presumably one of the contributors or her friend. I have to say I like her taste.
Of course, I tried to learn more about these life loving ladies whose profile states they "update VERY late every Sunday". I mean, who wouldn't want to know more about two women who boldly proclaim,
‘Growing old gracefully’ is an outdated concept. We prefer ‘growing old with verve’. This blog documents our efforts to live up to that motto, in photos and essays. We embrace our gray hair, while sharing the playground nicely with our younger siblings. Bette Davis was right when she said 'growing old is not for sissies', but it’s also not one of Dante’s circles of hell. Idiosyncratic Fashionistas explores what’s out there for Women of a Certain Age, comments on what’s not out there, and demonstrates that our overlooked demographic is still fabulous.
Amen to that!
(And for good measure, here's a pic of these intriguing bloggers, Valerie and Jean, who were showcased in Amy Creyer's Chicago Street Style at the beginning of the year.)
And now that the subject of younger siblings has come up, somebody tell me what these disembodied legs over on The Secret Hipster are wearing. There's reference made to Jeffrey Campbell in the adjacent text, and I was inclined to say they look like something the JC folks would come up with. But I've never seen anything like them for sale anywhere. Maybe the fact that blogger Adelleda resides in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, may account for it. Perhaps this uniqe pair is something they're only privy to in that part of the world. It's enough to make me take a look at airfare!
And since I've invoked the name of Jeffrey Campbell, let me close with this "wood" shoe of his that surfaced recently in the pages of e-tailer Solestruck. The upper is actually synthetic leather, but I love how in some of the shots you can actually see the texture they've crafted into the faux grain.
[On my feet as I blog: why, the shoes that inspired today's post, of course. My Claud clog booties from the U. K.'s Love Label. I put 'em on and then felt moved to see what images of them Google could dredge up. And you know how it goes once you start surfing.]