Last month Rabiah Hodges suggested doing a contest to promote those delightful wooden shoes she handcrafts in her workshop along Croatan Highway on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In particular she wanted to put the spotlight on her Vera Sandal, a sweet, little two strap design that she felt would be perfect for spring and summer. And she pointed out that she likes the reader input giveaways because she loves the feedback. So back at the beginning of April I asked the ECHID Graphic Arts Department (aka Melissa) to help me design a contest announcement. She sent along a hand drawn illustration of the Vera and I went to work. The end result was the perfect blank template for inspiring your own clog fantasies.
And that was the idea. The point of this giveaway was to have you fill in the blanks. Think about what you'd like this clog to look like if you owned it. Think of the outfits you'd pair it with. What color wood base would you want? What color of leather uppers? Even what color metal on the buckles?
Happily, we had no shortage of ideas.
Sandra D. requested a Vera clog in navy leather with a silver buckle atop a brown stained base.
Kyria asked for a gold leather with a gold buckle on a black base.
Lilla D. wanted to see a sunshine yellow Vera on a brown base with gold buckles.
Amy H. went for the raspberry leather with brown and gold base and buckles, too.
But after considering the entries that made it to the finalist stage, Rabiah has awarded her winners. And let's meet them now.
Now, this clog fan stepped up to the challenge and dug out her digital camera to give us a peek at what was in her wardrobe that needed accessorizing. I'm counting four different outfits in this shot.
And to further make her case for a pair of Chameleon Clogs, Alician R. wrote,
Certainly the illustration she put together proves the point!
Congratulations, Alicia R.!
Not content to simply photograph something from her closet, this enterprising clog fan illustrated why she had her eyes on a custom pair of Chameleon Clogs by telling the tale of her passion for fashion:
A few months back, Target launched one of their designer collections in collaboration with designer Jason Wu. I drooled over a few of the pieces before the collection hit the stores, and on the day of the launch, I was one of those silly girls standing outside of my local Target at 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning in the middle of winter waiting to bust inside and throw some elbows if need be. When the doors opened, everyone RAN in, and the entire collection was gone within three minutes. Since I was near the front of the line, I got the pieces I went for, but now I need some beautiful shoes to go with them!
My design for the Vera clogs is inspired by my Jason Wu for Target pieces. I am a lover of color, but even more, I am a lover of color combinations. And I love this one. I think these shoes would look amazing with all of the pieces below.
And then Kate Z. goes on to comment,
Note the horrible shoe styling from the Target ads. I think my Vera design would look much better!
And if all that weren't enough, she goes on to explain,
In addition to the Jason Wu pieces, I think my Vera clogs would look great with a number of items in my closet. For example, they could be worn rockabilly-style with these cuffed jeans and checked shirt, with a retro square-dancing bowtie recently purchased from eBay (top). Or, they could be rocked with a mix of gingham and polka dots (bottom)!
Woof! I get the idea this clog fan may already have space set aside in her shoe rack for a perfect pair of Vera sandals from Chameleon Clogs. Though as well researched and presented as her entry was, Rabiah and I were most likely swayed by the salutation on her e-mail:
Dear clog gods,
Aaawwwww, flattery will get you anywhere!
Here's Kate Z.'s clog design:
Congratulations all around! Rabiah Hodge tells me that she'll be creating some of the runner up designs and posting photos of them as new spring/summer styles on the Chameleon Clogs website.
And if you weren't a winner in this contest, stay tuned. May brings a whole new way to put a free pair of clogs on your feet.
[On my feet as I blog: my Storytime clog booties from BC Footwear have made a reappearance.]