his time around I have Solestruck to thank for the shock to my system. You know the drill. You're surfing the internet, minding your own business, cruising your favorite retail haunts. Then unexpectedly, some site has uploaded a bunch of mind-addling wooden goodies you've never seen before. Much gaping and tongue lolling ensues. Fortunately, I have a blog to keep. And after a few minutes of speechless covetousness, I move into e-journalist mode and start imagining how best to share news of my discovery with you. The facts are sparse. But there's plenty to chew over if you want to dig a bit on the various tumblr and Facebook sites. Eye candy galore. And for some lucky fan of wooden soles (who has small enough feet), there's joy to be had.
So here's the dirt:
Deandri is the brand name. And they offer not just footwear, but also clothing, jewelry and accessories. Of course, after one look at the shoes, you'll have an excuse not to make it to the other items.
Deandri is presided over by Deanna Richmond (what do you bet her middle name begins with a D?), a 21 year old designer living in Los Angeles. That's also where all her Deandri designs are made.
What caught my eye were the massive lace up oxfords she dreamt up. The pics on the Deandri website are quite appealing, but I prefer the Deandri listings on Solestruck. Primarily because those images are also accompanied by an Add to Cart button. The only chilly breeze blowing through this discovery is the fact that they're only offered in sizes from 6 to 9.
But what you can't see unless you go digging in the view options is that almost every shoe pictured has a very unique feature on the heel.
How cool is that?
When you tire of gazing at the wonder of these platform beauties (which if you're anything like me will be sometime in August), you can marvel at the other shoe designs Ms. Richmond has come up with...
...or make noises such as "Ungh!" and "Guh!" when viewing the other visual delights to be found.
Woof! Just 21 years old! This certainly seems a very promising start to a long and interesting career!
Oh! One other tidbit to share. Here's the most exciting thing I read on the Deandri website:
Tequila Platform Heels
More than one sharp eyed reader noticed that yesterday I forgot to post the Sven clog for Day No. 30. D'oh! The oversight has been corrected. Please take a look.
[On my feet as I blog: one good OMG! deserves another. I'm wearing my Nadine clog booties from Koolaburra. OMG!!!]
t's the final day of the 30 Days of Sven! I hope you've enjoyed this guided tour through the racks and racks of wooden goodness that Marie Rivers and her crew have been brewing up north of the 45th parallel. We've been treated to a different Deal of the Day for the entire run. But keep in mind, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Now that you've seen all 30 styles, you can enter to win one of them for yourself. A great discount on a pair of clogs can make you smile. But what would you do if those shoes were yours for free!
Contemplate that for a moment. Then pick out your favorite style from the 30 Days of Sven and e-mail your entry. Already they're starting to arrive. And since it's a random drawing, you'll have as good a chance to win as anyone else. So take a look at the Sven Giveaway graphic and get your entry sent on its way!
This maker has only surfaced occasionally on ECHID, but with this entry (and the slingback style from two weeks ago), they've placed themselves firmly in the hearts of us clog lovers. Good to make your acquaintance, Cordani!
or some reason this year, the end of the three day Memorial Day weekend is hitting me hard. There's been a lot going on in my life the last month or so, and with my daughter going back to school for the summer, a very dear friend leaving town Tuesday afternoon, and another very dear friend at home recovering from a newly diagnosed cancer, I'm feeling the transience of things. At a time when the promise of spring should be giving way to the bustling life of summer, I'm afraid I'm feeling fall in the air. But give me a day to get my footing and take a deep breath or two, and I'll find my balance again. Music often is the remedy that takes me there. Well, music and shoes. But since I share about clogs every single day, I thought I'd give the other source of magic in my life a chance to surface here. Years ago I was introduced to a typically trenchant tune from Todd Rundgren named "The Wheel". Those of us who are aware of it discovered it on his band Utopia's album Another Live. And ever since I paid close attention to its lyrics, it's never been far from my thoughts.
Some people say life's like a merry-go-round I think it's more like a ferris wheel 'Cause sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down Sometimes you just don't know what to feel
And just when you think you've got the game figured out And you say you've had enough The mysterious mad man with his hand on the lever Don't seem to never ever want to let you off
You can't get off this wheel of karma You can't stop the hands of time.
Day No. 29
This Deal of Day will save you $60.00!
John Fluevog opens a store in Washington, D. C.
This news tumbled into my Inbox Monday morning and within hours I heard exultant shrieks from at least two D. C. area clog fans. Unfortunately, the press release is short of details on features such as the actual address. But since they've published the announcement, it most surely is for real.
Canadian business John Fleuvog Shoes will take over the Georgetown Fine Jewelry space at 1265 Wisconsin Ave.
Now you know.
Select Sanita styles on sale at Zulilly
A big thank you to regular reader Jan D. for alerting the clog community to this sale. Select Sanita styles have been marked down on the Zulilly.com website. I thought they just carried kids clothes. Specifically babies. But the slug line on the website reads "Daily deals for moms, babies and kids", and that means we're all winners. A $170.00 clog boot for less than $60.00? Happy saving!
Calou Clogs have been found!
Regular reader Bonnie G. also checked in recently with news that she'd tracked down a retailer in the U. S. who sells the Swedish brand Calou Clogs (covered previously on ECHID here). Writes she:
I was able to score a pair of calou clogs from California Nordic. It’s a web site in California and the owner of the boutique is wonderful to work with. The clogs have a manmade sole with a wood insole. They were perfect for me since I had broke my toe last summer and they offer a little more flexibility but still have the wood also. The styles are really cute and different. The only thing I wish that they would do is use a better quality of leather. It seems very stiff so I have been oiling it to soften the leather. Thought I would let you know they are now available in the US and the store owner has wonderful customer service.
You can take a look at the clog selection (including styles from Dala Clogs) on the California Nordic website here.
[On my feet as I blog: it was sushi for dinner (and green tea ice cream for dessert), but my Savannah clogs from Matisse were easily outclassed by my companions Miu Miu platform sandals.]