oof! It's been a week of changes and transition in my world. Not big, scary, unexpected shifts in the landscape. Just little moments of sideways motion that nonetheless left me feeling a pang or two of loss. Change is such a constant companion in life, it's surprising that we (I) get so accustomed to expecting things will stay the way they are. I'm a creature who enjoys knowing there's gas in my car and chocolate in my pantry. And when things happen that upset my sense of where I am, it takes me a moment or two to find my equilibrium. So this weekend, when I took a very delightful friend out for dinner, we were both a little crestfallen to find a favorite restaurant had closed its doors. Lots of grand memories will now be no more than that. No chance to relive past dinners out at a preferred table. Or gaze around a room that felt as comfortable as the one where I am now sprawled on my sofa with my cat at my side.
Which leads me to another story of change that arrived unbidden this week. Years ago I had bought a very cool pair of platform boots while on vacation in London. The exchange rate was not great, as I recall, and my spouse and I were being quite frugal. But when I saw this pair of goth plats, I was reluctant to say no. And when the shopkeeper was willing to cut me a deal on them, I knew it was meant to be. The maker of Magic Shoe Company shoes has gone on to other challenges, but his inventive style lives on in a revived version on the Pennangalan Shoes web site.
My original pair are not as dramatically high as the model above, but the heel and platform were comparably fun. I wore them a lot 10 or 15 years ago. But more recently, they've been nothing more than a source of fond reverie when I spy them on the top shelf of my closet. On Monday, though, I put them on to run my weekend guest to the airport. And all was well as I drove the 40 minutes there and back. But when it came time to run an errand on the way home, I found myself wondering why my left foot felt lopsided with every step. Did the sole peel off? Did I get something stuck to the bottom? What's the deal? I couldn't see anything wrong with the shoe while standing in line at the bank, but, boy, it sure felt strange to walk on. When I got home I took a closer look, and to my great surprise, I discovered that the platform on the inner portion of my left boot...had collapsed. In fact, it didn't take much effort at all to squeeze it down.
How can such a thing be possible? I had just assumed that the platforms on these boots were made of some sort of solid block of material. Clearly they are nothing more than a frame encircling the perimeter of the foot. And somehow...sitting idly on the shelf...the construction had degraded sufficiently that all that was required was a little weight to make the side of the platform collapse. Oh, no! Not my prized pair of rock 'n' roll boots!
Well, the turning of the seasons offers fair warning every three months that nothing is permanent. Now that summer's insistent heat has abated for a day or two, I'm reminded that fall is on the way. And there are other changes no doubt waiting in the wings. Not the least of which is the fact that both of my children are seniors in college this coming year and will graduating before I know it. (It seems only a month or two back that I was saying goodbye to them at the beginning of freshmen year.) And I myself will be making room in my world and my heart for a new person to share my space with me. So this story has a happy ending. Some doors may close, but other doors are preparing to open. Change can mean the poignancy of loss. It can also usher in new delights and new satisfactions. Bring it on!
All well and good, you might say, but there's not a lot about clogs in today's post. An astute observation! And I surely owe you some sort of clog related content. But rather than rush through something here at the end that deserves a more complete post, let me just tease the fact that there are some good posts just around the corner showcasing an entirely new line of wood soled fashion footwear from a former Featured Designer as well as a chance to catch up with our Sven Clogs winner from earlier this summer. Stay tuned!
[On my feet as I blog: well, as you saw above, my Magic Shoe Company platform boots blew out on Monday afternoon. So rather than retool my entire outfit when I got home, I just slipped on a pair of clogs that provided the same elevation (and worked just as well with my extended hem jeans). "Hello, Charli-C!" I was happy to get reacquainted with a Jeffrey Campbell favorite.]