ere we go with a potpourri of items related to men and clogs to wrap up the week. One story that's still developing involves a craftsman I've spoken with who might be able to answer the call for the styles many of my male readers have been asking for. It's much to early to say anything more on the subject, but I like to think this may represent some forward motion on a topic that we first discussed close to a year ago. Needless to say, there'll be more to come as things develop. In the meantime, I do have a couple of items to share with you today. Thank goodness I have such generous readers to share their photos and other little newsy tidbits with me. Makes my role as blogkeeper so much easier!
Regular reader Bill Cooley showed up in my Inbox with a trio of vintage clog photos. The first two show an assortment of teenaged European boys chilling with wood soles on their feet. I'm always impressed by the sight of young people in clogs. I remember my own adolescence as being an especially active time, and I can't imagine clogs providing the freedom of movement and speed that seemed so necessary at the time.
Mr. Cooley also sent along the following image with the note:
Jeff Druce, soap opera actor, halftone black & white from a May 1976 article in After Dark Magazine.
I also heard from regular reader George in the past week. He had been spending some time exploring the latest from Sanita.
You may remember last spring when Sanita came out with the colored sole clogs, I quickly ordered a pair -- too quickly as it turned out, because I didn't realize the soles were plastic, not wood.
Between the soft soles and size 42 being a bit tight, I returned them. But even with the plastic soles, they kept calling to me, and after much sole searching, I ordered a pair of the closed backs in size 43. I had never owned a pair of soft sole closed backs before, and it turned out I liked them so much I even bought another pair, this time in a more traditional brown with black soles.
But I did miss the open backs with the nice quiet soles. Then on clogs-usa.com, I discovered their soft soled clogs have wood inside and ordered a pair. They are nice: quiet, comfortable, and with the wood inside they roll along nicely.
Well, right he is! I never took a close look at the product description.
The upper of our Soft clogs is made from two millimeter thick leather. Before final processing, the leather is colored and treated with a water-resistant coating. This clog has an extremely light and silent Polyurethane sole, a solid wooden arch support and an accentuated foot bed for outstanding comfort.
Dear Clog Guru,
Do wood insoles count as genuine wooden goodness?
Woody Wondering, aka George
Well, rather than assume the mantle of sage advisor, I turn to the wisdom of the web. What do you readers think?
[On my feet as I blog: my new Rainbow Boots from John Fluevog. Yum! They're getting nicely broken in.]