o how does that saying go about the best laid plans? It's certainly apt because my grand design has most assuredly gone awry. I had a story to tell so as you may have noticed, I excused myself from regular blogging duties to tell it. Well, yes, there was some time spent moving my fiancée into my condo in Chicago during my absence. And the new year has brought some new career opportunities that have commandeered my time. And I can't deny that there are new creative ventures that have pulled my energies in other directions. But I truly intended to take a break of no more than a few weeks while I dashed off my memoir. Then it was going to be back to blogging once again on what I hoped would be a reduced basis. Seriously, it's hard work coming up with a fresh post every day. I thought maybe I could manage three days of footwear fanaticism a week. Or two. Or at least one massive post on, say, Saturday. In the actual event, I find that what I need to do is take my bow and make a graceful exit. It's been an exciting 3-1/2 years sharing my passions online. As any lover of shoes would agree, finding and owning and talking about my favorite footwear has been a heady experience. But the emotions that I feel most strongly in my heart are the sensations of warmth and connection I have felt with the community of clog fans that evolved here. You gals and guys most definitely rock! I ventured out onto the world wide web knowing my interest in shoes was not conventional...and that it certainly put me at odds with life as most people live it. But here on Every Clog Has Its Day, I found myself in the midst of a group of people who all "got it." You understood that shoes were just my particular thing and you accepted and celebrated me for it. What can I say but, "Thank you!" It's been a great experience getting acquainted. And with readers checking in frequently from London and Johannesburg and Hungary and Australia and Portland, Oregon, and Arlington, Virginia, the world has become a smaller, friendlier place since I put my first post online in the summer of 2009. I don't really want to say goodbye. At the same time, I don't want these pages to become internet orphans, neglected and ignored. It does cost me a nominal fee to keep this blog online each month so I'll probably cancel that subscription sometime this summer. If you want to stay in touch, you can find my e-mail address (or a link to it, anyway) under the About link at the top of this page. In the meantime, I have a handful of photos to clear out of my Inbox. And if I don't share them with you here and now, I don't know when I'll ever get around to it!
Melissa says, "Hi!", by the way. Spring is fighting its way through the permafrost here in northern Illinois, and both she and I feel the promise of new life and new adventures in store for us. Not so much in the cool new shoes department (curses on you shoemakers who've stopped making wood-soled styles), but as a couple in love, our muses are speaking to us with fresh urgency. We've both got new things to create. And I hope we can find a way to share those with you down the road!
P. S. You know what I should do? I should figure out how to do something more with the Facebook account I have for Every Clog Has Its Day. I set one up last summer, but then it took so much time getting a post written and uploaded, I had no energy to travel over to Facebook to do more work. But maybe that would be a good way to keep this community connected. What do you think?
Karen Kell now has the full range of (women's) sizes
At the end of winter, shoe designer Karen Kell checked in to say,
Things are going pretty well for me actually! Business really started to kick off, and I have my first style of clogs available in all the sizes! They are custom made and take up to 1 month after order date and are available in 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10! Apparently there is no need for half sizes when you have open toe and open back shoes. I'm thrilled that at last I can take my shoes further.
You can find this style in Karen's Etsy shop here.
Multnomah Leather Shop's latest
Say hello to some recent wooden goodness from the Pacific Northwest's most amazing shoemaker. Mark Casperson sent me these photos back in February. Mark writes,
We just made these boots for a fan in South Dakota. The Kilties are similar to some I've seen on logging boots. I think the rugged look goes well with the Anne style. What other style cries out for an added kilty?
More Multnomah Leather Shop styles can be found here.
Multnomah Leather Shop contest winner's clogs
I announced the winner of the 2012 Multnomah Leather Shop design contest back in October. By the time the M. L. S. factory got them through the assembly line and out the door, I was on hiatus. So months after the fact, here's a reminder of what the winning entry looked like...and the finished pair of clogs.
Mark Casperson chose the entry below by saying,
A crush on clogs
It was the 2nd of January that I received an e-mail from a U. K. clog fan who wrote,
i would like to send you some pictures of my work boot clogs ! I guarantee you have not seen anything like these.
So I forwarded my e-mail address, and he in turn wowed me with a truly intimidating pair of shoes. No wonder he signed his e-mail "crushclogs."
Another country heard from: France
Then in February, tales of my career in radio broadcasting may have inspired Stéphane to write to me and say,
I'm a french DJ and i love and wear clogs all day, all night !!!
And he has the photos to prove it!
Another country heard from again: France
Yet another country heard from: Hungary
Meanwhile, over in Australia...
It just wouldn't do to put a post online after all this time without bringing you up to date on our favorite clog fan down under. Philip has been busy both acquiring and manufacturing more and more awesome wood-platformed shoes. Gaze upon the wonder of what he's been up to! (Comments are Philip's.)
I have just purchased a pair of Munster boots from Sole struck. The size runs large but are very easy to walk on.
Here are some photos of new and old boots, sandals and clogs.
Here are some photos of my new Båstad Lilly boots I purchased on eBay last month. Very comfortable to walk in and easy to get on and off due to the elastic sides. The base is PU with a wooden insert.
Here are the designs for the clog sandals and the new platform sandals I have finished. The platform sandals are 4.5 inches high. I have decided to stain them black.
Here are photos of the platform hinged wooden sandals from the workshop. The sandals take awhile getting used to as the toe’s stay on the ground and the rest of the foot lifts up. There is less effort in walking as the hinge acts as a pivot point under the ball of the foot and less effort to raise the heel.
And if those photos aren't enough to make you book a flight to Sydney or Melbourne, Philip also sent along a glorious shot of an Australian sunset. It's a beautiful world. And I count it an honor to have been able to walk the planet alongside everyone I've met here. Wearing amazing shoes while I do, of course!
[On my feet as I blog: as I've always said, "So many shoes. So little time!"
For the record, the lavender John Fluevogs are not mine.]