ello. Just a simple word. Almost a throwaway at the beginning of most of our social interactions. But here in the 21st century when one would hope we're doing our best to dispense with outmoded assumptions and shortcuts to truth and reality, psychologists have determined that merely speaking the word "hello" is enough for a stranger to go on in forming an opinion about you.
Yes, apparently, first impressions are that important. And while we'd like to think we know better than to judge a book by its cover, according to an article on DailyMail.co.uk, research at Glasgow University reveals that "people judge someone on how trustworthy or how dominant they are within the first 500 milliseconds of hearing their voice." And if that's not surprising enough, scientists have also discovered that "people will make these judgements, including how attractive they are, without seeing the person to whom they are speaking."
As Renée Zellweger said to Tom Cruise in Jerry MacGuire, "You had me at hello."
One of the little pleasures I looked forward to blogging on a daily basis was the challenge of providing an apt title to whatever new post I was uploading. Admittedly, I had some set pieces in place such as "What's New?", "Celebriclogs," and "Saturday Flea Market." But occasionally I had a solitary topic in hand, and that would afford me the opportunity to play with words to sum up that particular post. You know I enjoy a good pun or a witty turn of phrase. These days, though, I'm a little hard pressed to put that same fun with language to good use. Blogging once a week means that I'm collecting a number of different topics together to upload in one medley of short articles on the theme of wood soled shoes. And the end result is that I'm only imagining a title for these multi-topic posts that reflects the diversity they contain. Such as the old "This 'n' That…from Here 'n' There" or "SISOTITILTFOMA (Stuff I've Seen On The Internet That I'd Like To Find Out More About)."
But what should I name a catchall post such as today's? A couple weeks back I think I posted under the simple summation "Sightings." But surely you deserve better. Especially when you're only drawn to pay a visit here once a week. You need a title that pulls you in with the promise of another fabulous adventure in footwearland. And although I'm drawing a blank at the moment, I think the potential is there to craft a name for these posts that will make a compelling first impression.
'Til then, we've got shoes to look upon with longing and desire.
New styles from funkis
Over the past couple weeks I posted about some of the newer shoes I've spotted on the horizon of wooden goodness. Somehow I neglected to make reference to a recent message from Australian clog makers, funkis, announcing some of the newer styles now on display on their website. (A big thank you to our clog fan down under, Philip, for calling these new releases to my attention.) Not much to say about what's now on offer. But who needs words? When it comes to shoes, you and I find sufficient contentment in just looking.
Although the shoe listings focus mainly on the shoes, if you dig around elsewhere on their website, you can see shots of some of the styles being put together with a full outfit. And if you're an easily enticed shopper like myself, you're aware of how these "product in use" shots can help make a purchase decision.
Worth mentioning, too, is the exhaustively thorough funkis size guide that provides a measurement for every size of every style.
Whoa! These people really want to get you in a pair of their clogs!
And I also thought I'd mention a new product I don't recall seeing on a clog maker's web site, clog balsam. Basically it's olive oil that you can use to deepen the color and moisturize the leather of your favorite shoes. I love shoes, but running a close second in my consumer purchasing motivations is my fondness for accessories.
I thought I was ready to move on to the next topic, but then a chance mouse click on the funkis site took me to a clothing product page which featured a number of models sporting the unique wood soled hybrid style you see below. It's not listed as a funkis shoe. I wonder whose it is.
One of our favorite L. A. based shoe wizards was recently profiled in Ventura Blvd magazine. Which got me to wondering what she's been up to lately. I'm loving the chunky blocks of wood she posed in for the publicity shoot.
And her website's New Collection link offers some lust worthy images.
And I'm pretty sure the Kendra 2 clog below from her online shop has been around awhile, but still it has me doing mental calculations to see if I can justify placing an order. I think Ms. Cordero's craftwork has just inspired a revised aphorism: So many shoes, so little time, so little money.
And while we're talking new kicks on the block, I should mention this high heeled clog spotted on the American Apparel online store whilst chasing down some other shoe I unearthed with a Google search. I'm struck by the fact that it's not listed as manufactured by any maker we're already familiar with as well as by the fact that it's marked "Made in the U. S. A." Well, huh. I wonder who's responsible for making these wood soled goodies.
Actually, I do know of a new clog maker located here in the U. S. (unrelated to American Apparel, to my knowledge), and I'm happy to say that he knocked on my e-door a little while back to ask me to help spread the word. So next weekend, look for a Featured Designer post. I can tell you that I'll have some cool new styles to introduce you to. Stay tuned!
Woo-hoo! UGG Taryn clog boots
I tried 'em on at the Georgetown UGG store when visiting Melissa in the summer of 2012, but I couldn't make the leap. Partly because I had just been given a pair of the UGG Cosima Tall clog boots, and that style was so much more fabulous than its more modest cousin, I was sure the short shoe would end up lonely and neglected on the shelf. But once it cropped up on eBay in my size last fall, I knew the price was right. Especially since I tried them on in D. C. and knew for sure that they'd fit. In the final event, I find I wear the Taryn more since they go great with so many of the skinnies and leggings I own and end up saving the Cosima Tall for really special occasions.
So how'd I do this week? Hope I made a good impression. It's good to be back and sharing shoes with you once again. Let's get together next weekend, too! What do ya say?