ove shoes as I do, my passion is not exclusively focused on my own footwear. Sure, I'll pounce on a much longed for style when it finally appears in Followed Search on eBay. Just this past Friday night I won big when I checked my iPad to see what new items had been posted before I went to bed. I was dead tired, and it had been a long and trying day at the end of a long and trying week. Lo and behold, someone had just put a pair of Hunter Lapins lace-up rain boots in my size online, and the time remaining for that Buy It Now was 29 days and change. I could barely keep my eyes open, I was so exhausted, but like any good online shopper, I knew that this item might not be there come morning. It's the first maxim you learn in our materialistic culture: he or she who hesitates is lost. And worse. Lost and banished into outer darkness to gnash his or her teeth in despair. I know you've been there. But as much as I enjoy the way my pulse quickens when I'm able to add some fabulous new footwear to my fashion rotation, I am blessed with the ability to live vicariously through the stunning shoes that others are able to work. The divine Ms. M (my partner and enabler, Melissa) has augmented her own collection with some amazing new delights over the past 12 months, and no doubt I'll document quite a few of them here in the coming weeks. One notable style that comes to mind is the Summit from the Prepare Hi family of shoes from John Fluevog. I'd be all over it like white on rice myself if St. John had extended his sizes to 12 or 13. But alas, when I tried on the largest size on offer in my local Fluevogerie, I was definitely a Range Rover pulling into a space intended for a Mini Cooper. But the fact that my solemate loves strutting around in this style in her skinnies and knits allows me to appreciate this shoe's presence all the same.
Summit bootie from the Prepare Hi family from John Fluevog
Obviously, they're not a quintessential example of the wooden goodness that has filled her shelves and mine since this blog began, but what they lack in alder or birchwood content they more than make up for in design, proportion, and all out weirdness.
So all that preamble to simply introduce the topic of reader's submissions. I've heard from a couple Every Clog Has Its Day regulars recently, and I want to take a moment to share with everyone what you've shared with me.
Being on a web that is truly world wide is always a lesson in geography and meteorology. Philip wrote from down under to say that he's "changing the clog room from summer to winter (sandals to clogs and clog boots)." Even though I know he's contacting me from Australia, I still have to do the mental reset to remind myself that he's on that part of this planet that's now tipping away from the sun. Ever the creative spirit, he's taken saddle oil to some of his leather clogs to see what the results would be. I'm posting his before and after photos for your viewing enjoyment.
Obviously, the process results in the darkening of the leather of the uppers, and while that may not be something you want, I can see in it the possibility of giving some new life to an older pair of shoes you may have grown weary of.
Meantime, Grace wrote from Washington, D. C., to welcome me and my blog back saying, "M texted me this weekend that your blog is BAAACCK, and I'm thrilled."
The divine Ms. M is a tireless supporter of my efforts, and for that I'm planning to surprise her mightily with an unexpected present for her birthday that I intend to write about here. I only mention it now to help build the anticipation.
Grace then wrote, "My colleague Sara, who knows about your blog from before, came walking in today with a new pair of beautiful red Danskos and so I shared the good news with her about the return of your blog, so I had to share a pic of her new kicks. I think the proportions are just perfect. She loves them because they are closed toe and the back part keeps them on nicely."
Thank you, Grace! And congratulations, Sara! In my book, when clogs are involved, everyone wins!
And while we're enjoying a bit of show and tell, I've got to say a word about a recent acquisition of my own. One of the perks of overseeing this blog during the height of the clog craze was that I got introduced to more shoes than I could possibly hope to afford, own, and wear. But that doesn't keep me from trying. Rockport came along with their Katja clog boot somewhere near the beginning of the decade. I'm a little hazy because I think when I purchased it in February of 2012, I was snapping up the last of the available inventory. It was a leap of faith since I didn't know for sure that it would fit me and I wasn't looking forward to being heartbroken yet again by designers who think a size 11 is actually just another name for 10-1/4. But happily the clog boot arrived in a sumptuous blue grey suede, and I was delighted to make it mine.
The thing is: once I discovered that an 11 from Rockport would fit me, I got to thinking about another style of theirs I had dismissed in my mind as "probably too small." The Katja you see above originally wasn't cheap, and I only took the chance on it since it was marked half off for clearance. The clog boot that predated it was similarly pricey, and I hadn't wanted to take the plunge at the time. But now that I knew that an 11 would quite likely welcome my wood shoe loving feet, I realized I'd better start keeping my eyes open for a pair on eBay. You see, one of my readers spotted a stranger wearing that previoius clog boot from Rockport and sent me a street style photo. Once I laid eyes on the boot, I was well and truly in lust.
It's called the Meja, and yep, there's a zipper on both sides of the boot. The sole is wood with a little rubber section for flexing just under the ball of the foot. And the heel is not crazy high. And most importantly, they come in a crazy color you almost never see in footwear: dark green!
I gave myself just a week or two to grieve in anguish that I didn't grab this style when it was available, and then I went to work scouring the internet. The style was long gone on the usual retail sites and the outlet offerings from Overstock.com and 6PM.com were turning up blank. So I turned to the shopping site that I have to say has rarely let me down: eBay. I set up a Followed Search for "Rockport + boot + Meja" as well as a Followed Search for "Rockport + boot + 11." Clearly, I didn't want to just trust an eBay seller to know that the style is named Meja. I can't tell you the number of times I've come across listing for "wooden colgs." And I half recall that there was one pair of shoes I found and purchased through a Google search because I tried variations of the actual spelling. Some might call this being a smart shopper. I say I'm just obsessed.
But let me tell you, my obsession paid off.
Just about three weeks ago, I went to my Followed Searches list on eBay, and what did I find but a Rockport clog boot with the style name Meja. And when I clicked through and saw that it was a size 11, I swear I did a double take. Maybe even a triple take. And then I posted a bid and prepared to make space on my shelves for another pair of shoes.
I know, I know. They're not green. But they do fit so I know that when a green pair eventually surfaces in a size 11, I can pounce on it with both wood shod feet.
Here's an action shot, admittedly, taken hurriedly as I was trying to get out the door to work last week. I plan to do a proper documentaion of new styles that have been added to The Wall of Infinite Pleasure as this rejuventated blog goes on.
Oh, Lord! I've waffled away for longer than I intended about this one pair. Let me post a couple sightings before I run out of time.
Here are a couple of vintage examples of wooden goodness spotted recently on Etsy.
Double strap biker clogs from Poxiss, size 7, available from Etsy seller theindustry
Closed heel clogs, size 7.5, from Etsy seller ArrowRoadVintage
If you're looking for chunky wooden goodness to get you through the summer months (sorry, Philip), you could take a peek at this style from Topshop. Though, I have to say, my jury's still out on whether the soles are actually made of wood or some wood grain stamped plastic.
Naive Cross Through Sandals from Topshop USA
A couple of extreme examples of wooden goodness from somewhere on the web that I didn't take note of at the time. I think they came from someone's Pinterest page which means she or he got them from somewhere else. If you can provide me with a source to credit, please do!
And finally to bring this week's post full circle, I'm closing with another pair of John Fluevog shoes. Plus another fifty or sixty more. This dedicated shoe lover has a collection to rival some of ours! And this is what she photographed and posted two years ago! Imagine what her closet looks like today!
Pay a visit to her blog if you want to get more details: Winnipeg Style - Rebecca Harasym - Blog.