y, oh, my, there's a lot to get caught up on! I hope you won't be crushed if I take this slowly. I'm happy to embark on this blogging journey with you once again precisely because there is no shortage of material to cover. So let me sort through it bit by bit and share it as it makes sense to do so.
Thank you to those of you who sent kind messages welcoming me and my blog back to the web. It's so gratifying to know that you're still out there and fighting the good fight. Or at least clomping the good clomp. Our fellow footwear fanatic from Australia, Phillip, accompanied his well-wishing e-mail with a few photos showing what he's been up to lately. And I have a promise from Lisa at Sven Clogs that she will forward the latest news and images from their corner of the world of wooden goodness. And how could I not share a few of my own recent acquisitions? The Wall of Infinite Pleasure has had every slot filled for months and the newest additions have been forced to make themselves at home in a freestanding bookcase elsewhere in the room. Plus a good amount of the overflow has been relocated to Melissa's studio for storage and display. If it's not readily apparent from my past posts on the subject, it's so good to know what you love in life and to allow yourself the opportunity to embrace it and live it with passion. Life certainly has a way of saying "No!" on a regular basis. It just plain feels healthy to have a way to shout "YES!" back in response!
For this weekend's post, I thought I would return to the internet pasttime that got me to launch Every Clog Has Its Day in the first place. For as long as there's been an internet, I've spent my spare moments surfing it for cool shoes to gaze upon with wonder and desire. It was definitely Win/Win when said footwear came in my size and was priced to enjoy without anguish or guilt. But more often than not, I was content to just download an image for my folder of photos. That practiced eye for finding remarkable shoes served me well when I was posting here seven days a week. But once I went on hiatus, I still found myself roving the dub-dub-dub to see what I could see. Quite a few worthy styles found themselves being delivered into the lobby of my building. But as before, I found myself nabbing a wide assortment of clogs, clog boots, and more just to provide myself with the eye candy that can often turn a deathly dull workday duty into something bearable. So how about I treat you to a few glimpses of what I've run across in my world wide wanderings this past year. I can't promise that I can identify everything I'm going to post. Or that I can give credit where credit is due. But I can show you some cool shoes I've come across in the past 12 months. What more could you ask from a blog?
Let's see if I can't give this some semblance of order. Once again, this is intended to be a hurried overview. I know I'm overlooking some footwear that should have been included and not giving enough detail for the ones that are getting mentioned. And heaven help me for not having anything further to tell you about the most extraordinary shoes you're about to see.
Bed|Stü continued delivering the wood soled wonders they've been known for since they entered the marketplace.
Kork-Ease introduced a slingback clog named the Carmella, though that chunky "wooden" sole is not what it appears to be. I did not order this shoe when it initially showed up online because it wasn't available in a size that seemed likely to fit my tall person feet, but when an eBay seller posted a size 10 for auction, I got the lowdown on measurements (yeah, it wouldn't have fit) and an assessment of the constitution of the sole (some sort of lightweight carved plastic). It's enough to make me post my accustomed warning:
***CAUTION: MANMADE MIDSOLE***
Flogg showed up with a unique take on wood-soled footwear: they overlay every wooden sole in their collection with a thick layer of EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate), the material most flip-flogs are made of. It's intended to make wearing a clog or wood-soled sandal a more comfortable experience, but my partner in footwear fanatacism, Melissa, picked up a pair for herself and found that the issue was not comfort, but maintaining your balance. Still, if they made their shoes in a size 11 or 12, I'd have ordered a pair in a heartbeat.
But a new brand on the scene, Xperimental, delivered the wooden goodness we crave and then some! Melissa picked up a pair of these, too, and the verdict is much more favorable.
There were a ton of awe-inspiring vintage styles I saw float by on Etsy over the months. Apologies to the sellers for not having kept notes of what Etsy page should be linked to each of these images.
But this next collection of pictures totally transcends what you or I might have ever thought was possible in the realm of wooden goodness. Again, I'm afraid I didn't take careful notes about where these delightful confections were created. I think I was trawling through some Pinterest user's collection of "Unusual Shoes" or "Crazy Shoes" or "Shoes That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Me Here in My Provinical Backwater," and I have to say, these remarkable styles live up to the heading whatever it may have been.
Well, there you have it! Not a bad harvest for a second post on this reinvigorated blog. And I'm now sufficiently energize from flipping through these photos, I have the mental and physical fuel to take care of another posting project that's overdue. But more about that—and a boatload of additional footwear—to come when I sit down for a new post next weekend! Keep those shoes tock-tock-tockin'!