don't think it's any secret how I feel about shoes. My relationship to fashionable footwear is manifold. I revel in the delight of discovery. I thrill to the opportunity to make a much desired pair my own. I'm in ecstasty when I can stand tall with a particularly memorable pair on my feet. So when Thanksgiving rolls around in North America, I typically find myself with much to be appreciative about.
As many shoe conquests as I document regularly here on the pages of this blog, you might be surprised to learn that the other holiday related event that occurs annually at this time of year holds little appeal. It's Black Friday, the official start of the Christmas shopping season that I have in mind.
Traditionally, American families and sometimes friends gather for a Thanksgiving Day feast to celebrate the lives that we enjoy and express our gratitude for the good things we do have in our lives (and sometimes lose sight of with the craziness of day to day living). And then the day after, all hell breaks loose in the malls and shopping centers of the United States as my bargain crazed fellow citizens seem to go berserk in search of magnificent merchandise at maximum discount. But to me, it sounds like a George Romero film brought to life.
Seriously. Just take a look.
Or how about this one?
No, wait. One of those videos is a spoof.
Could you tell which one?
Suffice it to say, my partner in footwear fascination, Melissa, and I do love a good shoe sale, we value our sanity even more. We celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday in splendid attire and dined out (she shod in her Convictions by John Fluevog and I in my Wassups from Jeffrey Campbell).
Conviction bootie from John Fluevog
Wassup bootie from Jeffrey Campbell
Then when Black Friday arrived, we lowered the blinds and hid beneath the comforter far from the madding crowd. It was a good way to start a four-day weekend. And sitting here on evening of the last of those four days off, I can't help but feeling I could use another four more. At least I've got no shortage of good shoes to choose from when Monday morning dawns bright and menacing!
News from Multnomah Leather Shop
Regular readers may recall that I worked with Mark Casperson of Multnomah Leather Shop several years ago to design a dream pair of clog boots. The result was a two-color, over-the-ankle shoe that featured a number of appealing touches. And Mark, the owner of Multnomah Leather Shop, kindly named the style the Lindsey.
Just this weekend he sent along a photo of a recently completed order for one of his customers. Hey! I love what they've done with it! Hope you don't mind me taking a moment to share.
A Glimpse Behind the Scenes at Xperimental Shoes
According to their About page at Xperimental Shoes,
XPERIMENTAL was born in September 2012 – created by two identical twins, Ana and Célia.
XPERIMENTAL rises with a fusion between two complementary areas: fashion and communication. Initially, XPERIMENTAL presented itself as irreverant, avantgard and, possibly, even shocking. However, as both time and work progresses, it becomes urban, coherent and global – always without losing its personality. The brand’s objective is to keep learning, absorbing and appreciating the fine details, materialising them into a desirable product and understood by its target audience.
I've been keeping an eye on their styles ever since wood soled models like the Michi Yu and the Akira Lin started surfacing on the web.
As is often the case, I live in hope that someday they'll be inspired to craft a shoe that someone with my size 11 feet will be able to wear. (Their biggest size, 41, seems to run small from what I can tell.)
But what just delighted me the other day was the image from the About page that showed the identical twins who run the company, Ana and Célia. They're both women after my own heart. One is captured looking at an Xperimental photo shoot on her MacBook. The other is expressing pretty much what I feel about most of the shoes in my arsenal.
Antelope Shoes: So Close to Perfect
Don't you just love this crop of clogs from Antelope Shoes? If only they'd make them with wood soles, all would be well with the world.
973 Ankle Bootie from Antelope Shoes
505 Ankle Bootie from Antelope Shoes
983 Ankle Bootie from Antelope Shoes
985 Mid-Calf Boot from Antelope Shoes
What's the Story with These Shoes?
Follow the link to the National Public Radio web site and find out.
Hint: it involves the celebrity who once said, "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."