ust got off the phone with a good friend (and recent clog convert that you've met here before) comparing notes on what went right about our Christmas holidays and what went wrong. It's a season packed with so much expectation, it's a wonder that any of us are able to get through these potentially emotionally intense days with our loved ones (and barely tolerated acquaintances) with anything resembling peace on earth or goodwill toward men. In my friend's case, it was a situation in which a retired set of parents played hosts to the gathered siblings. And their partners. And their offspring. Can you sense the gathering of ingredients listed on a recipe for disaster? In the actual event, there were no family meltdowns and no confrontational scenes worthy of a Hollywood movie. But my friend was aware that no one really came through the holiday gathering feeling it was what they hoped it would be.
And I had to agree that my own Christmas had left me feeling I didn't get to spend the time with the important people in my life in the way that I wanted to spend time with them. Which had me putting my own nearest and dearest back on their flights home bewildered by how the celebrations had gotten so far out of hand. I didn't have quite the Christmas I wanted to have with my brood. And that's exactly how my friend talked about the holiday in that family. So I spent part of my post-holiday recovery period lamenting how it had gone with my partner in all things emotional, physical, and sartorial, Melissa. And she, having been around the block a few times and lived through her share of craziness both human and familial, offered a practical strategy for the new year. It's an idea I shared with my friend in our phone conversation, and we both agreed it could be just the thing to turn our next Christmas with family into a time of joy. What was Melissa's insight? Simply the universally applicable suggestion that I would do well to think through what I wanted to get out of the situation at hand, and then discuss with those I loved what they wanted to get out it, and then work to plan to make those expectations a reality. Rather than leaving it to chance or the intervening planning of others, I would benefit by recognizing what would mean the most to me in celebrating the holidays: a big celebratory dinner with as many bodies as possible versus an intimate meal with my closest family that would allow us to talk meaningfully. A holiday week of theatre events and social engagements or a less intense calendar that gave me time to be one on one with my kids as well as allowing them time with their friends. Those are just a couple ways of slicing the possibilities of a family Christmas. The more I brainstormed with Melissa, the more I realized I would be doing myself and my loved ones a favor by helping us all get clear on what we hoped for going into the time we would spend together. I'm happy to say that sitting here now with just under twelve months until the next holiday season, I find myself filled with hope instead of fuming. And isn't that one of the things we'd all like to have in our lives all year long?
1. Colliee clog from Lucky Brand
Spotted on Nordstrom.com in Black and Honey. It's not spelled out on the Nordstrom website, but over on Lucky Brand's webpages, the bottom is described as "faux wood."
2. Premier clog from Free People
Located on FreePeople.com with the words "wooden heel" proudly displayed in the product description.
3. Percy clog from Free People
Ditto. Available in Tan, Silver, and Black.
The Latest from Multnomah Leather Shop
Owner Mark Casperson sent along a fresh photo from his workshop with the message,
Here is a variation on our KC sandal with a wingtip look. They will be priced at $195.00.
And if you've been thinking of stepping out and ordering one of the exceptional styles on the Multnomah Leather Shop website, I definitely need to pass along this request from the craftsman himself:
And if you can remind your readers that our December $20 off sale ends, well, at the end of December.
And that's the news from Multnomah County, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the clogs are above average.
D'oh! Here's one that got away!
I didn't notice that this rockin' boot was built on a wooden platform and heel until just this week...when I also noticed that it was completely sold out in all sizes. Sorry!
If you have access to a time machine, you'll find this Georgia platform boot from Grey City on the webpages of NastyGal.com.
Would you be interested in a pair of clogs?
One of my regular readers, M. L., writes from Pennsylvania with some shoes that need a new home.
I still have a ton of clogs to get rid of and keep meaning to get them onto eBay, but it's such a pain to put items on there and then I get depressed because nobody seems interested anyway. I would still love to offer them in batches to clog lovers. At this point I just want them gone. They all should have been gone when we moved almost 2 years ago, but they now just take up space in an extra room.
The shoes below are just the first portion of the collection. Most of these clogs were made in Sweden by AM Toffeln, though there is one high-heeled Sanita style being offered. Sizes range from 42 to 45. Says M. L., "None have been worn more than 30 minutes. Some are brand new. I would be willing to let them go for $35 each, shipping included."
If you see anything that catches your eye, just speak up in the comments and I'll put you in touch with M. L. Or you can contact me via my e-mail link on the About page for this blog.
And in the interest of thoroughness, here's a peek at how little wear these clogs have.
Meantime, on the other side of the planet
Our correspondent in Australia has been coping with the lack of winter weather in the southern hemisphere by enjoying the Ecote clog boot recently available through Urban Outfitters. You think I'm a good resource for information about fabulous footwear? Keep in mind that our fellow footwear fanatic down under owns about five times as many shoes as Melissa and I do combined. Maybe ten times as many. Whenever a footwear question comes to mind, I know where to fire off an e-mail. And you should, too, if you ever wonder about construction or fit. I love having a healthy conversation about shoes on this blog so don't be shy!
I need a word
Here's to well stocked closet shoe racks for us all in 2015! May you have a new year that makes you stand tall and walk proudly!
Oops! Almost forgot! I wanted to show you how fab Melissa looks in her Cayd clog boots from Free People. Family dynamics aside, it was a grand Christmas for both of us!