his is one of those "now or never" posts. Long time readers of this blog are no doubt aware of my love for music. It's a passion that's every bit as forceful as my love for an inspiringly creative pair of wood-soled shoes. But this month that passion has been fanned to an unexpected fervor. My band is preparing to play tribute to The Police in just four short weeks, and I've been embroiled in pulling together music charts, lining up rehearsals, and practicing my parts. My ensemble and I have celebrated the songs of a variety of different rock bands over the past year and a half: Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, U2, Fleetwood Mac, R. E. M., and more. But there's something about the unbridled inventiveness in the music of The Police that has gotten my adrenal glands working overtime. We just had our first serious run through of the music this past weekend, and our vocalists are doing such amazing things with those signature Sting harmonies and the guitarist and myself on bass found our parts interlocking so effortlessly that I am intensely excited about the show we're about to present. In a "makes me feel energized" kind of a way. And so here on a Monday night (early Tuesday morning, actually), at an hour when I should sensibly be crawling into bed, I'm using my residual adrenalin high from playing through some of the songs in our set earlier this evening to pull together a quick post for our collective enjoyment. It's a jam packed week in my corner of the world, and if I don't ride the creative buzz while I've got it, I worry about finding time to circle back in this direction. So let's get to it! There are shoes out there to enjoy!
Topshop announces The Return of the Clog
I like the way they think! And certainly a development worth supporting. I think back to just a few seasons back when shoe retailers decided to ban the C-word (clog) from their catalogs. Dark days, indeed. But such is the fickle nature of fashion that some intrepid merchants are willing to brave heralding this style's return. Bravo!
A big thank you to one of my regular readers in PA for passing the word along. I immediately trotted over to US.Topshop.com and bought a pair for myself. Not sure if it set the record for shortest time elapsed between shoe sighting and purchase, but I think it came close.
Smock leather mule clog in black...
Smile leather wooden clog in black...
Nelly strappy sandal in black...
Worldie wedge sandal
Best of all, most of these styles are available in sizes from 6-1/2 to 11-1/2. Yes, I really do like the way they think.
Nordstrom has clogs, too!
Yes, Topshop is not the only retailer clomping noisily into clog territory again. Just look at what I spotted on the Nordstrom website today, too.
Beatrice platform clog from MICHAEL Michael Kors
Beatrice platform bootie from MICHAEL Michael Kors
Beatrice studded open toe clog from MICHAEL Michael Kors
And as with the Topshop offerings, these styles are all available in tall sizes. DOC* bless whomever decided that there are people out there who might enjoy a good size 11.
These clogs are also worthy of special mention because even though I seem to recall blogging about them before, they're highlighted on the Nordstrom website as a NEW MARKDOWN. $71.37. Nice! Let me tell you, I'm sorely tempted. If I hadn't just spent my fall 2017 shoe budget earlier back in January, I'd probably be whipping out my credit card now.
Colliee clog from Lucky Brand
Uh-oh. My blood sugar is suddenly crashing. Well, it was a nice high while it lasted. Just a couple more pics to post and then I'm off to bed.
Sightings down under
Our fellow clog fan in Australia sends these photos from the field.
I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing the London Underground styles above are vintage.
The Israeli pair by Yael Herman below is an Etsy find. Well done! I'll have to contact her and see if she'll consent to being featured on ECHID. These aren't the only wood-soled shoes being offered on her site. I may be worn out at the end of a long day, but I'm never too tired to not be intrigued by a creative pair of clogs!
* DOC = deity of choice