ow was that for an amazing week? I knew that the question of same sex marriage was before the Supreme Court here in the U. S., but I was totally caught off guard by their revolutionary ruling. I felt it was coming. How could anyone be clueless about that? But in my lifetime? Wow!
And the fact that it came down just as the nation was collectively looking to our brothers and sisters in the South and saying, "Enough with revering those trappings of an inhumane period in our nation's history." (Seriously? What part of that period are you envisioning as glorious and guilt free?)
What a different country this has become in just a week! And for me the political cartoon of the Confederate flag being lowered and the rainbow flag being raised in its place sums it up so neatly. (I've seen a couple versions online, but this one is my fave.) It makes me think of that landmark moment 28 years ago when President Reagan stood in Berlin and challenged the Soviet Union's leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall." I like to think we have problems facing us today on this planet that could benefit from that same sort of decisive stance. "Take down this symbol of oppression." "Remove this obstruction to equality." The Berlin Wall analogy feels apt. There was the world that we lived in before the Wall came down and the different world we lived in afterwards. If I'm not mistaken, we've just made another such transition.
Swedish Hasbeens to the Rescue
Sunday, July 28th was the day that a million or so of my fellow Chicagoans made their ways into Lakewiew for the city's 46th Pride parade. It was a beautiful day—not as hot or as humid as it can sometimes be her on a late June afternoon. And once again I took it all in from one of the best seats available: aboard one of the floats that wound along the four mile route.
The event has been documented and tweeted in much greater detail than I can provide here. I will report that I fingered my iPhone on several occasions debating whether or not to document some of the intriguing footwear choices that the participants and attendees had made. But since there was nothing on display that fit into that category I like so much ("Oh! My! GOD! Those are the most awesome wood-soled shoes I'VE EVER SEEN!"), I settled for a simple picture of my own practical footwear for the day.
And a wise choice they were, since I not only walked most of the route (and only rode on the float part of the way) and then had to walk the entire two miles or so back to my car. I do love me some heels, but I do have my limits! Thank you, Swedish Hasbeens, for both keeping me shod and helping me live out my passion.
Special mention goes to the makers of the leather cargo short I paired them with, just barely visible in the photo. They were custom made in India to my size specifications for only $60 (USD). Don't you just love what you can find on eBay? Look for seller 3dfashiononline.
Meanwhile over on Etsy
Last week, Zappa at Zappasvintage wrote to say,
We have another pair of clogs in our shop.
Do not know if you are still interested but we like your blog.
To which I had to reply,
Oh, yes, I AM interested. I try to publish every one of your listings that you call to my attention. Thank you!
Sandal clog by Krone, size 40, available from Etsy seller Zappasvintage
And then I spotted this lovely pair from an Etsy seller who's appeared on these webpages before, marigold25. As often as I have searched high and low for the most awesome pairs of wood soled shoes on the planet, in my past five years of extremely intent scouring, I have yet to find a pair of high-heeled oxfords that are as remarkable as this style and manufactured in my larger than average size. Just knowing that such shoes exist and that someone, somewhere has worn or is wearing them provides as much satisfaction as I can realistically hope for. To actually win the trifecta of "awesome shoes" and "manufactured in my size" and "actually available for purchase,"...well, that's the stuff of dreams.
Platform oxfords, size 7-1/2 (Australian), available from Etsy seller marigold25
I hadn't visited this international retailer's websites in several weeks. Which is silly because look!
Open toe wedge mule from Antidoti
Wedge clog from Master&Muse x Sydney Brown
High-heeled clog from Ruco Line Project
Cork clog from Master&Muse x Sydney Brown
High-heeled clog from A Trois
Wedge clog from Rochas
Lace up high-heeled platform bootie from Chlöe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony
Decorating Your Space...Every Clog Has Its Day Style
The concept is simple: wooden shoes as wall sconces!
Yep. When the Every Clog Has Its Day international offices finally open, this is what I'm going to use to light the hallways outside our conference room. Awesome idea, no? I won't try to tell you more. I'll let the seller from France based Etsy shop Uniquelightingco provide the back story.
i have made a light out of many different things before, but never a wooden clog!
yes, this is a genuine vintage/antique real wooden clog and it has plenty signs of wear underneath to show this, but luckily most of the shoe and the inside is in very good condition.
i have seen a few of these before but they are normally far too small to do anything with, but this one is huge! so i immediately saw the potential as a very unusual and totally unique wall light.
it has been thoroughly cleaned, waxed, and i have installed a brand new capsule lamp holder complete with a meter or so of cable ready wired, there is even a new saw tooth style hook to fix it on a wall safely and easily.
the clog is made entirely from one piece of beautiful solid hardwood (oak i think), there is some clear signs of wear underneath but this can not be seen when mounted on a wall, the lamp holder has carefully been installed low enough to keep the small capsule bulb almost totally hidden from view.
The obvious question is: how do you keep a wooden sconce function safely with a bulb that generates heat as well as light. Uniquelightingco suggests,
i would strongly recommend the use of led capsule bulbs with this light, i can supply these if needed, please ask.