ack when I would occasionally have dreams about being locked in a shoe store overnight, the action often played out with me trying on various styles that I saw there. And let me tell you, the shoes I gravitated to were not Topsiders or Reeboks or nautical themed skimmers. I said these were dreams, not nightmares. No, the shoes I found myself digging out of the storeroom in back were pretty much the sort of footwear that's turning up in droves again all of a sudden. Happily for me—and for you, too, I hope,—we're not dreaming. How cool is that?
Open your eyes and feed your fancy for fashion. Though be warned: you may feel forced to open your pocketbooks, too.
Selling It with Clogs
It's one thing for retailers to have clogs listed alongside ankle boots and pumps on their websites, but when you start seeing our favorite footwear showing up in product photos elsewhere in their webpages, you know that these shoes we love are truly being embraced once again. What can we clog lovers say to that except, "Woo-hoo!"
A couple product listings from Nordstrom.com prove the point.
The Agony and the Ecstasy
An assortment of styles I've noticed over the past couple of weeks that I haven't had a chance to post yet. This first pair got a mention two posts back, but only because I bought the size 11 as soon as I spotted it and discovered that it fit like an 8. My spirit was so crushed, I never brought myself to post about it properly. But now, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon seated on a barstool in a coffee shop nursing my iced chai (quite tasty) with my Jeffrey Campbell Litas on my feet, I will do the proper thing and follow through with details about this admirable, if not very spacious clog bootie.
Arlynn clog bootie from Dolce Vita available through Zappos.com.
I did have a rather bizarre consumer experience after the fact with this pair. I had ordered my size 11s from Nordstrom.com, and I was able to return them easily to the store. But when I contacted the manufacturer's website to verify that I had indeed received a properly sized 11 (as opposed to an improperly marked pair), they basically told me that since the 11s came from Nordstrom and they did not carry that size themselves, I would have to contact the retailer to get the information I wanted.
Normally, if I REALLY like a style, I will leave no stone unturned to track down a pair that will fit me. Just ask my enabler and companion in all things shoe related, Melissa, for confirmation. But in this instance, I had also purchased another clog style that I liked even more and that actually fit comfortably so I gave myself over to the ecstasy of wearing them and let fantasies of acquiring a more generously sized Arlynn from Dolce Vita drift away. Ah, we consumers are a fickle lot.
I also considered giving this slip-on clog from the same maker a try, but though hope springs eternal when it comes to me and shoes that might fit, I reasoned that I probably wouldn't have better luck and wandered off to other parts of the web to shop for interesting tops to complement footwear I already had.
Ackley mule from Dolce Vita available through Nordstrom.com
Believe it or not, this Portugese clog maker pronounces their name as "shooze". Yep. Just like those things we put on our feet.
I love it.
But what I love even more is what they've come up with for their latest collection. You'll find these styles listed in the XUZ Handmade Lovers section of their website.
And if the product shots aren't enough to entice you, there're always the photos from their fashion shoot.
The rustic, rough and tumble quality to their designs makes me as happy as any shoe I've ever run across. The sad news (for me, at least) is that they don't do tall sizes. But as always, I've ferreted out a reason to hope.
XUZ sells their styles apparently through Escape Shoes. And with each listing, there's a little box that says "Can't find your size? Click here."
Well, you know I did. On several listings. To let them know that there's one tall size customer out here who'd love to be sporting their shoes. And I'm guessing there might be others.
That's all for now. My iced chai is empty, and I've got a couple errands to run before my Litas and I go join my son and daughter for dinner. 'Til I blog again, walk noisily and proud!