ver notice how life tends to get in the way of your best laid plans? Not a day goes by that I don't tell myself I'm going to do this or write about that or look online for the other thing. And then along comes something else to get in the way. Like my day job. Or the need to sleep. So I regularly find myself putting off 'til tomorrow what I sure as heck couldn't get done today. Or yesterday either.
Fortunately, the backlog builds to the point where I finally have to shout "Basta!" and sit down and do something about it. And in the case of Every Clog Has Its Day, that usually means I make a cup of chai and sink into cushion on my leather sofa and wrestle together a post for our mutual enjoyment.
As sometimes happens, I've wandered across a number of entertaining images that I fear are now out of date, it's taken me so long to put them online. Etsy items and eBay listings, for instance. But if you're as much of a rabid shoe fan as I am, I know you're here as much for the viewing pleasure as you are for the possibility of purchasing any of the wooden goodness I post about. So I rationalize that my tardiness doesn't make the shoes I call to your attention after the fact a complete loss. The internet is a wondrous and magical invention with its ability to bring us face to face (or at least eyeball to pixel) with the objects of our desire. But I have to link arms with print publications and musicians and podcasters and agree that it's a bloody shame that it's so hard to make a buck with the creative things we do. Boy, howdy, if this blog would help with keeping a roof over my head, you'd be seeing daily updates and regular features just like I used to do when I was a free lancer.
But enough about what I'd do if I were Duchess of the Universe (to borrow one of my fellow footwear fanatic's favorite phrases). Let's look at some SHOES!
Multnomah Leather Shop, We Love You!
That goes for the owner and chief craftsman at M. L. S., Mark Casperson, too! Here's what inspired that outburst of appreciation. A few weeks back I received an e-mail from a massage therapist from Richmond, Virginia. He swears by clogs. Calls them a tool of his trade in fact. But he had recently found himself disappointed with the way Danskos have been fitting lately. "They just don’t feel the way they used to," he wrote. "I think perhaps something to do with manufacturing." So he had been surfing the web for other options in the clog universe and his search engine had brought him to this blog.
"Many thanks for any help you can provide," he added at the end of his message. And clog evangelist that I am, I wrote back promptly to point him in the direction of a couple worthy clog makers I've gotten to know. This gentleman made some phone calls and chose to go with Mark Casperson's Multnomah Leather Shop, and before I knew it, he had forwarded to me a photo of the pair of shoes Mark had whipped up for him.
Our massage therapist friend then sent me a message once his new shoes had arrived:
"They are meticulous in their craftsmanship!"
And I have to agree. His well-worn Danskos look rather beaten up after all their use. But well-traveled pairs of Multnomah clogs have a sense of experience and personality to them. Far from looking like they're on their way to the junk yard, the sturdy leather and wooden sole seemed poised to put on another 100,000 miles.
But then our clog loving masseur reported, "They look amazing, however they seem a bit big,...." So Mark Casperson asked him to take some photos of the shoes in action, and it was determined that they were indeed "too long & slightly too wide."
Back to Portland, Oregon, they went. And now our newest addition to the ECHID family is awaiting the arrival of his freshly remade, custom fit clogs.
Don't you just love Multnomah Leather Shop?
Meanwhile, Calleen Cordero Has Gotten Married
How People magazine of me to post about this. But our wood-soled shoe community is a small one, and every little tidbit of news is fun to read about when you know it involves a kindred spirit.
According to the press release:
On 8.22.15 at her private sanctuary home "Calliote Canyon" in Ojai, CA - luxury Footwear, Handbag & Accessory designer Calleen Cordero, and long time boyfriend Juan Diego, celebrated their vows surrounded by their closest friends and family in a traditional Chumash ceremony.
For those of you who haven't made the acquaintance of this fabulous footwear designer, my interview with her a few years back on ECHID is a fine place to start. But really, in order to truly appreciate this woman's contributions to world of wooden shoes, you only need to pay a visit to her website. I just clicked there as I was researching this section, and the glorious vision of that Vela wedge clog on the landing page made me swoon. Tell me that you don't immediately think, "I'd love to own that shoe!"
New Styles Sighted!
From Antelope Shoes...
***CAUTION: MANMADE MIDSOLE***
...the Liege wedge bootie.
From Steve Madden...
...the Cinndi clog bootie.
From Swedish Hasbeens...
And something about those purple pants in both images makes me assume that the designer is modeling her own shoes for the product photo. How cool is that!
Oh, no! I've run out of time. And I've barely scratched the surface of things I want to post: a new interview with Isobel Schofield of Bryr Studio, new photo shoots of fall and winter closed toe clogs and clog boots from No. 6, plus a half dozen images of cool clogs I spotted on eBay and elsewhere and the story of getting a chance to spread the word about my blog to a woman I shared an elevator ride with the other day when she said the magic words, "I love clogs!" Looks as though this post will be getting a Part 2 sometime soon. Stay tuned!