hat's a exclamation that my partner in clog covetousness, Melissa, and I reserve for shoes that at first glance send a shudder of delight through our total being. No need to sit and contemplate these exceptional designs; the impact is immediate.
I had one of those experiences this morning when I happened upon these Jeffrey Campbell exclusives over on the Free People website. Massive wooden platform. Chunky, chunky heel. Sturdy leather upper. Lots and Lots of studs.
t's a web that is world wide out there, and every so often, something I haven't seen before emerges out of the pixels on my computer display. You can imagine what happens next. There's a frantic search for the "Add to Cart" button. There's a quick check of sizes available to see if it's a party I'm being invited to. There's the mandatory review of images and details to insure that whatever shoes have caught my eye are actually made of wood. And then there's the scramble to save the URL in some handy location so I can return to it later to tell you all about it.
So let's take a look at some of the cool new things I've discovered!
New Clogs at Mohop...and MORE
Visit our old friend Annie Mohaupt and take a look what she's up to these days! In addition to Mohop's signature TIY* wooden sandals, she and business partner Justin Walker have introduced a variety of wood soled clogs. Interestingly, they incorporate a foam footbed for added comfort. As with Annie's shoes from the beginning, they're customizable with a variety of leather colors and nail head accents. And she and her robots (yes, that what it says on the Mohop website) will craft your footwear in narrow, regular, or wide sizes from 5 to 13.
These are some serious shoe makers! You never have to be without a pair of clogs that fits you again!
* tie it yourself
Take a spin by the Mohop website here or visit their listings on Etsy.
But that's not all.
Let's say after years of scouring the internet, you still haven't found the right combination of wooden goodness to make your feet smile and to fulfill your fashion fantasies. Well, it's Mohop Shoes to the rescue. Years ago we detailed the amazing 3-D wood cutting machine that this plucky Chicago company has at its disposal. Now they're willing to make the wonders of this device available to you!
To quote from the product description on Etsy:
Ever wanted to design your own high heels? We here is your chance! We will work with you one-on-one to create a custom pair of high heels to your individual foot specifications.
That's two "woots" in the same post. Annie Mohaupt really knows how to make me smile!
Take a look for yourself. The Etsy page is right here.
Meanwhile, elsewhere on Etsy: JackieLoveClogs
Where has this craftsperson been? How have I overlooked her? Why do I not already own a pair of these???
Jackie Leggett is the U. K. artisan assembling these delightful shoes, and her Etsy listing tells the full story:
She studied art at Carlisle College followed by a degree in footwear design at the former Leicester Polytechnic. Being one of the few chosen to take part of The New Designers Exhibition in London, Jackie created her very first pair of clogs, paying homage to her great-grandfather, who used to produce traditional clogs in Maryport. A passion for beautifully crafted footwear was born.
Meanwhile, even elsewhere on Etsy: clogs from the Ukraine
Here's one for the guys in the crowd. Etsy seller ModaKvoda has a pair of handmade wood soled shoes. They're quite reminiscent of the shoes used in Morris dancing, don't you think? But the price is certainly reasonable. Size and measurement details provided.
've been digging this Balenciaga platform sandal ever since I first discovered it on the internet. Which I would assume was only shortly before I posted about it back in December.
But as much as this distinctive style puts woodeness and goodness together for me, I wasn't digging it $800.00 worth.
Flash forward six months, and there have been price reductions all around. Still, even in my tall size corner of the shoe universe where fun and funky fashionable footwear is few and far between, $400.00 is a lot of money. So I'll just gaze at them from afar. And occasionally pay a visit to usual e-tailers to see if any additional price drops have been implemented.
However, I discovered there's a variation on this wood-soled theme that I didn't know existed. And in a perfect world in which I'd already established trust funds for my kids and donated millions to cancer research, I would actually own both.