As many of you readers know, I am blessed with a passion for wooden footwear. Clogs, platform sandals, clog boots, wedges. I'm an equal opportunity lover of chunky shoes.
I have also been blessed with feet that fall at the tall end of the spectrum. Right at that upper end on the border between "oh, look, my foot will go inside" and "AAARGGHH!! TOO TIGHT!!! TOO TIGHT!!!" So I'm no stranger to discovering the most fabulous pair of wood-soled shoes in the universe to date only to be crushed by the knowledge that they were not made in a size I could wear.
Today, though, I'm here to report a victory.
The story begins on the website of Free People. They started bringing back clogs a couple years ago, and I found myself smitten again and again with the wooden goodness they were making available. For example, their current Into the Patchwork clog makes my heart skip a beat or three. Or more. (Just look at how adorable it is.)
Pause for a moment of delight and satisfaction.
Their Horizon clog keeps catching my eye.
And I even was so enamored of the Rendering clog when it made it's debut in 2014...
...I had to give it a try. The clogs had appreared on the Free People website in May of that year as I recall. By July, I ordered a pair. I really knew better because I've tried their shoes before. In August I sent the Rendering clog back for a refund. Free People, for all their tall, willowy models with amazing bohemian fashions draped around their thin, angular bodies, doesn't choose to make shoes available larger than a size 41. And let me tell you, it's not a generous size 41. I've tried on shoes that were too small for me that I could at least get my feet into. This pair wouldn't even grant me that much access.
Pause for a moment of sad reflection.
I found myself cut off from all sorts of cool clogs being offered. Such as the Belmont clog that my partner in shoe lust, Melissa, had been sporting happily for a good deal of that summer. It came along in a variety of colors, and the green pair would have definitely made my day.
But again, that size limitation was an issue.
As Melissa often likes to say, "Gah!"
This story has a happy ending, though. Back in February of this year, I spotted some love on the website of Cordani in their wood-soled Five Worlds collection. I'd picked up their Jalisco clog pump last September...
...which made my feet quite happy in a size 11. So when I saw the Carmen dress clog bootie (I guess you'd call it), I thought it would be worth giving a try.
The price of admission was steep, though. And I hesitated. And hesitated. And kept my eyes open. And then...
And then I got distracted by other digital delights online and moved on to other footwear ideas.
However, once a passion is forged, I can easily rekindle it again. And when I happened on a listing for the Cordani Five Worlds Carmen style on Bluefly.com at something like half off...and in a size 11...and with a return policy in place,...I figured I had nothing to lose except some shipping fees. Small price to pay for footwear ecstasy. And you know what? The gamble paid off!
They fit. They look great. They're made of wood. And best of all, they scratch the itch that some of those Free People clogs I had been jonesing for would never satisfy 'cause they weren't available in my size. In short: I love 'em! Can't wait to start giving them street time.
"Hey, Melissa! Want to go out for dinner tonight?"
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Oh! And here's another wood-soled shoe not made in my size that the Cordani Carmen has more than made up for: the Madrd from Freebird by Steve Madden.
As I often say on Every Clog Has Its Day, where there's a will...and an unbridled passion for shoes,...there's a way!