ffbeat clogs call my name on a regular basis. And not very tentatively, either. It's usually with the sort of insistent tone that accompanies the voices in your head that say thing like, "The car right in front of you just slammed on the brakes. You'd better do that, too." Or, "Gosh, that cookie sheet is pretty hot after having been in the oven for 15 minutes. I think I should put it down and use a mitt."
So you can imagine the imperative I felt when the new closed heel Swedish Hasbeens styles popped up in my Inbox this past week. They've got that chunky heel I've been loving since they first started making them, what, a year ago or more? And there's a thicker platform happening in the front half of the shoe. But for me, the 'Beens folks totally upped the ante when they wrapped that bit of leather around the back of the shoe and got my mind whirling in the usual circles it spins in when a style I LOVE appears in my browser window accompanied by the cold harsh reality that this particular retailer has chosen to stop manufacturing it just short of the length I need in order to wear it and still keep my toes intact. I've had a bit of luck with shoe stretchers and heel lifts making an occasional snug fitting shoe actually work for me. But my long experience with clogs is that while I can move a tight size 11 from the category of "agony inducing" to "just fits if I don't have to stand a lot," there is no way that size 10 that tends to run small will ever be able to be anything more than a conversation piece in my closet.
(Makes frowny face.)
But that's part of learning to play the hand you're dealt, isn't it? So I console myself with one of the fabulous shoes I do own and can actually wear, and promote those styles that got away on this blog and hope that someone else out there might find fascination and contentment with them.
The Swedish Hasbeens style I'm currently smitten with is the Bettan from their Spring/Summer 2017 collection. I just want call back to them, "Get on my feet!"
Another bit of footwear fun from Swedish Hasbeens
Their current Easter sale! Which promises 30% off on all yellow shoes.
A new clog maker on the horizon: Unalira
This message showed up in the Comments last week:
Hi clogs addicted, We would like to introduce our company, we are UNALIRA brand and we are producing real wood italian fashion clogs, we are now on a kickstarter campaign , and we would like invite you to visit our web site.
You can find the Unalira online at unalira.eu. They currently appear to have three distinctive styles that they're offering: the Story, the Place, and the Dream. I'm thinking those stained wood soles are pretty sweet!
Here's the link to their Kickstarter page complete with a short video about the makers and the brand.
The latest acquisitions by our favorite clog fan near the Tropic of Capricorn
Speaking of clogs I'm smitten with but couldn't buy because they didn't come in my size, last September I posted about the unique styles of Etsy seller Jean Diver. Apparently I wasn't the only person attracted by the wooden goodness on display. I now know that one of my regular readers from Australia has a couple of Jean's clogs to wear.
The shoes are awesome. But I'm also digging that deep blue sky overhead as the Australian climate moves from summer to fall.
A pair of extraordinary clog booties you can make your own
Anybody else out there in the size 11 boat with me? I have a pair of Lula clog booties from Jeffrey Campbell that I'm ready to send out into the world again. They came my way new from an eBay listing two or three years ago, and I only ended up wearing them to work once. Rather than have them languish forlornly on my shelves, I'd love to let someone else work some sartorial magic with them. They are massive. And a little on the heavy side. Not for the fashion faint of heart...or those who find flip-flops more shoe than they care to wear. They do fit my 11" feet quite nicely. Let me know in the comments if you're interested, and I'll hook you up with my eBay consignment seller. (They were on eBay just now, but the listing has ended.)