ove over, Rosie. And your riveting cohorts. Those of us who've been spending the past few months with this blog are well aware that the guys don't want to be left out of the footwear fun. But there's one guy in particular who's picked up his own power tools and taken matters into his own hands...and his own workshop. I'm talking about Philip, our fellow clog lover from Australia who in spite of the dazzling number of shoes in his collection found the available selection wanting and set out to craft a pair of his own. Just the other week he shared with me the results of his hard work. And I all too happily want to share it with you.
Bravo, Philip! You deserve to be the Guy Day Friday poster boy. Posed in a denim shirt with a well-muscled arm thrusting your stunning shoe design into the frame. And above your head the motto that truly says what we all need to hear:
I have been thinking about the timber soles and have come up using laminated plywood for the soles, the same as the John Fluevog Half Moon sandal. To be quite honest, the timber soles that we discussed are heavier than I expected. The soles can be hollowed out to make them lighter.
I have finally finished the laminated ply sandals and updated my first pair of soles with new uppers. I have decided to name the laminated sandals PHILVOG SUNRISE X- STRAP in honour of the John Fluevog range.
The upper of the soles are padded for comfort and I decided to use a simple upper for airflow under the feet. The laminated ply has been glued and screwed to stop de laminating and sealed with clear stain to show the grain of the ply.
I decided to update the uppers of my first pair of soles for the summer season. I added leather to the top of the soles and stain the sole black. Looks better with black soles. Again, I decided to use a simple ankle strap with two adjustable straps to hold the foot firmly in place.
Again, bravo to you, Philip! Your craftsmanship is as awesome as the shoes you've created!
[On my feet as I blog: my XRAY clogs from Bernardo Footwear. They make the most satisfying noise on concrete (as regular reader Melissa noticed with delight when I was speaking with her on my cell phone while walking to a music rehearsal). Thank you for reminding me of one of things I love about these shoes, something I'd gotten so accustomed to that I wasn't really registering it anymore!]