Just as every radio, television, and cable outlet from British Columbia to Nova Scotia is required by the government to make sure their broadcast days aren't overshadowed by music and programming from elsewhere in the world (that globally pervasive American culture in particular), so, too, do I feel obliged to uphold my own self-imposed rules equivalent to "Canadian content". This is a blog about clogs. By most definitions a clog is shoe composed wholly or in part of wood. And since so many of you have weighed in on how important the sound, the feel, and the look of wood is to the clog wearing experience, I consider it my duty in the majority of my posts to focus on shoes constructed of alder, birch, and other naturally occurring materials. The world of footwear is like life: it's truly a smorgasbord with so much to enjoy. Wooden shoes are only one of the dishes on the table. And I hope I'm not treading on too many toes (figuratively speaking) by steering clear of clogs constructed of polyurethane or plastic. I figure if someone wants to highlight those styles in a blog of their own, the internet is a big enough place for both of us. (Just checked, by the way, and if you feel like going for it, the domain name "icannotbelieveanyonewantstowearshoeslikethese.com" is currently available.)
But I digress. My main point is that I love wearing shoes made of wood, and this blog is dedicated to celebrating that experience. Even so, I occasionally run across a shoe or two that makes me consider rethinking that idea. Which is what happened a couple months back when I happened upon the website of the Israeli shoe maker Antelope. They've been manufacturing and selling in their home country since 1982, but clearly after all this time, the brand is not widely known around the rest of the planet. I instantly decided I needed to do something about it. The styles are creatively hip. The colors are unquestionably cool. And those platform soles are just...just....
Awwwwwwwwwww. Here I thought I'd discovered a designer who was speaking my language. Those lusciously thick platform soles are not hewn of wood? Nope. Just a funky chunk of something nice and cushiony for your feet. What can I say? I may have to take exception to the hard and fast rules of Every Clog Has Its Day. With so much give in the sole, these styles most definitely qualify for the designation of "Sensible Shoes." And I know just the day to post about them!
Maybe I should liken my efforts to those of L'Académie française, that French body that wrestles to preserve the purity of the language by discouraging incursions from foreign words. Up in arms about Sony's worldwide release of an item named the English construction "Walkman" years ago, the academy suggested renaming the product "le baladeur". Now three decades later you can find all manner of personal music players in France using either search term. Sometimes you can't stand in the way of what is meant to be.
Hmmm. I see Endless.com has the Antelope 444 mule in a couple colors in my size. Maybe it would be all right to own just one pair even if it's not made of wood....
(Worth mentioning, too, is the Antelope 960 boot at Endless. Tell me that profile shot doesn't remind you of the saucy silhouette of a clog!)