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One of the many things I adore about your blog is all the things it teaches me; I am not just a shoe lover, I am a shoe learner! Posts like today's not only fuel my lust for clogs, but my appreciation of their design process and craft.

And the saddle clogs image used in your post is the same image Mark sent me to let me know mine were on the way!

Thanks for this post today as I'm new to clog collecting and am also learning a lot from your blog. I just recently purchased a pair of Sanita's and the first thing I told my husband is that they felt harder on my feet than my Sven's purchased from ClogMaster. It's interesting that the manufacturers are stating it is not the wood that makes the difference overall. Sanita has been making clogs for a long time so it would be interesting to hear their perspective, or they would at least be interested in knowing their customers are not completely satisfied with the comfort of their shoes. I will have to buy some Tessa's for comparison it seems.

Thank you so much for the feedback! It truly means a lot to me. Im one of those people who can never do anything halfway. If Im going to have a blog, its going to be a blog that Id want to visit with something worth looking at on a daily basis. And of course, that takes a little effort to pull together. Im so pleased that my little investigative reports into this small corner of the footwear industry are finding an audience!

Cant wait to see your new Multnomahs!

That is interesting! Youre the second reader to mention perceiving a difference in the hardness of the wood from brand to brand. I have three pairs of Sanita clogs myself, and I have to say I havent noticed a difference one way or the other between their wood soles and the wood soles of my other clogs. But maybe my feet are just not sensitive to that sensation. I dont think Ive ever registered a difference in the hardness of the soles beyond padded versus bare wood. I wonder if any other readers are similarly sensitive to that variation you feel.

Your efforts are appreciated! I converted to clog wearing due to foot problems. And the folks at ClogMasters enlightened me to how wooden shoes make all of the difference. So far I know heel height does not matter. I just need a solid platform that does not 'give'. Wearing mainstream flats make my feet sore. Clogs have been a miracle cure for my tootsies, and I'm so excited they have made a comeback with shoe designers so I can collect really cute ones.

Unfortunately, not all clog designers are as conscientious or as health focussed as Clogmasters. Glad to know youve found satisfaction with their shoes.

And yes, I feel like a kid in a candy shop right about now. Used to be, if a pair of clogs came along in a size I can wear (I usually need an 11 or a 12), Id just get it because it fit. Thanks to the current clog craze, I actually have some selection! In fact, I just returned a couple of shoes this past week that I would have been thrilled to find once upon a time. But some I liked better came along, so back they went!

Since I discovered your blog I have been on a clog buying frenzy! I too have returned a few pair of really cute ones because I'm waiting for the 'perfect' pair I know I will wear forever. I too wear 11 or 12, and am amazed how all the ones I like usually come in my size. Over the 4th of July I was showing of a new pair and someone commented on how small my feet looked in them. That really put a smile on my face.

Hooray! Thank you for your investigation! This point about the rubber (or other material) on the bottom of the shoe may be something I should take into consideration -- the shock absorption on the Tessas does seem to be superior to the Sanitas, which seem to have a hard plastic bottom (though it's probably something else). But the Svens have a really soft shock absorbing bottoms, and I still find the Tessas to be better in that department. Strange. I'll be interested to see Natealine's take on it!

I remember checking out the No. 6 clog boots when I was visiting my daughter in Brooklyn last fall. I believe they are (or at least were) manufactured by the Sven people. And I remember being impressed with how pliable the rubber/plastic sole was. It had a squishy, padded feeling. Not hard at all. They didnt have my size so I couldnt test drive them, but holding in my hands I got the idea that theyd be a comfortable walking experience because of the bottom material. Of course, youd be losing some of that noise that makes clogs fun to knock around in.

True about the noise, but it's also kind of fun to creep around in stealth clogs -- totally cute and totally silent!

Stealth clogs! I love it!

I don't hink any of the makers really answered what the first reader was asking - I have clogs from many makers, including vintage, and my Tessas are the only ones that have taken impressions of my toes. They are also the most confortable by far.

Looks like I need to put the question to the folks at Tessa Clogs! Thanks for nudging me in that direction.

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