This just in from the Chicago Tribune's Tuesday evening online edition:
A blizzard warning has gone into effect as the leading edge of a massive snowstorm hit Chicago area this afternoon.
The warning began at 3 p.m. and is to remain in effect until 3 p.m. Wednesday. It means falling and blowing snow with high winds very likely will lead to whiteout conditions. Travel is considered "extremely dangerous," according to the National Weather Service.
"Do not travel!" the weather service warned. "If you must travel ... have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded ... stay with your vehicle."
Chicago emergency officials offered similarly blunt advice:
"Every Chicago resident should brace for a storm that will be remembered for a long time," said Jose Santiago, head of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
I have to say that I'm inclined to agree.
Well, under these conditions, what else can I do but dawdle online dreaming of the more appropriate clog wearing weather to come?
1. Studded clog from J. Jill
A simple design...rendered in three "goes with everything" colors.
Available through J. Jill.
2. "And We're Off" clog from Rachel Comey
Not sure of the style name on this one. Anthropologie frequently lists shoes with a different name than the maker bestowed upon it. I suppose that keeps us from Google searching for it elsewhere. Still, they're a Rachel Comey design, and that means they'll cost a pretty penny wherever you track them down.
Available through Anthropologie.
3. Interlaken clog from Rachel Comey
Another variation on her lovely wooden sole. And they're on sale in a full range of sizes, too! Oh, my!
Available through La Garçonne.
4. Tullamore clog from Rachel Comey
And yet another variation...this time in a more adorned style. Also on sale with most sizes still in stock!
Available through La Garçonne.
5. "Top Drawer Lace Up" clog from Coclico
French designer Sandra Canselier checks it via Anthropologie with a stylized oxford. Doesn't it feel about 10° warmer outside just looking at these shoes? (Wrote the blogger as the wind whips mercilessly at my dining room windows.)
Available through Anthropolgie.com.
6. Nuckle 1 clog from Rampage
The listing declares this shoe to have a manmade sole as well as a manmade upper, and the price reflects it. Style on a budget.
Available through Endless.com.
***CAUTION: MANMADE MIDSOLE***
7. Marla clog from Black Rooster
For those of you who love a good wedge clog, this inventive designer comes to the rescue. The midsole shines like plastic in the photos, but the Video Description provided by Zappos.com assures us that this style is constructed of wood.
Available through Zappos.com.
8. Strappy platform mule from Schutz
My bad. Only just discovered this one. And all that's left is a size 5.
Available through revolveclothing.com.
9. Olive clog sandal from Topshop
Did someone say "summer"? Sorry. Must have been in my head. I'd certainly put this shoe to good use if it were going to be a bit warmer than the 24° forecast for Chicago tomorrow.
Available through Topshop.
10. McAllen clog boot from Stuart Weitzman
Meantime, the snow gets deeper and deeper beyond my cozy walls. The weather service wasn't kidding about limited visibility. I can't see the buildings at the end of my block anymore. Oops, make that three buildings down! On a day like this, a pair clog boots look very appealing right about now.
Available through StuartWeitzman.com.
[On my feet today: a pair of Earth Shoe mid-calf boots, ideal for trudging through both snow banks and slushy city streets...as I had to do earlier today. And, no, I will not upload a picture of myself wearing these!]