ust wanted to share a couple of shoe sightings I made this past week. Again, I don't know why I believed the fashion press when they told us the clog craze was over. If you keep your eyes peeled, you can still spot some awesome wood-soled wonders on the market. I'm on Satisfaction Protocol Crimson in my household at the moment. Back in the days when I lived in S. P. Green, I pretty much pounced on anything that caught my eye. Such were the heady days when high-heeled clogs started appearing in stores in force. But now my shelves are full and more importantly, my budget is tighter. I have only a short list of styles I'm willing to go to the mat for if they ever show up in my size. So many other shoes that warrant a closer look just don't move the needle enough for me to spend my all too hard to come by dollars. Of course, this is only a first world problem. It's a healthy thing indeed to be reveling in the clogs and clog boots I already have ready and waiting. I'm happy to say I find myself getting out of bed each morning already with an idea of what footwear adventure I'd like to have that day. I mean, I wouldn't want to have people start calling me "Imelda" or anything!
This Just In from Nasty Gal
So just last weekend I was ooo-ing and ahh-ing for the second week in a row about the Anticipate platform sandal from Shoe Cult by way of Nasty Gal. I know. I'm so predictable. Show me a clog with lots of wood and I'll show you my credit card. But maybe it's a good thing I didn't pounce.
Because those crafty shoe makers at Shoe Cult have come along with another use for that massive wooden sole. Check out the Power Trip platform bootie. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Or the flaccid of calf muscles.
Just for the record, here's my similar pair: the Juliana by Messeca circa 2011. I know. I know. They're not identical. And the completist in me would love to own 'em both. But I have a practical side. And a side that likes to pay my mortgage, too. And so I keep my mad money set aside for one of the styles on my "must-have, can't-live-without, will-spend-the-rest-of-my-days-wailing-and-gnashing-my-teeth-if-I-don't-get-them" list. Yes, I have an impractical side as well.
More News from Multnomah Leather Shop
You may recall that a couple of posts back, I shared a photo of a custom pair that Mark Casperson, owner and chief clog magician at Multnomah Leather Shop, made for a customer.
They were notable because the person who ordered them needed a pair of shoes in a larger than average size. They were also notable because I have never seen a pair of open-heeled clogs on the Multnomah website.
"What's the deal?" I asked Mark. "Are you making shoes now without your usual closed heel?"
"Yes, we have started doing open back clogs on request. We haven't added them to our website yet. I should really do that. A customer in Brazil was our first attempt, and he seemed to like them. Here's a photo of a different style we just did."
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Oops! Forgot to add a link to Multnomah Leather Shop. You can contact Mark and company here: https://www.multnomahleather.com/
Introducing Nordic Fusion
Well, if you're a clog fan in Australia, you're probably well aware of this retailer of Scandinavian merchandise. Permit me a moment of laziness. I'll let this excerpt from their About Us page tell the story.
The inspiration behind the exclusively Scandinavian store was a direct response to Camilla’s desire to bring the beautiful products she grew up with in Sweden here to Australia, her adopted home, so others could enjoy them too. Her commitment to sourcing and introducing fresh Scandinavian design to Australia is evident in the extensive range stocked in Nordic Fusion stores and distributed to over 200 retailers across the country.
You know me. If it's out of the ordinary, it has my attention. And while you can find many conventional styles on the Nordic Fusion clogs page, I was naturally more interested in the ones I'd never seen anywhere else before.
Roman Style Black
(I love how this one is comprised of minimal straps, but it still has an upturned toe.)
A big thank you to our correspondent down under for tipping me off to this never before mentioned source for clogs.
The Latest from Bryr
In September 2012, I ran a Featured Designer post with Isobel Schofield, the creator of the sumptuous line of wood-soled shoes known as Bryr. Just last week, another foreign correspondent, this one based in South Africa, wrote to say,
Although you have featured BRYR clogs before I know you will salivate at these newer pics. YUMMY wooden goodness! The photos are stunning!
And the message included a link to a November 2013 post on the blog for NeedSupply.
My informant was correct. The photos are indeed stunning. But the article is definitely worth a read, too.
T. U. K. pays tribute to London Underground
Those of us shoe fans who've been at this buying and wearing thing for awhile will remember the rockin' brand London Underground, noted for their flared wood heels and soles. See the example below I posted several years back.
I even used to own a pair of London Underground platform sandals. But I found myself never actually wearing them. So I traded them with another blogger for a different pair of shoes.
Then just a couple months back she wrote to say:
These are strangely familiar...
(And she provided a link to a webpage for Solestruck.)
How funny is this?! They're exactly like the ones you sent me.
Right she is!
This one is now know as the Fisher from T. U. K., now available from Solestruck. And if you nose around their product pages for any length of time, you'll also notice a similar style to make us clog lovers happy: the Mule.