s if there weren't enough bad news out there. I was just browsing through one of my favorite news aggregator websites, and there in bold 18 pt. Arial was a headline that blew a chill wind through my world. I think you know me well enough to know that I don't mean to make light of the truly dire pronouncements that reach us through the news media daily, hourly. On topics such as global warming. Or the surging inequality between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of us. Or whatever happened to that truck full radioactive cobalt-60 waste that was hijacked last December in Mexico. There's some serious s--t to fret about each day if you want to take the world unfiltered. And I do try to take my daily dose like a responsible citizen of the world. But I manage to keep myself from running screaming through the streets by tempering the horrors of the daily news with my own regimen of self-soothing. Shoes are one way I get myself there, and the knowledge that my feet are rockin' definitely goes a long way toward keeping the tendency toward despair at bay. I also turn to the pleasures of music and its accompanying culture to find my place among people who seem more to be my tribe than the ones I read about on nytimes.com or washingtonpost.com. But the news that reached me over the weekend was enough to make me quail and quake more than just a little about what sort of future we're all about to sail helplessly into. No doubt I'm somewhat inspired in my anxiety by having just seen the new sci-fi flick Interstellar in which the world of the near future is ravaged by an agricultural blight that is sweeping the planet. Wheat is gone. Vegetables are gone. The human race in North America appears to be surviving on a diet of corn: corn on the cob, corn bread, corn souffle, corn fritters, and the like. So I was perfectly primed to feel a pall cast over the room when I read these chilling words:
The world’s biggest chocolate-maker says we’re running out of chocolate
Dear God. What is this world coming to? And according to the Washington Post article, a big part of the problem are people like me who favor dark chocolate and have thereby inflated the demand. Of course, the science wonks are doing their best to figure out how to solve the coming shortage with improvements in agriculture and disease prevention and so forth. Though those developments have their own chilling implications:
Efforts are under way to make chocolate cheap and abundant -- in the process inadvertently rendering it as tasteless as today’s store-bought tomatoes, yet another food, along with chicken and strawberries, that went from flavorful to forgettable on the road to plenitude.
Dear God. I may be forced to go all John Denver and start stockpiling cocoa beans in my underground silos. Either that or develop a taste for carob.
Oh, Lord. I just threw up a little in my mouth.
Bed|Stü says "Normal is Boring"
Amen! And here's why I love the way they think. This image arrived in my Inbox the other day complete with a link to the page on their website where you can find the new Cordoba boot and the latest variations on the Bruges.
Speaking as a satisfied customer who regularly enjoys wearing my Ghent boot from Bed|Stü as well as my Wales style, I'd like to put in a good word for not being boring.
Ghent wedge bootie from Bed|Stü
Wales wedge bootie from Bed|Stü
Speaking of evading boredom
My, my, my! If you love your wooden footwear far to the left of center, you're in luck. Feast your eyes on these new goodies I spotted on Solestruck.com. Behold the Iyoka from Y-3!
They're the creation of Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto. About whom there are quite a few noteworthy entries on Wikipedia:
- He is an award winning and influential Japanese fashion designer based in Tokyo and Paris.
- He is considered to be a master tailor.
- He graduated from Keio University with a degree in law in 1966.
- He is known for an avant-garde spirit in his clothing, frequently creating designs far removed from current trends.
For extra ecstasy, treat yourself to the sight of this exceptional design in action:
And if this funky bootie isn't sufficiently cray-cray for you, look at this variation from Yamamoto-san's own website:
Seriously, life's too short for ordinary shoes!
Another Portugese shoe heard from
Other fun shoes sighted on Etsy
There's no shortage of cool stuff to view and make your own on Etsy. And if the hand painted art or rock 'n' roll T-shirts don't strike your fancy, why not consider adding some fabulous footwear to your world?
Wooden Ships 1960's Clogs (vintage Multnomah Leather Shop clogs) offered by Etsy seller ElectricLoveCompany
size unknown (insole length 10")
Vintage avant garde clog boot offered by Etsy seller TIGHTPRESSED
estimated size: 7, 7-1/2, or 8
Vibram Plastic Dutch Clog offered by Etsy seller TheComicStrip
As always, I'm left with that familiar sensation: so many shoes, so little time!