* One good reason to have "too many shoes," as one of my regular readers noted in the comments the other day, is that it's an addiction that's not likely to leave you broken and desititute. There are plenty of indulgences in this life that can become a downward spiral, but being in touch with a desire that fires your passion and puts some energy in your day is something to celebrate and to nurture.
• Another more practical reason to have "too many shoes" is that, as I just found out yesterday, some style that's been sitting idle on the shelf for months and months can suddenly speak to you again. My Kybeles from Nine West (early sighting on this blog here) were a pair I'd been scouring the web for back in 2010. Then as they were eclipsed by newer, shinier styles, I tucked them away on a lower shelf in The Wall of Infinite Pleasure. Yesterday, though, they became the perfect complement to a "thrown on some jeans and a top and run to the grocery store" outfit.
• I just got an e-mail from a shoe maker in the Netherlands that wanted to introduce me (and you, too) to their creations. I said, "Yes," of course. And I plan to follow up with an interview and plenty of pictures. Here's a sneak peek:
• I also stumbled across a Portugese clog maker whose site was filled with jaw-droppingly delightful designs they've been busily crafting since 2008. (How did I not notice them 'til now???) Style after style of clogs the way we like 'em here: chunky, rough-hewn, with lots of texture to the leather and suede. Again, they're deserving of more than just a passing mention. I've got to put together a feature worthy of their amazingly satisfying version of wooden goodness. But I can give you a glimpse.
• And you'll also be getting a first hand report on my handcrafted clog boots from the Etsy shop of FeiradeBarcelos. I'm expecting them to arrive early this week.
• I also just got an assortment of new photos from our correspondent in Australia. If you enjoy a clog boot that is off the beaten track, I know you'll appreciate browsing the new acquisitions of our fellow footwear fanatic. Stay tuned.
• And finally, just to acknowledge what a shoe addict I am myself, I'll remind you of the story of how I always notice the footwear that actresses are wearing in movies. I've forgotten quite a few of the plot nuances in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but I still remeber thinking Teri Garr looked awfully cute in both styles of clogs her character wore in that film. So is it any surprise that while I'm checking out the trailer to the new Bill Hader/Kristen Wiig movie, The Skeleton Twins, to see if it's something that my partner in shoe lust, Melissa, might enjoy watching with me (from the looks of it, it will leave us more satisfied than the film we streamed Saturday night did, Terry Gilliam's latest flick The Zero Theorem), I happen to notice in one three millisecond clip that Ms. Wiig is wearing what look to be clog boots! Swedish Hasbeens, possibly! I don't think many mere mortals would have even noticed that she had shoes on in the trailer, but for a vigilant clog fan such as myself, those are the details I can never miss!
The trailer is here. And about two-thirds of the way in, when Ms. Wiig drops the tray, you can briefly see it shatter on the floor in front of her clog boots. I definitely want to see this movie now!
Yes, I am obsessed. And if you are, too, you know just how much fun that can be!