Well, quite a few styles apparently. Bless those wood sole lovin' shoemakers for keeping our salivary glands firing regularly. I took an e-stroll by some of my favorite retailers in seasons past and thought I'd see what I could see. And much to my surprise there discoveries to be made. Just feast your ocular sockets on what the gods of footwear have bestowed upon us.
1. Desert Gold booties from Free People
I'm a bit late to the party reporting this one since there's only one size left on the Shopbop website, but I didn't want the opportunity to document that unique ankle high leather construction. I love it when designers take us somewhere new. Now if they'd only do so in a broader range of sizes!
2. Idolon clogs from Rachel Comey
I've long admired the sturdy shoes this New York based fashion designer creates. I'm pretty sure I've been crushing on her wood soled footwear as long as I've been blogging about clogs. Unfortunately, I haven't yet had the chance to own a pair so they remain an unrequited love. If you, on the other hand, have been able to make their acquaintance, please speak up. Your thoughts would definitely be welcome here!
Look for this shoe on Shopbop in the full range of traditional sizes.
3. Baltic booties from WHIT + Jacques Levine
Yet another way to enjoy the lovely tock-tock-tock of wood beneath your feet as you make your way through the world. Shopbop delivers again with this distinctively different spin on a clog boot courtesy of a company that made it's name producing high end women's bedroom slippers and scuffs. Jacques Levine traces its roots to 1936, but here in 2014, the fourth generation of the family is bringing the company's lines online. On behalf of those of us who live to surf the web for novel fashions may I simply say, "We approve!"
4. Zip Front Croc Platform Urban Shoes from River Island
Not sure why they don't just call it a high-heeled slingback clog, but then I'm no marketing expert. It certainly has all the distinguishing characteristics of our favorite footwear. And I'm just going to let slide the fact that the soles are clearly not wood. This one caught my eye while browsing the new arrivals at ASOS. Thought I should share it with you.
5. Ancient Roads clogs from Calleen Cordero
I do my best to track down remarkable shoes, but sometimes I benefit from my fervent assistants. The equally eagle-eyed Melissa noticed this style in the Sundance catalog and called it to my attention. More lovely work from this wood-sole loving California designer.
6. Riversong clogs
And while you're browsing the Sundance website, be sure not to miss this pair. Available in crimson and taupe (pictured).
6. Adele clogs from UGG Australia
I raved about the new Carberry clog bootie from UGG in last week's post. (Scroll back to take a look.) I could go on about it again this week, but I think I'll save that for some future date when I'm starved for content. I wore the Carberry to a gig with my band this past Tuesday and they took me through the night with flying colors. Everything I love in a shoe and they're comfortable, too. Somebody pinch me. I must be dreaming!
Anyway, I know the bootie style is not everyone's cup of tea so I'm happy to report that UGG has created a new open heeled clog on that same wood sole. Same racy chunky heel. And I would expect, the same level of comfort.
I spotted this one on Zappos.com. Available in black and chestnut.
7. Swedish Hasbeens
Oops! I posted this article, and then realized I had totally overlooked a bunch of new designs just announced by Swedish Hasbeens.
Sigh. I wonder what the Swedish word is for "lust."
For the Love of Clogs: A Free People blog post
And just for fun, pay a visit to the blog run by Free People. They're feeling the clog love over there with a photo spread featuring several of their staffers decked out in wood. Follow the link for the full size photos.
And finally a puzzle. I'm sure you can guess what's pictured below. But can you figure out how to wear it?
All will be made clear in next week's post.