Ha! I know it's the end of November, but I was just about to type: as far as 2014 goes, so far so good!
I don't know about you, but I constantly have to fight the tendency to notice the two or three stitches that are off center in the fabric rather than to revel in how well so much of the pattern has come together. There's a plaque above my bedroom door that reads "A little good, a little bad. Like most folks." And that same wisdom applies to life as I know it. Sure there are quite a few things that rankle me at the moment. From the coming hike in my health insurance in the new year to the frustrations of sharing the planet with the police force in Ferguson, Missouri. But if I mutter the Serenity Prayer to quiet my feelings of impotence in the face of outrage, I can find solace and celebration in quite a number of things that give me reason not only to get out of bed in the morning, but to hit the bedroom carpet with a spring in my step when I do.
There are a handful of things I'm particularly grateful for at the moment, and coincidentally, most of them begin with the letter M: Melissa (my enabler and co-conspirator in all things fashion and footwear related), music (the soundtrack to my waking hours and prime motivator of my soul and spirit), and my kids (okay, in this case an M and a K). But this is a blog about wood-soled shoes, and while I could spend quite a bit of screen space making this a full-fledged Thanksgiving essay, I'm just going to borrow the words of an old friend and say, "Life is grand," and then turn the spotlight on a whole bunch of shoes that have me feeling happy that I have both eyes and a pair of feet!
Bryr Clogs Black Friday sale!
Isobel, the chief cook and clog maker at Bryr Clogs, writes to say,
We're going to be doing a 30% off Black Friday weekend sale for all our Fall styles starting Wednesday at Midnight. I've attached the little flyer we made for it.
You have been warned!
So many people swear by clogs because of their heelless design, but I just swoon for a good clog boot!
The Right Way to Start a Day
From Washington, D. C., Grace writes to say, "Upon arriving at work this morning, I see that colleague Rose has finally received her new blue snake-skin patterned Sanitas! The two clogs are ever so slightly different from each other, adding to their spectacular charm. Of course, the shoe lovers in the office gathered round to admire. What a delightful way to start the day!"
I can't agree more. I have my office support group that I make sure I visit whenever I sport something new. Dressing well is good therapy. When you're in love with the personal space you've created, it feels as though there's no end to the amount of bureaucratic insanity that you can wade through. In my case, today, thigh-high clog boots definitely helped.
Not to be outdone...
A fellow footwear fanatic from the southern latitudes shares these photos of a couple of recent acquisitions. From the land down under we've received news about a clog style from Lotta from Stockholm. Worth looking into if you enjoy a traditional wood clog with a bit more heel and platform.
And for those of us with a taste for the out of the ordinary, there's this dazzling pair of Japanese geta sandals. Note the unusual adornments underneath the sole. Our correspondent in Australia writes,
They have bells attached to the soles and ring as you walk. It takes a bit of getting used to when walking for the first time.
And an entry I could also file under "Something new I learned today." A regular reader in my neck of the woods happened to spot a pair clogs being worn by a character in a Disney Channel movie. I myself was exposed to a wealth of cultural references when my own kids were in grade school, and I could write an entire post on why I favored "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters" and "ReBoot" over "Rocko's Modern Life" and "Clarissa Explains it All." But for this reader's daughter, the preferred entertainment was "Dog with a Blog." And in one episode, the actress who plays Avery Jennings was spotted in a pair of gold clogs from Sven.
What I didn't realize was that there's an entire website devoted to tracking down what outfits any given actor or actress might have been wearing in a television show. But of course there would be. It's the internet, after all!
Here's the link to this particular upload on ShopYourTV.com.
My regular reader also goes on to share an experience I've lived through time and time again: I can't watch any sort of visual entertainment without noticing what shoes are being worn. An example offered was Sandra Bullock's many clog styles in the film The Lake House (discussed with screen captures on ECHID here), but then our fellow clog fan went on to ask for some help.
"Speaking of movies, there was a movie with Jennifer Aniston that I just caught the end of years ago. She was in a hallway of an apartment building wearing clogs. I was never able to figure out what movie it was. If you know please let me know."
Anyone got an idea? Just chime in with a comment below if so.
Somewhat Off Topic: John Fluevog
Let me just say a word about not teasing customers with something that you're not planning to sell. We saw it a few months back with a FreePeople.com clog sandal that was advertised on their website with blue-stained wooden base, but the version they actually sent to those who bought the shoe had a decidedly reddish-brown sole.
Now, my best beloved, Melissa, has found herself frustrated by an oddly confusing photo of a new John Fluevog boot, the Gaiters. Darned if it doesn't appear that the pair in this photo is brown.
But according to someone in Fluevogland, the style was only made in black. It was just the light that made it appear to be a different color.
Shouldn't there be an art director on the case to work a little Photoshop magic to keep shoppers from feeling misled? A number of commenters where this photo was spotted had expressed disappointment that there wasn't a brown version available.
Hello? Instant focus group!
I was able to make a halfway decent boot color change just using the simple Preview app on my MacBook Pro. Surely whomever is manning the digital data over at the Fluevog Facebook page could have thought things through a bit more!
NEW AND SHINY!
Just spotted this new style from Xperimental Shoes on the Solestruck.com website the other day. Much drooling followed. The shoe is named the Hoshi Han.
One other thing I'm thankful for...
You! My readers! Thanks for joining me in the world of wooden goodness. May you find just the shoes you were looking for as this year comes to an end!