kay, it's been too long since I really gave you a juicy blog post to enjoy. I started off last week with great intentions, but the fact that my band had a gig at the beginning of the week and the equally important fact that I had to earn a living threw all my optimistic hopes right out the window. It's a lament often sung by bloggers. I haven't been silent for a lack of good material. Just a lack of time to sit down and bang it into shape. And don't think I don't feel bad for leaving you hanging all this time. Orphaned blogs are strewn throughout the internet, and I am committed to making sure this one doesn't join those ranks. Whenever I'm having a good surf chasing down this pair of shoes or that and my web wanderings land me on a blog I've never visited before, I often click on the Home button to see how current the most recent post was. I'd say about half the time there's been nothing posted this year. And maybe a quarter of the time, the last post starts off with something like, "Sorry I haven't posted in awhile."
Well, that's not something you're likely to see here! I like shoes too much and I like this blog too much and I've taken quite a shine to a lot of you so much that it's going to take more than just a busy social calendar and a demanding day job to keep me away! I guess the point I'm trying to make is that I hope you'll be patient when the latest post seems frugal and the following post is tardy. I appreciate your readership and am always thinking about how best to deliver the next entertaining online clog blog experience!
John Fluevog Gibson Clog wrap up
When we last interacted, I was reveling in how well that Etsy find of a vintage pair of John Fluevog oxford clogs fit me.
Naturally, as shoe addicted as I am, I couldn't be content with just wearing them. I had to get the answers to all sorts of questions about them. Such as when did St. John originally send them out into the world? And what miraculous sequence of events kept them safe through the years and eventually brought them to my bedroom floor?
Well, let me tell you!
I got the Gibson 'Vogs from Etsy seller OkklePrint, a little shop presided over by Rob Robertson. He told me this story:
In the early/mid 90s there was alternative/gothy kinda store here in Tulsa. They closed in the early 2000s, tried to re-open recently and it failed. The owner didn't have any luck with her liquidation event so just ended up throwing everything from the store on her lawn and sold it for basically nothing. I picked up about 33 pair of Fluevogs, several I am keeping cause they're my favorite shoes in the world!!!
So there you have your basic deadstock time capsule that kept these shoes in storage until they were ready to be ogled and appreciated by me. But I still found myself wondering when this wood-soled style first came on the market. I did a little feature on wooden Fluevogs a couple years back, and I seem to recall that he's been working with that material throughout his long career. To me they seemed like the sort of shoe that would have been right at home during the colorful fashion sense of the '70s. And in an effort to get to the bottom of things, I kept searching the web and coming up with nothing. But then unexpectedly, something turned up in my results that I had never seen before. And in that moment, all was made clear.
According to the Wayback Wednesday post on www.fluevog.com, this ad first appeared in 1993. St. John is so supernaturally good, he knew last November that I'd want that question answered someday! But that's nothing compared to the miracle that a pair of wood-soled shoes that I find breathtakingly awesome have just been hanging around somewhere for 22 waiting to make their debut. Woo-hoo! I just may wear them to work on Monday as long as some other shoe doesn't start calling my name while I'm getting dressed.
And needless to say, I didn't overlook the other two examples of wooden goodness in that Fluevog ad. If the Gibson Clog made it until beyond drinking age before showing up on my doorstep, I can certainly hope the heelless version and the ankle boot clog may do the same!
Clog ho! Sightings in Australia!
But don't let me be the only one having a little show-and-tell. Down in the southern hemisphere things may be seem a little topsy-turvy right now with the nip of fall in the air and winter on its way, but our fellow shoe lovers in Australia certainly know how to search out gooden woodness just like we do. Here's what one well-stocked clog lover has done to prepare for the colder months ahead. Suddenly, chilly weather doesn't seem so bad!
Vocabulary time: Shoefie
You know how we footwear fanatics are always taking pictures of our shoes to share? Well, apparently there's a word to describe that activity. Taking advantage of the concept of the "selfie," those of us who are driven to photograph and send what's on our feet are now considered to be taking "shoefies."
And just to prove that I'm no stranger to the behavior, here are a handful of shoefies that reached my fiancée's Inbox in the last week or two.
See why shoefies can be so addictive? Not surprisingly, there's a T-shirt that celebrates this newly minted term. And get this: because it's available through a collaborative design retailer like Zazzle.com, you can customize the shoefie they'll print for you! Now doesn't that just make it a T-shirt worth wearing!
More awesomeness from Bed|Stü
I think I've made it clear that I love Bed|Stü's designs. The wood-soled ones. Clogs. Sandals. Wedge-heeled boots. Yum! No wonder I make it a point to look at every marketing e-mail they send me. From time to time I'm rewarded with sightings of shoes like this one, their new Mona sandal.
As is often the case, the shoes look ever better when they're being modeled.
Gotta ask Coach!
A big thank you to regular reader P. P. for steering our collective gazes toward the Coach Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear collection. Not only are the models sporting clogs, Coach has also chosen to create them in a variety of remarkable colors.
Shoes I've enjoyed stumbling across online
Which, it goes without saying, is the only place where you should stumbling with shoes.
My resident shoe addiction enabler, Melissa, spotted this unique style on the Facebook page of Sarajevo's Metaphysika boutique. I love how unusual this design is.
Meanwhile, this vintage Frye clog has turned up in a size 11 on the eBay listing of soquaint. Check the measurements, though, if that news makes your heart skip a beat. To me it sounds as though they run small.
Then, elsewhere on eBay, you can point and stare at these '70s era Famolare clogs. The colorful fiberglass variations on this design do surface from time to time on the internet, but as seller calnmadsmom points out,
THESE ARE SPECIAL AND HARD TO COME BY.
They're a size 7, if you're curious.
Catching up with Clogmaster
We met Clogmaster owner Cecilia Tidlund a few years back here on ECHID.
But what has she been up to lately? The L. A. Times will fill you in.
A big thank you to regular reader Jan for steering me (and now you) to the article.
L.A.'s clog devotees know the strict code by heart, even if they can't always live up to it.
Sneakers are not shoes. Flip-flops ruin your feet. The last real footwear American women embraced was the saddle shoe.
So says Cecilia Tidlund, the sharp-tongued guru of the simple Swedish shoe. For 32 years, she spread the clog gospel at her La Cienega Boulevard store.
Forget high fashion, she told visitors. Her clogs' wooden bases absorbed shock. Their rolling motion relaxed the feet, aligned the body and toned leg muscles.
It was a pitch that appealed especially to those whose jobs kept them standing for hours.
But simply strolling into Clogmaster and pulling shoes off the shelf was unthinkable. Tidlund insisted that her clients be fitted properly.
(Click the link to the Times website for more.)
Jeffrey, we love you!
And finally, a couple of new wood-soled designs from Jeffrey Campbell that should have you hyperventilating like a fangirl. He is indisputably the designer with the magic touch. The shoes he comes up with are so effortlessly cool. And it rarely takes me more than 9 or 10 milliseconds to know that I want to own a pair.
But the JC shoe this season that leads to both salvation and salivation is the Loki. OMG!