abulous footwear is there to be found if you dig a little on the web. Just type in the same old, same old in your search engine, and you're not likely to see the results vary much from day to day. But good shoes come to those who wait. And keep at it. A couple of recent shoe finds came my way because I went deeper into my Google results and turned up a retailer in another country who still had a couple of seasons old styles on sale. And it turned out they were on sale, too. But if I hadn't been such a diligent shoe shopper (read: obsessed), I would never have known those items were even available.
The same thing goes for searches on eBay, Poshmark, Tradesy, and other resale sites. Once you have an idea of what I want, I keep looking for it. It's helped me to have Followed Searches on eBay. There've been quite a few worthwhile styles that have appeared in my closet simply because I regularly check the search string "Jeffrey Campbell 11." But sometimes I'll mix the search words up a little just to make sure I'm not overlooking something. I was once surprised by the number of shoes I was able to discover simply by typing in "colg" instead of "clog." It's not good to assume that eBay sellers actually proofread their listings. And then there are just variations in the English language. It seems to me that on at least one occasion I found a pair of shoes I loved because I searched for "mule" instead of "clog."
Take my Followed Search for "Jeffrey Campbell 11." I consult it fervently almost every day. But on a lark I tried typing in a slight variation: Jeffrey Campbell 12. And lo and behold, one of their signature Lita booties popped up in a size I can also wear, and I would never have known was out there if I hadn't gotten a little curious and creative.
And don't get me started on shoes I missed because they sold out just weeks before I started casting my e-net to find them.
Currently I'm on the prowl for a short list of wooden goodness and more. And you can bet I'll post my success stories here. I wish you happy hunting as well!
Nü from Bed|Stü
One of the other tricks of the trade that'll help you find just the shoes you crave is to visit known retailers regularly to see what new items they're offering. It doesn't hurt to subscribe to their e-blasts, too. This New York based shoemaker caught my eye with these just released wood-soled styles, and naturally I had to tell you about them. They had me sold at the first photo.
More fun with wood from Jeffrey Campbell
Without realizing it, I have become totally addicted to the offbeat and edgy designs that come off the worktable of this successful footwear designer. He captured my imagination long before the wildly successful Lita high-heeled bootie came along, but now some 17 or 18 pairs later, I find myself hungrily hoping to discover some breathtaking new way he's come up with to put wood and leather together. Or at least pouncing on one of last year's styles that I couldn't afford when it was brand new. Here are some of the latest offerings.
Zeppole suede platform available through Nasty Gal
Springy platform sandal available through Solestruck
Infinity leather platform available through Nasty Gal
New sightings at Sanita
You can view the Lara in black and brown on the Sanita website, but I think cognac is the color for me. They only display their shoes online, though. If you want to make a purchase, you'll have to find the style online from a retailer such as Planet Shoes.
A new clog maker heard from: Imelda Shoes
Ms. Mifano's About page tells how she was drawing shoes from age 3, and later went on to study graphic design. I had to ask how she made the jump from two-dimensional images to crafting footwear in the real world.
I was making the move from the Visual to Material, gradually. I love shoes, and I just wanted to make them! So I went ahead and learned how to produce shoes. With the kind help of professionals who have worked in the field of shoe-making for many years.
The move from paper to actual shoe is just like any other "plan." The sketch on paper is only for me to see proportions and the overall direction of the design. When I know what I want I'll consult with my professional shoe maker. What is the best way to carry-out the specific design? Is it doable? Would it be comfortable enough? and so on.
And as for how her shop got its name?
YES, It is because of Imelda Marcos. That's what my family has called me since I was little-"Imelda" -It's the ultimate shoes obsession! :)
In memoriam: Vince Camuto
I'm pleased to say I own and love a couple of Vince Camuto clog boots (including the just acquired eBay find pictured below), and my search radar is out for a pair of his clogs that I never acquired in the color and size I wanted.
It takes a rare visionary to succeed in the world of fashion. I could not let his passing go unacknowledged.