inally! The words to go with those images that appeared earlier this week! I knew I wouldn't be doing them justice if I didn't expound upon where I found those pictures and what I thought about the shoes in them. (Quick summary: I'd like to order a pair of each!) So I was reluctant to get started on a proper post knowing that I didn't have the time to finish it the way I would like. And then inspiration dawned. I could supply the eye candy we all crave, and then circle back during the relatively more relaxed pace of the weekend to tell you more about the wooden wonders I found. Thank you to regular reader Sara who commented, "I'm glad you didn't wait because I love so many of these!" Bless you! I found myself feeling rather smitten myself!
So here's the scoop on the photos I posted. And a few additional tidbits, too.
Thanks for your patience!
No. 6! No. 6! No. 6!
I've coveted their styles for as long as I've had internet access to their website. And even though I'm hugely pleased with my thigh-high shearling clog boots (that they'll make for you, too, if you special order them), I found myself regularly gazing with desire upon their latest wood-soled offerings.
This image below popped into my Inbox the last week of January.
Click the link, and you found yourself ankle deep in a wealth of lovely clog booties. Like I said, I'll take one of each, please.
But that's not all. No. 6 also stopped by my laptop to tell me about their Spring/Summer 2015 collection of clogs.
I instantly felt light-headed, and I knew it wasn't Seasonal Affective Disorder. Admittedly, I love me some platforms. And I know they're not everybody's cup of chai. You can find plenty of new styles cut low to the ground in traditional clog soles and wooden wedges. But if you want to feel like The Jeffersons (because you're "movin' on up"), feast your eyes and treat your feet to these fun new options. Add another couple pairs of shoes to my shopping cart, please!
More Wooden Goodness on Yoox
I can't tell you much about the e-tailer that does business at yoox.com. I don't know where they're located. Whom they're owned by. Or if they have any brick-and-mortar locations. All I know is that every so often I stroll through their web pages, and the next thing I know, there's a new pair of Jeffrey Campbells being delivered to my door.
Just last week I was paying them a visit to see what else they had to offer that might catch my eye, and lo and behold, I spotted a bevy of wood-soled designs by Jil Sander. It's a look that Melissa, my partner in shoe lust, has dubbed the "sexy secretary," I think. They've got four variations on display, but in a show of admirable restraint, I think just one is all I need to add to my rotation.
funkis Gears Up for Winter
And if the new colors aren't enough to catch your eye, they're trotting out a new design, too, the "201 carolina clog ankle boot." Clogs, as you might guess, are all well and good as far as this blog is concerned, but fashion a pair in a boot style, and I'll declare a shopping holiday and knock off work early so we can all go home and order a pair.
Meanwhile, there were other delights to discover via the funkis e-blast I received. Take this instructive bit of information. (Hint: that's a screen capture you see. Don't be tempted to click the links. I'll provide them below.)
But then there was this intriguing photo that, well, intrigued me. Hello! Tell me where you got your shoes!!!
The answer was thoughtfully supplied.
Cult Swedish fashion label Rodebjer is coming to funkis! Known for womenswear with a cool, contemporary edge, the brand is inspired by counterculture, activism and the arts, with award-winning creative director Carin Rodebjer drawing inspiration from the hum and hustle of New York City, and the natural beauty of her birthplace, Gotland.
funkis is the only Australian stockist for the brand, with key pieces from its latest collection available online and in-store from March.
"Hey! Wait a minute," I imagine I hear you saying. "Didn't you tell us about some very cool wood-soled shoes from Rodebjer once before on this blog?"
Why, thank you for remembering! It was back in 2010, actually. (Take a surf down the ECHID memory lane here if you desire.)
And now that the name has cropped up again, I can't wait to find out more.
Sadly, the crushing truth upon further examination seems to be unclear. Though the shoes are being modeled frequently with the current clothing collection on the Rodebjer website,...
...that exquisitely chunky platform sandal itself is not to be found in their footwear listings. A crushing blow, indeed.
Still, we can count on funkis to come through with their Swedish-crafted clogs and clog sandals. I can't wait for the return of warm, sunny days to my part of the world. I'll enjoy working my funkis fisherman sandals when short-sleeve weather is finally back.
A Vintage Pair from Luichiny
Shoes very much like the amazing ones I remembered seeing on the glass top counters at that shop. At some point over the years here on ECHID, I did get in touch with the Etsy seller who was listing these exceptional styles. And if memory serves and the creek don't rise, this seller is the same person (or people) who were running that funky, punky shop on Halsted St.
Again, keep in mind that you're reading this on the internet. I may have gotten some of my facts mixed up. (And if anyone out there is privy to the inside information, please contact me to set the record straight.) I just find it fascinating that the same outrageously cool shoes I found myself enthralled by in that Chicago goth store are continuing to crop up and enthrall me on Etsy.
Which leads me to this pair, a vintage lace up clog boot by Luichiny offered by Etsy seller atomicfireball.
From the thorough product description we learn that
This is a pair of Vintage Women's Black Nubuck Nail Head Stud Ankle High Steampunk Luichiny Boots from circa 1992. They were made in Spain by Luichiny. Spirit of the '20's. They are marked women's U.S. size 10. The inside foot bed measures 10.31 inches long from the inside heel to the toe. The boots are 9-3/4 inches tall with 4-inch heel. These Vintage Luichiny Black Nubuck Leather Ankle High Nail Head Steampunk Boots are in very good condition.
A size larger and I would have pounced on these the minute the page loaded in my browser. But no, size 10s are not my friends. You, on the other hand, may be blessed with just the right foot. It would do my heart good to know this worthy pair had finally found a home.
And if you yourself fancy a pair of leopard-skin pumps, platform club kid boots, or brothel creepers, take a look at the other items on sale in the atomicfireball Etsy shop.
Ida Falck Øien
Let me explain further.
For her 2009 exhibition HERE AND NOW/AND NOWHERE, artist Tauba Auerbach created a variety of pieces that reflect "the collapsing of two conflicting states."
From the post about the exhibition on Deitch.com we learn that "the paintings, photographic works, sculpture and the musical instrument that comprise the show are all structured around the threshold between order and randomness."
I mention that musical instrument because one of the online documents related to that exhibition is a video of Ms. Auerbach and musician Cameron Mesirow of the group Glasser performing together. And their performance begins with their heels interlocked as you see in the pictures.
If I could embed the appropriate video here, I would. But I'm afraid you'll have to trot over to the website for TheEndOfBeing.com (An Esoteric Guide to Difficult and Unusual Art, Music, Film, People and Ideas) to watch the first movie posted.
You might notice on that webpage that it states, "Performance outfits created for Tauba Auerbach and Cameron Mesirow by Ida Falck Øien." On the earlier website I named, the explanation goes further:
Ida Falck Øien, who creates the costumes for Glasser, has created special costumes with shifting states for the Auerglass players to wear.
And if you fire up the second video on TheEndOfBeing.com, you'll hear Ms. Auerbach tell us that the merging of two things is a concept that runs throughout the exhibition while Ms. Øien agrees that the themes of coming together and interdependence informed her design choices.
There! They don't call Every Clog Has Its Day the most exhaustively researched clog blog for nothin'!
Still More Photos to Explain!
But I'm afraid they'll have to wait 'til next weekend.
However, I did want to tease you with another couple of pictures. These are shots of a new sweater coat I just bought (styled in the first photo with my cozy clog boots from Sven (all the warmth and comfort of UGGs with the added delight of a wooden sole) and a crazy fun pair of Jeffrey Campbell faux fur Litas (the Lita Shag) that I stumbled across and ordered before I ever laid eyes on the coat. Who'd have thought they'd match so well? Details to come on the incredibly talented artist who crafts this upcycled sweater coat. And probably more photos taken when the sun is up to provide better lighting! I'm looking forward to telling you more!