ime to take a look at the latest delights from the world of wooden goodness. These days, just a casual stroll through the world wide web can have me saying "Ooo!" and "Ahh!" once again. There's lots to explore, if you know where to look. And I thought I'd share some of the latest sightings with you.
Thank you, shoe manufacturers of the world, for keeping us furnished with the footwear we fancy!
Balenciaga Wooden Platform Sandal
You might recall a few months back that I posted about an intriguing wood-soled design from Balenciaga.
In fact, I even followed up on it early last month with details about a high-heeled variation.
It was mind-numbingly expensive when I first spotted it online, but then sometime in the spring, prices were slashed, and I took the step of ordering a pair of the lower-heeled style for my tall size feet. I'm happy to report that the shoe did fit. But even though it was wonderfully crafted and richly detailed, I just couldn't envision myself wearing it. The overall design of the curvy straps simply didn't jell with anything in my wardrobe. And breathing a sigh of relief that I didn't have to spend the money even for their discounted sale price, I packed 'em up and sent 'em back.
No tears, I can assure you. If I've learned anything in my years of coveting clogs it's that there will always be another pair of shoes tomorrow.
And in the case of Balenciaga, there is.
Behold their latest variation on the wooden inner sole, stacked leather heel and platform theme.
But since I have a hard time saying no to a gorgeous pair of shoes, I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw on Nordstrom.com that this one is sized out of harm's way for me. I suppose I could go digging around the Net-a-Porter or Barney's New York websites to see if they offer the style up to the size 42 I know I'd need, but at the cost of admission for this pair new, I'll just leave well enough alone and go watch kitten videos on YouTube or something.
Free People Has Even MORE clogs
Not much I can add to that headline. Except to offer a few moans of appreciation.
Here's the Top Notch Platform Clog.
Then there's the Orange Moon Clog.
And then there's this shoe they're calling the Krillan Clog (though any attentive fan of wooden goodness will spot the Swedish Hasbeens logo on the ankle strap immediately). The deep scoop over the toes is just mesmerizing, don't you think? Especially when combined with the chunky platform and heel.
And just to give credit where credit is due, it was over on Nordstrom.com that I discovered this Free People design, the Touch the Sky platform sandal. The perfect combination of simple lines and massive wooden sole.
And Then There's Jeffrey Campbell
Had I discovered that last sandal above a month or more ago, I would have pined for it immediately. But as the decree of the shoe goddesses would have it, I happened upon the Omega sandal from Jeffrey Campbell first. What can I say? It was pounce at first sight.
Seriously. I can't recall the last time I went from viewing a shoe to placing an order so quickly.
Happily, it was worthwhile purchase. This shoe has been my arsenal less than a month, and it's already gotten worn to work twice and taken out for a weekend errands once. That's what I truly love: awesome shoes that you can live your life in!
A Clog Collection to Celebrate
Just last week I got a sweet e-mail from a regular reader who stopped by my Inbox to say,
Hi! I know you feature collectors sometimes and I really wanted to share mine! Mine is unique bc one pair is actually designed by me! I've been working with a New Zealand shoe crafter Blue Moon shoes on Etsy.
Sent from my iClog
Needless to say I was thrilled to hear from her. (Note to self: ask her which page on the Apple website has the iClog. I definitely have to pick up one of those!) And when the photo of her collection arrived, I was even more delighted! Look at all those colors!
Here's Melissa's guided tour:
Starting with gold: Maguba Rio Gold, Sandgrens for anthropologie blue denim suede, gray Swedish a Hasbeens nubuck strappy, pink Mimmi Swedish Hasbeens, red heart medallion low Swedish Hasbeens, black papillon high Swedish Hasbeens, green vintage Troentorps, brown custom designed 'Melissa Clogs', custom painted teal Gypsy Swedish Hasbeens, silver braided low Swedish Hasbeens, and rare lilac heart high Swedish Hasbeens. can it be that my collection is complete!?!
How fun to see what a fellow clog craver has been up to! And to answer your question, Melissa, no, one's clog collection is never complete.
Here's another view of her shoes:
Melissa mentioned that her collection includes a custom made pair. Let me let her tell the story:
Jaqui from Blue Moon is a warm and wonderful Etsy seller and shoe cobbler/crafter! [Ed. note: At this writing, this Etsy seller is "taking a short break." Rest assured, I'll be getting in touch with her to get more of her story when she's back!] I reached out to her because I was wowed by the delicate hand stitched embroidery of her suede clogs (she has ones that look as intricate as could be...birds like tattoos) and I loved her ethical slant of using all organic parts and recycling scrap or recycled leathers. Of course the price of the leather and product goes down too.
I messaged her asking about her custom work as she has a listing advertising it, and over the course of several months she created a prototype and then based on my feedback a perfect pair of the clogs I sketched out. They are amazing! I was inspired by a combination of the Loeffler Randall ankle tie clogs from several years ago and I love the big bow on the Sven bow knots but I didn't want a knot, I wanted a more girly fun bow, so I took that inspiration from my love of nail heads and girly stuff mixed and Jaqui was really positive towards my ideas. It is literally a dream come true to have my shoe doodles come to life so I feel really lucky.
Okay, I have to chime in right here to say that those clog sandals are adorable! Lots of wood and all sorts of fun details. Well done, Melissa from AZ!
She then went on to write,
I honestly have been way more into clogs since finding your blog, [Ed. note: blushing] and there are two or three vintage loving clogging bloggers out there, Roisin being the biggest inspiration for me (Dolly Clackett) that have encouraged my current collection!
Yay! I do take a lot of satisfaction in being something of a shoe evangelist. Seriously, life is short. Enjoy it while you're here! Especially the shoes!
Those of you who took note of the large number of Swedish Hasbeens styles in Melissa's collection in the photos above will be pleased to learn that this determined clog lover amassed her shoes on a budget!
My first pair was a clearance pair of the red medallion hearts Swedish Hasbeens from Amazon that I was obsessed with for weeks. Once I figured out the funky fits and read reviews and signed up for Poshmark and eBay I was scouring and hunting for clogs like nobody's business. It became a really fun hobby. I spent an average of $80 per pair🤑😜 And I work on my feet all day so the wood base is sooo surprisingly comfy and easy on feet I used to force into pumps. Plus, they can be surprisingly dressy, especially the good ones, in my opinion! I've found sale clogs all over...yoox, Nordstrom rack, Myhabit before they shut down, even Sears!
And let me second that emotion. Fabulous footwear is out there to be found. It just takes a little persistence and some virtual shoe leather. Scouring and hunting are the skills that have led me to some pretty amazing shoes, and I'm pleased to learn that other fans of wooden goodness are finding success with those techniques themselves.
Finally, Melissa wrote.
and here's a photo of me in clogs as usual, but proving I am not just disembodied feet.
I love it! Fashion savvy. Creative. With a sense of humor. Clog fans are the coolest people, are they not? Melissa, welcome to the Every Clog Has Its Day community!