es, it's been that kind of week. More tasks to wrestle with. More responsibilities to shoulder. More deadlines to fret about. And less time to take care of the things you want to do that helps make up for all the stuff you've got to do. Welcome to life in the post-Great Recession era. As Melissa my partner in footwear fanatacism and keen observer of life in general would say, "Gah!"
But I'm not going to go into detail. You, I'm sure, have had weeks like this one I'm living through yourself. And rather than read off my particular litany of grievances, I expect you'll have no problem filling in the blanks with some from your own experience.
What I can tell you, though is this. One of the reasons I let myself develop such a passion for shoes and an interest in the rest of the wardrobe to make those shoes shine is that it simply makes my day better. Why just the other day I was in my boss's office waiting to discuss a pending project, and while he was digging through his e-mail, I happened to glance down and see my vivid blue Lita platform booties (from Jeffrey Campbell) poking out beneath the bottom hem of my jeans. To my eyes they're a very cool shoe—I always love a covered platform—and the blunt toe with its richly colored leather and scuffed up edges just made me sigh a little inside. You know that excitement you feel when you first discover a pair of shoes that speaks to you? Well, that moment was like that. Except that I got to take those shoes and put them on my own feet and enjoy them throughout my day. My own little mental vacation. Kind of like a coffee break without the trip to Starbucks. I love the delight a favorite pair of shoes gives me. And I'm Melissa will second that emotion. She has her own endearing way of checking out whatever shoes she's wearing in the mirror. It's a ritual that I find adorable and impossible to replicate when I try to imitate it. But I can tell she's reveling in the unique pleasure that that day's footwear is providing her. And that's exactly the sort of mini-rush I like to give myself in between whatever wearing or wearying moments might crop up during the day.
Can I get an "Amen"?
With a properly stocked closet, you can go there every day. And I do. The day before the blue Litas it was my black Bailey knee-high boots from Kork-Ease with a pair of leather look leggings. The day before that it was my olive green Conviction lace up ankle boots from John Fluevog with a pair of olive green skinnies. And today as I sit here typing on my sofa, I've got my brown suede Lynneas from UGG on my feet. Every one of them a killer pair of shoes. And every one of them filled my time in them with so much satisfaction. Living well may be one way to have the best revenge. But I think wearing the right shoes can get you there, too!
(As if you needed evidence that fun was had.)
New Clogs from No. 6
Pay a visit to the recently refreshed listing of clogs on the No. 6 website and see for yourself!
Shoe Sale from Swedish Hasbeens (but only through Friday)
If you've been hanging around Every Clog Has Its Day for any length of time, you know the story of Swedish Hasbeens. Well-made shoes. Delightful designs. High prices. But now through October 31st you can scare up a pair of your own (sorry for the pun) for quite a bit less. Some styles are as cheap as US$109.00 (plus $45.00 shipping). Considering that some of the new Swedish Hasbeens designs are going for close to $400.00 including shipping, this could be a good time to put a pair of these in your fashion arsenal!
And you know I've got to take a moment to rave about at least one of their styles. My current crush is the Grandma Plateau. In burgundy. Mmm-mmmmmm! Once again having tall size feet has kept me from financial ruin!
New Clog Boots from Lotta from Stockholm
One of my reporters in the field has pointed me (and by extension you) to some new clog boots that have appeared on Lotta from Stockholm's web pages. Several Sanita styles are represented, but there are other makers on display, too. As Lotta writes at the top of the page I've linked you to,
Just the thought of choosing a new pair of Clog Boots makes the winter seem almost worthwhile. I get to have all this fun in June and July choosing which Clog Boots we are going to have for the coming winter and I just love the stock we have now. Some of them we have managed to hang on to by begging the manufacturers to make us some more, and some are brand new for this year from new manufacturers such as the Sidney from Maguba or the Lilly from Troentorp.
I'm always a sucker for a good product photo so the one at the top of their clog boots page has me wanting to order a couple pairs already.
Discount Coupon from Etsy seller aintweswank
I just wanted to let you know that I've made a discount coupon for you and your followers for 15% off any purchase. Your discount code is everycloghasitsday.
Woo-hoo! A chance to get stuff you want more cheaply! It's a beautiful thing!
And take a look at some of the styles she's just listed recently. (Keep in mind, the selection I show here is by no means exhaustive.)
Skandals clogs, size 39
Thom McAn clogs, size 9
MIA clogs, size 8
Arizona clogs, size 9
London Underground clogs, size 37
Castruccio platform sandal, size 38