Just this past Monday night, for example, my band successfully performed the first two albums by R. E. M. in our ongoing tribute series. (Past featured artists have included U2, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, and David Bowie.) I can be quite creative in my stagewear, but for this set, I dressed down with just a pair of Harper rubber slip-on boots from Bogs on my feet.
"What! No clogs!", I hear someone gasp.
Well, I did spend the workday all in black except for my recently purchased FeiradeBarcelos clog workboots. There would be some major gear schleppage taking place in the course of loading in and loading out and it was all I could do to make my footwear practical and not wind up wearing a pair of sky high heels. You know I wanted to. But I took the lower path.
Then I took my partner in shoe craving and conquest, Melissa, to see singer/songwriter/performance artist Holcombe Waller last Friday night in a very creatively staged piece at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Melissa introduced me to his music when we were in our courting phase (recommended listening: "Hardliners"), and I thought it the perfect way to thank her. Since it was a short show, dinner out naturally followed. And just for the record, I lasted the entire workday and all of the evening in my Griffin ankle boots from Hades Footwear.
And if that weren't enough to keep me busy, I lined up tickets for a curmudgeonly singer/songwriter who is one of Melissa's favorites, Stephin Merritt (recommended listening: "Andrew in Drag"). He's a thoughtful and witty performer who plays to the darker side of our personalities (break up songs, songs about contract killings, songs about decapitating a ship's crew in order to be stranded on a desert island with one's beloved), and both the divine Ms. M and I were delighted to be in the audience. Naturally, I couldn't just go quietly. It was a night of music worth enjoying and so I decked myself out for the occasion with a recent internet purchase on my feet, the 99 Two. It's an ankle bootie of Jeffrey Campbell's that first made the rounds in the fall of 2012, but I made the mistaken assumption at the time that their tallest size wouldn't be tall size enough. Silly me. I bought this shoe's French-kissing cousin, the Damsel, from a seller on Poshmark not long ago,...
...and that style fit so well, I had to go hunting for what else I could find even though I was years behind the fashion curve. But that's what the internet is for. A future deep Google searches, and I had turned up a couple of new purchase possibilities. One of which was available for pickup from my local UPS store on Saturday. And after rushing home to try them on and confirming that all systems were go, I made them part of my ensemble for that night's concert.
And that little recap doesn't even begin to address the behind the scenes machinery that's cranking to life to start preparing for and promoting my band's next show (coming up in less than a month) and the Herculean effort that simply making it through a workday entails in post-Great Recession America. Still, it gives you a glimpse at what I've been up to, and hopefully offers some insight into why last week's post never materialized. Rest assured, the hiatus only means that this week's post will be more substantial as a result.
Cayd clog boots from Free People.
I've gone on record elsewhere in this blog stating that I could very easily have spent as much time posting about boots as I have about clogs. And when the two forms of footwear coincide, I am in ecstasy. The sort where your eyes roll back in your head and you say, "Uhhnnnnnnhhhhhhh!"
That was my immediate reaction to seeing this new offering on the e-pages of FreePeople.com. I do love me some clog boots, that's for sure. But reality has intruded its unwanted head and reminded me that the universe giveth and the universe taketh away. The style is stupendous—it has everything I love in both clogs and boots from thick chunky soles to knee-high boot shafts to lots and lots of lacing—but the unfortunately narrow ranges of sizes has left me (and my size 11 feet) with my nose pressed up against the glass.
Well, if you're blessed enough to be able to enjoy this cool confluence of wooden goodness and booted bliss, please send photos to share with the rest of the footwear fanatics gathered here.
The Cruise Collection from Swedish Hasbeens
Our favorite purveyors of traditional Scandinavian footwear are back with new inspiration. As they say in the blurb for their new collection,
It’s soon that time of the month again. You know to take some time off, embark on a West Indies cruise and let snow covered streets be a distant future memory. Swedish Hasbeens Cruise Collection 2014 is all about blueberry margaritas and feeling stylish and free in sandals one last time.
The strappy open-toed clog designs look fun, but what made me sit up and take notice was the new color they've added to their e-shelves. Purple clog boots? Yes, please!
Go exploring for yourself on their website.
One side note: I stumble across the following statement on the Swedish Hasbeens' About Us page. It made me smile and simultaneously wonder if they need someone on staff who writes English as a first language. Surely they had a different word in mind!
Our ambition is to continue to release more incoherent and fun shoes and stuff inspired by Hasbeens that once ruled the planet.
Fall Shoes from Calleen Cordero
Out in California, Calleen Cordero still inspires crushes with her combination of interesting leathers and endless details. This designer loves creative touches, from the exquisite curve of a heel to the riot of studs that adorn some styles. On their current website you'll notice a slingback shoe they've named the Mela.
Mela foam wedge
Don't overlook the fact that it's a "foam wedge" and not one of her wood-soled designs such as the Kendra 2 or the Luna.
Kendra 2 clog
Clogs on Blogs!
This may be the only dedicated clog blog on the web, but if you keep your eyes peeled, there's a good chance you will spot clogs on display on the fashion pages of other bloggers. And here are just a few examples I've encountered.
Payton Bridewell at TheWindowShopper.com works a favorite pair of Sam Edelman clogs here...
While Mayo Wo of MellowMayo.com struts her stuff in a fabulously furry pair of Joy and Peace clogs here.
Then there's this sturdy pair of "old clogs" from Jeffrey Campbell that are styled nicely by Rachel on ModaVeloce.blogspot.com.
And I never met a pair of high-heeled clogs I didn't look at twice. This Vera Wang pair modeled by Brittany Hart on TheFashionDrug.com certainly made me wonder why I didn't pick them up when they first came out in 2012.
funkis Now Open in Melbourne
Admittedly, I may only have a handful of readers who'll be able to take advantage of this, but since they love to make and sell interesting and inventive clogs, I feel compelled to give them a mention. funkis has just opened a brick and mortar shop in Melbourne, and from the look of things, there's more than just cool shoes to browse and consider.
We've been following them from afar here on ECHID for years (and I even picked up a pair of their fisherman's sandal clogs that became a summer favorite). If you should ever find yourself in the Australian state of Victoria, by all means, pay them a visit and let them know that Every Clog Has Its Day says "Hi!"
Meanwhile, elsewhere in Australia
Our correspondent down under continues to catalog the most sensational shoes on the planet. Philip, you most definitely rock!
Ugglebo clog boots
Moheda clog boots
Gertrud clog boot from Sanita
Smart clog from Jeffrey Campbell
A Guy Day Friday Fan Checks In
Back when I really had a lot of time on my hands and could devote the time to posting daily on this blog, I came up with a number of features to keep the content varied and interesting. One favorite topic with a lot of my readers was the regular Guy Day Friday post. Most of the shoes I blog about come from the women's department of your favorite clog shop, but one day a week it made sense to let men's offerings step into the spotlight.
I'm happy to say I just heard from a reader who misses that feature.
Carl writes to say,
I first discovered ECHID through a Google image search because of your Guy Day Friday posts, but when I went to check it out, you had gone on your hiatus so I was disappointed that I couldn't contribute... but now that youre back, if you intend to do Guy Day again, I'd be happy to submit some photos.
I wear Birkenstock Bostons almost on a daily basis, but I also sling around campus in a pair of wood sole Sanitas, which I know is more up the alley of your page. While I only own the one pair of wood clogs, I'm very happy with them ...but getting more is on my 'to-do' list for when I make it big and suddenly have money in my wallet.
Carl, thank you for taking time to write. Here's hoping you do make it big and can enjoy the shoe-buying shopping spree you so clearly deserve!
He also added in his e-mail,
I sent along some photos. Feel free to use them if you decide to feature guys any time soon.
Well, Carl, one of the first things you should know about this community is that one of the mottos we live by is "Why wait?"