simple post accompanied by the corollary subtopic, "What I Purchased on the Web This Week." We won't even venture into the zone of "What I Wanted to Purchase But the Bloody Manufacturer Hasn't Seen Fit to Make It Available Yet! Come on, already!"
But I digress.
What a treat that there are still plenty of examples of wooden goodness to be found online. And each week seems to bring something new and unexpected. It's like Christmas in August!
Sanita is back in the wood-soled clogs game
You read that right. After they unveiled a ton of inventive polyurethane-soled styles a couple years back with nary a wooden clog to be seen, I stopped straying past their website. Fortunately, our correspondent in Australia has been vigilant. Recently I received a missive pointing me to these new delights to be found at www.sanita.com. Yum!
It's worth noting that the Marcia Flex and Megan Flex styles come with a lower heel (and a wood sole that's designed to bend with your foot as you walk).
I'm such a sucker for the new and the novel that I lit up when I saw Sanita had brought back the toe plate with their Lara clog boot.
And then I was totally intrigued by the look of the material used on the Sandra clog boot. The product description indicates that it's "waxed suede." That's a texture I'm going to have to check out in person! (Blue and Olive pictured below.)
Calleen Cordero sighted in the Sundance catalog
If you live in the northern hemisphere, I hope you've been enjoying a season that resembles summer in some way, shape, or form. Here in Chicago the weather has been uncharacteristically mild. There's been talk about polar vortexes being to blame. Whatever the cause, the result has been all my summer weight wooden footwear has been idling on the shelf. (Actually, in bins under the bed.) I haven't been moved to pull out a fisherman's sandal clog or a wood-soled negative heel Earth Shoe since 2013. But if heat and humidity are a factor wherever you call home, Calleen Cordero has come to the rescue. Fabulous handcrafted wooden footwear with more studs than a Big Ten football team. Mmm-mmm-mmmm! Thank you, Robert Redford.
Meet Etsy member FeiradeBarcelos
For years I've turned to Etsy to treat my regular readers to some of the distinctive vintage wood-soled shoes that turn up there. But I always keep my eyes open (and my bank account) for any worthy handmade items that would appeal to the community here on Every Clog Has Its Day. Happily, I just made the online acquaintance of an entrepreneur who is contributing a distinctive new spin on our favorite traditional footwear. Maria de Feira calls Barcelos, Portugal, her home. And from this city of 120,000 souls (and 240,000 soles) near Portugal's northern border with Spain, she is creating a unique collection of clogs based on the wood-soled shoes favored by farmers in the region. Throughout Europe, clogs have been the historical go to solution for keeping feet dry in wet working conditions. Maria has chosen craftspeople in her region to fashion shoes for our pleasure.
But not just shoes. Ms. de Feira's visions is much larger as she explained to me in an e-mail.
I'm running a project in my hometown, Barcelos, (also named Feira de Barcelos), in which I work with local craftsmen of different expertise areas (from ceramics, to embroideries, to wood and basketry). I help them to promote their products and also themselves as experts.
If you follow this link, you can see an article I wrote about a couple of artisans who make the wooden sole of the clogs. You probably can't read the text in Portuguese, but I think that the pictures can help you to see how they are made.
But Maria's article reveals that these are just the woodworkers who make the soles. There is another craftsman who works the leather and attaches it to finish the shoes. And what do they look like when they're all done?
(Are these not the cutest shoes you've ever seen?)
Pay a visit to the Etsy pages of this businessperson with a vision. You can find her shop here: Fiera de Barcelos.
Meantime, here in America, legendary shoe designer Jeffrey Campbell is doing what our young people today would describe as "killing it."
Too right, baby. Yeah.
Rookbee bootie from Jeffrey Campbell, spotted on Solestruck
Yes, they're available in a size 11, and I'll let you know how they fit once my order arrives!