idn't mean to be away for so long! I swear! I put up a bunch of posts in a row, and then got caught up in other projects (things like, you know, earning money for the mortgage), all the while intending to make my way back to this corner of the internet in a few days...or a week...or two. Then came a performance by my band. (We drew over 250 people to our set!) Then came the holidays. And when I finally sat down to take a look at revving up for another post, I discovered it had been over a month since I dropped by my blogging site.
Well, I'm making a New Year's resolution right now to be better in 2017. And to prove it, I'm uploading something short and sweet right now. Well, sweet at least.
One of the items under my Christmas tree this year was a very cool (yet simultaneously warm) pair of chenille leggings from Free People. I first spotted them on eBay, but another buyer purchased them before I could the seller to confirm the size and fit. Fortunately, they were still available new from the Free People website, and my chief enabler in all things wood-soled and/or fashion forward, Melissa, made them materialize in shiny wrapping paper last weekend. I loved them so much, I wore them the next day on Boxing Day. And then gave them an encore presentation at work today.
But here's the thing. Each morning, as I'm getting out of bed, I mentally scratch my head and puzzle over what sort of footwear adventure I want to have that day. Yesterday, it was my blue nubuck Fergalicious knee boots, style name: Lattitude. The day before that, it was this past season's wood-soled Farren bootie from Kelsi Dagger. The day before that, the Joan of Arctic wedge bootie from Sorel made an appearance (in one of the best colorways I've seen come along in some time, a dark olive green that they dubbed Nori. And then over the holidays I spent Christmas Eve with friends in my Rylan clog boots from Dansko and then Christmas day with family in my burgundy suede Steve Madden over-the-knee boots, style name Erasmus. Don't make me provide photos of all of these or I'll never get this "quickie" post uploaded.
Anyway, I found myself eager to wear those new chenille leggings again, and as I was contemplating what bit of wooden goodness would look extra fine with them, it suddenly occurred to me to bring back an old favorite: the Nadine clog bootie from Koolaburra.
Regular readers may recall my ecstasy when I made them my own back in 2011. They took the No. 1 spot on my Top Ten list for the year, and my enthuasism for the style came through loud and clear in my post:
OMG! OMG! OMG!
Clog wearing just doesn't get any better than this!
I still think that pair of shoes is one of the best things that has ever happened to my feet, but over time as the Wall of Infinite Pleasure has grown and more clogs and boots have joined the collection, the Nadine fell out of the wardrobe rotation. Probably because they really demand to be worn with skinny jeans or leggings, and I was very much in a flared pants over clog boots phase at the time. I just didn't let them go on display on the street so they became a shoe I stopped reaching for.
Until this morning. As I drifted out of bed, I became aware of all the sartorial pieces that could so easily fall into place: those chenille leggings...with a black scoopneck top...and a black sweater...all assembled to rock the chunky platform and heel, the variegated leather, and the surfeit of studs that make the Nadine so memorable. And so that's what I wore.
What a delight to reconnect with an old favorite! I had such a good time in them, I looked into picking up another pair of those leggings (in a crimson hue since the dark blue "Twilight" colorway is sold out in my size), and I spent my spare moments at work surfing the internet for other styles from Koolaburra I may have overlooked. And sure enough, I found one.
Correct me if I've blogged about this one before, but I really love the look of the Zinda platform sandal from this Australian shoe maker.
As near as I can tell, it's a style that first surfaced in the spring of 2013. And since a lot of the posts about it that are still online seem to be from the U. K., I wonder if it's a shoe that was only sold in Britain.
Not surprisingly, I'm a fan of the sturdy platform and heel and the boldness of the leather upper. But check out that design detail in the wooden sole: the wood at the top of the heel extends to meet the broad band of leather from the upper. How cool is that?
What's even more delightful is that this shoe looks even better when it's being worn. What a shame I didn't notice it when it first came around. But now that I know that it's out there, I've got my searches saved on the usual resale sites...and my fingers crossed!