thousand apologies! Here I've gone and raised expectations that I would be showing up on the internet with a new post every weekend or so, but as the evidence shows, I never made it back online when the next edition of Every Clog Has Its Day was due. Even though my day job had me back at work last Saturday and Sunday for extra duties related to the Bonnaroo music festival, I had ever intention of getting a new collection of words and images pulled together for your enjoyment on Monday. And then Monday turned into Tuesday. Which turned into Wednesday. Which...well, again, I offer a thousand apologies.
And I won't go into how this weekend just past was jammed full of activities of a different sort that had me occupied far from my computer. I know me, though. And if I don't get something added to this blog right away, we all might find ourselves waiting until next weekend for new round of wooden goodness.
So without further delay, I set aside the string parts I was creating for my band's upcoming Elton John tribute performance and put my 20th-of-the-month invoice writing duties on hold both so I could focus on talking shoes with you for a moment. Trust me, it's an easy topic to get into. Occasionally my attention does waver from my responsibilities as keeper of "the blog for the clog," but that's not because I've lost interest in the best footwear on the planet. No, I'm probably just overbooked with things I have to do and things I want to do, all the while wearing the most rockin' shoes I can find!
And that being the case, that's an excellent place to start.
Week at a Glance
Come to think of it, one reason I probably didn't get a fresh post up is that nothing new came along on the internet to catch my eye. Shoe-wise, anyway. But I certainly was keeping both my head and my feet engaged with the funky chunkiness I favor when I shop for shoes. I would probably do us both a favor if I documented some of the outfits I put together as I wear them each day, but considering that most mornings I barely have time for a bowl of cereal before I fight my way through traffic to get to the office building where I work, I don't know where I'd fit in a moment to vogue for the camera. So here's a recapitulation of my personal shoe highlights from the past seven days.
Tuesday: the Mia bootie from Miista
Clearly not a clog style. But that yellow toe cap and matching laces make these booties pop. So much so that a couple security guards in my building stopped me to tell how much they dig my shoes each day. Well, you should always put your best foot forward. You never know who is watching!
Wednesday: the 99 Tie Two platform wedge bootie from Jeffrey Campbell
This pair is just so fascinatingly bizarre. No wonder I like it (and its cousins the Damsel and the Damsel Spike) so much. And just for the record, it's quite comfortable, too.
Thursday: the Taryn wedge bootie from UGG.
I was with Melissa, my BFSFF* when I first set eyes on this bootie in the flesh, and she will attest to the fact that I was reluctant to try them on since I was so enamored of the Cosima Tall boot from UGG that had also just come out. But months later this pair appeared on eBay for about half the original price, and I thought it would be worth it to give them a spin. As it turned out, this modest little wood-soled moto boot has gotten quite a bit of street time, more than I ever thought I'd give it. So to paraphrase the old adage, favorite shoes are what happens while you're making other plans.
* Best Fellow Shoe Fanatic Forever
Friday: the Lynnea clog boot from UGG
What I just said. I didn't think I'd care much for this style. But then 6PM.com offered them for half price, and I thought, "What the heck?" Turns out I have worn them a ton. Including this past Friday with a knit tunic top and leggings.
Saturday: Nat lace up clog bootie from Dansko
Melissa and I have a phrase for appraising shoe comfort based on experiences we had visiting my daughter in New York City when she was in college. An easy to wear pair of shoes is one that we'd "spend the day walking around Manhattan" in. And it should come as no surprise that with all my huge platforms and vertiginous heels, I own quite a few styles that wouldn't measure up to that yardstick. But I do have shoes in my collection that are quite reasonable when worn just to drive to my day job and walk around my office. Some shoes may not be a perfect fit, but they're just fine if I don't spend a lot of time on my feet.
And then there's a third category of footwear that only really satisfies in limited doses. Half a day tops. Without a lot of stand up time. This Nat bootie is one that definitely is filed there in my mind. Not through any fault of Dansko's. It would probably be a perfectly decent shoe if they'd made the size 42 just a wee bit roomier. But since I'm willing to wrestle with a little discomfort for the sake of a great outfit, I've been able to make this shoe work.
I should also note that there's a fourth category of shoes in my sutorial universe, and that's reserved for those styles that have proven themselves to be toe-pinchingly agonizing in spite of all my attempts to hope them into fitting properly. They do not last long here, usually being banished to eBay or worse within weeks.
Sunday: the Rihanna clog bootie from Dansko.
Before you jump to any conclusions that I'm a major fan of Danskos, let me assure you their appearance twice in this post is just the luck of the draw. Seriously. Yes, it's true that I own five or six styles from Dansko at the moments, but keep in mind that that's out of a collection of close to 160. And the fact that I chose the Nat and Rihanna to wear in the past 48 hours has more to do with the plain, simple reality that I haven't put them on in months so building outfits around them had the appeal of doing something novel. I'm not likely to banish them to outer darkness anytime soon, but I'm also not likely to wear either of them again until October or November.
Sharp eyed readers will have noticed there's no Monday entry in the list above. And the reason is telling. I had an appointment on Monday that I thought I should tone down my look for, and apparently I drew so far within the lines that now, six days later, I can't for the life of me remember what shoes I actually did wear.
The Monday appointment was cancelled at the last moment so my take away is to just let 'er rip when we reschedule. Life's too short not to be yourself while you're here!
The first week of May on ECHID, I featured an interview with Australian shoe makers Preston Zly. The images of the wood wedge Patten styles had me coveting them from afar. But co-founder Johanna Preston helped answer the question of what they're like to wear by sending a pair of her boots my way. The verdict: I love 'em! And that means I need to do a follow up post and rave about the fact. The craftsmanship is superb, and I'm impressed with how much I can feel how well made they are. But I need to spend some time properly waxing ecstatic about this style. They came through a test drive at the office with flying colors. And yes, they could possibly have earned "spend the day in Manhattan" status. I recall the day I wore them to work, I didn't race to take them off once I got home.
I still need to put together an outfit that does them justice. I just pulled them on over a pair of black skinny jeans when I wore them, but I think they deserve much more. Stay tuned!
Honk If You Love Shoes!
Don't know much more than what the license plate says, but I certainly can relate.