Posts Tagged ‘clogs


The Labradoodle of Shoes

It’s safe to assume that when the first designer dog breeders uttered the word Labradoodle, they got some skeptical looks.

But skeptical looks clearly became uncontrollable grins as naysayers were faced with the ridiculously adorable results of puppy love between a Lab and a Poodle.

Thus, we in the world of shoe breeding have accepted the shoe/ bootie hybrid–the shootie–with similar enthusiasm. Lately though, I sense a new designer shoe hybrid entering the scene to steal our hearts.

The simple sling-back pump crossed with the classic clog:


Right now there are some great results from Jeffrey Campbell,

and Clarks.

Plus a vintagey version from Nina Z, that my ahead-of-the-curve roommie turned me on to.

As for eBay, you size 6.5s can check out a pair of Ariats; 8’s, you can find Danskos; and 7.5s, there are some hot DKNY platforms.

But before we run out in our new wooden-soled works of art. What to call them? Clings?

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A Mule by Any Other Name

There’s something to be said for not committing. Especially when it’s above 80 degrees in New York and still April. For me, keeping a handle on weather reality means abstaining from sandals just a little longer. It’s too soon to tease myself with a premature open-toe outing. Of course April or not, it is warm.
The solution appeared on the feet of a very stylish, tall stranger I spotted strolling in Brooklyn. She was sporting a thin pullover with slim, cutoff black jean shorts and sleek, black mules.
Mules, or clogs?
you might be wondering. My research tells me that mules usually have a pointed toe and no back, while clogs get a chunky toe and can be open-backed or have a low back. Either way, not a sandal, but still less shoe than a sneaker or pump. Best of all, they’re easily slipped off in the grass. Since it’s already late in the season, eBay is calling my name with quite a few discount options.
The Cole Haan Kenna from ShoeMetro has a wooden heel, hot studs and a nude tan upper that will make any shorts-clad legs look sky-high.cole060508_120434main

Vintage Bastad clogs will never go out of style, especially with weaved leather uppers to keep you cool.a19e_1

Antique brass hardware gives these new Charles David clogs from FashionAveMart a distinctly vintage feel.214773225_tp

Or for an easy eBay buy, head to the boutique Grapevinehill and check out the huge selection of luscious mules handcrafted by legendary Lucchese Boot Co. Here are a few of my faves (click a photo to link to an auction).




Protests, Clogs & Sabotage

Unlike my students, Taylor and Alex, I was not in Washington on January 20, 2009. Instead Jason and I joined several friends from Actors’ Shakespeare Project at Upstairs on the Square to watch Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Who knew these shoes had such a political past?

Who knew these shoes had such a political past?

Listening to all the political commentary reminded me yet again that I should have selected a more rigorous US History class in high school. Singing all the hits from the musical, 1776, in History through Fiction somehow hasn’t paid off in the long run.

While surfing around for Presidential trivia later that evening, I stumbled upon several stories about an unorthodox bunch of protesters this week. Inspired by the rebellious Iraqi reporter who interrupted a recent press conference, this group hurled high heels, crocs, and a host of other shoes on the White House lawn and at an inflatable effigy of George W. Bush on Monday.

Although this is an unprecedented expression of outrage at a President, “shoeing” is not new. In fact, two girls at my suburban high school were often observed smacking each other in the head with clogs.

Speaking of which, the Walk This Way exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts explained that clogs, referred to as ‘sabots’ in French, inspired the word ‘sabotage.’ The Museum claimed that sabotage was derived from an event where Luddites had lobbed sabots into power looms. According to the story, the machines were decimating jobs for hand weavers and incensed workers flung their footwear in protest.

Other sources, though, claim that the word developed after angry peasants intentionally ruined aristocrats’ farmland with their clogs or when a railway workers’ strike broke the wooden shoes holding train tracks in place. Still other scholars contend that sabotage originally meant ‘to play an instrument badly’ and referred to the clomping noise produced by walking in these shoes.

No one seems to have enough evidence to support any of these specific etymological theories. It is clear, however, that clogs have been inciting crowds and stirring up controversy for centuries. Hmmm. I wonder how many pairs were wandering around Washington this week.

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