Friday, March 30, 2012

it's a svenderful life

by frédérik

This week wraps up an accidental series of posts on clogs with a peek into my very modest clog collection from my only slightly less modest shoe wardrobe. Long-time readers of The Fashionoclast will recognize two of them, which I’ve previously written about. Featured: a new acquisition hinted at  in this post’s title. To do something a little different, I made a video. Granted, it’s grainy. Also, YouTube felt compelled to throw in some ads because the default music and sounds iMovie comes loaded with aren’t entirely free of copyright restrictions. But all that nonsense aside, the moving pictures will hopefully prove more interesting to you than the usual static shots. Please enjoy, and let me know what you think in the comments below!

And now for something completely not so different: a closer look...


I did own a pair of wooden clogs in university, although I don’t remember the brand. The fit must have been wrong, because they were extremely difficult to wear for long periods of time – the chafing from the toe box required the use of mole skin, and even then I couldn’t get the things to wear properly. Naturally, I gave them away to charity when it became clear there was no future for them in my wardrobe.

This pair of Sanita clogs marked my return to the fold of clog wearers, although purists would balk at the lack of wood. It’s a fair point; these are clog-like shoes, really. Nevertheless, the Sanitas proved to be reliable go-to footwear on those days that were slightly too chilly for sandals but not cold enough to push me into wearing shoes or boots. Eminently comfortable, unfussy, and with a safe but classic look that goes with anything, this pair recently led me to realize that clogs are to me what ballet flats are for women (and some men); footwear with a distinctive style that is absolutely easy to wear.


Generously given to me for review purposes by Troentorp’s Sebastian Macliver, I absolutely love the style and craftsmanship of these wooden Audubon clogs. The upper’s detailing sets this clog apart from the pack, while the overall heft of the base creates that impression of substance so loved by clog fans. After over a year of ownership, the only limitation I’ve found is that I can’t wear these barefoot for long periods of time. Based on my experience with my most recent acquisition, I think it’s a size issue; I should have perhaps asked for a 40 instead of a 41, even though my Sanitas are 41 and that tends to be my usual European size. Still, there’s an easy way for me to avoid chafing, and that’s to wear socks with the Audubons. While wearing socks isn’t my favourite thing to do, I don’t mind it so much if it means I can wear the Audubons for a reasonable amount of time. There is also, of course, a functional rule of thumb for when I typically wear these, and that also tends to depend on the weather.

Sven / Clogmaster

I’ve known about Clogmaster and Sven for a long time, but was put off by the seeming hassle of having to wait for Clogmaster to come to town, setting an appointment, then waiting some more. But when Lindsey Cochran, a clog expert and a darn fine blogger, posted an interview with Clogmaster’s Cecilia Tidlund over at Every Clog Has Its Day, both my wife and I were persuaded. When Clogmaster next came to LA, we made an appointment and the experience turned out to be fun, like going to a speakeasy during Prohibition. After knocking on a red door in a building that once served as a school, we were greeted with a makeshift clog salon filled with different styles of shoes, material samples, binders filled with design ideas, and the master herself, Cecilia Tidlund, judging the fit of clogs for first-time Clogmaster customers (she can even judge shoe size solely by looking at a person’s feet). Impressive.

So we went through the process, with Cecilia gauging our fit followed by the hard part; deciding what clogs to get. I’ll leave my wife’s choice for a dedicated future post, though I will mention that the options led her to getting both a pair of clogs and a pair of clog sandals. For my part, I knew I wanted to get a pair of clogs with biker straps; something with more kick than the usual design. The question was whether to stick with all-black or boldly go for a splash of colour. Colour won out, as you can see, and like the Audubons I just love both the style and quality of craftsmanship. The benefit that comes from having custom-fitted clogs makes all the difference, and if you have an opportunity to catch up with Clogmaster – do it. The price, well above a hundred but still below $200 (I can't remember the exact price at the moment) is well worth it, as it is for any pair of shoes that is durable, handmade, custom-fitted, and promises to be a good friend to your feet for a long time to come.)

In terms of fit and wear, my new clogs are great – but the warning that they should be worn for an hour or two per day in the first week is a warning that should be taken seriously. While I didn’t have problems with my right foot, my left felt a bit of a squeeze and a potential chafing spot. The good news is that the leather did stretched as planned, the chafing spot didn’t materialize (although I had Lindsey’s sage advice to draw on in the event it did), and as of today I’d say they’re about 90% broken in. The weather’s gotten a tad too warm for clogs and the sweat that tends to come with them in higher temperatures, which is all the excuse I need to wear sandals. But the verdict is in: these Svens are wonderful. They're svenderful! And I just might wish for cooler weather more often...

So there you have it. Next week, we move on to…something else.

Don’t forget this week’s Frivolous Friday Challenge: color blocking. Becky and I would love, love, LOVE to feature your ensemble alongside ours, so please don’t be shy. Challenge details are here.

Also, I've added a little "I like it!" reaction checkbox for you to check when you don't feel compelled to leave a comment. Consider it a tip jar that doesn't involve money.

Note: All images are mine! Yeah! Take that, usual disclaimer!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Frivolous Friday: Dance Gear

by Becky

Friday's dance outfit got a lot of attention.

dance here, dance there, dance gear

Everyone in my office seemed to approve.

I mean, I wore clear socks with black bands, tap shoes, and a skirt that is 100% fringe. If this outfit doesn't announce my youthful ebullience, nothing will! I felt pretty good about it, too, until I got home.

My man and his neighbor were at the workbench in the barn when I traipsed in. Before he looked up, my man hollered, "Hi babe!" Then he turned to look at me. And then he stopped what he was doing.

"Wow. Look what Becky's wearing."

His neighbor turned. "Wow."

This reaction is why I like these wardrobe challenges.

Shock your lover! Impress your coworkers! Amaze your neighbors!

Frivolity for life!


Frédérik, here. Alas, I had nothing for the dance wear challenge. I could have worn the shoes I used for ballroom dancing lesson, but that would have destroyed the soles. And there's a special place in heck for people who abuse their soles.

In any case, here's this week's challenge:

color blocking

The rules are:

No prints or patterns; monochromatic colours only.
Minimum of two colours.

Email me your colourful pics before next Monday, April 2nd, to live on in infamy.

Friday, March 23, 2012

the 'owling: an interview with Ugglebo's president

by frédérik

It seems that, purely by accident, it’s clog month here at The Fashionoclast. Last week I introduced you to Les Sabots d’Isa. Next week, I’ll most likely have a clog-related post featuring new acquisitions – unless other features come together and I feel we need a break from wooden footwear. And this week, we revisit Ugglebo for a more in-depth look at a venerable name in clog-making, beginning with a peek at the dependable styles of the Spring/Summer 2012 collection:

More pretty pictures in the S/S 2012 Lookbook, and of course, more at Ugglebo's website.

Of course, looking at pictures, moving and otherwise will only tell you so much. In case you missed it, do read Becky’s write-up of the lovely Koltur clogs Ugglebo kindly sent her to try out.

But as is traditional here at The F, I strive to offer you, whenever possible, a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion goodies I feature. Thus: an interview with Ugglebo president David Giese conducted via eMail.

Until Karl Lagerfeld peppered his Spring 2010 collection for Chanel with clogs, it seemed as if clogs would be relegated to the sidelines. It leads me to consider how some items of apparel and footwear - like flared or bell-bottomed jeans, for example - trend in, then trend out not to be seen again for many, many fashion cycles. Yet some items, like clogs, manage to keep a consistent presence despite neglect from the mainstream fashion industry. What's the secret to clog's longevity? 
Clogs are just such a universal footwear with and endless number of style and color combinations!   Clogs both feel and look great and that is what keeps customer demand strong.  Easy for me to say but… Clogs are just awesome and once people try them they wish they had years ago. 
From the classic style, like Ugglebo' Tokyo clog, to modern high-heeled sandals, how has clog design evolved over the years? Do you think there's still room to innovate new designs, or are we entering a period of trend-driven reinvention? 
Ugglebo has several different customer demographics.  First are our die-hard clog enthusiasts (which there are many) who stick with your more classic designs and tend to have been enthusiasts for a long time.  These clog enthusiasts will stick with clogs for their durability, comfort, look and feel regardless of fashion trends.  On the other hand clogs are in fashion as you have said.  Ugglebo certainly has captured many new customers likely driven by fashion but we know from feedback that our new customers quickly become enthusiasts which creates a long-term relationship for both sides.  Additionally, Ugglebo is a small, family-owned niche company and brand so we are simply not nearly as effected by overall trends as some of our competitors. 
Ugglebo describes itself as having been founded by Sven Carlsson with the intention of matching traditional craftsmanship with the latest fashion trends. How would you describe Ugglebo's relationship with the broader fashion industry both today and in terms of its history, and how does the company decide which trends to engage with when assembling a collection? 
As I said above, we are a small family-run business and we try to be the innovator rather than following larger trends in the market place.  Again, trends are trends and we at Ugglebo only care to grow a sustainable foundation of loyal customers who recognize us for what we are, A high-quaility, hand-made footwear brand that values building long-term customer relationships even if that means not jumping on the trend band-wagon.  With regard to your second question, everyone at Ugglebo takes a part in helping to develop our collection with final approval coming from my father-in-law Christer who has been Ugglebo's Clog Master since the mid-1970's. 
Ugglebo for Epaulet. Josie. Alderwood base with nubuc leather. $179 

An interesting omission from your web copy, if that's the right word, involves the orthopedic value of clogs. Of course, mention the word "orthopedic" and most people, rightly or wrongly, think of shoes for senior citizens. I suspect that's not quite the association a fashionable brand wants. Marketing aside, does Ugglebo subscribe to the orthopedic benefits of clogs? 
Great Question!  For legal reasons we can't call our clogs "orthopedic" but as I have eluded to in previous questions, clogs are comfy and are great for the feet, knees and back.  So, yes, although not written our customers absolutely recognize the health benefits our clogs. 
Despite the occasional mention of clogs for both men and women, there doesn't seem to be any dedicated men's clogs in your catalog. There aren't even any male models wearing clogs. Did you make a conscious decision to focus your design and marketing efforts towards women, or is this simply a response to market conditions? Does Ugglego have any plans to reach out to men? 
Our previous website did have a selection of Men's clogs but unfortunately, although on our radar screen, we haven't been able to get our men's line up and running online as of yet.  However, we absolutely have men's clogs and within the next several months you and your readers can expect to see a lively men's line available!

Bering. Alderwood base with vegetable tan leather. $169 

I didn’t just send over my questions to David, however.  Fashionoclast readers contributed a few Qs of their own. So I now turn over the (virtual) microphone to them...

Reader Mica asks: how long does a pair of shoes typically take to make when done by hand? How did you come up with the name Ugglebo? 
Mica, thanks for your question.  If you make just one pair at a time it take roughly an hour to make the clog and anywhere between 2 hours and 48 hours to dry the clog depending on the leather type.
Ugglebo is the region of Sweden where our factory is located.  We manufacture in the same location as we have since 1965 when the name Ugglebo Toffeln was created.  Ugglebo means "owls nest" in Swedish and Toffeln means clogs in Swedish. 
Jenny, who is not a clog fans, wants to know if you have a strategy for trying to make those pesky, non-clog wearers take a second look. Or do you embrace that clogs aren’t for everyone and design just for the modern day clog-wearer? 
We understand that our product isn't for everyone as many companies and brands do.  However, we always encourage potential customers to simply give us a try because we are confident that we can turn non clog lovers into enthusiasts and we love to do so one customer at a time!
Melisa would love to know more about how you put your collections together. For example, how do you decide how many shoes to offer? Do you have a core design team, or is it a company-wide effort? 
Melisa, thanks for the interest.  It really is a company wide effort.  We take a look at our vast clog archives and have many, many design meetings and trips throughout Europe to select innovative leathers, bases and accessories.  Although some companies embrace a modern high-tech design process we love our old-school approach that relies on our Clog Master's endless experience and a lot of trial and error!

There you have it. Many thanks to David Giese for his time and Fredrik Eklund – Ugglebo’s Marketing and Brand Manager –  for coordinating the interview. Also, many thanks to Mica, Jenny, Melisa, and June for contributing/suggesting questions.

Of course, images used by permission for illustrative purposes only.

And now, readers, I turn it over to you with a few questions for you to chew on: what do you think about Ugglebo’s Spring/Summer collection? If you’ve never been keen on clogs before, do you see anything that might make you want to give them a try? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Frivolous Friday: Readers' Choice

Greetings and salutations! Frédérik here with the results of the Readers' Choice (AKA wildcard) challenge. Apparently, the choice for some readers was not to participate...ahem...but let's not dwell on that, shall we? Moving on...

Anne's personal challenge was to wear her cute tennis shoes. Not her running shoes, not her professional-lady-stilettos but her sadly neglected and totally adorable sneakers.

Becky's challenge: Being a joiner

Says Becky: "It was the Friday before St. Patrick's Day and, from what I can gather, the whole state of Kentucky is a little excited about some kind of sporting event. So, I wore green in honor of the much-toasted saint and blue to represent this little basketball team I've heard so much about."

Dickies give us our daily red.

Says I: My challenge was to wear something I hadn't worn to work before. Therefore, bright red skinny-straight pants from Dickies.

Becky's Turn!

This week's challenge: dance gear.

Dance Gear

Bring out your leg warmers, square dancing skirts, leotards, ballet flats, tutus, and stirrup leggings. And for good measure, go ahead and put your hair up in a bun. Think barn dance, line dance, dance hall, Flashdance, or Dance Dance Revolution. Whatever moves you.

Anne: What will the guys wear?
Me: Uhh.... Uhm. Tutus?

I suppose dudes could dress like Michael Jackson. Or someone from Rent. Be bold, men!

Email me your fantastic dance costume by Sunday, March 25!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Isa Bird? Isa Plane? No...Isa Clogs!

Located in the Pyrenees, France, Les Sabots' d’Isa is a small, ten-year-old artisanal clogmaker with an imaginative and diverse offering of clogs, all available in various materials (nubuck, cow and ostrich leather, etc) and wood base styles (including bases with “horseshoes)”. You’ll find in their astonishingly gorgeous collection some very fashion-forward designs, like the following mix of lace-up heels, boots, and a slide for men:

Click to enlarge.

Surprising, however, are the designs inspired by traditional wood clogs – and by traditional, I mean, “Sherman, set the wayback machine to a time before the industrial revolution.” But modern sensibilities infuse these designs to create a clog that is persuasively wearable. For example, this traditional Pyrenees birchwood clog comes with a leather upper to comfortably safeguard the top of the foot.

"Ancetre" clog. 75 euros. Click  image to enlarge.

Throw in the ability to customize the designs by mixing and matching uppers, bases, and materials, and Les Sabots d’Isa is rather like the friendly neighbourhood cobbler in a small town. Fortunately, that small town is the internet.

Eager to learn more about this charming clogmaker, I teamed up with Lindsey Cochran of Every Clog Has Its Day to interview the owner of Les Sabots d'Isa, Isabelle Segonzac-Estrade. Below is Part 1 of our interview. Part 2 will post on Lindsey’s blog on Monday, so be sure to visit Every Clog Has Its Day to read the rest of what Isa had to tell us.

Congratulations! It's the 10th anniversary for Les Sabots d'Isa.  Take us back to the beginning.  From what I've read on your website and elsewhere, I don't think you grew up intending to be a clog maker.  How did you first get attracted to the clog business?
The son of the clog maker!! I grew in a cultural environment, I liked the fashion and the shoes “last cry”, I did not know how to use my 10 fingers, but when I entered the first time the workshop of my future parents-in-law, wow!! Love at first sight for this dying job. 
How would you describe the essential character and appeal of clogs - yours and in general? What would you say to someone who normally wouldn't even think of wearing clogs?
That he should really try clogs! He can only be surprised by the brilliant comfort of these shoes on wooden soles, provided that the clog  is adapted well to its foot. A good curve of sole is needed, and the leather also has to hold well the foot. That is why I work almost only in custom-made product. And as a result, that allows to have completely different shoes, with a moved look, almost unique.
How did you get the idea to launch your own line?  You clearly chose the path of creating a fashionable line of clogs.  What inspired you to pursue that direction?
When I rediscovered clog (I carried it when I was childish), I discovered 2 passions: wear and make clogs. As I have difficulty in putting on shoes, I began to create models for me, according to my clothes, then to propose them. At first, I was very shy, I apologized almost for making clo), and then with years and the experience, I do not hide any more, I love my job, I like creating. And I like the idea to have contributed to put back the fashionable clog. In France, I am the only one to propose this kind of products, not necessarily fashionably, but "fashionable".
Alma clog. 135 euros. Click image to enlarge.
 In one article on your website you mention that your profession fascinates you.  How so?  What do you enjoy about clog making?
I like the contact of the beautiful materials, the wood, the leather. While fascinating to leave a leather end, and to create a beautiful shoe which more (and normally) is going to last in the time. I like the idea that certain things are long-lasting. Nothing more pleases me than to imagine a special model for which we ask me, for a marriage for example. In brief, I like working the leather, sanding some wood and planting nails! After 13 years (the company is 10 years old but I made 3 years of learning), I always have fun so much...
You also mention that you work in a place you love.  I believe that's the Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges region.  What do you enjoy about working there?
I remain the real countrywoman who likes the nature, the old stones, the peace, the luxury of the life far from the city. I grew to St Bertrand de Comminges (near Pyrenees), I lived for a long time far from my village, and I am very happy to have returned to it to live there and work. Besides, it is a rather important historic site, thus it is good with regard to one very varied clientele. At least in summer...
What's the secret to making an Isa clog? Can you tell us about your materials and methods? Can you describe a typical day in the Sabots d'Isa workshop?

The secret to making an Isa clog? Be and stay Isa, may be… I make everything in the hand (except for the sewings for which I use of hurdy-gurdies sewing machines which are 60 years old), with hammers and crowbars which have a good century, I work the leather, the wood, I cut, I pounce, I imagine, I spend a lot of time in the computer to answer messages because I personalize every request. And I work since 2 years with my husband, who is photograph at the beginning. It’s him who takes care of the web site. He also works on the manufacturing. Isa's clogs are also the clogs of joël... Without him, there would be no web site, not of beautiful photos... And fewer made clogs…'

That's it for Part the First. Part Deux at Every Clog Has Its Day. On Monday. Check it out! And visit to see more of the collection. Many thanks to Ms. Segonzac-Estrade for her time, and also many thanks to Lindsey for the fun team-up.

UPDATE 03.19.2012: Part 2 of the interview has been posted at the always excellent Every Clog Has Its Day.

Note: images borrowed from under fair use for illustrative purposes only.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Frivolous Fridays: Western Wear

This here's Becky, y'all, and I got to say that Fashionoclast readers ain't no varmints!

Um. I'm sorry. Ahem.

Anyway, the western wear challenge was a total success, thanks to the lovely Mica. I love LOVE her retro bandanna... The whole outfit has a casual but polished vibe. It's awesome, is what I'm trying to say.

072 western style scarf bandana jeans and boots

Says Mica, "I tried the western wear today with the bandanna scarf. I don't have cowboy boots so I wore some other boots. This isn't the first time I've been sad at my lack of cowboy boots!"

Marco Bolo.

Says Frédérik: "Western wear AND all in black. Twice the challenge, twice the frivolity!"


And here's me and my favorite accessory, Maggie. I went for a kind of Patsy Cline retro Opry cowgirl... What can I say? I love dressing like a cartoon character.


Frédérik here, and this week's challenge is brought to you by a sartorially triumphant white rabbit:

Reader's Choice

That's right: it's Pick Your Own Challenge Day on Friday, and I'm leaving it up to you to set a goal for yourself, put it in action on Friday, and report back to me with pictures and a description of your challenge before Monday, March 19th. Ready? Go!

Friday, March 9, 2012

the good, the bad, and the updates

by frédérik

I’m still waiting to hear back from a handful of interviewees, and working on a joint interview of a French clogmaker with Lindsey from Every Clog Has Its Day. Until all theses ships come back to port, I’m offering another potpourri in line with the categories mentioned in the title. Here we go.

The Good

I suspect the jeans have been discontinued, but Levi’s offered men a skinny-snug pair of jeans inspired by women’s styles. The call them “ex-girlfriend” jeans is silly, if not worse, but here it is, “An update of the five-pocket classic with an allover super-snug fit that's as skinny as it gets.”
Image borrowed from under Fair Use

It’s not much, and I'd rather see Levi's offer men flared jeans (in black, of course) but it looks fine and it’s nice to see designers appropriate from the other direction for a change, which brings me to…


Offered as unisex hosiery by Italian designer Emilio Cavallini, these tights retail for $27 and feature bold patterns, such as the two below.

Images borrowed from under Fair Use

Click here to see the whole collection.

Not really my thing, personally  - hosiery is just long socks to me, and I prefer not to wear socks if I don’t have to. Still, I love the boldness of the designs and applaud the effort. To any man who would wear a pair, I salute you.

But what do you think? Gentlemen, would you wear any of Cavallini’s tights? Ladies, would you like to see your fellah rock some mantyhose?

The Bad

Sandblasted jeans.

Sure, the creases and dents, the rough patching and fades, add a bit of kick to stylish jeans. But sandblasting exposes worker to the silica in sand, leading to a debilitating lung disease with no known cure called silicosis. (In turn, this can lead to a form of tuberculosis called silicotuberculosis. Scientists have also established a link between crystalline silica and cancer. As Mother Jones reports in a photo essay on workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, many major fashion brands have heeded the call to reject sandblasting, including Versace, Levi-Strauss, Benetton and other. Others have not; these include Dolce & Gabbana.

Bangladeshi worker. Image borrowed from Mother Jones under Fair Use.

Demonstrating yet again that a stylish fashionista must also be a conscientious fashionista, consider the workers who make your jeans the next time you see an attractive pair of sandblasted garments. To sign a petition urging Dolce & Gabbana to renounce the use of sandblasting in the production of its jeans, click here to visit the Clean Clothes Campaign.

And The Updates

Well, one update, from Sheswai Lacquer: the new spring/summer colours are here, and they’re lovely, lovely indeed. The teal is particularly striking, in my opinion.

Images borrowed from under Fair Use.

$16. From

Monday, March 5, 2012

Frivolous Fridays: All Black

Frédérik here, and...what happened? I'd say this challenged faded to black but, obviously, it didn't.

Black shirt, black jeans, black leather vest...yup, it's nice and not colourful, just how I like it. But dang, I'm glad I have no plans on being a fashion model.  I take the "i" out of poise...

...unlike Becky, who more than makes up in photogenic appeal what I lack.

All black All black 2

Says Becky: All-black really isn't my thing. However, this wasn't a bad look, considering I only got called Elvira once.

Becky's Turn!

This week's Frivolous Friday challenge: Western Wear

Western Wear

To illustrate this challenge, I will now faithfully reenact a conversation I just had with a coworker.

Anne: But I don't think I have anything western.
Me: No cowboy boots?
Anne: No.
Me: No snap-front western shirts?
Anne: No.
Me: No square dancing skirts?
Anne: No.
Me: No straw hats?
Anne: No.
Me: No Wrangler jeans?
Anne: No.
Me: No fringey leather coats or vests?
Anne: No.
Me: No bolo ties?
Anne: No.
Me: No equine-print dresses?
Anne: No.
Me: No bandannas?
Anne: No.

If you're like Anne, I suggest you saddle up and push your sartorial boundaries. And if you're like me, well... Try not to look like a rodeo clown.

Email me your photos by Sunday, March 11!

Friday, March 2, 2012

cocktails and dream shoes

by frédérik

The Mojito by British architect Julian Hakes has been making the fashion blog rounds, so I’ve been reluctant to devote a post to it here. However, since I’m waiting for some interviews to come in I figured I might as well post a little something about it. I’m stalling, yes, but it’s also not too hard to indulge a rave or two…the shoe is a) designed by an architect, which shows in both the shoe’s concept and fabrication; and b) absolutely gorgeous.

As yet another example about how the most interesting shoes are not merely foot-formed shapes but the product of concept intersection with function, the Mojita joins the superstar ranks of Mohop and United Nude. Designed to explore a shoe’s most fundamental structural function, the shoe emerged from a late summer night’s musing about shoe design. Realizing that the only parts of the foot that seem to really matter are the ball and heel – the midfoot has the strength to naturally span the two – Julian Hakes conceived an evolutionary shoe design inspired by the approach he uses to design bridges and, of all things, footprints in the sand.

Here’s a nice video giving you multiple perspectives of the shoe:

For more on the Mojito and other innovative, cutting edge footwear designs, I’m going to send you to Lust for Shoes. It’s a great blog for anyone interested in diving into the creative and, crucially, independent footwear design.

For my part, I’m just going to complain a bit about the fact that all these fancy designs are geared towards women. I know, I know, there’s nothing really stopping a guy from getting a pair if he so desires. But you’ve heard this complaint before, and since some vintages of whine all too easily turn to vinegar, I guess I won’t belabour the point.

I will, however, leave you with a question: if you could design your own shoe, what would you do? What qualities would you look for in your ideal shoe? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. If you’re feeling particularly creative, eMail me your sketches, doodles, or blueprints and I’ll feature them in a future post on dream shoes. I’d love to get a series of posts going on ideal footwear and apparel designs, featuring your ideas…

Usual disclaimer to keep legal types happy: Images and video borrowed from Julian Hakes website, facebook page, and youtube channel for illustrative purposes. If the copywright owner asks me to remove them, I will.