Monday, August 9, 2010

Women on the Verge of Departure

I'm in France now, but before I start blogging about the lovely French countryside, clay courts, amazing garden fresh veggies, cheeses and wines and whatnot, I've got to write about the clog crisis I had a couple of days ago - the day before leaving on my summer vacation. I believe there is a common affliction from which a lot of women suffer because I get a lot of requests "for the bag to arrive before I leave" and we've gotten more than a few studio visits from Women on the Verge of Departure. It's that feeling before we go on a trip that we must get the thing we're missing in our wardrobe without which our trip will just not be the same - even though we've never owned this item before and have lived quite well without it 'til now. I think it's when we're reducing our sartorial lives into bite sized pieces which fit into a suitcase, that we realize too clearly what we've been missing. We must purchase the illusive thing that's going to pull our vacay wardrobe together. (And make life better ;) )
For me, it was the sudden Clog Crisis. I just couldn't leave the country sans sabots, if you will. Yes, like everyone else with a slight interest in fashion these days, I've been latently craving clogs for the past few months. The slip-on shoe to be worn with just about everything, from school drop off to stylish meeting and into the night! Comfort with a heel - the eternal quest. Often I could be found at the Hasbeens site, or Maguba (too many choices! Impossible to decide) occasionally I'd even look at online stores like Shopbop (I don't get out much) and each and everytime, in the model I decided upon, they would be out of my size. I swear. (What's up size 37 people of the world? Why'd you have to go and buy up all the clogs? And, where are you, by the way, because I never see you.) I've drooled over each one above: Chanel ($1200), Maguba ($189), No.6 ($230), Rachel Comey ($357) and Hasbeens ($233) - clockwise from top left.

So on the day before my departure, I drove around like a crazy person (Creatures of Comfort - nada, Am Rag - nil) even considered going to Venice (far!) to check some hippy dippy spot on Abbot Kinney which supposedly has crazy clog choice at just before 6 p.m. Luckily I had my wits about my - a tiny bit - and called first. The only ones they had in 37 were floral or gold "low" clogs. Yea, no thanks. I finally gave one last try on Larchmont at that shoe store where they sell comfortble shoes...my brain refuses to retain the name of the place. Well, they had these above - they're Dansko, which I kind of love for the old school - or OG aspect of it all, but I was NOT in love with them at the store, however they were comfortable and at 6 p.m. on a Wednesday evening the night before my departure, that may be as good as it gets AND they weren't anywhere near $1200.
They're a little "fashion-y" if Dansko were to make a "fashion" clog, if you know what I mean, but I have to say, paired with my new light grey cotton Marni duster, and a few CVivier bags in tow, it was a pretty good airport outift. My feet were comfortable through LAX with a connection at Heathrow to CDG, a taxi to Gare Montparnasse and a TGV train to Nantes where finally my family was there to meet me with a car ride to the Atlantic coast where we arrived a full 24 hours after my departure from LA. The clogs probably won't see the light outside my suitcase until I'm in Paris at the end of my trip (can't do heels in the countryside), but my clog itch is scratched!

(Except those silver Magubas are pretty cute...darn it!)

11 comments:

ramis kim said...

good choice of shoes, have a great trip-

Heather Taylor said...

love em! jelly, in fact! chicest travel outfit to date! xoxo

jacygrais said...

If you are still itching for clogs next time you are in St. Paul, you should go to Sven's in Chisago City. They do a custom orders. Plus the people there are beyond nice in a Minnesota and even a non-Minnesota sort of way. (I also think they make the clogs sold by No. 6).

Vivier said...

Thanks guys! And thanks jacy, for the Sven tip! Cool, will def check it out. XOC

Jennifer said...

Gee, I've been craving clogs , too (mostly because I've discovered my feet like support/ cushioning...too many days of wearing paper thin flats- ouch).
Nice to know we are both 37's...if you ever want to get rid of any of your fab shoes, let me know :)

I may be responsible for the Rachel Comey portion of the clog shortage.

Hope you are having a beautiful trip!

Megan Taylor said...

Clare: I love you.

Halfway through reading your post, I envisioned my comment, half embarrassed but necessary re: clogs: "I know it might be blasphemous to say, but I've been wearing my brown Danskos since Freshman year in college...they're still a staple" and then I saw that you actually ended up buying Danskos! HEARTS!

They're my most comfortable shoe and while the ones I have are not nearly as stylish as the ones I see on your feet, they keep me cozy, reminding me of the Maine "countryside" within...can't wait to see your France pics! xoxo

Julia said...

Hi Clare,
This is Julia from The Design Dish. I just wanted to let you know that I switched to a Blogger platform, my new URL is http://thedesigndishblog.blogspot.com/
Thanks!

Vivier said...

Thanks Julia! I'll add li when I'm back at computer. And MT, i love you too! Thank you. Long live Dansko xoxo

jeana sohn said...

you are so funny! i love the title "women on the verge of departure". haha. nice clogs!

WPZ - Sandy said...

Ah, posting on an old post, but...

I did this last Thursday, and Wednesday, and Monday... leading up to a trip to NY I got it in my head that I neeeeeeeded to find a sale price camel blazer or coat from Zara... because I had browsed their collection images online and felt that the camel-hole in my wardrobe MUST BE ADDRESSED, particularly if the pieces looked as good as they did in the site AND were so price-attainable. Sadly, even though I went to multiple locations, no camel blazers-or-coats were to be found in a small enough size, nor red ones since that new 'need' had also been inspired by perusing Zara's site. Didn't find one in NY Zaras either. The hunt continues... trip was great sans new blazers of course, but was SO GLAD my Le Tropezienne made it just before departure. :)

Doctor Retifist said...

As a clog and female feet fetishist
I really love them too much!
I would worship those sensual feet for hours after they had fitted all day those wonderful black leather fetish clogs with studs....