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We make no secret of our love for the word clodhopper – few words capture an idea so well. So, naturally, we’re delighted to see shoesies like inflatable boats sailing into stores. Check out the back for an Allan Key would you, Mary? These new-fangled cloggy things don’t fit our shelves. One of the most interesting incarnations for AW09/10 is Finsk’s pony hair hopper (above), available at Oak. Acne of course continues to shoe the Scandinavian set with the orthopaedic-looking Atacoma series.
Thankfully the parade of podiatric casings doesn’t discriminate between hemispheres. While Finsk and Camilla Skovgaard cater to those who may need to jump puddles (if you can lift ’em), John Rocha’s cutaway couta yachts, at London Fashion Week, put the trend on summer’s shopping list.
Riding escalators between the eight sparse-but-thematic floors at Tokyo’s virgin Opening Ceremony flagship, we imagined the architect’s rationalisation of spending a good portion of the budget on cubby houses and a candy pink kitchen.
Will US post boxes really sell more handbags? Well no, but…
That’s the thing with tricked-up retail environments. We imagine the designers of the Shibuya space, formerly housing Movida, explaining they’d aimed to lead shoppers on a journey of exploration and interaction with the diverse product offering in themed concept areas that eschewed the hallmarks of a ‘shop’. They’d be encouraged to linger, but never approached. Japanese consumers are suffocated by so-called ‘service’ and many don’t actually like to be coddled, they’d reckon.
We were rapt to find Camilla Skorvgaard’s AW09/10 clodhoppers in the mix and imagine a solid local market. But at close to US1,000, we weren’t inspired to, um, interact with them.
Heard this week that the first successful limb transplant recipient can put his arm above his head, which got us thinking of joining the waiting list for an extra few legs (with feet on the ends, obviously). That’s about the only way we imagine getting through the catalogue of covetable shoes for next spring/summer, shown at the recent northern European fashion weeks. We’re reckoning Minimarket’s fierce black platform-wedge ankle boots at the front, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair’s violet-y wedges up back, and EnD’s lifeboat-like cobalt ankle huggers in the centre. We’d also order an extra-long pair of pins and throw on Minimarket’s blue suede brogues (with the season’s skew towards seriously swollen soles, wouldn’t want to be lopsided or anything).
It happens every season. By the time we’ve got our hands on the second cut of the ‘it’ thing we procrastinated over six-and-a-half minutes too long, fashion forums fill with posts asking if it’s still okay to wear. You can bet your bottom 500-dollars-plus-tax it’s not. That’s why we were so thrilled to witness the inauguration of this year’s Rookies & Players victor at Stockholm Fashion Week. Two-year-old Swedish label Patouf presents timeless design, infused with French couture and femininity rarely seen in these androgynous times. Designer Anna Angseryd beat co-nominees Matilda Wendelboe and Farzan Esfahani to join an elite Rookie pack including uber-label Dagmar. We loved Designgalleriet’s Rookies guerilla store, but we’re waiting to shop at Patouf’s boutique because, for once, time is not of the essence.