Things I bought, things I want

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How cute—and on point—are these socks? I haven’t purchased them yet but I am sorely tempted.

I did go for these excellent clogs, made by the Danish brand Magnafied, because they are the most comfortable clogs in creation—the rubber-and-wood sole actually moves. This pleases me, as my knee problems have progressed to the point that wearing actual wood clogs is torture, and you can only imagine what that’s like for me.

An army green corduroy jumpsuit feels like just the thing right now: I’d wear it layered over a tank or tee, with the zipper-front undone a little.

Such a perfect, clean-lined boiled wool jacket from Cos.

I’m a really big fan of the color combination on this classic plaid scarf.

I wish I had found these fabulous corduroy joggers last week when I did my post on joggers, but better late than never, no?

I’ve been searching for a pair of boots that will give me some height without too much pain, and these look as though they may very well fit the bill.

I’d wear this diaphanous cotton chambray tunic with skinny pants.

I do love a shirtdress, and this denim one seems perfect for fall.

And here we have yet another pair of joggers, from Uniqlo. These have a satin-y finish and ring in at just under $20, which is tough to beat.

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    Kathy O
    14 Oct 2020
    10:17am

    Love, love, love the boiled jacket. Warm and stylish. It will be great for dressing up in Northern California when we dress up again.

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    Rebecca
    14 Oct 2020
    10:43am

    Please, please look at Sven clogs. One of their wooden base options they offer is the Bendable base . They have several wood tones in the bendable version but the natural wood base ( their lightest tone) looks just like the Magnafield clogs and is around $200. Sven makes tons of different styles and they are the only clog I wear. The trick is to order the Natural wood base- I feel like the other darker toned bendable bases highlight the bendy bit too much. I love Sven clogs- they keep my clog game strong!!

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      Viajera
      14 Oct 2020
      11:38am

      I too am a Sven clogs fan, though I haven’t tried the bendable bases yet. I wear them with my green Superfeet and the combo is just fantastic. Never did I imagine that I would grow up to wear wooden shoes. (I had a little Dutch doll when I was little and it was just so exotic.) I like the color choices – they will send you swatches. I have experienced some slight variation in the sizing but that is inevitable – I think they are made by hand? – and anyway, most people probably don’t try to squeeze in an arch support (which should be done carefully). … … The only tiny issue I have with clogs as a category is that it seems you can’t have a thong one, which is too bad when it’s super hot for half the year. I really really like these shoes. … … And, I don’t remember who it was, but one of you *here* is the person who turned me on to clogs for people with PF – and I thank you, unknown benefactrix (did I do that right?? did not study Latin!!!), bc you really helped me.

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        HickfromStyx
        15 Oct 2020
        11:56am

        I have PF and wear clogs, but mine are the Danish Sanita brand, with a man-made material base. Mine also have heel straps that fold to the front when not in use. These hold my narrow heel in when I’m not wearing socks. I have completely given up on house slippers, which provide no support at all. I bought Birkenstocks for this purpose, but honestly, the Sanitas do what I need them to do. Sandal versions were available on Amazon when I last looked.

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          Viajera
          15 Oct 2020
          12:26pm

          Oooh, thanks!! Never heard of that brand. Will go snoop immediately. … … I pretty much wear my backless clogs as house slippers, since I don’t feel it would be a good idea to try to drive in them. And I wear my rubber Birks inside when it’s hot, as it often is. I am going to check out the Oofos thongs as another option, since the Birks are still too much shoe and too warm when it’s hot. As soon as I get this figured out, it will be cold here. … … Meanwhile, I am juuuuust able to fit my Superfeet into the 2-strap Sven sandals – there is a style with an adjustable toe part. The sole slides around a little bit, but it’s manageable. (I bought carpet tape but haven’t tried it yet.) Thusly I can maintain a comfortable temp if I need to go out. Gosh I do whine about the weather a lot, don’t i? However, otoh, feet and shoes are so important to health. I will admit, the green soles do *not* look so good, and for many people, this would be a non-starter. But the combo feeeeels so good.

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          Viajera
          15 Oct 2020
          3:12pm

          Oh, also HickfronStyx, do you think you might have been the original person to link clogs w PF? I remember what the person said, though sorry to say I forgot who it was. Something like, for 3 weeks I put my feet straight into clogs every morning, and my PF went away. That got me thinking. … … Idk about your experience, but for me it was really kind of a puzzle. In retrospect, I think my actual PF went away in about a month. But, then I got a bunch of other foot issues. There are so many bitttts in the foot. Anyhow, if that *was* you, thank you thank thank you!!!! It is a very greased-pig type of problem to have, and with so many ramifications.

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            Viajera
            15 Oct 2020
            3:16pm

            okay, so sorry to go on so long, but … the thing is, in a million years, I never would’ve thought of trying clogs myself for PF. Even though I hang out here, a clog-positive environment. !!! Right? Yes. … … … I always thought they looked nice, and I never once would have thought of actually wearing any. (Not sure why, now. I am all in. Safety issues being kept in front of mind, of course.) And for me, once the shoe issue was fixed, the feet problems went away too, mostly.

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              HickfromStyx
              15 Oct 2020
              4:50pm

              I don’t know if that was me or not. I agree with the advice that clogs work for some of us with PF, and that’s why cooks and nurses wear the closed-heel professional versions.

              Here’s the Sanita Joplin sandal from Amazon.ca. There were a lot more sandal clogs in the spring.

              https://www.amazon.ca/Sanita-Original-Sandals-Leather-Polyurethane/dp/B01AAYUWL2/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=sanita+joplin&qid=1602794681&sr=8-1

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                Viajera
                16 Oct 2020
                2:15pm

                Thanks, I’ll take a look!

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                HickfromStyx
                15 Oct 2020
                4:59pm

                There are a lot more Sanita sandals on Amazon.com, but search using just “Sanita” and scroll through to find them.

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      Elisa
      15 Oct 2020
      8:17pm

      I have some Sven clogs and I think they are gorgeous, but there isn’t enough rubber on them and my knees hurt from wearing them. I am going to try to go to a good cobbler and get more put on. I have done well with Troentorp clogs and they have lots of rubber. I think I need to revisit Sven.

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    Jen
    14 Oct 2020
    9:55am

    I’m so tempted by those clogs. They are impossible to find. Are they true to size? I can wear a 39 no problem usually but in italian shoes I go to 40.

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      Jenny
      14 Oct 2020
      10:48am

      FWIW, the site says that US size 9 is a 40. I am so grateful when manufacturers provide that information, because I can be a 39, 39.5, or 40. I can’t wear clogs or any backless shoe (except plastic Birkenstocks) because I use a heel insert. Usually I can pass over the clog recommendations without hesitation, but this one was hard.

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    Betsy Palmer
    14 Oct 2020
    10:04am

    I feel like I came to COS late in the game, probably because they don’t have a store where I live, but I am fully here now. There are many things on the site I would not wear but every season they seem to have several that I buy and wear to death. That said, I have not ventured to pants because I’m leery of the sizing. Those of you who are COS veterans, are they all over the place? true? large?

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    cw
    14 Oct 2020
    8:27am

    a little note about Uniqlo …about 2 weeks ago I placed an order with them paying extra to receive the items early because in my order was a fleece jacket that I hoped would go over my cast. I received an order confirmation. A week went by and nothing. I was logging on to see if I could find out what happened to my order and had an e-mail saying my order had been cancelled because none of the items (4) were in stock. However, I went to their web page and ALL the items were still listed as in stock and available. So weird. So weird that I’ve gone back to the web site to see if any of the items have since been listed as out of stock. Nope. That boiled wool jacket is pretty perfect. Ditto the corduroy joggers. And those clogs have tempted me for ages….

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      D.Morgendorffer
      14 Oct 2020
      11:14am

      I actually remember having that happen to me when trying to buy a pink-purple-green Marimekko tunic thing from Uniqlo. Then, there was no such problem with subsequent orders (the pink-purple-green tunic got away, though). I too wondered what the deal was. Website not keeping up with stock status during high volume sale times, if that’s possible, maybe?

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        cw
        14 Oct 2020
        11:37am

        I thought about that, but the items I ordered were so very ordinary––long sleeve tees, fleece jacket and heat tech tights. Then it occurred to me that the person––if it was a person––who processed the order probably accidentally did something screwy and the order never got processed (they did charge my card, but promise to reimburse!) Who knows. The experience won’t keep me from ordering some other item in the future!

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      Viajera
      14 Oct 2020
      11:42am

      I like Uniqlo but their return window is a bit short imo.

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      kimbersam
      14 Oct 2020
      1:07pm

      Last year I ordered some stuff from Kule. Two weeks later, no confirmation, shipping email, or goods. I emailed CS and they said that my order was held up by their e-commerce software. They claim not to get a notification (of a stuck workflow) so they had to put my order through manually. Tonally, it wasn’t the best customer service experience. When I got my stuff (two more weeks later) the sweatshirt I requested be monogrammed was not. TL;DR It could have been a software error

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    Simone
    14 Oct 2020
    4:27pm

    Yes, I’d love to order from Cos too, but they don’t have reviews. If anyone orders regularly from them, I’d love to know how their sizes run–I’m suspecting they run small for some reason

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      Mimi A.
      15 Oct 2020
      11:12am

      I’ve found that Cos pants either run a little small or just aren’t flattering on me. Their tops and dresses run big or TTS (FYI, I’m small). A lot of their styles are loose or wide and boxy, and with those you wouldn’t have to worry much about things being too tiny. I ordered this tee not long ago and love, love, love it. The fabric is so deliciously soft. I ordered the XS and S and kept the XS. I’ve never been disappointed in the quality of their clothes or fabrics.
      https://www.cosstores.com/en_usd/women/womenswear/tops/product.lyocell-printed-long-sleeve-top-white.0926910001.html
      Hope this helps.

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    Karin
    14 Oct 2020
    8:02pm

    THOSE BOOOOOTS. I AM LITERALLY DROOLING. These may be the most perfect shoes I have ever seen……thank you!

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      Viajera
      15 Oct 2020
      12:29pm

      Karin, I love your excitement about them. Me, I probably have bad taste … I liked the white boots. Whatever they may be. Unless, is that socks with a shoe. I couldn’t really tell.

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    Tara
    14 Oct 2020
    6:59pm

    Thanks for the recommendation! I love clogs and find them comfortable, but between clomping around on my hardwood floors and navigating the janky brick sidewalks in my neighborhood I find I don’t wear them nearly as much as I think I will. A low, bendable base may be just the ticket and I would prefer plain leather to the Magnafied prints.

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