when clowns go to Japan

Pardon me for being remiss in blogging, but it’s been a rather chaotic week filled with many tasks to accomplish. One of the things I’ve been working on is trying to come up with a pair of all-purpose shoes to wear to Japan–some that will go with both pants and skirts and can go for miles and miles without crippling me. I tried on a bunch of “comfort” shoes, but none of them were particularly comfortable. I finally ended up ordering some shoes from Zappos.

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My very first pair of Danskos! I’m still unsure of them. They aren’t THAT comfy, really, and they’re kind of heavy. I think I will definitely trip in them. Oh well.
I finally managed to complete my very first cross stitch project!
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I have no idea if I did it correctly, but it was pretty fun. This is from the cross stitch kits we have on superbuzzy. They are great little kits, fully equipped with everything you need to get started–a needle, embroidery thread, the canvas tape, and the patterns.
Here’s a closeup of a couple of the designs:
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And speaking of superbuzzy, we just got in a few new fabrics. Some have French text on them and cute little designs. Here’s an example:
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This one comes in three colorways.
Also, I don’t mean to be a tease, but rumor has it some hedgehogs are coming in! Now, the shop will remain open while Kelly and I are in Japan (November 2-12), but nothing will ship until the week of November 13th.
Okay then, it’s time for bed! Good night!

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19 Responses to when clowns go to Japan

  1. megan says:

    You have lost your mind with those shoes!! Don’t come home on crutches. I think that you should go shopping for the Kutsu over there. The Dansko ain’t right :)
    Super Jealous…I wanna go!

  2. Melissa says:

    From someone who has been cross stitching too many years to mention here because it makes me sound soooo old, your first attempt was a success!

  3. Jan says:

    yeah. comfort is important. but what is really really crucial is how easily they slip on and off. If you have to sit down each time to get them on and tie them up then you will soon be left behind.
    you should find some comfy slip ons.
    or. if you have not large feet. Like up to 7 or maybe 8….. you could get some “hip” japanese shoes while you are here… mwaaaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

  4. amisha says:

    the cross-stitch tape is very cute! i’ve just done one cross-stitch, but the new subversive CS book makes me wanna get crazy with the canvas.

  5. abby says:

    I have those shoes on right now (but in the red/red colorway), and can attest that they are super-comfy. I got them on a trip to Portland, actually. There’s a store in the downtown area that is almost all Dansko, and it’s just great.
    I don’t tie and untie the shoes. Since they are Dankso and your foot is supposed to move up and down in the heel, I just leave them loosely tied. So much support in a shoe takes a little getting used to, but you’ll grow to love them!
    Have a wonderful trip!

  6. Kathleen says:

    Have you ever tried Munro shoes
    http://www.munroshoes.com/Index.aspx
    I have had a pair for several years and I love them.
    Good luck shoe shopping and have a great trip.
    Kathleen

  7. Marianne says:

    Remember with Zappos you can send them back for free, and try another pair. If you have time, or would rather try a local store where you can try things on. Have a great trip! This goes without saying, but–take pictures for your blog!

  8. Mary says:

    Dansko’s get comfy OVER TIME…if they are not broken in by your trip, you might not be all that happy. I have a plain black pair of slip-ons that I wear every day for 10 hours at a time, it’s been 5 months and they are supercomfy.
    I also reccommend(sp?) Munro(s). I have a pair of their heels and they are the VERY FIRST pair I can wear all day as well.

  9. Maggi says:

    Omigosh! I LOVE those shoes! I am wearing my burgundy Dansko Mary Janes right now. I think you will get used to them before the trip. Bon voyage!

  10. RC says:

    Cute shoes! Great job on the stitching. Not bad for a first timer. =-)

  11. melissa says:

    my friend convinced me to buy my first pair of danskos this summer. they do take a little while to start feeling comfortable. i do believe that they make me fall down a lot though, i mean, more than usual. i think this might be because of the sole being narrower than the shoe, but i could just be me.

  12. Lydia says:

    Cute shoes! Wandering Tokyo last year, I had little choice but my athletic shoes since my orthotics fit them best. I felt rather tacky wandering about in them in such a stylish city, plus I had to wear my long winter coat because it was sooo cold. What a sight I was! I soon noticed that among young women (of which I am not), anything goes in Tokyo, so I stopped thinking about it so much. So you’ll be just fine, but outside of Tokyo may be a different matter.
    I recently bought a pair of Keen Bronx shoes at REI for my orthotics, they look pretty sporty and are quite comfortable.
    Don’t forget to bring a small cloth to tuck in your purse since they don’t have paper towels or dryers in most of the public restrooms in Tokyo.

  13. amy k. says:

    danskos are the way to go. but do wear them a bit first to get used to them . .that’s my 2-cents. and we hope to come by on tuesday for them full sized candy bars! sweet!

  14. reese says:

    I adore the colour on those Danskos! And your x-stitch looks great! It makes me want to try my hand at it.

  15. splatgirl says:

    Two words…
    #1. Zappos. The ONLY way. It’s a little bit of an issue in my life actually.
    #2. Keen. I have tried all manner of “comfortable” shoes that are not really comfortable. Keen are the bomb. Even my hard to fit Boy agrees. Plus they’re super light and cool looking in a geeky kind of way which I love :)

  16. marielle says:

    Love the shoes! I agree – Danskos take some getting used to. I had a love/hate relationship with mine for the longest time. Now it’s just love, love, love!
    Have a fantastic trip :)

  17. Holly says:

    I got a pair of Dankso clogs last year because my friend and the salesgirl swore they would be the most comfortable shoes I would ever wear in my life, yada yada. Instead they gave me foot problems (a mysterious sore lump the podiatriast called a “plantar fibroma”), which promptly went away when I stopped wearing them to work. They never passed that magical hurdle required to make them “the most comfortable shoes ever” but they are fine to wear for shortish periods of time and they are cute as all hell. I’m just glad I got them on sale instead of full price!

  18. Tracy says:

    Those fun, funky shoes are great! But if they hurt your feet, probably not good for a trip. Would extra cushioned insoles or cushioned heep grips help? Your cross stitch is adorable–and you did good! Happy Days! :o)

  19. maryse says:

    i’m a big fan of danskos — i do love them and have several pairs.
    but they are most comfortable if you have to do a lot of standing. that’s why nurses and docs wear them in the OR, etc. they aren’t always the most comfortable for tons of walking.
    they are very fun looking though.

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