Roman Sandals: the music video

February 3, 2011

Wow – this is a good year. First, I got to pillage out the back of an op-shop. And today I received a press release about a new roman sandals music video from a PR company because I’d been identified as ‘a loyal fan of roman sandals.’

Here’s the music video and the press release about it follows. Not only does it have excessive wearing of roman sandals, it has factory scenes of roman sandals being made. I LOVE factory scenes.

Oh, and today I wore pink punched roman sandals that were a limited edition about six years ago for Scotties, which is why you should always buy the originals – because they last!

Click the photo to watch the video

NZ made Roman Sandals stars of local music video

A meeting between Todd Douglas, of Douglas Sandals Ltd, manufacturer of New Zealand’s original iconic roman sandals and local singer/songwriter Rob Wigley (frontman of the band Mr Roberelli) has resulted in the production of a hugely entertaining, totally original music video that’s proving a massive hit with Kiwis of all ages.

Produced and directed by Shortland Street’s Kiel McNaughton (who plays Scotty) and starring fellow cast member  Ari Boyland  (Brodie Kemp) and a supporting cast of mates and helpers, the quirky animated footage is set to ‘The Romans’ –  the lead track from Mr Roberelli’s  latest CD “Does The Bus Stop Here?”

Having completed recording songs for their second CD, the band, which includes husband and wife  Paul and Rochelle Depledge, realised the stand out track was “The Romans”, with its wonderful melody and funny, catchy lyrics telling the story of roman sandals right back to the original wearers, the Romans themselves.

Says Rob, a primary school teacher from Waitakere, “I grew up wearing roman sandals, most Kiwi kids did, and I always thought they were deserving of a song. I started humming the first line in my head and the rest just came easily.”

Rob approached Todd Douglas, owner of Auckland based Douglas Sandals Ltd  to see if they would be interested in helping to turn the song into a music video.

Says Todd, “We were delighted to help. Kiwis have been wearing our roman sandals for over sixty years and it’s great to see them starring in such a fun production. We were also pleased to be able to support and work with such a great group of local, home grown talent.”

Other roman sandal love

You might also like this comic strip by Sarah Laing – also about romans!

And Evie Kemp blogged about her new romans from the big order too.

Here’s a reminder about the big roman sandal order.


BREAKING NEWS: You all need to buy Douglas (roman) sandals right now

October 30, 2012

If you love roman sandals – the good quality last-forever and made in New Zealand kind then you need to act now.

I just spoke to the guy from Douglas Sandals (after a text from Helen to say they’re closing down) and he said that they’re not manufacturing at the moment (but still have stock) and the business is for sale.

The best thing you can do to help his business is stock up on roman sandals. For you, for your Christmas presents, for your kids…

It’s hard making quality goods in New Zealand when you’re competing with China and if you don’t buy local then businesses close. Remember ages ago when we did the huge roman sandal order? (The roman sandals guy remembered).

You can buy sandals online here.

It’s a pretty simple message – stock up now on the colours and patterns you love; you’ll help a New Zealand business and also guarantee excellent summer footwear for years to come.

More sandal love: the music video and Sarah Laing’s comic strip.


The story about the sandals

January 30, 2011

I got a text from Mum last night; “what’s the story with the sandals?” Here it is…

I really like roman sandals – probably because I never had to wear them at school. And one of my favourite websites sells roman sandals – although, it had been down for quite a while so I wasn’t sure if the business had folded or it the site was just being rebuilt.

I recently had a really bad cold that kept me off work for a day so while I was in bed, with my trusty iPhone, I looked up the sandals site and ta-da! It was back! I also noticed that they had a deal where if you bought 20 pairs at once they’d give you 50 percent off.

I know that some of my friends liked romans too so wondered if I could get 20 people together. A few emails, texts, posts on Facebook and Twitter and a week later … and I had orders for 28 pairs of roman sandals.

The sandals arrived on Friday – everything from tiny red punched romans for a one-year old to black slips ons, green punched and plain blue and black romans. Some have been posted – from Auckland to Mosgiel – and others are being delivered during the week in Wellington, which means on Monday I’ll be weighed down with bags full of shoes then spend the rest of the week looking like I’m doing drug deals in the middle of Wellington.

My friend Natalie also made a Facebook group where we can all post our photos.


Roman sandal love

January 15, 2009

roman_sandal2I have a deep love of roman sandals – probably because I never had to wear them as part of my school uniform.

I have several pairs – from brown to red tartan – that have been bought everywhere from exclusive designer boutique Scotties (at the time the woman commented that she never thought she’d sell something so cheap ($55) at her store) to op shops.

I also love that my giant size 11 feet are a size 8 in roman sandals!

Right now I’m wearing my red ones, which are eight years old, wholy, about to fall apart and flaking. That’s why I thought I’d share this site where you can access the best romans ever and shop online. They even have patent black romans – although sadly the picture on the site doesn’t work.

Check out my friend Helen’s family… they’ve got their own sandal lovers club!


Friday list: 31 May 2013

May 31, 2013

A home day today – one where I finally accept summer is over.

  • Put the fire on/fill the wood baskets
  • Clean out the shoe basket and put all the roman sandals in storage
  • Tidy up the coat hooks at the back door and take out all the summer stuff
  • Move the growing collection of hats and scarves in the car to the coat rack
  • Put away all my cotton dresses
  • Let the Telecom man in who is coming to fix our patchy internet
  • Do a phone interview with That’s Life! magazine
  • Put together a present for a friend who has had a baby
  • Go to the Post Office
  • Check out the new shop in town
  • Pick some lemons
  • Go for a walk
  • Do some sewing for myself – I haven’t sewn for myself in four months

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