Okay, I have only shared this with a few trusted sources but I’m here today to pronounce my love loud and clear for SWEDISH CLOGS! I am so obsessed. I’m not sure when or why exactly this obsession started, but it’s not going away, nay, my desire for a closet full of clogs is growing stronger ever day. Get ready for some serious clog overload. I need to just get this out – these are things that keep me up at night. How will I ever choose? (#firstworldproblems)
First let’s discuss Swedish Hasbeens. I think I started noticing Swedish Hasbeens on other bloggers and my initial reaction was probably something along the lines of “Really? We’re going there again?” but curse those words (!) because I have come around and am totally on board now with the wooden soled beauties. The thing is though, Swedish Hasbeens while beautiful and of fine craftsmanship quality, are ‘spensive! Like, over $200 for most of these shown. I worked up the courage and convinced myself they would last for years, just get more molded to my foot as time wore on, and I could eventually carry around and chase after kids in these shoes, all while looking so stylish in a heel. So I took the plunge, ordering the Peep Toe Super High, but when they came, I just couldn’t justify it. They are cute, but not $225 cute for a blogger on a budget.
So my search continued! There are tons more great clogging companies out there with more reasonable prices. Not cheap – clogs are not cheap, they are quality shoes, generally made with generations-old techniques and a conscience for sourcing sustainable and ethical materials. My search first led me to Lotta from Stockholm.
So Lotta from Stockholm specifically targets consumers like myself who love the Swedish Hasbeens, but just don’t want to pay as much. Her shoes are made in Sweden, using the finest quality materials and are about half the price of the Hasbeens. I’ve just ordered a pair last week, but they are coming all the way from Sweden so it may take a few more days to get them. Oh and they are available on Amazon too, which is nice because then you can read reviews from others and know it’s honest feedback. They have great reviews too.
Then I found this other Swedish company called Sandgrens.
Sandgrens are also handcrafted in Sweden and they say, “Each line within our brand is created to the highest standards of fashion and comfort, embodying the concepts of luxury, creativity, sophistication and exclusivity. We are creating exceptional wood clogs that are custom-made, timeless and unique and we are absolutely committed to doing so in a socially and environmentally responsible way.” Their prices are just about in the middle of Swedish Hasbeens and Lotta from Stockholm. I love their designs, they seem to be unique and more embellished than other clogs I’ve seen on my search, and their prices aren’t outrageous. Definitely a brand worth checking out.
The last company that caught my attention is Nina Z. Nina is based in New York City, but she’s originally from Sweden and is bringing the shoes worn by her hometown peeps over to the US.
Nina Z shoes are super special, “each individually made by fifth generation of Swedish shoemakers according to the classic clog manufacturing process. Through out the process the shoe is never un-attended by the crafts man.” Never unattended? Like they’re going to run away or something? Anyway – these shows are super special and not quite as expensive as Swedish Hasbeens, but more expensive than the other brands represented here. What I like about Nina’s are that they are Swedish Clogs, but you can totally see her NYC influence in the shoes. They have an edge and a little tougher appeal. Swedish with a side of New York.
The thing about high heeled clogs (or so I’ve heard) is that they are so comfortable, you can walk for days in them. I’m a wuss when it comes to wearing heels, but I want to look cute too so this seems like a decent compromise. The shoes strap your foot in so you can walk confidently, knowing your foot won’t slip out, and the heel is generally around 2.5″-4″ high, totally doable. I will say the short time I walked around in the Swedish Hasbeens were delightful. They do need to be broken in since the upper is made of real leather that is stiff when you get them, but the Super High model has a 3.25″ heel and it felt like I was wearing flats. Once broken in, I know I could wear them everywhere.
Now I just have to decide: which pair(s) do I get?!