7 Days of Positive – Day 145: Clogs

 

I’ve been trying to buy a pair of these shoes for at least four years.

I love the spirit of them. They’re cool and there’s something upbeat about them. They remind me of the best things about the mid-70s when my mum sent off to Sweden for clogs for all of us. She was an amazing early uptaker like that.

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I had a denim blue suede pair which I wore until they were practically fused to my feet.

And while there are other (cheaper) versions, I love the grooviness of the Hasbeens website, which explains how the brand came about (see below).

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So I’m crazy keen to have a pair of Hasbeens for summer wear, but every time I try to buy them I get completely overwhelmed and give up because – WHICH STYLE, WHICH COLOUR?
There’s too much choice. Too much choice with quite discreet variations between them.

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I also find the names for the different heel heights really confusing. Sky High. Super High. High. I can never remember if Sky or Super are higher. (I just checked on the website and it’s Sky. Memo to self.)

So there’s heel site and then there is – proper clog or sandal clog? I really love the sandals, but all my cool friends in New York where Sky High clogs and I want to be in their gang. They look so great with jeans and make you leggy.

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But I’m worried I’d fall off them and sprain my ankle.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve looked at the website umming and ahing about all this. So many gorgeous colours – plus a special limited edition in mixed colours – but then I love them in natural tan too. There’s something so classic about it and they look so gorgeous against tanned legs.

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The website does my head in because every possible combo of style and colour and fricking heel height is on there, but it hasn’t helped when I’ve tried them on in shops either.

For some reason I never seem to have enough time to do it in a considered methodical way, someone is always rushing me, or I have an appointment, so I always leave empty handed. I need to audition the styles with care and attention.

Having given the website a really good going over the other day I came to the conclusion that what I really want is a pair of Super High Slip In (sic) Classics clogs in natural tan and a pair of Peep Toe in High, probably green.

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No, tan. I’ve just seen a picture of Sarah Jessica Parker in the tan ones and they look so good.

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But hang on, further researches reveal pictures of SJP in loads of different colours and styles! She couldn’t choose either… and presumably has a shoe closet to rival Carrie’s, so room to store them. They seem to be her summer school run favourites, which is encouraging because I have been a bit concerned they could be painful to walk in too.

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Hmmmm, I think I need to do some more pondering. This could take me through another clogless summer.

 

I love this, from the Hasbeens website.

‘Her name was Anita and she was the hottest mum in all of southern Sweden in the 1970’s. While smoking Camel she screamed at her kids until her curlers fell out and just looked fabulous in her white high-heeled clogs.
One summer day in 2006 we found the shoes she wore (300 pairs of red, white and black beautiful clogs from the 70’s) in the basement of an old clog factory in the neighboring village and brought them to Stockholm. So for all these people that shared our love for Anita’s wooden shoes and for ourselves we started Swedish Hasbeens.
Our ambition is to continue to release more incoherent and fun shoes and stuff inspired by Hasbeens that once ruled the planet.
The Hasbeens toffels, bags and belts are based on original 70’s models and are made of ecologically prepared natural grain leather since it’s the most beautiful and the highest quality at the same time as it’s environmentally friendly.
They are still handmade with respect for people and the environment in the old traditional way, and in small factories that have made shoes for decades. Our production methods and material are kind to nature and people. Happy toffels make happy people.
The shoes of the Swedish fashion brand Swedish Hasbeens were chosen as the trend of the year in Sweden at the annual Trend Award Gala 2008 in Stockholm.
During 2009 Swedish Hasbeens have become one of Sweden’s fastest growing fashion brands and now sells in 20 countries.’

http://www.swedishhasbeens.com/story

37 Comments
  • Sally
    May 25, 2015

    Maggie – lovely shoes! The classic green and tan both have my vote. But as we head into winter in Aus the photos of gorgeous skinny brown ankles reminded me of that dry leg skin problem – any solutions? Enjoy your clogs in summer!

  • Justine
    May 25, 2015

    I couldn’t decide for a while either, but got over that, and now have…ummm…maybe 20 (more?) pairs of Swedish Hadbeens. Not just clogs, but their now unavailable leather soled pumps for workwear too. I LOVE Swedish Hasbeens! Maggie just get a pair for frocks sake. Get the black or neutral, and start there. Note: the neutral/nature ones get a bit dirty looking, so if you mind that, get black. I mostly have sky high heels. They are ridiculously pretty and I find them easy to wear. After sky high, the lower heels feel shrubby. Good luck!

    • maggie2015
      May 25, 2015

      TWENTY????? you make me (and SJP) seem restrained, I am in awe. Which are your favourites? I must say I like the look of the boots for winter too.

      • Justine
        May 25, 2015

        Maggie if you are interested in the boots, I have some SH boots too of course (ehemm). My very fave of their boots are the Bordeaux victorian Chelsea boots. They are comfy and adorable. As for the other cloggies, well, Sky High peep toes are my number vote one for style and comfort. I have black, red (though gave to sister in law to wear to wedding and made her keep them), white, nature, gold. Gold are a splendid sight with any colour jeans. Number two vote is Mimmi for super cuteness, but the sling back straps do tend to fall down on my black pair. Nature colour in Mimmi is sublime. Oh la la. My very favourite work heels are their leather Mosquito Pump. I tracked down every colour. Took me 18 months! Such was my obsession. Red from the USA via ebay, black via Swedish online store Country Dreams (lovely people and I learnt that RM Williams boots are popular in Sweden from them), and burgundy from Swedish Hasbeens online. Perfect shoes. I really like the green clogs in your blog. Gets me thinking. I thought I was replete, but perhaps not yet.

        • maggie2015
          May 25, 2015

          BLIMEY. where do you store them all???

          • Justine
            May 26, 2015

            I know! Their shoe boxes are really big. They are all stacked up in a spare room. It looks horrendous.

            • maggie2015
              May 26, 2015

              I would love to see a picture… how do you know which is in which box???

  • Justine
    May 25, 2015

    I meant ‘shlubby’ not shrubby. Shrubby might work though, ie shrubby as opposed to willowy!

    • Gail
      May 25, 2015

      Shrubby as opposed to willowy! I love it. Love the shoes too!

  • CC
    May 25, 2015

    I just spied the red ‘lady wedge’…

  • Antoinette
    May 25, 2015

    Now I want some !!!!

  • Kate Yardley
    May 25, 2015

    Surely Navy is the only choice? Next to tan of course.

    • maggie2015
      May 25, 2015

      Apart from the childhood clogs, shoes are the one area where I don’t love the navy. I don’t know why, but it feels wrong to me…

  • Helenmaree
    May 25, 2015

    Thank you Maggie,

    Every year the Swedish Seaman’s mission in St. George’s Road Toorak, Melbourne has a two day Swedish Bazaar, a real fete with true Lucky Dip, games on grass, treasures that are affordable for teenage girls to buy for their mothers, napery (Prepare to open your wallet big time) and clogs, really gorgeous, really truly ruly traskor (Swedish for clogs)
    I have been going there for over thirty years with my big sister and wearing clogs from there for the same, our daughters have been in pairs from size 26 to adult size 42….Have I told you about the afternoon tea……magic I just know that you and your daughter would have hours of foraging and enjoying the Lucky Dip fun. Hope you can make it there one year, it’s the first weekend in December with a lovely introduction in Swedish from the consulate and a very Swedish chapel to light a candle for those no longer here for us to kiss at Christmas…

    • maggie2015
      May 25, 2015

      how FAB. Having been to Sweden for the first time last year and eating the most amazing cake of my life – the Princess Cake with bright green icing – I can imagine.

  • Jane
    May 25, 2015

    You had me at denim blue suede Maggie, what could be more perfect?
    PS loved Secret Keeping, read it in one go x

    • maggie2015
      May 25, 2015

      Oh thank you Jane – means the world to me. There is so much work in a book and to know that if even one person enjoyed it makes it all worth while xxx

  • Janine
    May 25, 2015

    Magpie, my daughter tripped in hers and fractured her elbow, needed surgery, so beware. I fell I am too long to make this look work?? have to be young and slim?

    • maggie2015
      May 25, 2015

      aha… as I feared. Sorry to hear that. Was she in the sky high clogs? or was it a general pair? I don’t think you have to be young and slim – I hope not!

      • Janine
        May 26, 2015

        Just a regular pair

  • Janine
    May 25, 2015

    Sorry it should be Maggie, thanks Apple

  • Bernadette
    May 25, 2015

    Oh Maggie, flashback city, the rocking feeling (one walks in a very particular way) and the wood, always made/make me think of little boats. If I had to choose just one pair for your upcoming Summer wardrobe, I vote for the style and height of SJP’s (in the shot of her sitting on the stoop) in the light natural or gold. What a great combination that would be for summer and really lovely with navy and some gorgeous freshly pedicured feet. B

  • Danya
    May 25, 2015

    I ended up with the Low heels being fearful over going arse over teakettle. Red of course and I have loved them to death. Take the plunge Maggie!

  • Bernadette
    May 25, 2015

    Dear Maggie, I will be off in search of your latest book tomorrow (Bank Holiday today, boo). Is there a safe bet retail outlet Central/West London. So looking forward to it; definitely need some jollying up and Madame Bovary (my current undertaking) definitely not the right girl for the job at this particular time. I await your suggestions. Thanks B

    • maggie2015
      May 25, 2015

      Not available in the UK I’m afraid Bernadette – not even as an e-book. WOrking on it! M x

      • Bernadette
        May 25, 2015

        Oh NO! Please share when I can buy in UK. Thanks B

  • Jane
    May 25, 2015

    I remember wearing ‘clunkies’ when I was about 16. Were they just an Australian thing? Absolutely loved them. My mum had a pair – more like the clogs – and I had the sandal – cross-over at the front with an ankle strap. I think they only came in brown – it being THE colour of 1974. I loved the way they actually made a ‘clunk’ sound when you walked. If I were buying a pair of Hasbeens (and I just might) I would go for the (low) high heel with the ankle strap just for the safety aspect – JSP looks like her ankle is going over in several of those shots – the ones where she is wearing a higher heel. Now, what about Funkis shoes – my girls have several pairs and swear they are the best and most comfortable shoes EVER.

    • Bernadette
      May 25, 2015

      Dear Jane, yes, I can vouch for the Funkis designs, but I don’t know if they do the “high heel” versions as per some of Maggie’s pics. Getting chilly there? B

      • Jane
        June 15, 2015

        Hi Bernadette, it’s Chilly one day, balmy the next. Raining today. Nice and warm where you are?

  • FF
    May 25, 2015

    I had a pair of pale pink has-beens but I gave them to my friend C because they weren’t really me. Luffing your secrets book, am up to the bit where Simon has had his 1st boarding school flash back xxx

  • njknjk58@hotmail.com
    May 25, 2015

    i’m confused….. don’t they come in navy? 🙂

  • Mel
    May 26, 2015

    Oh Maggie – what a decision to make! Every option you’ve described would work perfectly with the navy wardrobe…

    Mel x

  • bonniecat
    May 26, 2015

    In the mid-1908s I had a pair of blue suede Dr Scholls clogs (don’t step on them)!
    I had to abandon them because of frequently striking the wooden base on the opposing ankle – painful! I doubt the same injuries occur these days with plarstic Crocs.

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