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