For those of you who, like me, associate clogs with Birkenstocks, a kind of slipper-shoe amalgamation that has all the pizzazz of Crocs but with flannel… you’ve got a big surprise coming. I am obsessed with these clogs and I want a pair so badly.
So here’s the deal with these shoes. At first I was a little reluctant to embrace them. You know, sometimes you move to a foreign country and you see things that are super in style but would never work back home, so you’re all “Ehh, I don’t know, strange.” And so it was with clogs. Well, they’re pretty cool, but, you know, I’m not sure what I think of them.
NO. These shoes are awesome, and I am just besotten with them.
If they costed less than a million dollars, they would be mine already, in every color and height of heel. But I don’t really mind that they are a million dollars (ok, fine, they’re not really a million dollars, but sort of, at least as far as my budget is concerned) because obviously they are super special and you wouldn’t want them to be just another one of those “everyone has it, so I guess I’ll buy a pair and if they get ruined who cares, I’ll throw them out.”
You will not throw these puppies away. You know why? Well, besides the expensive part. You will compost them. Because you can. (Although you probably won’t want to.)
As the website says,
“Swedish Hasbeens shoes are hand-made using the same craftsmanship as in the the 70s which is kind to people and nature. We use natural materials and you could pretty much bury your shoes in your garden.” So there.
And listen to this, the inspiration for the shoes, AHEM, clogs:
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.
And, in case you were curious, all their clogs are handmade by Swedish people in Sweden. How’s that for taking a stand? Prada and Gucci will charge you a million dollars for something made by underpaid workers in China and pocket the difference, while these people will make environmentally-sound clogs in Sweden and support their own economy and also… the shoes are made to last.
I’m trying to resist lifting the copy from their website wholesale, which I want to do only because I love them so much. One last thing:
Swedish Hasbeens’ shoes will always be sustainable. The materials will be natural. The people who make the shoes will always have good work situations. This makes the shoes good for the people who wear them, the people who make them and for the nature where they came from and will return to… Bring on the revolution! Better Shoes For A Better World!
So even while I can’t afford these puppies right now, I’m saving my money and waiting for when I can get them. And then I’ll have to choose wisely, because apparently they’re going to last…