I’ve always had a bit of a ‘thing’ for clogs. There is something about their shape, the wood, their quirk and best of all that fab sound they deliver as you walk! They are truly unique and I reckon they are the shoe design that can rightfully claim the title of contemporary footwear. Never fully in fashion but also never truly out. They have stood the test of time over the centuries.
For the love of clogs
I’ve owned a pair of Swedish Hasbeen sandals for a few years now. I bloody love them! They come out from the under-bed shoe store every summer. But this summer they have been my saviour. God only knows what I have done to my bloody right foot? I’m refusing to contemplate age or fitness! In fact, I’m blaming the nightly walk of fire, that being, the Lego brick footpath in my sons bedroom! Basically the bottom of my right heel hurts like hell. I get up in the morning walking like a orangutang and swearing like a sailor. Not a good look for a woman! I’m trying all sorts of craziness with You-Tube tennis ball exercises and soaking my trotters in hot foot soaks. I’m on a mission to try an array of tricks before accepting the term Heel Spur or Plantar Fasciitis! WTF?! Anyway, turns out, if you do start to walk like this crazy swearing Orangutan who dreams of wearing her little pony hair flats again. A footwear trick that helps you on the path to recovery is to wear a supportive heel. Apparently anything with at least 3/4 inch heel is a good start. Clogs to the rescue!
The history of the clog
Wooden footwear goes back as far as 800 years. The first guild of clog makers goes back to around 1570, in Holland and the Netherlands. Traditionally, clogs were used as protective footwear in agriculture. By the time the industrial revolution swung into town, clogs were popular throughout Europe. The story goes that clog dancing originated when workers began passing time by tapping a rhythm on the floor as they worked. Well worn clogs often ended up as firewood, due to the nature of the wood sole rotting eventually. The oldest surviving wooden footwear found, dates back to 1230-1280.
Source: Vintage postcard sold on Etsy
It was in the 70’s that the Swedish Clog had a true moment of style glory. Flying the flag for its Scandinavian heritage.
Source: The Abba ‘Ring Ring’ album cover picture – Australian edition
Source: Kindly permitted to share this adorable photo of a young Swedish beauty who is actually Lotta! (as in Lotta from Stockholm’s company founder and owner) http://www.lottafromstockholm.co.uk/blog
In 2007, those clever chaps of Viktor and Rolf introduced high heel clogs on their catwalk.
Then Chanel felt the love for clogs with their tribute to the mighty clog in 2010. Embellished heeled clogs were worn for the Spring 2010 show. That was the legendary Chanel show with straw strewn across the catwalk embracing the Barnyard feel and Lily Allen performing.
Getting your hands on a pair
The Swedish Hasbeens
Founders Cilla Lingård Neuman and Emily Blixt started their line with pure passion. They start their story with “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.” They discovered a factory near their hometown in Stockholm, “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 who shared our love for Anita’s wooden shoes and for ourselves we started Swedish Hasbeens.” www.swedishhasbeens.com
The company have a strong and modern approach to making this traditional shoe.
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 they came from and will return to. These are the demands that we as modern consumers need to ask ourselves when we buy something. Do we want to make this a better world?
My fave Swedish Hasbeens styles
Clockwise from the top: Zip it Super high in black , Inga in natural, Braided sky highs in natural and Pia Super highs in black.
Lotta from Stockholm
I discovered the fabulous Lotta from Stockholm clog company last month. I posted a pic on instagram, wearing some clog sandals. Then one of my lovely Insta mates, Ali Holtom, coincidently from my hometown of Cheltenham, commented and suggested I check the company out. Oh, we do love our insta mates, the true shopping enablers, treasure them hard peeps! Anyway, I submitted an order for some closed toe Silver (of course) clogs and were beyond thrilled at the price point and international shipping rates. Well, I absolutely bloody love them. I cannot recommend the Lotta clogs more highly. They’re brilliant! The couple behind this fab little company, Lotta and Johnny have a super cute story behind their company too. Lovely customer relations with a really helpful ‘caring for your clogs’ info card too! Top marks for this lovely independent company.
“On a trip back to Stockholm I noticed a few people wearing clogs and I was fascinated by them all over again, I just had to have a pair! As it happens I had to have two and proudly starting wearing them back in the UK. The first day I wore them 2 people stopped me in the street and asked me where I got them and a friend made me promise that I would order a pair for her. On my next trip I came back with 4 pairs and the trip after that my entire suitcase was full and It was really only a few weeks from then that we placed our first proper order. I then locked my partner Jonny in a room and told him that I wasn’t going to let him out until he made me a website which I am rather pleased to say he did.”
My fave Lotta from Stockholm styles
Clockwise from the top: Highwood black, High heel clog in red, low wood open in red, High heel classic clog in black, peep toe clogs in antique, Classic low clog in bronze
Loving my clogs
Well, I’m warning you now, if you follow me on Instagram or the Love A Good Stripe Facebook page, then for the next little while you will only see me wearing my beloved clogs. I truly reckon they are helping my ‘walk like a Orangutang situ’! I wore my clog sandals back in the spring with glitter socks, see my Sparkle socks blog post (here) and so this is my plan for the Autumn too. In the meantime, I’m enjoying the September sunshine and drinking G&T’s to delay those thoughts of the chillier climate to come!
Wearing: Topshop palm print shirt, Levis 501c’s, Melissa & Campana jelly basket, Swedish Hasbeens open toe sandals in tan.
What’s a perk of clogs? Well, the fact that you can chuck them on for that Sunday morning stroll to Farm Boy when you wake up hankering after a fry-up breakfast. Throw on the Sunnies to hide the eye bags and a jumper because now its bloody cold in the mornings. My sunday cheer came in the form of silver Lotta’s and a good rasher or two of bacon!
Wearing: Zara stripe knit sweater, Levis 501c’s, Kate Spade Saturday canvas star bag, Nordstrom Cactus canvas tote bag, Karen Walker black sunglasses and Silver classic clogs from Lotta from Stockholm.
Do you own a pair of mighty clogs?
Thanks for reading xx