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Swedish Hasbeens: A Renaissance in Retro Footwear


Quickened pulse, dilated eyes, a desperate desire to touch and try. The setting was cold and depressing but it happened nonetheless—I fell head over heels in love.

Wandering among Who’s Next, the stadium-sized fashion and accessories fair this week in Paris, my heart gave out in front of the colorful panoply of Swedish Hasbeens clogs. These were the shoes of my childhood fantasies brought (back) to life. If I didn’t know better, I’d say that the pair of sky-high lipstick red peep toe clogs on display were torn off of Olivia Newton John’s feet during the dance finale of Grease!

Based on a treasure trove of clogs found in the basement of an old Swedish factory, Swedish Hasbeens pick up where the 70s left off. In addition to the classic clogs and t-strap sandles are modern models like belted ankle boots, lovely lace-ups, sexy knee-highs, and sophisticated loafers available in a kaleidoscopic range of colors.


Handmade in Sweden, the chunky-heeled footware is made from sustainably-sourced wood and naturally-dyed grain leather to leave as small of a carbon print as possible. Gotta love those Swedes!



Prices: $200-400
Availability: Click here to shop online, or here for an international shoplist.

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6 Responses to “Swedish Hasbeens: A Renaissance in Retro Footwear”

  1. Lili says:

    I should send you a picture of Jeanne’s red & polished pair size 24, they are so cute! I bought them in Stockholm but you can also find them at Kerstin Adolphson, 157, boulevard Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris 7

  2. Zeva Bellel says:

    What a fashion plate that Jeanne is! And so ahead of the curve. Thanks for the address in Paris. I’m dying to get my hands on a pair, just can’t decide which.

  3. Karen says:

    Wish I had saved the pair you clunked around in when you were 3 years old.

  4. Tiara says:

    What a coincidence: a friend of mine in the Netherlands distributes them. I send your link to her on FB. Check out her website:
    X Tiara

  5. El says:

    I just found your blog and love it! Thanks for all the great ideas.

  6. alison says:

    i found these in ny last winter and took pics with my mobile. loooooooove!!!!!

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