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The joy of Swedish disco clogs

The shoes that will bring a smile to your face

The joy of Swedish disco clogs

August 02 2011
Katrina Burroughs

It only takes three little words to lift a woman’s spirits: silver disco clogs. If you don’t already have a pair in your wardrobe, make haste to the Swedish Hasbeens website. I bought my handmade silver Peep Toe Super High sandals (pictured) after observing the pretty young things at the interior design fairs last year wearing them, with bright tights, colourful long legs and hefty sandals making an unexpectedly charming team.

Mine might not magically transform me into one of the aforementioned pretty young things, but they certainly make me smile every time I glance downwards. Those who are a bit acrophobic when it comes to heels, be reassured that Super High only means 3.5 inches tall, and the wooden (lime wood, to be precise) platform means that they are no more than starter heels, really; perfectly manageable, though best left at home when it rains.

Swedish Hasbeens makes an eco-friendly range of 1970s-inspired shoes, boots, bags and belts – you might like to check out the combat boots for the winter, and the lovely turquoise knee-highs. The brand has filtered into a handful of websites and stores in the UK, and special editions have made appearances in H&M and Topshop, but to see the whole range, you need to go to the Swedish site.

It’s always a bit of a gamble buying shoes on the web, especially from overseas, but I followed the size guidance to the letter and chose a pair a size down from my usual; they were delivered swiftly and they fit like a dream. Now the Hasbeens are having a sale, and my disco shoes are reduced from SKr1,595 (£154) to SKr957 (£92). Go get ’em, ladies.

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