May 08 2018 – Mercantile London
“Her name was Anita and she was the hottest mum in all of southern Sweden in the 1970’s. While smoking Camels she just looked fabulous in her white high-heeled clogs” – Swedish Hasbeens.
One summer day in 2006 the Hasbeen team found the shoes their muse Anita wore (300 pairs of red, white and black beautiful clogs from the 70’s) in the basement of an old clog factory in a neighbouring village and brought them back to Stockholm. So inspired by all those people that shared the love for Anita’s wooden shoes they started Swedish Hasbeens.
Hasbeens are based on original 70’s models and are made of ecologically prepared natural grain leather since it’s the highest quality and at the same time environmentally friendly.
They are still handmade with respect for people and the environment in the old traditional way, in small factories that have made shoes for decades.
With a lime or alder wood sole, that is carved from one piece, marks can be easily sandpapered away and the wood oiled to prevent further soiling. The Italian leather is vegetable tanned and chrome free, which makes Hasbeens so eco-friendly, they can be happily ‘buried in the earth’ when you are finished with them.
In a world where fashion consumption relies on mass production and cheap labour, Swedish Hasbeens’ shoes stand apart by being sustainable and natural.
Available at The Mercantile in three styles and heel heights (2.2" in Grunge, 2.8" in Mirja and 3.7" in Suzanne) they are perfect to bring an edge to summer dresses or to dress up everyday denim. They can then be taken into the cooler months, with the Scandi styling tip of chunky socks or tights.