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    Swedish Midsummer: A Summary of its Origin and Tradition

    In Sweden, Midsummer is one of the most important days of the year. As a matter of fact, it rivals only Christmas with its festive spirit and traditions. And as a way to share its Swedish heritage with the international community, Sandgrens’ celebrated the occasion with its recent Midsummer Sale. Now that the sale has concluded, we thought we’d examine Midsummer with a more in-depth approach. As the Scandinavian region emerges from its long, dark winter, it’s should come as no surprise that the arrival of summer is a significant event in Nordic countries. Midsummer is a Time of Magic and Romance Midsummer is often celebrated around June 24 and has its roots in a pre-Christian solstice festival. Despite its Christian roots, the holiday today...

    Three Different Stories, Same Wooden Clog

    70’s fashion statement Many people recall the same sentimental memories of the golden days of clogs in the 1970s. In particular, if you were born in Sweden during that time period, you will most likely remember the 70s were spent wearing black, red, beige and/or floral-patterned wooden clogs. They were a big fashion statement back then, which explains why a Swedish clog company like us would have customers writing with lovely stories to share of their clogs from their memories of past years.    A home is not a home without wooden clogs … And they can be found in pretty much every single Swedish household. They are used as easy slip-on shoe for when you are quickly running out with the garbage or going...

    Interview with Jenna from Circus of Cakes

    Jenna, the founder of Circus of Cakes, is a clog friend of ours that really lives the colorful way of life. If you’ve ever come across her Instagram, you will without a doubt enjoy lots of beautiful snaps of colorful places and things! Not too long ago, our Milan clogs in yellow managed to come with Jenna on her trip to Sweden. So we figured we’d catch Jenna and ask how her first trip ever to Sweden was. Welcome back! How was your trip to Sweden and where did you go? Thank you so much! Sweden was truly amazing. I had read and heard a lot about the culture over the years and had a feeling that I would like it, but did not expect...

    How to Style 3 Clog Styles in Our Sand Color

    #1 Saragasso in Sand Our low-heeled clog Saragasso looks striking in Sand. Our clog friend Ashley McMullen shows how easy yet sophisticated a pair of clog sandals looks paired with pretty much anything. We at Sandgrens have handpicked some of our favorite outfits of Ashley in her Saragasso clogs. #2 Nice in Sand Another one of our high-heeled clogs, this time as a sandal version! Our Nice clogs were introduced earlier this year and together with our other Sand color, the two of them makes a beautiful combination! #3 Maya in Sand A day at a Swedish castle in our high-heeled clogs? We wouldn’t say no to that! Here are our Maya clogs in Sand, which shows royalty is just a pair of clogs away....

    What makes the archipelago so special to Swedes?

    The Swedish word for archipelago is “skärgård” which directly translates to “garden of skerries” in English. For many Swedes, the archipelago is the most iconic representation of Sweden and its nature. So what is so special with it?   Apart from its picture-perfect setting, which is undeniable and obvious; it is a place where no cars or traffic can be heard or seen. Sure, there are a few golf cars and old school mopeds here and there, but it provides a silence that is hard to find elsewhere. It is just the sound of the waves of the often very frisky ocean, the horns from the local ferry and the countless amount of seagulls; which in any other context would be an annoying factor but here...

    How Swedish Standards Are Reflected in Their Clogs

    Each of the world’s cultures reflect its beliefs, values and attitudes in their designs. It’s their unique qualities that illustrate how the essence of a populace can shine through the goods they produce, and help advance future progress. The very root of Scandinavian culture, particularly Swedish, stress the importance of upholding the values and virtues that work. It’s a tradition of individual responsibility that goes back to the time when Sweden was largely a rural, farming-based country with individual tillers. The historical significance of clogs has been discussed in a previous blog post, relating the emergence of durable, long-lasting footwear created from the materials found on these bygone homesteads. And while the ancient Swedish could never fathom the impact their wooden clogs would have on...

    Swedish Clogs and Fika: An Unsurpassed Cultural Pairing

    In the United States, we often take our coffee in a hurried rush on the go. But in Sweden, it is a cultural heritage. Fika, loosely translated, means “to drink coffee,” and it is as common as any routine. But unlike in the United States, the Swedish welcome the moment’s pause. The concept of Fika is simple – it describes a daily break, with plans of quiet time to catch up with our friends and family, and it is usually done over coffee. The atmosphere is intentional because people will deliberately carve out time in their day to slow down. Screens are shut off and machines are shut down in favor of communicating with the people and the world around them. It is a shared...

    The Materials That Construct Our Clogs: Vegetable-Tanned Leather

    The Sandgrens aesthestic is defined not only by the historical significance of the Scandinavian clog, but the passed-down heritage of crafting each unique pair by hand. In fact, Sandgrens remains one of the few Swedish clog brands that continues to forge in Sweden. It’s this familiar story, loyal to a respected tradition that only the highest quality materials are selected to construct a Sandgrens clog, that inspires a partnership with like-minded suppliers. One of these materials we’re proud to use is vegetable-tanned leather, which is made differently than most. What is vegetable-tanned leather? Vegetable-tanned leather is tanned in the time-honored method of using plant extracts and tannins from tree bark. It is a process that relies on organic materials and can take four to six...

    How to Make Your Clogs Stand Out

    No closet is complete without signature, stand out style pieces that summarize not only your look, but also your individuality. It’s those statement pieces, naturally, that become the focal point and get people talking. And few rival the declaration a strong pair of Swedish clogs can deliver as the quintessential finishing touch. Clogs for women like our Milan and Koltur add instant personality, drama, and perhaps a little quirkiness; whether it’s a punchy color or unexpected silhouette imbued within the shoe. It’s these simple but never plain detail accents that command attention. The well-timed release of the Sandgrens Brights Collection blossoms such fresh inspiration, taking Spring’s cue for eye-catching accessories that will make heads turn. With strong roots that trace back hundreds of years, clog...

    How to Style Clogs for Big Events

    Spring fills our days with sunshine and budding flowers, and seemingly our calendar with weddings, engagements and other celebratory events. With such a wide array of RSVPs, the dress code can range from a casual get-together to a more formal affair. In praise of this season of celebration, we at Sandgrens believe the right pair of shoes can tie the entire outfit together. With curated collections as varied as the requested attire, a pair of classic Swedish clogs nails that just-right combination of style and comfort. When dressing for an event, first consider the nature of the occasion and if a specific dress code is requested. It may help you coordinate your outfit. A few more tips to think about: Consider color, of course, but...
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