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    The Dublin Clog on a Dark Base: The Solution to the Inter-Season Shoe Woes

    Getting dressed in the morning presents itself as a daunting task in September. The early mornings are crisp and cool, reminding us that autumn is upon us. But as the hours pass the sting of the late summer sun causes us to lose the layers we needed mere hours earlier. The result is a delicate balancing act of inter-season fashion that relies on consistent, classic staples instead of further complicating matters with the non-essential. The Dublin clog’s silhouette mirrors that of the mule, which according to the runway shows at the recent New York Fashion Week, vintage-inspired pieces such as this are completely on trend for fall 2017. Designers seemed to celebrate more comfortable and everyday must-haves that effortlessly transform your look without the fuss....

    Benefits of Buying Handcrafted Clogs: Sustainability

    In our continuing series that discusses the benefits of buying handcrafted products, the most important one is that of sustainability. When you invest so much of yourself, your time and your talent into your handicraft, you tend to be incredibly mindful of the materials used in its construction. It’s why we prefer vegetable-tanned leather, which was the topic of a previous blog post, as it utilizes a similar “made by hand” methodology. And of course, the variety of wooden clog bases in our catalog is shaped from natural lime wood or Spanish pine. The selection of these high-quality materials supports fellow artisans. By purchasing handcrafted products, these skills remain an integral part of modern society. As technology advances, we are facing the loss of such...

    The three different heel heights

    Our clogs come in three different heel heights and choosing one can sometimes be a challenge. Rest assured regardless of what you choose, you’ll soon discover the diversity of your new clogs. In today’s blog we figured we should show you just how you could rock any of our heel heights. The fit Now you know the heel heights can be matched with pretty much anything you have hanging in your wardrobe. However, the fit of the different heels varies: Low heel: This base has a roomier toe box area and a slight arch.  Clogs made on this base may fit wide on some customers with narrow feet. High Heel: This heel height has slightly narrower base than the low heel clogs. High Rise Heel:...

    Behind the Scenes: Sandgrens Clogs Factory Tour

    This is a companion piece to last week’s blog post that discussed the value of buying handcrafted products. Today, we’d like to take you on a guided tour of where your clogs are made. To visit the Sandgrens factory, you will need to travel to the town of Påryd in Sweden. A small town situated near the Kalmar Strait, here – city skylines give way to natural tree lines. The sound of traffic quiets to feature the symphony of nature, and crowded streets give way to secluded trails. Tucked amongst this idyllic backdrop is the nondescript home to Sandgrens clogs. With only a large clog positioned at the roadside to pinpoint its location, the factory is a thriving, environmentally-friendly site. It’s a delicate balance, but one...

    The Intrinsic Value of Handcrafted Clogs

    In an age where consumers purchase goods mass-produced on a machine, skillfully handcrafting a product has become a celebrated art form. In fact, it’s difficult to imagine the reverse was once true. Until the 19th century, shoemaking on a global scale was a traditional handicraft. But by the end of the century, the process had become mechanized, occurring in large factories and thereby, removing the personality and distinct characteristics that come imbued in handcrafted things. At Sandgrens, we are pleased our clog maker prefers to rely on tradition and his own unmatched skill, to forge each set of our clogs by hand. Why Handcrafted Matters Handcrafted products, and especially clogs, typically are of higher quantity with more attention paid to the details. Additionally, buying handcrafted...

    A Summer Without Clogs – Didn’t Think So!

    We at Sandgrens Clogs have picked our favorite clogs styles and matched them with some summery outfits! #1 Big dresses and our Nice clogs Summers are for floating around in big wavy dresses and what other better way is there than to match it with a high heeled sandal to give the maxi dress a petite detail? With the comfort of our wooden heels - we can guarantee you’re 100% ready to dance. #2 Clog mules + the beach = match made in heaven Beach time on today’s agenda? Yes! Great! However, finding an outfit suitable for getting to and from the beach can sometimes be tricky - especially when it comes to slipping in and out of your shoes without dragging half of the...

    Product Care: How to take care of your wooden clogs

    All our clogs are made of one of the most natural material you can ever find, namely, wood. We at Sandgrens have been wearing clogs for years and throughout the course of this time we’ve learned a lot about how to best care for our wooden bases. So we figured we’d share a few tips. It’s okay if they hurt in the beginning. Like many other shoes - our Swedish clogs take a while to break in. If this is your first time wearing wooden shoes, then getting used to walking on wood might feel a bit odd. Don’t worry though - once you’ve worn them for a while your feet will thank you. Wearing wood can be one of the friendliest materials to walk...

    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...
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