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Hygge v. Fika: Scandinavian Self-Care Showdown

Scandinavian culture focuses on so much more than a high-quality pair of wooden clogs. In fact, once you kick off your clogs at the days’ end, the culture empathizes the art of self-care and indulgent comfort. Two traditions seemingly at the forefront are known as Hygge and Fika. Though both focus on slowing down, timing is everything. Fika, pronounced FEE-ka, loosely translates to ‘take a break’ While Americans typically grab a cup of coffee and keep moving to fight the afternoon slump, the Swedish insist on sitting down with their hot beverage. A sweet baked good is often paired with it, and magically, the electronics are turned off. It is so much more than a welcomed break – it is a tradition. Whether you take...

Clog Boots & Jumpsuits: An Effortless Style Pairing

Jumpsuits are a statement-maker, and its message is either one that intimidates or excites. However, if you read between the lines, you’ll discover a new narrative when it comes to dressing for the season in-between winter and spring. Jumpsuits pose a unique advantage over dresses because of their styling. They’re pants, or a capri-length ideal for tall boots, which helps stave off the lingering chill in the air. Dressed up or dressed down, the result is very chic because it elongates the frame. Most of all, it simplifies your look. The one-piece aesthetic requires only accessories, and off you go with ease. Loose-fit and Casual With this look, put your best foot forward with a pair of ankle-length clog boots like our New York boots....

Clogs and The Empowered Sustenance of Natural Materials

Sandgrens Clogs values its commitment to crafting each of its pairs by hand using only the finest, highest quality of natural materials. It’s a topic long celebrated on this blog, as previous discussions have profiled the leathers we use, their sustainability and why our clogs are a sound investment that lasts. Lately, there has been a strong focus on what we put in and on our bodies, as well as how its production affects the environment. As we produce the foundations of the outfits our customers wear, their clogs – we felt it necessary to analyze the clothing fabrics that are potentially styled with them. Clothing is made from one of two types of fabric, natural or synthetic. Synthetic fabrics, or “plastic fabrics,” are created...

Get Party-Ready in Your Maya Clogs

Once the appeal of wearing boots wears off, we find ourselves looking ahead to the warmer months. As winter and the repetition of its fashions wears on, and the limited styles are undoubtedly covered in a layer of salt by now, considering other shoe options becomes a natural occurrence. There are other, more fashionable alternatives. A surprisingly easy way to extend the wear of a pair of open-toed clog sandals or clog mules is to add a pair of glittery socks. It’s a long-held wardrobe secret since it’s such an inexpensive trend to try, especially as the seasons turn. The success lies in the material, color and feel of the sock, which should be an extension of your look and serve as an accent to...

How to Care for Your Clog Boots in Winter

The weather outside may be frightful but my dear, a pair of Sandgrens clog boots feels delightful! And with our tips, your favorite pair will not only withstand the elements Mother Nature threw beneath your feet, but also the test of time. The seasons may be cyclical, but that doesn’t mean your boots have to be. Though we summarized it here, further reading on how to care for your clog leathers can be found on our FAQs page. Dress for the Weather Of course, it is important to protect yourself from winter conditions by dressing warm. It seems snow, slush, ice and salt present as the ultimate test for our footwear, with snow possibly taking the largest toll. Now, it isn’t necessary to shelve your...

New Clog Styles to Warm up Your Winter

January is the month for setting resolutions to inspire a little reinvention. Nestled within the potential of each goal is magic, and a promise that new experiences and triumphs are available to each of us. The tools to achieve it are already within our grasp - all that’s required is a combination of creativity, ingenuity and determination. We kicked off the New Year with a reinvention of our own, allowing a crush of color on our Milan and Nashville clog styles to refresh these classics. The combination of a dark wood base and dramatic leather hues leave an equally versatile yet eye-catching impact. And of course, the silhouette continues to honor the tried-and-true handcraftsmanship that Sandgrens is known for. Do you set resolutions? A popular...

Sandgrens x OffOn Clothing

This autumn, we at Sandgrens decided to support and celebrate other handcrafted, local brands that value the same things we do, especially the appreciation for high-quality, handmade items. OffOn clothing is a husband-and-wife team based in Lithuania, who decided that handcrafted clothing items are too good not to be celebrated and cherished. All of their items are made-to-order and their main focus is quality. We couldn’t agree more with their ideal that quality should take time! And you can really tell that this mentality translates into their design, especially in its precision and fabric. Why does this matter so much? Well, we think that putting an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship translates to a piece that sets you up for long-term wear. With brands like...

Sandgrens x Not Perfect Linen

This autumn, we at Sandgrens decided to support and celebrate other handcrafted, local brands that value the same things we do, especially the appreciation for high-quality, handmade items. For our third collaboration in this series we ventured out to Lithuania to find a small family of creative people behind the brand called Not Perfect Linen. Their philosophy is simple - to create beautiful handmade linen items much as a response against mass produced products. The name Not Perfect Linen comes from the beauty behind linen which is that, it is not supposed to be perfect. Instead, letting the linen fabric age and be used are two things that allow this this type of fabric get even better with time. In many ways, this is how...

Sandgrens x Nadinoo

This autumn, we at Sandgrens decided to support and celebrate other handcrafted, local brands that value the same things we do, especially the appreciation for high-quality, handmade items. Nadinoo is another such brand. Their philosophy is simple – find a garment that you’ll love, and you’ll wear it for longer. Then, proper care is measured to ensure it’s the right fit for you. Based out on the British countryside, each item is made by hand and can be tailored towards an individual’s specific needs and preferences. The countryside has clearly influenced their clothing designs, while focusing on the intention of creating a classic style instead of a short-term fashion trend. The process is slow but straightforward, coincidentally inspiring the fitting name for these pants, Slow...

Sandgrens x Only Child

This autumn we at Sandgrens decided to support and celebrate other likeminded, handcrafted, local brands that value the same things as we do - namely the appreciation for high quality, handmade items. … Starting with Haley from Only Child. Haley is the incredible woman behind the brand Only Child - a sustainable, handmade clothing brand based in Oakland, CA. We fell head over heels when we discovered her passion and talent in handcrafted beauties like her Bolinas Duster vest and Dune wide pants. Each piece of Only Child’s clothing is made only after it has been purchased, which makes sure that each item has a purpose and is not piling up in a warehouse somewhere. This, alongside her dedication to ensuring the fabric being used...
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