Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season; I know mamavalveeta welcomed a new addition to her family, congratulations!! Now, I suppose, it’s back to business. We’ll ease in slowly, shall we?
I received these Sandgrens clog boots a week or so ago as a gift from Sandgrens to review. If you remember, Sandgrens used to be Ugglebo, which was a Grechen’s Closet partner for a while several years ago. It’s still basically the same company, just rebranded, so I was super-excited to work with them again, and especially to review a pair of Swedish clog boots.
I’ve always wanted a pair of clog boots, since No6 and Swedish Hasbeens made them super-popular years ago, but given my history/love-hate relationship with boots of any kind (they don’t fit my calves), I’d resigned myself that I’d never have a pair. But after discussing my options with Sara at Sandgrens, I was pretty sure they’d work for me now, and decided to try the New York “high-heel” style. I say “high-heel” because they’re not really that high, just higher than their shortest heel…
So far, I’ve worn them out about 4 times, with either leggings or my Goldsign skinny jeans, and from the first time I wore them out of the house, they were as close to perfect as boots can get, they never hurt my feet or caused blisters. When I first got them, they were a little stiff, and hard to get on, and quite a bit more snug around my calves/ankles, but with only a few wears (a first, just an hour or so in the house), the leather has softened up nicely and the calves have stretched a little, so that now, I can cinch the buckle at the top in a little to close them up. And they are ridiculously comfortable.
If you’re not used to wearing wood clogs, they’ll take a little getting used to, because the sole is stiff and your heel slips up a bit inside the boot, but I love clogs, and find them great for my posture, and comfortable to walk in/wear all day, so these were easy for me to wear.
I usually wear a size 8 shoe, or 38 in most European brands, and took the 39 in these (which corresponds to a 7.5-8 in their size chart). I also wear a 39 in No6 and Swedish Hasbeens. I wear very thin wool socks or footies with these, because I really hate socks, but they’d still be fine with a slightly heavier sock, but not ones too thick.
Overall, I’m so pleased with my new clog boots, and look forward to wearing them often this winter. Beyond just the fit and style of the shoe, I am happy to support and partner with a company that’s been handcrafting clogs in Sweden since 1846.
And for all you clog nerds out there, a bit of history: No6 clogs are made by Sven Clogs here in the US, and Sven was founded by Sven Carlsson, who was the original clogmaster at Sandgrens in Sweden before he left to found Sven in the US. His son, Christer, is the clogmaster today in Sweden, where Sandgrens clogs are still hand-made. So, there are a lot of similarities in clog bases and styles among the popular brands today, but from what I can tell, it pretty much all started with Sven and Sandgrens.
Who else is a clog fan? Do you have a pair of clog boots? How do you style them? Have you tried Sandgrens?
*I was not compensated for this post beyond receiving a pair of clog boots for free to review. ALL WORDS, thoughts, text, etc., are 100% my own.