So, after I quit my job, the next logical thing to do was of course to order a pair of overpriced handmade Swedish clogs!
Swedish Hasbeens look fabulous with their wooden platforms, 10 centimeter heels, delicious colors, and a solid retro vibe that’s so hard to find in modern shoes. They’re everything I covet in an everyday shoe…
And how can you not love a brand called ‘Hasbeens’ whose story goes:
Her name was Anita and she was the hottest mum in all of southern Sweden in the 1970’s. While smoking Camel she screamed at her kids until her curlers fell out and just looked fabulous in her white high-heeled clogs.
One summer day in 2006 we found the shoes she wore (300 pairs of red, white and black beautiful clogs from the 70’s) in the basement of an old clog factory in the neighboring village and brought them to Stockholm. So for all these people that shared our love for Anita’s wooden shoes and for ourselves we started Swedish Hasbeens.
That’s great branding and I’d have ordered several pairs at first sight if they hadn’t cost €200 a pair!
Swedish Hasbeens Review: Unboxing My First Pair
I’m unemployed so I haven’t got much to do except keep watch for the delivery guy ; -)
I wasted no time tearing into the box to happily discover that my Swedish Hasbeens looked every bit as fabulous as I’d hoped they would!
I started out with a basic black pair of Agnetas…
And promptly Instagrammed them and sent Robert a note declaring my undying love for them!
Swedish Hasbeens Review: Sizing & Bad Customer Service
Right after my gateway drug arrived, Hasbeens announced their summer sale, so before I’d even gotten out of bed, I’d ordered a red pair of Covered Strap Sandals.
According to the sizing information on the Hasbeens website, the footbed measurement on the size 37 Covered Strap Sandals was identical to the Agneta size 38.
I ordered on Friday and my shoes arrived on Monday, can’t fault them for shipping speed, but the footbed was much shorter than expected… about a size smaller.
Size 38 was out of stock, and Hasbeens don’t allow refunds on sale items. So I emailed them, kindly explaining the situation and asking for a refund. I received a curt reply:
Sorry to hear that the shoes did not fit!
The size chart is a mesaurement (sic) regarding the wodden (sic) sole but the shoes can be different from each other in ways such as the leather.
You can read about our return policy here.
Thank you for the picture. I can see what you mean with that there is a difference.Of course you will get a full refund due to this.
I shipped them back the following day, it cost me approximately $25.
Swedish Hasbeens Review: The Love Affair Ends
I’ve now received a refund, including the initial €15 shipping charge, but not the $25 return shipping, which is out way of line! I ordered according to wrong information on the Swedish Hasbeens website, which as of right now still hasn’t been updated, and they should have reimbursed my $25 because 1) the return was due to their error; and 2) I’m a repeat customer.
When I pay premium prices, I expect premium service, and Swedish Hasbeens didn’t deliver. It’s not like they’re working on thin margins. I’ve got a pair of wooden soled Target shoes that are more comfortable and only cost me $15.
I’ve been wearing my Agnetas for a couple of weeks now, and they make my legs look long and lean, but OMG, they are tearing up my feet and ankles! The cost of the Band-Aids I’ve used trying to wear them will soon eclipse the €209 I paid for the dreadful things.
I’ve tried wearing them inside with socks to stretch them out. I’ve tried rubbing the leather with olive oil to soften it, but I cannot seem to figure out how to break in my Swedish Hasbeens! I’ve even filed down some stitching on the straps due to poor finishing and I’m sorely disappointed :(
Swedish Hasbeens Review: I won’t buy another pair!
Swedish Hasbeens quality leaves a lot to be desired. They’re beautifully designed, but overpriced, poorly made, and Hasbeens customer service is abysmal. They’re a company that deserves to live up to its hasbeen name sooner rather than later.
If I were to find pair of Swedish Hasbeens at very deep discount on a third party site with a decent return policy, or with a Swedish Hasbeens promo discount code for like 70% off and free shipping, I might be tempted to order. But there’s no way I’d buy another pair at full or regular sale price directly from Swedish Hasbeens in this lifetime.
I really love the style of these shoes, so I’ve been looking for a Swedish Hasbeens alternative, and came across Lotta From Stockholm. Lotta From Stockholm clogs are less than half the price of Swedish Hasbeens, and almost as cute. I’m going to see if I can try some on when we’re in London in a couple of weeks.
If you’ve got money to burn, are a masochist, or have extra thick skin on your feet and ankles, Swedish Hasbeens might be the shoes for you. Otherwise, put your credit card away… there are better ways to spend €200.
Update: I Lied
I did buy another pair. You can read that review and my updated opinion on Swedish Hasbeens here.